George Osborne's cat Freya hit by a car

George Osborne's pet cat Freya has been hit by a car.

But a Downing Street spokeswoman stressed the wandering feline, who went missing earlier this year, was not seriously injured.

It is unclear where the accident happened or whose car was involved.

Freya the cat was involved in an accident last night. Credit: Thames Reach/PA Wire

The news came as cat enthusiasts around the globe celebrated World Cat Day.

In May, the Chancellor's cat was chauffeur-driven back home after turning up frightened and lost in Vauxhall where she was found by homelessness outreach worker Kate Jones who identified her from the tag on her collar.

Ms Jones later posted a picture of the cat with a note to remind Mr Osborne that while she had been given shelter for the night in this instance, most homeless people are not so fortunate.