Christmas comes early for cat owner
A survey of items dragged home by Britain's cats has thrown up a bizarre mix of objects - including a string of Christmas tree lights, a Yorkshire pudding and a pair of Playboy bunny ears.
The Cats Protection charity said hundreds of people had responded to an appeal on its Facebook page, which canvassed views on unusual "gifts" hauled home by their pets.
Among the other novelties which made it into an unofficial top 10 compiled by the charity were a drawing, which still had fridge magnets attached, a pair of swimming goggles, a bra and a fibre optic lamp.
Meanwhile, one lucky cat owner was presented with a £10 note, another was treated to a shuttlecock, and a third saw his or her feline drag in a green feather duster.
The charity's director of veterinary services, Maggie Roberts, said: "The domestic cat evolved from the African Wild Cat, whose territory was very large but always included a safe core area where it would take its prey.
"This is how the domestic cats view their owner's house.
"Most of the objects they find mimic their quarry in some way by their texture, such as the feathers of a shuttlecock or the fluttering movement of leaves and bank notes.
"Although quite how Christmas lights could be mistaken for prey is mystifying."