LONDON, ENGLAND – The young cat, named Molly, lived as a house cat in a tower block and had regular access to a balcony that had netting across to prevent her from escaping.
However, she somehow managed to break through the protection on her owner’s balcony and fell to the ground.
Molly had not yet been spayed and was in season, which experts said could explain why she was so desperate to get out to find a male.
A member of the public, who lives in the tower block but did not know the cat’s owner, spotted Molly just as she was coming into the building with her son.
The injured and frightened-looking cat was huddled in a corner just by the entrance, with blood coming out of her nose.
The woman brought Molly to The Mayhew animal rescue centre in Kensal Green, where vets took care of her injuries.
Molly was given X-rays and also an ultrasound, and was found to be suffering from a broken front leg and a fractured pelvis.
She was put on pain relief, her limbs were bandaged, and she was kept at the centre while animal welfare officers tried to track down her owners.
Molly’s owner, an elderly lady, was eventually found and she has since been reunited with the cat – who was also spayed at the centre.
The pensioner had been in hospital and had made arranged for someone to visit during the day to check up on Molly, feed her and keep her company.
The lady had owned cats all her life and always had them spayed/neutered, but had been wrongly advised that she needed to wait for Molly to be at least six months before getting her spayed.
The Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Manager, Zoe Edwards, stated: “Poor Molly went through an awful ordeal and must have been in a lot of pain after falling from such a great height.
“We suspect that Molly managed to break through the netting on her balcony because she was in season. When a female cat is in season they are restless and hormonal, and their instincts will make them do everything they can to find a male – which might have been what made Molly so desperate to break through.”
“A female cat can actually get pregnant from as young as 4 months of age, when they are still technically kittens themselves. Unfortunately it’s this common misconception that you need to wait for cats to be older before neutering, which adds to the number of cats who end up on the streets or at our shelter.”
There was also a happy twist in the story – the woman who found Molly formed a friendship with her owner, and now visits her and her adventure-seeking cat on a regular bases.