Truro’s cat adoption centre is asking for help following the arrival of a ginger and white ex-stray who has had both ears partially removed.
Staff at Cats Protection’s Cornwall Adoption Centre in Carnon Downs took eight-year-old Alfred into care after he was discovered wandering forlornly around Sancreed near Penzance.
It is likely he has been a long-term stray and was visibly underweight and wary of people when he arrived.
After his first vet check, Alfred was diagnosed with a severe skin allergy which was causing lesions and inflammation across his body which has meant that he has had to undergo an operation to partially remove his ears.
He was also found to have signs of early cancer on his ears caused by constant sun exposure whilst living on the streets.
Gareth Williams, deputy adoption centre manager, said: “When Alfred arrived here at the centre he was in a terrible state. His skin must have been almost unbearable. He was covered in scabs and fleas, furiously itching to try and get some relief. As a result of the itching, his skin had become infected and to make matters worse, he had severe sun damage.
“Understandably, he didn’t want anything to do with us when he first arrived.
the next morning he was eager to come out and introduce himself to everyone, chatting and rubbing against us.
“It’s amazing what a good night’s sleep in a warm, safe place will do. Once he realised we could be trusted, we were able to examine him properly, and started him on steroids and antibiotics, getting him on the road to recovery.”
If you have a warm spot in your home for Alfie – get in touch!
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