A curious cat which had been missing for four days was rescued by the RSPCA – after getting trapped in the eaves of a house.

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The owners of tabby Sparrow were left worried after she did not return home. Meanwhile, their next-door neighbours – unaware that Sparrow was missing – were left bewildered by a cat meowing, but couldn’t figure out where it was coming from.

Believing it might be coming from inside their roof, they went up in the loft – where they caught a glimpse of the unexpected guest! They contacted the RSPCA, and Animal Collection Officer Kate Wright arrived at the house in Clements Road, Chorleywood, to rescue the plucky puss.

Kate said: “Sparrow was right at the back in the eaves and we struggled to reach her. She was terrified but she must have been hungry. We managed to get some tuna and put it under her nose, which did the trick and she carefully moved out towards me, giving me the opportunity to pull her out to safety.Sparrow2.JPG

“We were able to reunite her with her worried owner, who was thrilled to have her back.

“Thankfully Sparrow is no worse the wear after her ordeal. We have no idea how she got in there but we don’t think she will be wanting to go back up! I’m just so pleased that we managed to safely free Sparrow and get her back home where she belongs.

“When you work as an officer for the RSPCA, one day you’ll be catching swans or handling snakes – and another day you’ll be lying on your front in a tight space trying to bring a cat to safety! It really is a job where you don’t know what will happen next.”

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