Uncatchable Winston, 20, fed by Tesco shoppers for years but now needs real home

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    A 20-year-old stray cat loved and fed by shoppers at a local Tesco supermarket has finally been caught and is now looking for his forever home.

    Many people have tries to capture Winston the limping feline, but after numerous tries and even a broken ankle, Stacey Spelman and her daughter managed to get ahold of him and send him off for veterinary help. Now under the care of Betley Cat Rescue, Winston has had his rotting teeth removed and his blood checked.

    Jo Barratt, a member of the rescue team, told StokeOnTrentLive: "Winston's a lovely lad. He's had quite a lot of treatment from the vet and is doing great."

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    She added that he might need steroids and only has a few teeth left due to most being removed because they were causing him pain. "He's got ear problems so he's having drops for that and we haven't managed to identify the limp as nothing came up during his examination.

    "Other than that he's in pretty good nick because he's been well fed, although cats need so much more than just food. Winston has been using the litter tray so he must have been house trained during some point in his life.Ideally, we want to get him a home as soon as possible because he's such a beautiful lad.

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    "We've had lots of applications for him but he needs to be the only pet in the home because we don't know what he'll be like around other animals as he's currently in isolation. We want him to be adopted rather than fostered as it's a much more settled environment for him.

    "He's been vaccinated, neutered, and microchipped. At the moment he has a heated pen outside and a straw-insulated hutch because he's not used to being indoors and he absolutely loves it."

    Winston is something of a local celebrity among Tesco Kidsgrove shoppers. Before he was caught, the cheeky chap used to visit the supermarket almost every day.

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    One woman who grew to love the cat was Elsie Taylor. She said: "He used to come up Essex Drive most days and he's had a limp for a while. People said he must have had an accident that didn't heal right but he didn't seem in pain and he was definitely well fed."

    Another, Daisy Cunnigham, chimed in: "That cat has been here for years. Lots of people buy food from Tesco and feed him, I think he was a stray that lived behind Tesco."

    Shopper Keith Wright said: "I've seen him quite a few times, he's usually hidden in the grass verge behind the fence. I assumed he was someone's cat because I always thought he looked quite healthy and well fed, but I suppose I never got close enough to see him limping, unless that's a new thing."

    A fundraiser has been launched to help fund Winston's treatment – you can donate here. If you would like to adopt Winston visit the Betley Cat Rescue.

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