SPCA Otago animal attendant Maartje Hyink holds cat Moana
at the Otago SPCA yesterday. Photo by Stephen Jacquiery
A cat found with a slipped collar around its belly, in a
ring of rotted flesh, is healing and ready for adoption.
SPCA Otago animal attendant Maartje Hyink said the 3-year-old
cat was found in Moana Cres, Musselburgh, earlier this year
with a collar around its stomach.
The smell of rotting flesh was ''putrid''. Scars on the
animal revealed the collar had originally been put on the cat
too loosely, she said.
''She's got her paws through.''
The buckle on the red cotton collar had corroded into the
flesh, she said.
A cat owner should be able to put three fingers under a cat
collar; any more and it was too loose.
A safety collar, featuring elastic and a snap release, was
preferable, as a cat could free itself if a collar became
hooked on something.
A Mosgiel vet estimated the collar had been around the cat's
belly for six weeks.
Ms Hyink said a magnet - for a cat door - on the collar had
attracted nails and screws, which had pierced the skin.
The cat was not microchipped but had been desexed and was
After the owner failed to come forward, the cat was named
Moana, after the street where it was found.
The animal had socialised well with both cats and dogs and
was available for adoption.