An airgun attack that left pellets embedded in the body of a cat couldn’t stop the young puss from caring for five tiny kittens.
The Lincolnshire stray was taken in by Cats Protection’s Skegness and District Branch after being found with her kittens in a garden in Croft Bank.
A vet check revealed that the 18-month-old moggy had two air gun pellets lodged inside her – one behind her ear and another in her neck.
“At 18-months-old she’s barely an adult herself yet in her short life she has been attacked with an air gun, fended for herself as a stray and reared five kittens. And after all that, she’s the friendliest cat I’ve probably ever come across.”
Leoni needed surgery to remove the pellets to prevent future complications, due to their location.
The branch has now launched a fundraising appeal to help with the cost of her treatment. Any money raised above the target will go towards care for needy cats in the area.
Fiona said: “Leoni is a delightful cat and we’re so pleased she was discovered and we could get her the help she needed. Along with surgery to remove the pellets, she’s also now been neutered and her future looks much brighter.”
Leoni has been rehomed with one of her kittens, Leonard, while her other four kittens have also gone to new homes.
Sadly, Leonie’s story is not a one-off with many cats attacked by air guns every year, often sustaining life-changing or fatal injuries. Although official figures are not collected, Cats Protection’s monitoring of media reports shows that in 2020 there were over 100 reported cases of horrific air gun attacks on cats.