Percy is on the mend after suffering serious injury when he climbed up into a car engine and got too close to the fan belt.
Percy was rescued and brought to the Dumb Friends League, in Colorado. He received medical attention for a severely injured jaw and is recuperating in foster care before eventually being made available for adoption.
The Dumb Friends League writes:
“While the recent warm weather may have us all thinking about spring, winter isn’t over yet, and it’s important to keep our pets in mind! Percy’s story is a powerful reminder of one winter pet safety tip in particular that could help save a life.
“During the colder months, cats left outdoors will often take refuge under the hood of a car in their search to stay warm—which is why the Dumb Friends League recommends banging on the hood of your car or honking loudly before starting your engine in the winter.
“Percy, a 1-year-old red tabby, arrived at the Dumb Friends League with severe injuries consistent with trauma caused by the fan belt of a car or truck where he was hiding, which left him with a badly fractured jaw. Percy required intensive care in our medical center, and our veterinarians performed surgery to repair his fractured jaw. We also fitted him with an external fixation device to help stabilize the bones in his jaw while they heal.
“This incredibly sweet cat is currently recovering in a foster home, and will be up for adoption once he has completely healed. Percy’s story serves as an unfortunate reminder to brush up on these important cold weather safety tips and always keep your cats indoors. Regardless of the weather where you are right now, it’s information that could save a life in the future.”
The Dumb Friends League wrote about Percy at Facebook Wednesday, giving an abbreviated version of his story, and adding in comments:”He’s able to eat wet food normally for now. Once his jaw has healed he should have no trouble with solid food.
“Percy still has some healing to do so he’s not quite ready yet. We expect he’ll be available for adoption in about 2-4 weeks.”
The Dumb Friends League hopes Percy’s story will remind us to continue to check for kittens and cats before starting the car.
Watch this short video about Percy and the dangers to cats when they climb up into car engines. The video may ask you to choose an ad video – you can just wait it out and the Percy video will begin.