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Cat tipped out at recycling plant

Rescued cat [Pic: Central Scotland News Agency]
The Scottish SPCA is attempting to find the cat's owners

A stowaway cat was found covered in dust and debris after being tipped out of a lorry at a recycling centre.

It is thought the inquisitive tom had been hiding in the lorry when it drove off after clearing houses at Kirknewton and East Calder in West Lothian.

It was found among discarded ironing boards, microwaves and sofas in a recycling shed at the Scotwaste plant.

The cat is said to be recovering well at a rescue centre while the Scottish SPCA tries to find its owners.

Scottish SPCA ambulance driver Emma Phillips, who transported the cat from Scotwaste in Bathgate to the Lamond Vet Clinic in Livingston to be checked over, said: "Cats are inquisitive creatures so he may have decided to explore the contents of the lorry, or it may be that he was hiding in there after being chased.

The cat was very dirty, so there must have been a lot of junk
Scottish SPCA spokesman

"We thought he had a possible leg injury, but the vets who examined him tell me that it's just a bit of bruising and he should be fine in a few days.

"He was found wearing a black sparkly collar with a bell and tag on it, but unfortunately there were no owner details on the tag and he was not identity micro-chipped."

The cat is now recovering at the charity's rescue and rehoming centre at Balerno, Edinburgh.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish SPCA said: "This cat, which we haven't named as we have good hopes in finding its owner, was discovered in the shed where the items were to be sorted out, so luckily he didn't come close to a crusher.

"The lorry didn't carry any specific items, but the cat was very dirty, so there must have been a lot of junk.

"Last year we rescued a litter of kittens which were found in a car that was about to be scrapped."

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