After avoiding traps set by Brandon and Area Lost Animal volunteers for two and half weeks, “Butterscotch,” a cat with its head stuck in a plastic bug catcher, was caught early Saturday. The cat is now resting and will be put up for adoption. (SUBMITTED)
Brandon’s best known feline friend is now recovering after two and half weeks on the run with its head stuck in a plastic bug catcher.
"Butterscotch" the cat made headlines around the country for having his head stuck in what was first thought to be a bird feeder.
It is now known that he actually had a plastic bug catcher, which was about 30 centimetres long and 10 to 15 centimetres wide, around his neck.
"The problem was the plastic ring," said Jennifer Beckwith, a veterinarian at Grand Valley Animal Clinic. "He’d stuck his head through the top of it and had managed to basically break it apart, but the ring was still hanging from his neck."
For more than two weeks, Brandon and Area Lost Animals volunteers watched the cat and attempted to lure him into large traps.
Unfortunately the work of a suspicious individual in the neighbourhood made BALA’s job much more difficult than it should have been.
"The amount of time it took to catch this cat is ridiculous," said Toni Gramiak, a volunteer and spokesperson for BALA. "All of our volunteers and the amount of hours they worked for this was incredible. This is all volunteer and we all still have jobs to do."
Nothing deterred the team from capturing Butterscotch and making sure the cat received proper medical care to remove the rest of the bug trap from around his neck.
Once caught in a trap early Saturday, the cat arrived at Grand Valley Animal Clinic around 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
He was sedated in order to remove the bug trap.
"The vet carefully cut the ring from around his neck," Gramiak said. "While sedated, he was neutered."
Butterscotch has also been tested, vaccinated and dewormed while at the clinic.
The cat is now resting and learning to trust people again. Like all rescued animals, Butterscotch will be held for 72 hours for an owner to claim him.
Then he will be placed with a Funds for Furry Friends foster home until the perfect long-term home can be found for him.
"He needs time to reveal his true self," Gramiak said. "Often when animals come into the pound worried and scared, they behaved differently after they get used to people and trust again."
Gramiak is also the cat adoption co-ordinator with Funds for Furry Friends.
Once Butterscotch shows his real personality, he will be able to be adopted. In the meantime, the feline will be able to relax with his head free from the bug trap.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 11, 2014