A pregnant Persian cat who was living in a dirty shed and missing half a leg from an unknown injury is now living the life of luxury with the Queen’s head chauffeur.
Flo, a four-year-old white cat, was rescued by the RSPCA in March in a terrible state from a shed in Hayes in London. She was also pregnant with one kitten, which sadly did not make it. Her recovery was slow after two surgeries at the RSPCA Putney Animal Hospital and the vets were unsure if poor Flo would pull through – but she did!
She was fostered by Victoria Fitzgerald, one of the veterinary assistants at Putney, who helped care for her throughout her ordeal. After a few weeks of fostering Flo, Victoria and her father, who is the Queen’s driver, decided they had fallen in love with the three-legged cat and decided to adopt her.
Victoria said: “She really has gone from Aristocat to Aristocrat now she is living in the life of luxury compared to where she was before. She is getting pampered with me and my parents and she has settled in so well and gets on really well with my other pets.
“It is the most rewarding part of the job to see an animal who was in such an awful state like Flo was, be rehabilitated and find a loving home – and it’s even better that Flo could come and live with us at Buckingham Palace.”
As the Queen’s staff, Victoria and her parents live in The Royal Mews.