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11th Aug, 2022

Robert the allotment cat making full recovery after eye surgery in Solihull

Sarah Mason 13th Mar, 2022 Updated: 15th Mar, 2022

A CAT who tweets about life on a Birmingham allotment can now set his sights on an even brighter future after undergoing eye surgery in Solihull.

Robert the allotment cat had been suffering from an infected corneal ulcer in his right eye when he was referred to Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service.

The six-year-old moggy, who has no official owner as he’s lived wild and free on the allotments in Perry Barr since 2017, is on the mend now thanks to plotholder Kate Millington, from Great Barr, who first spotted he had a problem.

She said: “I noticed his eye had started weeping and took him to our local vets.

“I took him home to keep an eye on him, thinking it would be for a few days but it ended up being two months, as the vets referred him to Willows for an operation.

“We put up an appeal on Twitter for help to fund the surgery and raised the money in two days, which was amazing and shows just how popular Robert is.”

Robert has hordes of admirers and two special carers who make sure he is is fed and watered every day, as well as helping to document his day-to-day life on social media.

Willows’ ophthalmology clinician Alberto Pallela Gomes took charge of the case and admitted: “It was quite an unusual one for us because we were aware of Robert’s legion of supporters on Twitter.

“His problem was quite familiar, though, as we see many cases of similar corneal ulcers that require surgery.

“Robert recovered very well from surgery.

“He has good vision again in the right eye with only a little scar tissue on the cornea.”

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