Saturday, 13 July 2013

Snow white cat Luna loses both ears after getting sunburnt in Scotland

Luna the cat looks a bit down after having her ears removed – but it may just save her life.

The eight-year-old white stray risked skin cancer after getting sunburnt on the streets of Kilmarnock in Scotland.

Her hearing is fine after losing the blistered ears and charity Cats Protection in North Ayrshire is now looking for a new home for her.

‘Every cat is different and she has had a rough time,’ explained volunteer Nina Chisholm.

‘She needs time to get her confidence back. She can be loving when she knows you but she is quite guarded.

‘People might be put off by the way she looks, but cats that have problems like only three legs or a missing eye quite often get the sympathy vote.’

The charity also urged people with pale-skinned cats to make sure their pets are protected from the sun.

‘White or pale coloured cats are most vulnerable to sunlight because they have little pigment or hair to protect them from harmful UVB waves,’ explained the charity’s director Maggie Roberts.

‘To help reduce the risk of sunburn, try to keep susceptible cats indoors or in the shade between 11am and 4pm when the sun is at its hottest.’

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