Kaya the Cat’s tale that teaches a valuable lesson

Look at those eyes! Kaya is doing fine now, but she suffered quite an ordeal. (Photo by Patricia Kraft)
By Patricia Kraft

Kaya came to Maggie’s House, the cat house at Big Canoe Animal Rescue, in early June from a local veterinarian’s office where she had been treated for collar injuries.
Kaya, a stray, is a young short-haired white cat with beautiful green eyes. She had been fending for herself for some time. Her buckle collar was partially embedded in her neck producing a foul odor. Kaya’s front leg had become entrapped in the collar when she tried desperately to pull it off. This only made matters worse as the sharp edge of the collar cut into the skin and muscle tissue under her front leg.

Look at those eyes! Kaya is doing fine now, but she suffered quite an ordeal. (Photo by Patricia Kraft)

How did this happen to Kaya? We think her original owners thought their white kitten’s fashionable look would be complete with a pink rhinestone collar. They buckled it on, forgot about it, and unfortunately Kaya somehow became separated from them. Day after day the collar tightened around her neck as the kitten grew and struggled with her entrapped leg.
It must have been weeks before Kaya was found. Fortunately, she was rescued and taken to a local veterinarian who treated her with pain medication and later surgery to clean the wounds.
Kaya recuperated from her injuries at Maggie’s House for almost three weeks. Volunteers were there to give her plenty of TLC.
Kaya’s case highlights the injury dangers cats face from collars that have no fast release mechanism or collars without the ability to stretch. A microchip is a safer way to identify a cat. BCAR routinely implants microchips in all cats as part of professional vet care.
A microchip is a radio-frequency identification (RFID) that is about the size of a grain of rice. It has three parts: a small computer chip, electronics, and a silicone capsule. The microchip is inserted under the cat’s scruff with a special needle and syringe. When activated by a handheld scanner, the chip emits an alphanumeric code that uniquely identifies the cat.
If your cat is ever lost and taken to a veterinary hospital, animal shelter, or another place that scans for a microchip, the code will come up on the scanner. If you have failed to register the chip or keep your contact information current, the microchip will be of no help in reuniting you with your cat.
Get your cat or dog chipped today and keep on top of it!