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Stray cat adopted by National Trust

Wednesday, 23rd November 2011

A stray cat found wandering the streets of Birmingham is now living the life of luxury in a stately home after being adopted by the National Trust.

Freddy, a six-year-old tabby, is now dining on cat food in the 16th century Packwood House in Warwickshire.

He was adopted to catch mice in the house after the current cat became too old for the task.

Ann Mount, a representative from the house, said: "We needed a cat that would settle well outdoors and would be sociable with visitors, and the centre recommended Freddie. He was lovely and friendly and really enjoyed a fuss! We looked at other cats but decided Freddie was the perfect match."

She added that Freddie is very good at catching mice, having got two or three every day.

Freddie sleeps in a bed in one of the house's heated greenrooms and enjoys visiting the kitchen and gardens to play.

Packwood House is open between February and October and visitors can make a contribution towards Freddie’s cat toys and upkeep by making a donation to the house.