Whiskas really needs to jump on this marketing opportunity: in Scotland this week, a cat showed up at the Scottish SPCA in Fife with her head thoroughly stuck deep inside a Whiskas can.
The Scottish SPCA, which runs the unit, said the female appears to have been scavenging and got her head stuck, adding that she was lucky not to have been hit by a car during her ordeal.
Colin Seddon, manager at the center in Middlebank, Dunfermline, said: “Luckily no damage was done and the little cat was very pleased to be freed from the discomfort that comes with having your head stuck inside a tin can.
“We think it’s likely that she was scavenging and came across this discarded tin of cat food. She may have got the can stuck on her head and then became disorientated, it’s lucky she wasn’t hit by a car.”
The cat wandered into the center on Sunday morning and, after being checked over, was transferred to the Scottish SPCA’s rescue unit in Balerno, Edinburgh.
The animal charity said it is possible she was dumped by someone who thought the unit was a rehoming center. They’ve been unable to track down the cat’s owner.
Mr Seddon said: “She is a friendly and well-looked after cat and she was wearing a distinctive black collar with bright green cats’ eyes imprinted on the material.
“Because she’s in such good condition, we’d hope that she’s simply lost.
“If that is the case, then we’d encourage her owner to contact our animal helpline (03000 999 999) to get their lucky black cat back.”
The charity said the incident highlighted the threat posed to animals by discarded cans and other litter.