Elderly cat who looks like Bagpuss found dumped in a bin

‘She did have sticky eyes and seemed unwell so we took her to RSPCA Putney for a check over.

‘I think it’s unlikely she got into the bin herself because of the position and height of it, so sadly this may have been done deliberately.’

When Matilda arrived at the shelter she was showing symptoms of flu, which may be worsened because of her breed.

Persian cats have extremely short, flat faces which can cause difficulties breathing and with cats’ eye ducts.

Jo Elmes, from RSPCA Putney, said: ‘As soon as we saw poor Matilda she reminded us of the much-loved childhood character Bagpuss. We can’t believe someone thought she was rubbish, she is such a sweet girl.

‘She is doing really well here though so if no one comes forward hopefully we can find her a loving new home – although perhaps not with a woodpecker and some mice!’

If anyone recognises Matilda or knows how she came to be in the bin they can ring the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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