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Open Window Warning After Dramatic Rise in Cat Injuries

18 July 2014

UK - With temperatures soaring, Blue Cross is warning pet owners of the dangers of open windows after 22 cats were injured by falls in just one month.

In some cases curiosity really does kill the cat as despite the belief that they always land safely on their feet, the force at which cats land can cause massive internal and facial injuries.

Sadly, cats do not always survive.

Mark Bossley, head vet at Blue Cross animal hospital in Victoria, says: “Each year we see a number of cats like Chloe who have sustained injuries due to falling out of open windows.”

cat, window warning, blue crossChloe (pictured) was rushed to the Blue Cross Victoria animal hospital after falling from a seventh floor balcony in London.

The three-year-old moggy was treated for a split palate and bruising to her legs. This meant she was unable to eat properly for a week and struggled with walking.

Chloe is expected to make a full recovery, but some inquisitive cats suffer much more serious wounds after falling from dizzying heights.

Mark adds: “It is important for owners to remember that although cats have tremendous agility, accidents can happen and these types are more common that people might think.

“In some cases there is nothing we can do and the cat passes away.”

Blue Cross is urging owners living above the ground floor to keep their cats away from open windows and balconies, or to cover open windows with a mesh screen to stop curious cats from falling out.

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