Life’s not so sad for Patrick the Persian cat as he enjoys the good life in his new Suffolk home

Patrick the Persian is looking forward to a Happy New Year.

Patrick the Persian is looking forward to a Happy New Year.

When cat lover Sue Goward read the sad story of Patrick the Persian her heart melted.

Patrick's fur was matted when he was found in Ipswich.

Patrick's fur was matted when he was found in Ipswich. - Credit: Archant

And now the proud pedigree puss is living in a pampered paradise after being rescued from the streets of Ipswich.

Because this cat had fallen on hard times when he was discovered unkempt and dishevelled – and was handed in to the RSPCA’s home at Martlesham in early October.

Sue, from Rendlesham, read of his plight in this newspaper and decided she could give him the perfect home. She had recently had to have her previous rescue cat, Chilli, put down.

He had been a winner in our “Courageous Pets” competition a few years ago and had left a big gap in the family’s life.

Sue said: “I read about Patrick and I thought we could give him a good home – and he could be a wonderful replacement for Chilli.

“I contacted the RSPCA who checked us out and I visited him in the animal home every day for a week to ensure that we could get on together.

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“Then I brought him home. He’s a very loving cat with me but he is still a bit wary with strangers.”

Patrick has become quite used to being around a number of people over Christmas as Mrs Goward’s family gathered at her home.

His hair had to be cut short by the RSPCA when he was first found because it had become so matted and it was difficult for him to move.

However it is now growing back and Mrs Goward is brushing him regularly to ensure that it does not become matted again.

She also wanted to thank Sue Manning from local vets Ryder Davies who had treated Patrick and given advice on looking after him after his ordeal.