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Cat who had tops of ears removed to prevent cancer looking for home

A cat which had to have the tops of her ears removed because sun damage caused pre-cancerous cells is in need of a home.

Nancy is being looked after by the charity Cats Protection in Tendring.

The five year old's spent most of her life outdoors, her pale ears are more susceptible to harmful rays.

"Cats with white or pale coloured ears, or noses, are particularly susceptible to the sun's harmful rays - with some cats, like Nancy, needing drastic surgery to repair sun-damaged skin. Poor Nancy was in quite a state when she first arrived in our care, with both ears having sustained serious sun damage. To prevent any risk of cancer, she had to have the tops removed."

– Julie Clouting, Nancy's fosterer
Nancy had the tops of her ears removed to prevent skin cancer. Credit: Cats Protection

Staff say Nancy will need some outdoor space to explore in her new home with lots of shady areas such as large shrubs or artificial shade such as a pop-up tent.

Nancy would need a short settling in period in her new home. Credit: Cats Protection

"Nancy can be a bit shy at first but despite all she's been through, she is such a sweet and caring cat who needs a second-chance at finding her forever home. Now fully recovered from her surgery, we are desperate to find her a home, with patient owners, where she can be the only pet needing love and attention."

– Julie Clouting, Nancy's fosterer