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    • 19 Jul, 2018

    Cat found abandoned in a box inside a bag during warm weather

    A cat, found abandoned in a cardboard box inside a bag with a nasty wound on his neck, is now looking for a new forever home.

    The one-year-old white and tabby feline, named Lovren, was discovered by members of the public near Harlesden in North West London, who quickly brought him into Mayhew.

    Mayhew’s Deputy Head of Animal Welfare, Community, AJ Ford, said: “Poor Lovren was discovered by two members of the public in a cardboard box that was inside a bag on the side of the road in 20 degree weather. They thought the box looked out of place, so on closer inspection they discovered air holes had been poked into the top of the box. They opened the box and found the terrified tabby inside.

    “We don’t know how long Lovren had been inside the box for, but he had a nasty wound on the back of his neck. We suspect that the previous owners couldn’t afford vet care and didn’t know what else to do. We wish whoever had abandoned Lovren had called us first. We do not judge and we are here to assist and advise on the best course of action for the animal, no matter what the problem is.”

    After the members of the public handed him over to us, Lovren was quickly seen to by our Vet team at our on-site Community Vet Clinic and was given a thorough health check.

    Mayhew Vet, Dr Emma Robinson, said: “When the lovely Lovren first arrived he had a large inflamed wound on the back of his neck. The fur around the area was saliva stained from where he had licked at himself, indicating that it was causing him a lot of discomfort and had likely been there for a few weeks. We suspect that the problem may have arisen from an allergic reaction, possibly in part from a flea infestation.

    “We treated Lovren for fleas, put him on antibiotics and pain relief and cleaned his wound twice a day. When he first came in he was extremely itchy and rubbed himself on his bedding constantly. As the area healed we put him on anti-inflammatory steroids and the itch has now subsided. Lovren has gone from being a worried little cat that was always hiding to being a lot more confident and outwardly friendly.”

    As soon as Lovren was vaccinated and neutered, he was ready for adoption and is now looking to find a home to spend the rest of his years in.

    If you are interested in adopting Lovren or any other cats in our care, please visit here or call 020 8962 8000.

    Our Animal Welfare Officers and Vet team respond to hundreds of abandoned, neglected and abused animals every year and provide ongoing support to carers and pet owners in vulnerable situations. Please consider a donation to help us help even more animals like Lovren. 


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