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Cat sets fire to family home

A family of four had to flee their home after their cat set fire to it in the middle of the night.

It's thought the fire on Foxwood Avenue in Sheffield started after the family's cat walked across the hob in the night, accidentally switching it on.

A plastic toolbox which had been left on top of the hob then caught fire.

The family were alerted to the blaze by their smoke alarm and managed to get out of the house safely.

Fire crews used specialist equipment to ventilate the property.

Smoke alarms are one of the best ways of preventing deaths and injuries in house fires. If a fire does start, smoke alarms can give you an early warning, giving you the vital extra seconds needed to escape.

But smoke alarms only save lives if they are working properly. To ensure your smoke alarms are working when you need them, test them regularly by holding down the ‘test’ button until it beeps.

– Steve Helps, South Yorkshire Fire

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Meet 'Mogzilla' the super cat .... and he's still growing!

Ludo the super-size feline is three times the size of a normal cat - and he is still growing. His owners, Kelsey and Matthew Gill from Ryhill, near Wakefield, wonder if he could even be THE biggest cat in the UK.

Quite a handful

Ludo, a Maine Coon cat weighs in at 24.5lbs (11kg) and is 45 inches long. Mr and Mrs Gill bought him from a breeder around a year ago - and have been told that at only 17 months old, he is set to continue growing.

At 28 weeks and 12.5lbs he was roughly the size of the Gill's son, Cameron, but he's since almost doubled in size.

As big as a child

As a kitten he was tiny. But whatever their size, Maine Coons are known as ‘the gentle giants’ of the cat world and the Gills say that, despite being the size of a dog, he's very friendly and affectionate.

Tiny as a kitten

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Cat theft ruins a family's festive break

A family say their festive period has been ruined after their prized pet cats were stolen whilst they slept are offering a thousand pound reward for the return of the pedigree felines. Last Saturday night, the Sutton home in Scholes was burgled.

hey awoke to find their two 10-year-old Birman house cats called Zuma and Ruble gone, along with other belongings. We have been speaking to their owner, Leigh Sutton.

Cat crisis at RSPCA centres

Won't somebody give me a home? Credit: Calendar news

The RSPCA says it is facing a cat crisis, with centres in the region full to capacity. It is so bad that some branches cannot take any more and others have as many as 100 waiting for new homes.

RSPCA branches and animal centres across the East of the Calendar region are reporting unprecedented numbers of felines in their care. Volunteers and branch staff say the pressure is putting them at breaking point and are calling on the public to help by giving the cats a new home.

The cat crisis is believed to be down to a number of factors RSPCA volunteers say:

— Owners can no longer afford to keep them and are giving them up

— Their cat falls ill and owners cannot afford the vet bills

— Many cats are falling pregnant and having large number of kittens, because their owner failed to neuter them.

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