A STRICKEN cat who was rescued after becoming trapped in a two-inch gap in a garage wall is recovering well at the RSPCA’s Newbrook Farm Animal Hospital in Frankley.
Two of the charity’s animal collection officers, assisted by the fire brigade, had to dismantle a garage wall to rescue the trapped cat.
The RSPCA received a call on Friday afternoon (May 11) from a concerned local resident who could hear the cat in distress as she went to her garage.
Animal collection officers Sophie Wilson and David Hollinshead attended and could see that the gap was six inches at one end but tapered down to just two inches at the other end.
The officers spent three hours at the property in Willenhall, using specialist equipment, including a reach and rescue pole, trying to free the moggy who is now recovering at an RSPCA hospital.
ACO Hollinshead said: “The cat was about 15 feet from the wider end, and was stuck in a gap that was less than three inches wide.
“The poor thing was terrified – we know cats are naturally curious but I have no idea how he got himself so stuck.”
The fire brigade was asked to attend to assist the rescue as it became clear the cat would not be able to be pulled out of the spot but part of the garage wall would have to be dismantled to free it.
With the help of a local resident access was made to one of the garages and bricks were removed from the wall.
Eventually ACO Hollinshead was able to get hold of the cat and gradually ease it out from between the bricks.
He said: “I was amazed at quite how tightly he was stuck and I had to be so careful easing him out millimeter by millimeter.”
The cat was initially taken to a local vet surgery for pain relief and fluids but he was then moved to the Frankley Centre for further treatment.
He is still receiving treatment, and is due to have x-rays as he appears to be limping, but it is hoped he will make a full recovery.
Unfortunately the cat was not microchipped so the RSPCA have not been able to trace an owner, he is a neutered male adult cat and appears in good condition so it is believed he does have an owner out there missing him.
If you recognise the cat you can call the RSPCA inspectorate line on 0300 123 8018.