A Warwickshire cat called Felix needed emergency surgery after he got a tin of food stuck on his head, a pet charity has said.
The former stray got into a tight scrape when he was scavenging in a neighbour's recycling bin.
Owner Sam Wellbank, 34, from Bedworth, saw his predicament when she called Felix the cat in for breakfast.
Staff at PDSA's Pet Hospital in Coventry rushed Felix straight into surgery to remove the can.
Vet nurse Debbie Evans said:
Vets gave Felix a general aesthetic and removed the offending can.
Following Felix's experience, PDSA vets are encouraging recyclers to think about the perils of pets foraging through their cans and glass.
Owner Sam added: