A cat has used up four of her nine lives after she fell from the third floor of a tower block, and lived to tell the tale.
The young female cat, called Molly, lived as a house cat on the third floor of a tower block in Kensington and Chelsea and had access to a balcony that had netting across it to prevent her from escaping.
Molly had not been neutered and was in season, which could have been why she was so desperate to get out to find a male. She managed to break through the protection on her owner’s balcony and fell from the building.
Molly fell from such a high height that she was said to have been in a terrible state by the time she was found.
A member of the public, who lives in the tower block, spotted Molly when she was coming into the building with her son.
The poor cat was huddled in a corner by the entrance, looking extremely scared with blood coming out of her nose.
The resident did not know Molly or her owners, so brought Molly into The Mayhew Animal Home in Kensal Rise.
The vet team found that little Molly was in a lot of pain, and could tell that some kind of impact had been inflected as she was so huddled up.
Molly was unsteady on her hind legs, couldn't stand on her front left leg and had blood crusted around her nostrils and in her mouth.
She was given X-rays and an ultrasound, and discovered that she was suffering from a broken front leg and a fractured pelvis. She was put on pain relief, her limbs were bandaged and she was given plenty of love, care and rest to help her get better.
'An awful ordeal'
After talking to people in the tower block, the lady who originally found the poor cat, found out that Molly belonged to someone who also lived in the building.
Molly’s owner was an elderly lady who had sadly been hospitalised and had arranged for someone to visit during the day to check up on Molly, feed her and keep her company.
The owner had originally put up the netting and protection to prevent this incident from happening, but somehow she had managed to break through.
Animal welfare manager at the Mayhew, Zoe Edwards, said: “Poor Molly went through an awful ordeal and must have been in a lot of pain after falling from such a great height.”
“We suspect that Molly managed to break through the netting on her balcony because she was in season.
"When a female cat is in season they are restless and hormonal, and their instincts will make them do everything they can to find a male – which might have been what made Molly so desperate to break through.”
After recovering at the vet clinic for eight weeks, Animal Welfare Officers sent Molly back to her owner to continue her recovery.
The Mayhew Animal Welfare Officers rescue and help hundreds of animals in need every year.