He also requires his eyes and face folds to be cleaned twice daily to prevent skin irritation and infections caused by deformed tear ducts that are unable to drain properly.
Simon Yeats, Animal Welfare Assistant at Blue Cross, who fostered Mr Magoo in his home during the lockdown, said: “He’s such a friendly cat and loves to be near you and have a little fuss. He’s not a lapcat, but will happily snooze next to you."
Mr Magoo has now been rehomed and is doing well under the loving care of his new owner.
Caroline Reay, Head of Veterinary Services at Blue Cross, said: “We’re starting to get the message out about the genetic welfare issues faced by brachycephalic (flat-faced) dogs and cats but sadly many people still don’t fully realise the lifelong needs of these pets.
“People can continue to keep them as pets but really need to consider the special care they require as its lack of knowledge of these issues that results in them needing veterinary treatment, rather than neglect.
“Many people still don’t know that the perceived ‘cute’ wheezy noises made by these breeds of dogs and cats is actually the pet struggling to breathe due to their narrowed airways, resulting from how they have been bred to look the way they do.
“As the weather gets warmer, the heat can only exacerbate the breathing issues of these breeds and lead to collapse in some pets, particularly dogs.
“Long and complicated surgery is possible to widen the airways to help ease these issues in some cases, but not a complete cure.
“As with Mr Magoo, surgery is also possible to help other conditions but regardless of this many will continue to face a level of discomfort or health issues, such as eye and skin infections and some degree of breathing difficulty, throughout their lives due to their facial structure.
“We’d urge anyone considering getting any of these breeds of dog or cats to really do their research and understand the care they will require throughout their lives.”