The last thing a couple out on a morning walk expected to find was an abandoned cat in the entrance to their local park, but when Otto and her husband came across a young feline trapped inside a litter box they immediately fell in love with the two year old tabby.
They immediately freed the cat, who was later named Queen after the area she was discovered in, and noticed that she was covered in urine and faeces with large amounts of both also filling the litter tray itself.
Queen was also freezing cold, leading Otto to believe that she’d been alone in the park all night before they stumbled across her.
Although Queen was understandably timid and scared after her ordeal, she allowed her finders to free her from the litter tray and take her back to their home a couple of minutes walk away.
Whilst her husband helped to clean the urine and faeces from Queen’s fur, Otto rang the animal charity Mayhew to ask for advice and they immediately agreed to go and assess the situation.
When Animal Welfare Officer Jake Holliday arrived at the house, Queen was already looking much happier and had been given some food and water to tide her over until more help arrived.
Jake said that she was very sweet and easy to handle, and it was clear that Otto and her husband already cared for her very much. They mentioned that they’d Otto and her husband had actually been considering adopting a cat, so them finding Queen felt almost like ‘a blessing’.
Queen was taken to Mayhew for a thorough health check. Thankfully, Queen was in good health and her night outside didn’t appear to have had any lasting effects or concerns.
Otto and her husband expressed an interest in welcoming Queen into their family permanently. Whilst Mayhew completed a home check to make sure Otto and her husband’s home environment matched Queen’s needs, the charity neutered Queen and admitted her to their Cattery where their team also fell in love with her. She was quite shy at first but soon found her courage, and it quickly became apparent she was a confident and cheeky cat who enjoyed lots of attention once she got used to you!
A couple of weeks later, Queen was reunited with Otto and her husband who had passed all the necessary checks and were over the moon about being able to give Queen her well-deserved forever family.
“It’s almost fate – we had been talking about getting a pet cat and then she just turned up almost on our doorstep!” Otto said. “She’s settled in really well and we both adore her.”