Missy has a lucky but smoky escape!

Missy and her family (furred and human) were involved in a house fire this year. Read on to learn her story.

Missy is a very sweet 6-year-old female speyed Ragdoll that presented to the Animal Emergency Centre in Hallam over the Queen’s Birthday weekend in June.

Missy’s drama began on the Saturday night when the family home caught fire. The fire brigade eventually extinguished the fire but it was not known where the 3 cats were.

‘Toddy’ was found outside wandering around the yard, limping on his right back leg due to burns to his paw. These were treated.

The search was on for Missy and the third cat in the household. There was very little left inside the house and Missy was found inside the most burnt out room, hiding behind a bookcase. Missy’s beautiful Ragdoll coat was badly singed over her entire body; she had singed whiskers and severe burns to all her paw pads, her back legs and her ears. She was in a right state when she was presented to the AEC, and she appeared to be suffering the effects of smoke inhalation along with the burns to her feet.

Missy was given strong pain relief; she was physically examined as to the extent of her burns and was placed into an oxygen cage soon after arrival to assist with her breathing.

Missy was admitted to hospital for 24-hour monitoring and care and was treated for smoke inhalation and burns. Smoke inhalation can cause severe damage and swelling to the upper and lower airways and damage to the lung tissue itself. Breathing difficulties result.

After a few days in hospital on treatments, Missy’s breathing had improved remarkably and arrangements were made to transfer her to her regular veterinarian for ongoing management of her burns.

Six weeks down the track, she returned to have her burn wounds reassessed by our specialist surgery department and they were all healing well. Missy’s owners found their other missing cat and the three cats are extremely happy that they have finally been reunited.