7 June, 2023
Hospital ‘therapy’ cat shot
A sad and scary moment for Gilgandra, after the hospital cat ‘Honey’ has found to have been shot in the leg.
While Honey is recovering well after his surgery, the
circumstances have left hospital staff and patients concerned.
“The cat is a roamer at night, but we’re not sure what
exactly happened,” said Gilgandra MPS manager, John
After hospital staff noticed Honey had a sore foot,
they took her to the vet where it was thought to be a bite.
“Nadine Allen, the vet, said there were two puncture
marks, so she put it down to a spider bite or something.
She sent Honey off with some antibiotics and that’s all
everyone thought it was,” Mel Phillips explained, one of
Gilgandra’s hospital administration staff who has grown
very fond of Honey.
After a week of Honey still not bearing weight on his
foot, staff and patients began to worry it wasn’t getting
any better. They took him in for an x-ray, and the vet
claims to have found what appeared to be the remains of
a bullet in his leg.
“She noticed a lump in his leg, and we agreed for
him to have surgery to have it removed,” said Ms
Phillips. “It’s just really scary, he’s well loved and
someone has shot at him. He only goes to the hospital
grounds and Coo-ee Lodge.”
Honey is microchipped, and is well known around
After appearing as a stray kitten 18 months ago, he
became part of the furniture.
“He’s the therapy cat for up here, the residents adore
him. We have regular families that feed him, so he really
doesn’t venture very far,” said Ms Phillips.
The incident has been reported to the police, and they are investigating.