REVEALED: Why my cat has the cross of St George cut into his belly – and how I now need YOUR advice to help his emotional scars to heal too
11:19 GMT, 18 October 2012
Of all the kind responses I’ve had to the piece I wrote about my Battersea Dogs Home cat Ted, I find one disturbing.
It was from a man from South London. He said the mysterious red cross scar on Ted’s tummy was probably not the result of him ‘accidentally’ jumping into a pot of boiling water, as the woman who dumped him and fled said.
'Does he have to be scarred for life': Amanda Platell wonders if her cat Ted, who she rescued from Battersea cats and dogs home, will ever recover from the abuse he suffered
'That’s what they do to torment dogs and cats,’ he said. ‘Pit bulls or kittens, they cut the Cross of St George on their bellies.'
Our national flag used to mark defenseless animals.
Amanda says Ted's behaviour is hyperactive and fight-fuelled – and wonders if readers might offer advice to help
When I took Ted, he had virtually no
hair on his body from the waist down, it had all been burnt off.
tail, swollen feet, naked little legs, a bare belly and just this big
red raw cross on his stomach.
Ted is the only cat I’ve lived with for 50 years who doesn’t like his tummy tickled. He hates it.
He is also an absurdly affectionate, hyperactive, fight fuelled psycho cat.
This week while attacking a family of squirrels he fell 20ft from a tree onto pavement stones.
then did an impersonation of the armless Black Knight in Monthy
Python’s Holy Grail.
Staggering around like a drunkard he looked at me
as if to say: ‘It’s just a flesh wound. I’ve had worse.’ And I fear he
I was just wondering
if there were any other animal lovers out there who have had similar
experiences with psycho animals, be they dogs or cats, who have any
ideas about how to help them.
can’t bare the thought that Ted was tortured, first dropped in boiling
water then cut. But does he have to be scarred for life