The best things come to those cats who wait

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After a wait of a year and a day, Pencil the cat has finally found a cosy new home.

The 14-year-old male black cat, who has Spondylosis – a form of osteoarthritis in his spine –  had been at the Cats Protection Downham Market Adoption Centre all that time.

Last month Your Local Paper reported that Pencil needed to find a home as he missed the freedom to roam inside and outside.

Retired couple Sheila and Nigel Manning who were on a day-trip to Hunstanton, picked up the paper and read about Pencil’s plight.

Mrs Manning, from Great Chishill, near Royston, said: “We go up to Hunstanton at least every two weeks, we love it and have many friends there.

“When we were up on one of our visits, we picked up the paper and saw Pencil.

“We weren’t looking for a cat as we lost ours on Remembrance Day last year and we are also getting old.

“So I left it, but after Christmas I wondered about Pencil, and rang up the centre and decided to go and see him.”

Self-confessed animal lovers Mr and Mrs Manning took a shine to Pencil and decided they would provide a home for him.

They have to keep him indoors for around three weeks until he settles and is familiar with his surroundings.

“He is enjoying looking out of the window onto the garden, which has plenty of wildlife,” said Mrs Manning.

She added Pencil’s character is beginning to shine through.

“My husband is nurturing him at the moment and plays with him.

“Pencil is enjoying watching Nigel pulling string along, and he was purring when I stroked him earlier.

“After a while, I moved my hand away, and then he moved closer towards me.

“So at the moment, I think Pencil has done brilliantly.”

Leah Snowdon, cat care assistant, who cared for Pencil, said she would miss him.

“After being in our care for a long time he has gone to a good home with really nice people.

“He’s finally found his retirement home.”

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