Poor cat left fighting for life after being stabbed nine times in savage attack

A cat was left close to death after being repeatedly stabbed in a knife attack after her owner had a mental health episode.

Katie was lucky to survive after suffering nine stab wounds to her neck and lower body, according to the RSPCA.

Police officers rescued the critically injured pet from her attacker, who was suffering from a mental health episode at the time.

Katie was losing a lot of blood and was rushed for emergency treatment at a nearby veterinary clinic, Manchester Evening News reports.

The seven-year-old cat needed multiple stitches on her wounds and some of her fur had to be shaved off so she could undergo surgery.

Vets weren't sure if the cat would pull through, but the brave feline has since recovered from her ordeal.

She spent two months rehabilitating in RSPCA care at the animal charity’s Oldham and Bury branch and, apart from her scars, has made a full recovery.

Katie has now been rehomed with her new owner Jasmine Dickinson, 28, and is almost unrecognisable from the photos taken on the day she was injured.

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Jasmine, who lives in Wigan, said: "I had cats as pets when I was younger and was looking to adopt when I came across Katie.

"I applied to be her owner and the centre told me what she had been through and I was even more keen to offer her a loving home.

"She is such a sweet-natured cat and she has really latched on to me – wherever I am she is not far away. She loves to sit on my knee and is very affectionate and likes to be stroked – even on her neck which is still scarred but is certainly getting better.

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"I work from home as an accountant and if I am on my laptop she will lay on the bed nearby very relaxed.

"Sometimes she gets nervous – especially if people come to the house who she is unfamiliar with. At first, she would run and hide under the bed – but she seems to be getting used to this more now.

"She seems to know my parents when they visit and is getting more trusting.

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"When I first got her in March, you could see some scars but her fur has grown back lovely and she has put on weight – in fact the vet said she had probably put on a bit too much weight!

"She seems such a happy and content cat and has made a great addition to my home."

RSPCA inspector Ryan King, who helped rescue Katie, said: "I am glad to see how well Poppy has settled in with her new owner – it is a remarkable turnaround for her."

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