Foster family needed for cat found injured in Cannington

A cat found in Cannington last week is on the mend after vets discovered she had a hernia the size of a grapefruit.

According to the Kawartha Lakes Animal Wellness Society (KLAWS), a cat, now known as Gem, was found early Friday (Aug. 25) morning at a barn in Cannington. She was wet and dragging her back leg.

“She was posted to our KLAWS networking group as in need of urgent medical attention and her rescuers sister rushed to get her into care,” reads a KLAWS Facebook post.

Gem the cat

“We left a message for our vet, Morris Veterinary Hospital, prior to them opening this morning to say a kitty would be coming in. They responded right away and assisted us and we can’t thank them enough. They go above and beyond for our KLAWS kitties countless times.”

Once at the veterinarian’s office, KLAWS says it was determined Gem had a hernia the size of a grapefruit. Once she was stabilized, it became clear Gem was pregnant.

“She had multiple holes in her abdominal wall. Her uterus was ruptured and there was a free floating fetus in the abdomen. Kittens did not survive,” reads the Facebook post.

“They believe this hernia was at least a week old and looks like she may have been kicked or stepped on. No broken bones. All holes were closed and antibiotics have been given. She will be staying on fluids with pain meds over night at our vets and likely staying till Monday. She is stable at this point, and has surprised the vets and has licked some food. However it still very questionable on the outcome at this time.”

On Saturday (Aug. 26) morning, KLAWS noted Gem was recovering well.

“Gem made it through the night, she just ate and took her meds and is currently purring. She’s a trooper that’s for sure,” reads an update from the vet, posted by KLAWS.

“Still looking for a foster for this lady when she is released, hopefully Monday (Aug. 28). We thought we had one lined up but unfortunately that has fallen (through). If you can help, please email us at,” reads a comment from KLAWS later in the day on Saturday.

“We are (looking for) inside only and she would need a room of her own for a period of time to recover, assess her and then if any other animals in the home, do slow introductions. We keep all kitties until they find their forever homes, so no idea how long they’d be with you.”

As of Friday night, KLAWS had received $185 worth of donations to assist with Gem’s medical bills.

Donations can be made via PayPal or e-transfer (using password 4klaws) to You can also call the vet at 705-878-8300 and make donations directly to the KLAWS account.

To close their Facebook post, KLAWS thanked Gem’s rescuer by name.

“This shows how resilient cats are, so please keep this in mind. They deserve love, affection and a warm bed. Thank you to her rescuer Bethaney for reaching out for help. We will do all we can. Please say prayers for Gem.”

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