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Stray cat has ears REMOVED after getting sunburned

Owners are being warned to protect their pets from hot weather after a stray cat had its sunburnt ears removed.

The plea was issued when Kahlo, from Tunbridge Wells, was taken in by Cats Protection after giving birth to five kittens.

Vets made the decision to remove her ears because of significant burns caused by the heat, which had left her in severe pain. 

Pale cats like Kahlo, who is white, are particularly vulnerable to sun damage, the charity said. 

‘She’s been left with no ears, though her hearing shouldn’t be affected,’ said Danielle Draper, manager of Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre in Sussex.

‘White cats are particularly vulnerable to sunburn, but all cats should be kept safe from the sun during hot weather.

‘Kahlo’s ears must have been very painful, and we’re hoping she will now be able to lead a happier, healthier life.’

It is recommended that owners keep cats indoors during the hottest parts of the day, which traditionally between 10am and 3pm.

‘If that’s not possible, then provide sources of shade in your garden using cat-friendly plants and allow access to a shed or outhouse if possible,’ she added.

Owners have also been advised to speak with vets about feline-friendly sunblock.  

The charity is now looking for an owner for Kahlo who must be committed to keeping her indoors.

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