A cat with the name of a popular biscuit has made a miraculous recovery after surviving a 50ft fall, thanks to a veterinary charity.
One-year-old black and white Oreo opened a window which was left slightly ajar in her owners’ fourth-floor flat in July before falling out.
Bemused as to why her “friendly” cat, who “always comes into the bedroom for a bit of fuss in the morning” was nowhere to be found, Melanie Woodward, 38, from Redcliffe Hill, Bristol, searched the entire property before finding her in the downstairs neighbour’s yard.
After discovering that Oreo would need a series of treatments, Mrs Woodward said that she was “heartbroken”, since she suffers from ill-health and her husband is her carer, meaning the pair have had to watch every penny due to the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.
“The days where my husband and I have to miss meals to ensure the children and Oreo are able to eat are becoming more and more frequent”, she said.
“We rescued Oreo before all the bills went through the roof and she has quickly become the centre of our family, we all adore her.”
Staff at PDSA’s Bristol Pet Hospital saved the day by completing a successful surgery on the cat and monitoring her throughout the healing process to ensure that she makes a full recovery.
PDSA Bristol vet Penny Morgan said: “Little Oreo’s injuries were very serious. Her legs were badly hurt and she had sustained severe bruising.
“After two weeks we made the decision to operate because her fractures weren’t healing as quickly as we’d have liked. We performed a complex surgical procedure to repair her legs, fitting metal plates to each of them.
“The surgery was a success and Oreo’s injuries are now healing well. With the care and love of her family, I’m confident she will make a full recovery.”
Mrs Woodward added that being able to access PDSA’s services when the family were “absolutely desperate was incredible”.
“I will never forget the kindness and compassion that the whole team showed not only to Oreo but also to myself and my family. We will all be forever grateful.”
More information about the charity’s work can be found here: www.pdsa.org.uk/costoflivingcrisis