Adorable tabby cat Alfie is back home in Whaplode after cheating death by a whisker when he was shot with an airgun outside his home.
The four-year-old “little baby” suffered bowel wounds in five places after an airgun pellet went through its coat, ribs and lung when he was shot between 8am and 9.30am on Saturday, July 4.
Cats are quite resilient in what they can cope with and it seems as if Alfie is out of the woods nowJeremy Young, Youngs Veterinary Partnership
A vet who treated Alfie said his injuries would have been fatal if the pellet had been “an inch or two” nearer the liver.
Owner Shelley Flounders (33) said: “Alfie seems a lot better after having a check-up at the vets last week.
“He is healing fine, eating and drinking normally and seems a lot more like his normal self.
“The stitches will be coming out next week and it seems as if we were very lucky.”
Police suspect Alfie was shot while having “a roam” around Whaplode, but his injuries were only discovered when he came out from hiding under a bed with his coat covered in blood.
Jeremy Young of Youngs Veterinary Partnership in Peterborough, who treated Alfie, said: “Essentially, he had a wound that at first glance seemed similar to a bite or puncture wound on the right hand side of his body.
“But we looked at it more closely and the pellet was very obvious as soon as we x-rayed Alfie who would have died if the pellet had been an inch or two nearer the liver.
“However, cats are quite resilient in what they can cope with and it seems as if Alfie is now out of the woods.”
Shelley added: “Alfie is like my little baby and we’re very attached to each other, so he isn’t allowed out because I’m just too scared that something will happen to him.
“We’re at the point where we hope someone will come forward to the police.”
Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident number 289 of July 5.