When adorable white cat Smurf was hit by a car on the streets of Belfast, she probably thought she was having an unlucky day but a subsequent visit to the vet showed that the timing couldn’t have been better.
Like many cats, little Smurf enjoyed lazing in the sun but due to her pale colouring, her ears were badly sun-damaged.
In fact, her sunburn was so extensive and advanced that the vet was forced to remove both of her ear tips and her right eye to save her life.
The issue has sparked a plea to cat owners to consider the implications of allowing your moggy to lounge about in midday heat.
Owner Kat Large said,
A warning to cat owners
In the UK it’s easy to believe that the sun isn’t strong enough to do any lasting damage but Smurf lives in Belfast – not the South of France.
Owners are advised to keep their cats indoors when the sun is at its hottest and pay particular care with white and pale cats.