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Watford cat owner's fears after fox attack
A Watford cat owner said she is frightened to let her pet outside after a fox attack left it bleeding from two large bite wounds.
Sorcha Ralph’s one-year-old cat Dora turned up on the doorstep of her Westland Road home, with its back covered in blood.
Ms Ralph and her fiancé John took the cat to Medivet in St Albans Road, where it was said it had been attacked by a fox.
The 36-year-old said: "I had let Dora outside in the early evening, about 8pm.
"At about 8.30pm I opened the door to call her and she ran into the house, upon stroking her down her back, I noticed there was a lot of blood.
"I held Dora whilst my fiancé John examined her, at first we had no idea what had happened to her, all we could see was a large hole.
"We thought perhaps some kind of spike had pierced her, we had no idea what had happened. There were two puncture wounds on her back, just by her tail. The fox had obviously caught her from behind."
Dora had an operation to clean the wound - which was deeper than first anticipated - and is now on antibiotics.
The Watford Observer was contacted by two cat owners who found their pets mauled to death by foxes in February and July this year.
Ms Ralph said: "I personally didn’t think that foxes attacked cats, but Dora is very small so I wonder if that made her more of an easy target."
As a kitten, Dora was found in Watford when it was only a few days old, huddled into the bodies of her brothers and sisters, who were all dead. Its mother was nowhere to be seen.
A veterinary nurse hand-reared Dora, before it was given a home by Sorcha and John aged eight weeks.
Dora was found with two puncture wounds on her back.
Ms Ralph said: "Dora cannot go out at the moment, but to be honest I don’t think I am going to allow her to go outside.
"I think after this she is going to have to become a house cat - which is a real shame. Growing up our cats always had the freedom of coming and going as they pleased."
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