There are many things I must endure because I am a diabetic cat and many of them are not fun. But because I am an indoor only cat, there are things that I do not have to worry about. There are many risks that felines who are outdoor felines have to be careful for. However, an illegal bear trap is not something that any cat, indoor or out, should have to worry about.
Scruffy, a tabby cat who lives in Royal Oaks, California, unfortunately had to endure the pain inflicted by a bear trap. These traps are illegal and for good reason. Never mind the damage they can inflict on a cat like Scruffy. If a human is caught in one, the damage can be very severe. It is likely that a broken ankle will result.
Now imagine that on a smaller feline paw. That’s why Scruffy’s cat rescue story is so amazing. He dragged himself back home with the trap attached and a four foot long chain. His human went to pet him, and realized that the poor feline had his paw caught in the trap. Scruffy was immediately rushed to the East Lake Animal Clinic.
The humans in white coats were able to remove the bear trap from Scruffy’s leg, but it took two of them a lot of work to do this. Scruffy has lost all feeling in the paw below the point where the trap clamped down, and it’s very possible he may need to have his paw amputated.
Scruffy is recovering. One of the humans in white coats said that Scruffy is “bright, alert, happy, purring, and doing all the kitty things he should be doing.” That is good news, and means that the cat rescue story will be a happy one. And these humans in white coats were very kind. While Scruffy’s human would gladly have paid for the treatment, they are not asking for any green paper things.
In the meantime, the local SPCA is investigating. These traps are very dangerous, and Scruffy’s human is worried that a small human “could easily step into one of those traps and get hurt.” Then instead of a cat rescue story, we will have to talk about a human rescue story.
Let’s hope that the illegal traps are removed, and that both small humans and felines can play safely.