Two-year-old Arthur, was missing for several days and eventually arrived home with the rusty metal trap clamped to his back leg. Vets had to amputate his leg, but he made an astoundingly quick recovery.
The surgery was a success and back at home he shocked everyone with the incredible speed of his recovery – he was soon dashing about on three legs as if nothing had happened.
The winner will be decided by a public vote via the charity’s website - www.pdsa.org.uk/petsurvivor.
Arthur was entered into the competition by his owner, Gemma Harris, 31, who described the moment she found Arthur: “It’s unlike him to stay away from home like that, so I was relieved when I heard him meowing early one morning. But my relief quickly turned to horror when I found him half way up the stairs dragging a rusty metal trap.”
Arthur was rushed straight to Ardmore Vets in Sudbury, who estimated the accident had probably happened on the first night he went missing.
Gemma added: “The trap was so heavy I can’t imagine how he’d managed to get home, through the cat flap and halfway up the stairs. He was in a terrible state –his claws were gone and his teeth were damaged. We think he’d chewed through the string attached to the trap.”
But Arthur’s ordeal was still not over. Vet Kitty Craig said: “Arthur’s leg was in such a bad state that it couldn’t be saved – the only option was to amputate.
“However, Arthur was already very weak and there was no guarantee he would survive the operation or recovery. But he’d shown incredible determination to get home to safety, so we knew we had to give him a chance.”
Only one vote per person is allowed and the winner will receive the coveted PDSA Pet Survivor trophy and a year’s free PDSA pet insurance. Voting closes at midnight on Sunday, December 4.