A plucky kitten was rescued by the RSPCA – after he got his head stuck in a jar of peanut butter while raiding a bin.

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The animal welfare charity was called by a concerned member of the public who found the struggling black and white cat, thought to be no more than six months old, on land in Tilbury Lane, Oxford, on Saturday (21 January).

RSPCA inspector Jaime Godfrey said: “The kitten had his head completely stuck inside a plastic pot of peanut butter. When I arrived he was lying in a heap on the grass with frost covering his fur – he couldn’t move at all.”

The cat was wrapped tightly in a towel while Inspector Godfrey carefully cut away the thick plastic around the cat’s head. He said: “Once I managed to lever the cat out, I had a good check over his head and neck to check for injuries – thankfully the cat was unhurt.

“As soon as the cat was free he ran away very fast. He was obviously shaken up by his experience.CatJar2.jpg

“The cat is a known stray on nearby farmland which was probably scavenging for food when he got his head stuck. It is very important that people remember to clean out their old pots and jars to prevent attracting animals, and also secure your litter and recycling.

“Thankfully this cat was OK following his ordeal, but he might not have been so lucky if the man who called us had not spotted him.”

If you see an animal which needs rescuing or in distress, contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

The RSPCA is a charity and we rely on public donations to exist. To assist our inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3. (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message.)