Lola, a young cat from West Kelowna, found herself in a precarious situation when she became stuck to a rat trap covered in glue. A concerned individual brought her to the Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital where Dr. Moshe Oz examined her. Unfortunately, Lola’s entire body and all four legs were attached to the trap, leaving her only able to move her head. It’s believed she had been stuck for up to two days and had become severely dehydrated and malnourished. Dr. Oz noted that if Lola had not been found and brought in when she was, she likely would not have survived much longer.
Lola, a helpless kitten, found herself completely stuck to a glue trap. The rescue team, led by Oz, worked tirelessly for hours to free her from the trap. To make the process as comfortable as possible, Lola was given medication to calm her down, and a mask was put over her face to minimize stress. The hospital carefully used oil to remove Lola from the glue, making sure not to rip off her delicate skin. It was a slow and delicate process, but eventually, Lola was safely freed from the trap.
Kelsey Bakalos, a veterinary assistant, gently extracts the paw from the trap as Lola’s head is covered with a feline muzzle to ensure staff safety and reduce the cat’s stress by blocking her vision. The vet team then provided care to nurse Lola back to health, giving her a bath, administering fluids, antibiotics, and plenty of nourishment and affection. According to Oz, Lola was still frightened after her release, but she has since made significant progress and now behaves like a typical cat.
Rhona Hunt, a receptionist at the Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital, shows off Lola the kitten who has just been treated. Oz, a veterinarian at the hospital, advises against using sticky rat traps. However, if people insist on using them, they should check them every few hours to make sure that no other animals get trapped in them. According to Oz, these traps are not a humane way for animals to die. Often, animals can be trapped for days with no access to food, water or the ability to move. The traps can also attract kittens, babies of wild animals and small wild animals. If an animal is found in the trap, try to take it to a vet for treatment. Lola, who was treated by the hospital using their own funds, is now available for adoption. She is playful, hungry and cute and Oz believes she will find a new home easily.