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Matt the matted cat has life-changing make-over


What a transformation! This abandoned Persian is a whole new cat after plenty of TLC from his local vet.

He was found dumped in a box on Kilburn High Road in London and the RSPCA brought him to the Well Animal Clinic in West Hempstead.

Following examinations from their vets, they found that as well as his incredibly matted coat (which was so severe he was unable to pass any faeces) he also had a rotten infected mouth, loose painful teeth and heavily infected ears, as well as being severely dehydrated.

MattStaff at the clinic named him Matt as a nod to his very matted coat, and the following day he was treated under anaesthetic. His coat was shaved off as there was no other option, his infected ears were washed out and cleaned, and vet Christian LeVan operated on his mouth to remove his bad teeth.

It was also found that he had a broken jaw due to the infection weakening his jaw bones, so a stainless steel wire was placed in his jaw to realign it and allow it to heal.

Over the next few days Matt needed syringe feeding and ongoing pain relief as he was unable to eat, but luckily three days later he started eating his food and his personality began to shine through - he is talkative, lively, friendly and obviously feels a lot better!

After a week of TLC from Well Animal Clinic he has gone from strength to strength and is now back to a good body weight and eating well. 

The staff also took him out into the garden for his first ever experience of fresh air and sunshine and he seemed to really enjoy himself, as you can see (left).

The wire in his jaw will be removed next week and he has also had his vaccinations and treated for worms. 

He will be ready to be rehomed in a few weeks, if anyone would be interested in giving him a loving new home, contact Well Animal Clinic on 0207 435 1010 in the first instance.

Cat competition!

Win an Argo Petaboard cat carrier!

The top-loading ARGO Petaboard carrier is sure to turn heads whilst out and about with your cat!

It's lightweight (weighing just 2.2lb), offers great visibility, has a padded interior for total comfort, is water resistant and airline approved.

One of its best features are its extensive side pockets (for any holding important vaccination or travel documents) as well its top-loading mesh opening, with triple security features.

It's easy to clean, has handy shoulder straps, measures 42cm(L) x 24cm(W) and 28cm(H) and is available in five bright colours (pictured here in petal pink).

Buy it for £37.50 from Purrfect Homes.

We have one petal pink Argo Petaboard cat carrier up for grabs!

How to win an Argo Petaboard cat carrier:

If you receive the Your Cat newsletter, there will be a link on the email to update your details and a tick box option to enter the competition. Click here to register to the Your Cat newsletter if you don't already receive it. The closing date is 12pm on Thursday July 24, 2014. Good luck! This competition is for UK residents only.

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Cat health

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Follow vet Dr Bradley Viner's essential advice to make your visit to the vet clinic quicker and easier.

My cat is washing himself bald!

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Outdoor cats

Help, other cats use my cat flap!

Intruding cats can cause a lot of stress to resident felines so read our advice on how to stop them using your cat flap.

How can I grow catnip at home?

Plants like catnip and cat mint should be the first choice for gardeners with cats — and you can grow them yourself!

Kitten care

How to socialise your kitten

How can we ensure our kittens become well balanced, sociable cats? Follow these invaluable tips.

VIDEO: A safe kitten home?

Watch our video to find out how you can prepare your home (and make it safe) for the arrival of your kitten.