Mia-ouch! Tabby’s lucky break after being impaled on pigeon spike

Poor Minerva the tabby may not have felt like agreeing – but she turns out to have been one lucky cat.

Getting a pigeon spike in the eye is hardly good fortune, but the fact she was spotted by a member of the public when she became impaled on a first-floor window ledge 13ft high and managed to be rescued was a lucky break. As was the fact the needle did not do far more damage to the helpless little moggy.

An eagle-eyed good Samaritan spotted her in Fernhead Road, Paddington, and contacted the RSPCA for help. Animal Collection Officer (ACO) Eleanor Davies was called to rescue Minerva and managed to detach her from the fence and whisk her off to the RSPCA Putney Animal Hospital.

The long spike was embedded by six centimetres and had to be removed under anaesthetic. Joanne Elmes, RSPCA Putney Animal Hospital administrator, said: “Animals constantly amaze even the most experienced vets and nurses here at Putney.

Pigeon spike removed from Minerva eye

This poor girl was found impaled on a fence by a pigeon spike and was completely stuck and in a lot of distress.

“It was a very long spike and was 6cm into her eye.

Amazingly, it missed the pupil and even more amazingly, it doesn’t seem to have caused any serious trauma either to her skull or her sight as far as the vets can tell.

“Her right eye has been a little weepy and sore but Minerva has been so brave and recovered so well.”

She was named Minerva after the brave Roman goddess and the naming theme follows a tiny kitten called Boudicca, a celtic warrior queen, who staff at Putney cared for when she suffered serious injuries to her jaw after being bitten by a dog.

The staff believe Minerva is a stray cat so she will be microchipped and spayed at the hospital before heading to RSPCA Southall Cattery in Hounslow.

The RSPCA believes anti-perching devices, such as spines, are a humane way of trying to minimise the problems some birds, like pigeons, can cause. The spines are usually angled so that they are awkward to land on but will not impale the bird.

These spikes are considered an effective means of deterring birds from buildings, as their use should prevent perching or roosting without harming the birds – or other animals.

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care, please visit www.rspca.org.uk

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