White cat now has to wear factor 50 sunblock after cancer scare

White cat now has to wear factor 50 sunblock after having part of both her ears lopped off to remove painful tumours

  • Pinna, a seven-year-old stray, needed £900 of surgery to remove tumours 
  • The cat from Bradford, West Yorkshire had been badly burned by the sun 
  • Rescuers said Pinna was especially at risk from the sun due to her white fur
  • Bradford Cat Watch Rescue Kittens are looking to permanently home Pinna 

A ‘furious’ white cat who had to have her ears lopped off after contracting skin cancer has transformed into an affectionate feline who looks just like a teddy bear – and now needs to wear sunblock.

Pinna, described as being ‘livid to the core’ in her admission notes, was brought into the rescue centre last month hissing and growling due to the pain in her ears caused by the cancer.

The seven-year-old stray, who’s largely white with black patches, had large dark cancerous patches on her ears caused by years of sunburn which had turned the flesh necrotic.

Katie Lloyd, of Bradford Cat Watch Rescue, pictured with Pinna, right, said the seven-year-old cat had developed skin cancer after being badly sunburned 

Vets had to remove part of Pinna’s ears because they had developed cancerous tumours 

Now Pinna, pictured, will have to be covered with factor 50 sunblock during good weather 

The cat, who is more at risk from the sun because of her white fur, had to undergo a four-hour op to slice off an inch and a half of each ear to remove all the diseased tissue caused by squamous cell carcinoma.

Now after surgery Pinna has transformed and will require factor 50 on her scorched ears and eyebrows every time she steps outside.

Care Co-ordinator at Bradford Cat Watch Rescue Kittens (BCWRK) Katie Lloyd said: ‘She was a right narky knickers when she came in because she was in pain.

‘In her entry notes I just wrote “livid to the core” and other volunteers mentioned they couldn’t get near her without her hissing and growling.

‘Now she’s the most affectionate, loving cat you could ever wish for – it’s such a transformation.

‘She went from being in horrendous pain to it being managed and turned into this adorable cat. She now looks like a teddy bear.’

Katie from Bradford, West Yorkshire, said as soon as they took Pinna in they realised she needed to undergo the £900 surgery.

Katie said: ‘After seeing her ears we knew she needed the operation.

Vets had to treat the cancerous and necrotic tissue on Pinna’s ears to save her life

‘You could see the cancerous, necrotic tissue – it was terrible. One of the pieces was quite pointed and almost snapped off.

‘Having such long surgery is risky as the anaesthetic puts a massive strain on the heart.

‘It took about ten days for her to heal but she’s feeling really good now and loving life at the rescue.

‘Now she’s always seeking attention. She does head bumps, purrs and rolls around on her back wanting her belly rubbed.

‘I think she’s this gorgeous-looking teddy bear but there’s been no interest in her at all, it makes me really sad.’

Now the rescue centre wants to find a permanent home for Pinna, pictured 

Katie said Pinna will need to have factor 50 sunblock slathered on her ears and ‘eyebrows’ where the fur is a bit thinner whenever she goes outside.

Katie said: ‘Ideally she’ll find a new home here in West Yorkshire.

‘She’d suit any family as she’s ok with cats and needs a loving home with people who will love her for the rest of her life.

‘Ideally she’ll be an indoors cat, but if she does go outside she’ll require factor 50 sunblock on her ears and ‘eyebrows’.

‘Sadly it’s very common for animals with white fur to develop this as they’re prone to sunburn.

‘Pinna’s adorable and deserves a loving home.’ 

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