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Gin the cat’s ‘inspiring’ recovery following accident and amputation

PUBLISHED: 20:00 28 August 2020 | UPDATED: 21:05 28 August 2020

Gin exploring in the grass after the successful operation  Picture: MY FAMILY VETS

Gin exploring in the grass after the successful operation Picture: MY FAMILY VETS

MY FAMILY VETS

A cat has made a miraculous recovery after using up one of his nine lives in a car accident.

Gin the 9-year-old cat was rushed to Haughley & Thurston Vets to have his hind leg amputated after he was hit by a car   Picture: MY FAMILY VETSGin the 9-year-old cat was rushed to Haughley & Thurston Vets to have his hind leg amputated after he was hit by a car Picture: MY FAMILY VETS

Gin, who lives in Thurston, near Bury St Edmunds, with his owner Liz Allen, a 40-year-old race horse stud manager, had been outside exploring and was making his way home when he was hit by a car.

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“I knew straight away that something wasn’t right,” said Liz. ‘“I noticed a fracture in his hind leg and called the vets straight away.”

Once they arrived at Thurston Vets, which is part of Haughley & Thurston Vets, Gin received initial treatment for his shock and underwent an X-ray, which revealed a complicated multiple fracture of the tibia, which would be impossible to repair.

And as Gin suffers from severe arthritis in the unaffected leg, amputation could have had a real negative impact on this.

Despite having his leg amputated Gin the cat is still as lively as ever and full of energy  Picture: MY FAMILY VETSDespite having his leg amputated Gin the cat is still as lively as ever and full of energy Picture: MY FAMILY VETS

Liz was faced with a difficult decision: to have Gin’s affected leg amputated or to have him put to sleep.

Amputation is an expensive procedure that, in this case, could have caused further problems, but she decided to go ahead with the amputation, which took place the following day.

It was a tremendous success and Gin returned home a day later – and didn’t let a missing leg slow him down.

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Liz said: “It wasn’t long before he returned to his usual self. He was back to walking very quickly, and full of energy.

Gin with one of his fellow cats  Picture: MY FAMILY VETSGin with one of his fellow cats Picture: MY FAMILY VETS

“He’s escaped twice. Just one day after he started walking again, he barged past me and escaped through the cat flap.

“His recovery has been truly inspiring.”

The team at Haughley & Thurston Vets have described Gin as a “superstar patient”.

Liz said she was “so grateful” to the staff, adding: “Gin wouldn’t be alive today if not for the wonderful team.”

Stiches where Gin is recovering from the operation  Picture: MY FAMILY VETSStiches where Gin is recovering from the operation Picture: MY FAMILY VETS

Gin, who Liz describes as spoilt, friendly and an all-round ‘top cat’, has enjoyed some much-deserved preferential treatment at home since his operation.

He’s been kept apart from the other pets in the household – including horses, four dogs and three other cats. He gets to sleep in bed with Liz, her partner and their kitten Scrumpy. What’s more, he’s even enjoyed being hand-fed plenty of treats.

Haughley & Thurston Vets are part of My Family Vets.

X-ray of Gin's hind leg which revealed the extend of the damages  Picture: MY FAMILY VETSX-ray of Gin's hind leg which revealed the extend of the damages Picture: MY FAMILY VETS


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