Cat makes ‘miracle’ recovery after being hit by a bus and finds a new home

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Trudie was hit by a bus and ran away before she could be treated (Picture: PA)

Sweet four-year-old cat Trudie suffered severe head injuries when she was hit by a bus in Luton, Bedfordshire, in March of this year.

Terrified after the accident, the cat ran away before she could be treated.

But thankfully, staff and volunteers at the RSPCA’s Southridge Animal Centre managed to track her down 16 days later, and were able to save the feline’s life.

Trudie was rushed to a local vet for treatment to wire her jaw together and remove her damaged eye.

Mona Jorgensen, Southridge deputy manager, said: ‘It’s a miracle that she’d survived with those horrific injuries, especially as they’d left her unable to eat.

‘She showed that she was a real fighter.’

Thankfully, the RSPCA were able to find her after 16 days and over six months, nursed her back to good health (Picture: PA)

Her fortitude inspired the RSPCA team to name the cat Trudie, after St Gertrude the Patron Saint of Cats.

Over the course of six months, she was nursed back to health and made a ‘miracle’ recovery.

‘After her surgery she was fed via a tube for the first week and then, when she came to our cattery, we slowly weaned her back onto normal food and helped her start walking again,’ said Mona.

‘We all spent so much time with Trudie and she had a special place in all of our hearts.

‘After everything we’d been through, we knew we needed to find her the most amazing home.’

Trudie’s ordeal left her starving hungry and missing an eye, but after being saved by the RSPCA, her luck continued on the up, as she found a perfect home with Dennis Hooper and his partner Shirley Carter.

She’s now found her forever home (Picture: PA)

‘We’re big animal-lovers, particularly cats, and I knew I’d choose an animal who had been through the worst time so I could show them a lovely life,’ said Dennis.

‘She is smashing; she absolutely loves fuss and is a real sweetie… She is progressing really well.

‘When she was rescued she was in such a state and was really emaciated as she’d not eaten for 16 days, but now she’s getting a bit porky so we’re having to cut her food back a bit!’

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