A kitten was abused so badly by his owners he was left with a detached jaw and unable to see.
Felix could not even walk properly when a concerned member of the public alerted the RSPCA.
Wirral Magistrates Court heard how the eight-month-old kitten’s jaw was left detached from his chin for six weeks before he was seen by a vet.
Owners Kyle Evans, 29 and his partner Abigail Hanrahan, 30, from Birkenhead, claimed the injury was caused by the kitten running into a litter tray.
But the court heard from an expert veterinary witness who suggested the injury was more likely due to a physical attack.
The couple pleaded guilty to a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a cat by failing to provide prompt and appropriate veterinary attention and magistrates banned them from keeping animals for ten years.
RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes, who investigated the case, said: ‘He really was in state and obviously the injury to his jaw – which had been left untreated – was causing a lot of suffering.
‘The vet also found a swelling to his head which caused blindness but with treatment his sight has been restored.
‘It seems he has a brain injury which means he can be wobbly when he walks but he is doing so well considering and is such a lovely cat.
‘He was so timid at first but now he has been in the care of the RSPCA he likes nothing more than to be stroked. He has come on leaps and bounds.
‘There is never any excuse not to seek veterinary treatment if a pet is in need and Felix must have suffered terribly over this long period.’
Felix is believed to have been injured on or around June 1 last year but he was left without treatment until the RSPCA was called in on July 16.
He was then treated for three weeks at an animal hospital for a swelling on his head, enabling him to regain his sight.
The animal charity says he has made a remarkable recovery and hopes he will be re-homed soon.
As well as the ban on keeping all animals for ten years, Evans was also given a 12-month Community Order including 140 hours of unpaid work and a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement.
He was also ordered to pay £240 costs with an £84 victim surcharge.
Hanrahan was also given a ban on keeping animals for ten years, ordered to pay a £100 fine, £100 costs and a £35 victim surcharge.
Felix, who has been re-named Wobble due to his walk, is now in the care of the Wirral and Chester RSPCA branch.