moomin the cat after being dumped in an alleyway
Moomin was found dumped in an alleyway (Picture: Battersea)

Moomin the cat was found dumped in an alleyway, unable to use her back legs.

We still don’t know who left her there, helpless and alone, but she was lucky to be spotted by a couple who noticed a pushchair had appeared in an alleyway by their home. When the couple went to investigate, they spotted a small black and white cat trying to crawl away.

11-month-old Moomin was quickly fed and taken to Battersea’s London centre, where she was taken to the onsite clinic for emergency x-rays and pain medication.

The team discovered the cat was suffering from Metaphyseal Osteopathy, a disease that can severely affect an animal’s mobility and bones. In this case, the disease had led to a fracture in Moomin’s right back leg and a reduced bone density in her rear left leg, issues which required a complex surgery to fix.

Moomin the black and white cat with her back legs shaved after surgery at battersea's london centre
Thankfully she was found and taken to Battersea’s London centre (Picture: Battersea)

They were able to give Moomin the surgery, which likely saved her life. Had she not been found, the cat would have starved to death, unable to walk and find her own food.

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Once she had recovered from surgery, Moomin began an intensive course of physiotherapy and exercises to get her moving around.

Her treatment plan involved massages from volunteers and gentle exercises, such as rotating her leg for her so she could get used to the movement.

To help her recuperate, Moomin stayed with a foster carer who helped her learn to use her legs in a comfortable home environment.

Now, she’s back at Battersea, able to walk, and ready to find a loving home.

Moomin will need a family who’ll be up for plenty of playtime to keep her active on her leg.

Moomin the black and white cat looking for a home at battersea's london centre
Moomin is back on her feet and looking for a home (Picture: Battersea)

Rachel Saunders, Battersea’s Cattery Manager said: ‘Moomin has really come a long way since she first arrived at Battersea. It was heartbreaking to see such a young cat struggling to walk and clearly in pain.

‘We’re incredibly grateful to the members of the public who did the right thing by rescuing her from an uncertain fate and bringing her to us.

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‘Moomin has been a sweet natured cat throughout her ten week stay and has won staff and volunteers over with her purring and inquisitive ways.

‘After a wobbly start to life, lucky Moomin has now found her feet and we hope it won’t be long until she also finds a new home.’

If you could give Moomin the home she deserves, get in touch with Battersea.

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