Darwin the cat managed to cause some serious destruction over Christmas.
After returning home covered in black oil, the kitty decided to walk throughout the house, making sure to completely wreck the cream carpets with slick footprints.
His owner Jamie Knight, 34, was stunned when he woke up.
The trainee train driver, of Great Barr, Birmingham, said: ‘I thought to myself “is that Darwin?” because I could hardly recognise him.
‘I jumped out of bed and turned the light on to find Darwin covered head to toe in oil. It was like he had been completely submerged.
‘As soon as I saw him I was so shocked and upset.
‘I love Darwin and I didn’t want him to be distressed.
‘My other main concern was if someone had done this to him maliciously and dunked him in oil.
‘I had never encountered anything like this before, so I went online to find out the best thing to do to try and clean him up.
‘I took him to the bathroom and started to wash him with fairy liquid. He was crying in the bath. It was heartbreaking.’
After not having much luck with cleaning Darwin and his bathroom now resembling a horror scene, Jamie decided it was best to get his beloved cat to the vets.
Jamie added: ‘We arrived at the vets about 2am and we were there until 5am while they cleaned him up.
‘They said that they had never seen a case like this.’
After arriving home from the vets in the early hours of Christmas Eve, it was time for Jamie to face the mess that the incident had caused in his house.
Jamie said: ‘I was hosting my family for Christmas Day and my house was absolutely covered in hundreds of oily black paw prints.
‘The bathroom was also a state with the thick dark oil smothered everywhere. It was such a mess.
‘Once I got home I spent about an hour cleaning up as much as I could and then I went to bed for a couple of hours after being up all night.
‘I managed to clean up most of the bathroom but there was no way of cleaning the oil paw prints.
‘We have cream carpets throughout the whole house, they are completely ruined.
‘The house is still a state. We will probably need to get all new carpets in the house. It will cost a bomb.’
But for Jamie, Darwin’s wellbeing is far more of a concern than the destruction of his home.
It’s still not clear how the cat ended up completely covered in oil, but the incident has had effects beyond a load of footprints.
‘Darwin was such a friendly, confident and beautiful cat,’ said Jamie.
‘Since the incident, he hasn’t been himself at all. He just sits and stares at his food.
‘Hopefully he will soon bounce back to his old self. It must have been so traumatic for him.
‘People should try to be more mindful if they have containers of oil.
‘They should put covers over it so that this doesn’t happen to anyone else’s pet.’
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