AN ABANDONED kitten had a close shave after he was found with his whiskers cut off and fur daubed with paint.
The five-month-old feline was found tied up outside the RSPCA’s Ealing clinic on Uxbridge Rd. His claws had also been cut off and white patches on his coat were covered in orange paint or dye.
But now this colourful cat has been named Mandarin by staff at the RSPCAs Southall Cattery in Burket Close, who have been caring for him since he was found on 12 March and hope to find a loving home for him.
Cattery supervisor Clare Raynor said she was relieved when she discovered Mandarin had no major injuries but will still shocked at the state he was in when staff found him.
She said: “I thought he was covered in blood when I first saw him and then I realised it was some sort of paint or dye. I’ve never seen something like this before and I can’t understand why anyone would do it. He’s a little darling and completely trusting so it’s terrible that someone took advantage of that.”
Anyone who is interested in giving Mandarin a home can visit the cattery between 11am and 4.30pm every day except Wednesday. Alternatively, they can ring 0300 1230746.
More information about the centre can be found on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Rspca-Southall-Cattery