RSPCA appeals for information
The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat took a walk on the wild side, and wandered past a firing range and into a police training centre in Gravesend, Kent.
The adult tabby and white male cat, thought to be around two or three years old, was first spotted at the centre in Mark Lane on Thursday (8 January). It is not known where he came from as the centre is in a remote area far from any homes.
He made himself at home with the security guards at the gatehouse to the centre for a few days while staff fed him and cared for him as they tried to trace an owner.
Leanne Ferguson, security team leader, said: “We’re so far out here I just have no idea where he came from – he just turned up one day and settled himself in.
“It was obvious he was tame, he was so friendly and affectionate, jumping onto people’s laps to have a sleep.
“But although we all loved him there was no way he could stay here – he was at risk. It just isn’t a safe environment for a cat with firing ranges nearby and similar.”
Leanne arranged for him to be taken to a local vets on Monday (12 January) who then called the RSPCA. He is in good health, and so has been taken into RSPCA care while we look for an owner.
RSPCA inspector Vikki Dawe said: “This cat has obviously got a taste for danger wandering into such a dangerous area like this. It was quite a close shave. We have named him ‘Bullet’ as a result.
“He is a lovely cat and clearly well cared for and it seems likely he has an owner looking for him out there, so we urge anyone who might know where he might come from to get in touch on 0300 123 8018.
“We have known cats travel mile
s before so it is not necessarily the case that he is from somewhere nearby.
“This is a reminder about the importance of getting your cat microchipped. It really is the best way to ensure that it has the best possible chance of being returned to you if lost, stolen or involved in an accident. We see so many heart-warming reunions thanks to a simple microchip.”