The Dangers of Air Guns and Pellets

I just wanted to share some of the trauma I have had over the past week. My beautiful, friendly, happy, cheeky cat named Charlie started feeling unwell. I took him to the vet who did an x-ray and discovered to my horror that he had been shot in the face by an air gun.

To any parent considering buying an airgun for a child, please consider the possible dangers that can occur. To any parent who has a child who purchased one without their consent please consider the risk your child poses with a gun. I do not know, and probably will never know if this was an accident or a deliberate attack on my cat – but to cause so much trauma and pain to a friendly, loving and trusting cat is sickening.

Currently, Charlie is on pain medication and antibiotics to reduce the infection. He will be assessed again soon to see if this has sorted the infection. Luckily the pellet is within the soft tissue, it managed to miss his brain and his nasal cavity and whilst very close to the eye seems not to have caused too much damage to it. For now, the plan is to hope medication can work to remove the infection and the pellet can stay in place without causing too much harm. An operation to remove the pellet is very long and has risks to it.  The following photos give some indication of the injury.

Below: The Pellet (the very white blob in the middle of his face) can clearly be seen.

Below: The bright white blob again visible on Charlie’s jawline. Showing how did the pellet has travelled.

Below: Some photos of Charlie in recovery. It’s amazing what a bit of painkiller can do. Although clearly still in pain and fighting an infection he is able to be a bit more comfortable now.

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