Cat's close encounter with can
Published 16/02/2010 | 13:29
Staff at an animal rescue centre were amazed when a lost cat found its way there - despite having its head stuck in a food can.
The pet was discovered by workers at the centre in Fife with a Whiskas tin lodged up to its neck.
The Scottish SPCA, which runs the unit, said the female must have been scavenging and got her head stuck. They say she was lucky not to have been hit by a car.
Colin Seddon, manager at the centre in Middlebank, Dunfermline, said: "Luckily no damage was done and the little cat was very pleased to be freed from the discomfort that comes with having your head stuck inside a tin can.
"We think it's likely that she was scavenging and came across this discarded tin of cat food. She may have got the can stuck on her head and then became disorientated, it's lucky she wasn't hit by a car."
The cat wandered into the centre on Sunday morning and, after being checked over, was transferred to the Scottish SPCA's rescue unit in Balerno, Edinburgh.
The animal charity said it is possible she was dumped by someone who thought the unit was a rehoming centre. Local inquiries have not tracked down her owner.
Mr Seddon said: "She is a friendly and well-looked after cat and she was wearing a distinctive black collar with bright green cats' eyes imprinted on the material.
"Because she's in such good condition, we'd hope that she's simply lost.
"If that is the case, then we'd encourage her owner to contact our animal helpline (03000 999 999) to get their lucky black cat back."