Britain’s loneliest cat has finally found a home.
Stray moggy Monique spent 130 days in Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, and staff even threw a birthday party for the lonely tabby’s second birthday.
But sadly, no-one came.
Now, finally, Monique has a new owner. Animal lover Adnan took in the tabby during the Covid-19 lockdown.
He said: "It's been just Monique and me alone.
"She's very talkative and greets me every morning and can be very bossy when she wants treats.
"She follows me around the house, pawing at me for scratches and giving me headbutts for cuddles."
Adnan says that the pair have been inseparable during the isolation period and working from home.
"She was initially keen to jump in my lap," he explained, "which was interesting when I was working.
"But has now decided that her many napping spots are much more comfortable and will instead summon me for scratches."
Monique, who arrived at Battersea in the middle last year, is thought to have been overlooked by potential owners due to living with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus.
It means the rescue moggy's new family would need to "cat proof" their garden so she avoids coming into contact with other cats and potentially spreading the virus.
So in a desperate bid to generate some interest, the pet shelter threw her a party to try and encourage families to open their hearts and homes, on Valentine's Day.
Sadly no one showed up to mark the special day.
But the picture of Monique's room kitted out with a Happy Birthday banner went viral.
Slowly, the two-year-old stray has built up a huge fan base including people kindly offering to fly her to homes halfway round the world, public donations to Battersea in Monique's honour, and cat lovers across the country sending gifts to the London-based charity.
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Lindsey Quinlan, Battersea's Head of Catteries and Feline Welfare, said: "Over the years we've seen our cats appear in the media or gain fans online, but we'd never before seen anything quite like Monique's overnight fame.
"We were so touched that people from all over the world wanted to help her find a home. It just goes to show how many people understand that rescue cats are special and deserve a second chance at love."
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