Readers, this is a strange story, but it’s important for people to realize what a tough life feral cats have. It also shows a very unusual accident that happened to one feral cat. Maybe it should be added to my article Accidental Ways To Kill A Cat. I’ve never heard of this happening, but it’s good information to know.
Images of this cat have gone viral in the few weeks since her rescue. The cat, now named Robinson 3, is a feral. She’s being treated at a veterinary clinic in Warwick, Rhode Island after being found in Narragansett. Now for the puzzling situation: Robinson had the sharp remains of a glass jar stuck around her neck.
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The nearest anyone can guess is that somehow the cat got her head accidentally stuck inside a jar when licking up some food inside it. This poor kitty had to break the jar in order to breathe by banging her head against something hard. That must have been dangerous with shards of glass flying around her eyes. A wide band of jagged glass remained around her neck after she successfully smashed the jar, making a tight collar. Smashing it must have been an act of desperation.
It reminds me of the kitten in Kenya who go his head stuck in a plastic container and no one wanted to free him because they thought the cat was a possessed person.
Robinson 3 was rescued by volunteer Liz Skrobisch and taken to the Rhode Island Community Spay and Neuter Clinic, who also helped in the rescue. She is now free of the jar and plans made to spay her. The jar was fairly easy to remove. It smashed open when clipped. Perhaps pliers were used.
It’s estimated that Robinson wore the glass collar for as long as three weeks. People were looking for her and traps were set in order to trap the kitty so she could be helped.
PawsWatch, a group of feral rescue volunteers who help more than 1000 cats each year through TNRM, is caring for the cat. They have a Facebook page here.
PawsWatch works through local vets using volunteers to get discounted services for the feral cat colonies they manage. It’s nice they had a place at their rescue for this poor kitty to recover.
Robinson 3 has now gone viral, thanks to the internet spreading the photo of her with the “glass collar.” Hopefully it will help spread the word that TNR works. And to keep all glass jars out of the reach of cats.