A clumsy cat which got stuck between two walls was rescued – when it was smothered in Fairy washing-up liquid.
The poor moggie, called Pugsy, got trapped when it crawled in a four-inch gap between two houses.
Owner Fiona McCracken, 49, raised the alarm when she let him out on Sunday (9/4) evening but he failed to return to their home in Cannock, Staffs.
The next day a passerby heard Pugsy’s ‘miaowing’ and called the RSPCA after finding the cat wedged between the walls.
RSPCA animal collection officer Cara Gibbon used washing-up liquid to lubricate Pugsy which wriggled free.
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 and has eaten some food.
“He’s being quiet but it has been a bit of a shock to him.”
Despite a few scrapes, Pugsy is expected to make a full recovery.
RSPCA officer Ms Gibbon 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.
“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 in the same street.
“It turned out he had not gone home the night before, so he might 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 this ordeal.”