Loyal cat refuses to leave best friend’s side after he is mown down by car

A loyal cat refused to leave her dying pal after he was tragically run over by a car.

One-year-old stray Abigail was best friends with a male cat, and the pair were often seen prowling around their patch in Kensal Green, north-west London.

But the couple were eventually separated by tragedy. A member of the public noticed the two cats were outside their house and not moving.

Closer inspection revealed that the male cat had been hit by a car and was severely injured.

Abigail was unharmed, but remained steadfastly by his side until help came.

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Animal rescue centre Mayhew, based in Kensal Green, north London, responded to the emergency call and sent out Welfare Officer Tania Mazzoni to take a look.

She realised that the male cat had died at the scene, but took its body – as well as Abigail – back to Mayhew.

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Vets at the centre checked Abigail for injuries and scanned her for a microchip. Unfortunately, she didn’t have one and no-one turned up to claim her.

“She was clearly domesticated,” says a release from the centre, “as she was incredibly tame and loving; and so as soon as she was ready we neutered and vaccinated her, gave her flea and worming treatment, and placed her up for adoption.”

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Luckily, this story has a happy ending. Someone soon adopted Abigail and she now has a loving home.

Mayhew said: “we are all thrilled that she got the happy ending she deserved, after such a traumatic experience.”

If you happen to witness or are involved in a road traffic accident involving animals, please report it straight away to your local animal rescue organisation.

In some circumstances, it may be possible to save an animal's life if they receive help quickly enough.

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