We’re trying to find the owner of a sick cat which was rescued from the grounds of the House of Commons.

The dark tabby cat, nicknamed Big Ben, was spotted by security staff tangled in some strapping and being attacked by crows on a grassy area.

RSPCA Inspector Leigh Summers said:

“The cat was inside the grounds of the House of Commons on a grassy area, pretty much below Big Ben.


“I had to go through security to get in there. It’s surrounded by walls and fences, so it’s a bit of a mystery as to why this cat was there.


“When I got there the strapping had been removed. The cat was not injured but it was collapsed and was passing blood and the prognosis didn’t look very good.”

Big Ben is making a good recovery

Big Ben was taken to our Putney Animal Hospital in south west London on Saturday 28June. Veterinary staff discovered he had a blocked bladder and operated on him. Examinations also revealed he had some bruising and an injury to his tail.

Leigh added:

“He was in such a sorry state I feared the worst for him but when I rang to check how he was getting on staff said they had managed to help him. He is now eating, drinking and is comfortable.


“He had a blocked bladder which is caused by bladder stones and can be a recurring problem.


“I think he’s probably someone’s pet and they may be wondering where he is. It could well be someone who works at the House of Commons.”

Unfortunately Big Ben doesn’t have a microchip which would have identified his owner. He is an adult, entire male, dark tabby cat. Anyone who recognises his description and knows his owner can contact Inspector Summers on our appeal line 0300 123 8018.

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