Air gun attack can’t tear Lincolnshire cat away from her kittens

An air rifle attack that left pellets in a cat’s body couldn’t stop the kitten from taking care of five tiny kittens.

The Lincolnshire stray was taken in by the Skegness and District Branch of Cats Protection after he was found with their kittens in a garden in Croft Bank.

A veterinary exam found that 18-month-old Moggy had two air rifle pellets in her – one behind her ear and another on the back of her neck.

Volunteer Fiona Smith said: “Poor Leoni must have suffered from her injuries for some time, but she was still caring for her five young kittens.

“At 18 months she is barely an adult herself, but in her short life she has been attacked with an air rifle, left on her own as a stray and raised five kittens. And after all, she is the friendliest cat I have ever met. “

Leoni had to undergo an operation to remove the pellets due to their location in order to avoid future complications.

The branch has now started an appeal for donations to finance the treatment costs. Any money that goes beyond the target will be used to care for cats in need in the region.

Fiona said: “Leoni is an adorable cat and we are very happy that she was discovered and that we were able to get her the help she needed. In addition to the operation to remove the pellets, she has now also been neutered and her future looks much better. “

Leoni was housed with one of her kittens, Leonard, while her other four kittens have also moved to a new home.

Unfortunately, Leonie’s story is not an isolated incident, as many cats are attacked by air rifles each year, often resulting in life-changing or fatal injuries. Although official figures are not collected, Cats Protection’s monitoring of media reports shows that over 100 cases of horrific air gun attacks on cats were reported in 2020.

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