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8th February 2019

A black-and-white cat that was found in the pouring rain, in Rayleigh, is now back on his paws and enjoying some much-deserved home comforts.

Volunteers from Cats Protection’s Rayleigh, Castle Point & District Branch were alerted to the six-month-old cat last December, who was found soaking wet and covered in mud at an abandoned house.

Drenched rescued catNow named Peter Steve Rabbit by his new owner Liz Smith, a self-confessed Beatrix Potter fan, he is now a much-loved member of the family.

Norman Mills, from Cats Protection’s Rayleigh, Castle Point & District Branch, said: “Peter Steve Rabbit was severely malnourished, weighing just 1.5kg when he first came into our care. When we finally managed to dry him off, we were surprised to see a slightly fluffy-looking cat, who just needed some TLC.

“It’s thanks to a man, named Steve (hence Peter’s middle name), clearing the abandoned house, that we were called. We also found Peter’s brother who was locked inside the building.”

Peter is now settled in his new home with Liz and is already best friends with her other two cats, Beatrix Mary Potter, who was adopted from Cats Protection last year and Miss Ivy Moppet, who was adopted from the charity just last week.

Liz said: “Peter Steve Rabbit is such a lovely cat who has already become one of the family. We adopted him just five weeks ago and in that time, he has grown in confidence and now seems very settled. After adopting Peter, I later saw the photo of him, drenched from rain, in the branch’s newsletter. It broke my heart to think of him like that but am pleased that I’ve been able to give him a fresh start to life.

“He’s now put on some weight and absolutely loves his food. Because of his experiences as a stray cat, we think he appreciates all the little things such as a warm and safe place to sleep.”

Cats Protection’s Rayleigh, Castle Point & District Branch is currently caring for a number of cats, all needing loving homes. Anyone interested in adopting a cat in care can call the branch on 01268 750831 or visit: http://catsrayleigh.org.uk/

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For further information or an interview, please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office on 01825 741 911, at media.office@cats.org.uk, or @CPMediaTeam on Twitter.

Notes to Editors:

  1. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity, helping around 200,000 cats each year through its national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 36 centres.
  2. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
  3. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
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