Stray cat is finally looking for a new home after sleeping at a bus depot all winter

April 12, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

A stray cat is looking for a new home – after spending five months sleeping at a bus depot.

The crafty moggy has been sleeping on board vehicles at Hengrove bus depot in Bristol, where caring staff gave him food and water.

But he was so well fed on tit-bits that his weight ballooned and staff called in a cat sanctuary to look after him.

Henry the cat, who has been living for several months at the Hengrove First Bus depot in Bristol, where staff were feeding him

Henry the cat, who has been living for several months at the Hengrove First Bus depot in Bristol, where staff were feeding him

The porky tomcat, nicknamed Henry, has temporarily been moved to nearby rehoming centre The Moggery, where he is being looked after by volunteer Liz Leech.

She said: “Henry was a bit dirty and oily when he came to me from the bus depot.

“But we’ve cleaned him up now – he’s a very friendly cat and enjoys sitting on my lap.

“He had been given different names by different bus drivers.”

The three-year-old cat had been microchipped, but his elderly owner refused to take him back.

The bus depot in Bristol where 'Henry First Cat' made his home

The bus depot in Bristol where ‘Henry First Cat’ made his home

Liz said: “The lady had been in and out of hospital over the last few months and hadn’t had time to worry about where her cat was.

“She was so happy to hear he was safe, but is sadly unable to take him back due to her ongoing health problems.

“I believe that Henry followed someone onto a bus and that’s how he came to be at the depot.

“The drivers and staff there were so kind to look after him.”

Kirsty Brenson, operations assistant at the bus depot, said: “Henry has become a major topic of conversation here at the depot.

“The drivers first noticed him around November.

“Some of the staff who already have cats started bringing in spare pouches and he was fed very well – one day we realised he had been fed three different times.

“Everyone here misses him but we hope he now finds a good home.”

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