A cat who had got himself stuck between two walls was freed with the help of an RSPCA officer and a bottle of washing up liquid.

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The animal welfare charity was contacted by a concerned homeowner who found the cat wedged in a four-inch gap between her house and her next door neighbour’s, on Monday morning (10 April).

RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Cara Gibbon went to the address, in Hednesford Road, Cannock, and found the cat lying on his back, unable to move.

Cara said: “His claws were bleeding because he had been trying to claw his way out. The poor cat was so tightly stuck in there that we had to think quickly on how best to get him out. We needed something slippy – and the first thing I thought of was washing up liquid.

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“The homeowner went back inside her house and came out with a bowl of water and washing up liquid. I carefully poured some of the water down at his bottom end, where he was really wedged in, and it did the trick as I carefully managed to pull him out.

“I scanned him for his microchip, which showed that his name was Pugsy and that his owner lived on the same street. It turned out that he had not gone home the night before, so he may well have been lying on his back in that tight spot overnight.

“It certainly is an unusual way to rescue an animal, but when the animal is clearly in distress it is our job to think quickly and on our feet to find the best way of getting them to safety. Poor Pugsy may have lost one of his nine lives but hopefully he will recover from his ordeal.”

Pugsy was reunited with his owner, Fiona McCracken, who took him to the vets for a check up following his ordeal. Fiona said: “It is very unlike Pugsy to not come home at night and we were really worried about him.

“I am so grateful to Cara for rescuing him and to the woman who contacted the RSPCA. Pugsy is such a friendly cat and even when Cara was trying to free him, he wasn’t aggressive at all – it was as though he knew she was trying to rescue him.

“He has lost some claws on his back paws, as a result of trying to free himself, and the vet is concerned that he might have dislocated his hip as well. However he does seem a bit brighter today and has eaten some food. He’s being quiet but it has been a bit of a shock to him.”

To help the RSPCA rescue animals like Pugsy text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message) or visit www.rspca.org.uk/give.