Tiger: Maggot Wound Reconstructive Surgery

* Note : Images may be unpleasant for some readers. 

Community cat Tiger disappeared for 2 weeks before returning with a horrific gaping maggot wound on his head. His caregivers have not been able to catch him for sterilisation as he is  wary of humans.  When Tiger was finally spotted at the void deck on Sunday night, he was hungry and weak. Hasan and caregivers were able to move him into a carrier and rushed him to our After Hours Emergency Clinic.

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After missing for 2 weeks, Hasan finally spotted Tiger on 24 July at the void deck. He was rushed to Mount Pleasant After Hours Emergency Clinic to treat the horrific maggot wound.

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More than 100 maggots were removed.

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A surgery is required to close up such a big wound. Before that, the area has to be derided (remove dead, damaged, infected tissue) aseptically & thoroughly flushed daily until a healthy granulation bed has formed.

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Being FIV/FeLV positive & estimated to be 12 years old, Tiger might not do well under general anaesthesia & wound healing may be delayed. No matter what, Tiger’s caregivers Hasan, Tipah, Rokiah, Tina & Richard, have made up their mind to do everything to save his life. Besides Tiger, they are caring for many other community cats in their neighbourhood.

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Verg & Mabel prepare Tiger for surgery.

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There is a considerable amount of loose skin over a cat’s neck that can be mobilised for wound closure. A single pedicle advancement flap is elevated from Tiger’s head & neck skin to stretch over the wound.

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All skin flaps require a clean, healthy recipient bed (free of debris, infection & necrotic tissue) for survival.

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The flap is sutured into position.

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Without caregivers like Hasan & friends, Tiger would not have survived. Tiger will be hospitalised for a few days before going to his new home.


Special Appeal For Tiger
To support caregivers like Hasan, we offer a discount for the medical care of community animals. Tiger has also been sterilised at no cost. Tiger’s caregivers are appealing for funds to help with the medical expenses so they can continue to care for sick or injured community cats. You may visit Tiger at Mount Pleasant Central Vet Clinic @ 232 Whitley Road (Tel: 6250 8333) during visiting hours and speak with our receptionists about helping Tiger. You may also email Hasan at hasan747hsn.nh@gmail.com. Thank you!