Traumatised cat survives almost two months home alone by munching on paper

A Dutch cat survived 52 days home alone after munching on bits of paper.

Resourceful tabby Finn was found in a newly bought house after the purchasers took the property at an auction unseen, The Times reported.

He has made a good recovery on a drip, with vets also finding his stomach full of paper eaten in desperation.

Dutch animal protection chief Dik Nagtegaal said Finn is now understandably reluctant to spend time around people.

He said: “Finn was very skinny when he was rescued from the house but appeared to be otherwise healthy.

"There must have been a leaky tap somewhere where he could drink.

"Finn is upset with everything he has been through. In due course we will find a suitable owner.”

A fundraiser in the Rotterdam suburb where Finn was found has already raised thousands of euros.

The crowdfunder was initially set up to pay for the poor tabby's treatment, but it raised double the amount required.

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Surplus funds will now go toward vaccinations, de-worming, a microchip and an operation to neuter Finn.

Police are still looking for the cat's former owner, who could face charges of animal cruelty.

The house's previous owner has not been seen since early July and police aren't sure how the cat found his way to the empty building.

It's possible the ex-owner dumped Finn alone in the empty home, with no food or water supply to subsist.

Finn may also have escaped the home, with the owner now too embarrassed to come forward.

The tabby has a history of escaping contact, running through the legs of the new house buyers when they first arrived at the property.

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