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Missing cat returns after eight years on the run

Leslie Corbett reunited with Jesse, who was missing for eight years. Credit: SWNS

A cat has been reunited with its owner after going missing for eight years.

Jesse was 18 months old when he bolted out of his cat box on the way to the vets near Mow Cop on the Staffordshire-Cheshire border in 2006.

Owner Leslie Corbett put up missing cat posters and searched the area for days but eventually gave up hope of a return.

But last month the vet telephoned Mrs Corbett to say that Jesse, who had been microchipped, was found "hanging around" nearby.

"We have absolutely no idea where he's been," she told the BBC. "All we know is he's happy and healthy."

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Cat survives crossbow bolt through the head

A four-year-old cat called Moo Moo has miraculously survived after a crossbow bolt was fired through its head. The cat, called Moo Moo, was described as “extraordinarily lucky” by a veterinary surgeon.

The bolt went in above its left eye and out behind the ear but did not touch its brain.

Moo Moo the cat was found with a crossbow bolt through it's head Credit: Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Owner Donna Ferrari says she was shocked when she saw Moo Moo at about 4.30pm on Monday afternoon with what looked like an arrow through his head.

He hid in bushes and would not come out.

Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Credit: Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital

The pet was then taken Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in New Zealand for surgery.

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Arthritic cat on water treadmill

Here's the extraordinary story of Coco the cat, and her arthritic joints. Coco's nearly 16 years old, which in human years, makes her in her nineties .

She has arthritis, and she's also been hit by a car, but thanks to an animal hydrotherapy pool, Coco now has a spring in her step.

This is one fearless feline, and she's taken to the pool like a duck to water. Jane Hesketh reports.

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Inter-city kitty goes home

Polly, the Inter-city kitty
Polly, the Inter-city kitty Credit: Francesca Carpenter, ITV News West Country

Polly the inter-city kitty is on her final journey home after travelling 1700 miles around the South West, trapped under the carriage of a train. After two weeks at the vets, she is ready to be reunited with her owners at Plymouth Railway Station.

Kate Beech, a nurse at Rosvean Vets in Penzance, is travelling with the cat and says: 'she has made an excellent recovery. She's put on a kilo in a week and had all her stitches out. She's coping extremely well without her front leg'.

For more on Polly's amazing tale click here.

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Electrical fault believed to be cause of cattery fire

Firefighters arrived and found the building well alight. The cattery owners stated that there had been over 20 cats in the cattery, however some are believed to have escaped from the building after the fire broke out.

The building has been destroyed as it was predominately a wooden structure and we've been unable to confirm so far how many cats have died in the fire.

A fire investigation was carried out to establish how the fire started and we believe an electrical fault within one of the pens is to blame.

– Dermot Hogan, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Station manager

Two cats die and 18 unaccounted for after cattery blaze

Two cats have been confirmed dead and at least 18 are still unaccounted for after a blaze ripped through a cattery.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue service battled the blaze at the cattery in Stafford Road, Cannock, at 5.30am.

A spokesman confirmed the brigade was not treating the fire as suspicious and said several of the missing cats might have escaped unharmed.

Cats being treated following Staffordshire cattery blaze

Cats are being treated by vets as firefighters continue to battle a blaze at a cattery.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said two cats were taken away by vets after a fire broke out in one of the site's buildings in Cannock, Staffordshire, at about 5.30am today.

The fire brigade has six crews on the scene including a water carrier and a high volume pumping unit. The fire is ongoing.

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