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‘Miracle’ Bedfordshire cat survives with severe injuries for 16 days after being hit by bus


Rescuers spent more than two weeks trying to find the injured cat

A cat who was hit by a bus and survived for 16 days is now receiving the life-saving care she needs thanks to the RSPCA.

Trudie suffered serious and extensive head injuries when she was hit by a bus in Luton, Bedfordshire, on 14 March. Passersby tried to help her but, frightened, she ran off.

Volunteer Katie Duncan and animal care assistant Amy Hearne, who both work at RSPCA Southridge Animal Centre, now caring for Trudie – led the search for the little tortoiseshell cat.

Katie said:

“Two lovely ladies moved Trudie out of the road but, before they could confine her and take her for care, she darted off. It was awful to think of her in pain somewhere in need of urgent veterinary treatment. We never expected her to survive so long on her own as we tried our best to find her but she was nowhere to be seen.

“We put up posters in the area, put out appeals on social media and contacted all of the local vets but there was no news. Every day that passed, the chances of finding her alive reduced. We were so worried about her.

“We dropped leaflets off at local homes and businesses and asked people if they’d seen her, contacted local charities and rescue centres and worked with Cat Welfare Luton to try and track her down.”

Named after St Gertrude, the Patron Saint of Cats

On 30 March a business owner spotted her in his yard and contacted the RSPCA. Katie said:

“It wasn’t until 16 days later when there was finally a sighting of her and she was caught and rushed to Wood Street Veterinary Hospital, in Barnet, London, for life-saving treatment.

“She was exhausted, frail and clearly struggling. Her facial injuries meant she’d been unable to eat and she was extremely underweight and weak.”

The team rushed her to the vets and Trudie spent over a week at the hospital where she had surgery to remove her eye and have her jaw wired. For the first week she had to be fed via a tube but is now managing to eat one her own. Now, at Southridge’s cattery, Trudie continues to recover from her brush with death.

Amy said:

“Trudie is a true miracle so we felt she deserved a special name, and she’s been named after St Gertrude, the Patron Saint of Cats. It’s incredible that she survived and she’s a very sweet lady, despite everything she’s been through. She’s settling in really well and loves the fuss she’s getting from all of our staff and volunteers.

“So far her vet bill has totalled more than £2,000 so we’ve launched a special online fundraising appeal to help cover some of the costs.”

Trudie is not yet available for rehoming and will remain with the centre while she recovers from her surgery.

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit its website or call its donation line on 0300 123 8181.

John Guinn
I am the editor of The Flitwick Chronicle. This is an independent, local news service based in Bedfordshire. The Chronicle provides local news that is investigative, inclusive and relevant to the residents of Flitwick.

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