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Cat survives 9-foot fall from window, but then things get even worse!

After falling out a window, things got even worse for Leo cat-sad
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A cat named Leo used up one of his lives after surviving a 9-foot fall with only minor injuries. But then he found himself facing an even tougher challenge - finding a new home!

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 25/11/2019, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:36

Leo, who was just four-months-old at the time, fell out of a tower block window in London. The furry guy managed to land on his feet, but the nine-foot drop was too much for those little legs.

Eight lives left

Leo collapsed onto the floor, lying there all alone for as long as an hour until someone realised he needed help. The unnamed hero contacted Mayhew, a London-based animal rights rescue charity.

Two volunteers arrived shortly after and then transported Leo to an RSPCA hospital in Putney. Vets found a few broken bones and some severe bruising on the paws, but nothing that couldn't heal with a little bit of tender loving care.

Staff contacted Leo's owners, but that's when things got really bad for this little survivor. Instead of rushing to the hospital to pick up their pet, the heartless owners said they didn't want Leo anymore. The reason? He was too much trouble!

But Leo had some new human friends at the hospital, and they were determined to mend his broken heart as well as his broken bones.


We desperately need new feather toys and beds for our cattery, which is full to the brim with unwanted cats and kittens....

Posted by Mayhew on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

They gave him lots of love and affection, nursing him back to full health until they could start finding him a new home.

The Mayhew rescue charity then launched a full-on social media campaign, sharing Leo's tragic story with thousands of cats lovers across the UK.

The ending Leo deserves

They were inundated with offers of a forever home and we're pleased to say that Leo now has the kind of family he deserves. He loves his new home, although he still likes causing a little bit of mischief.

His family don't mind, though. That's just who Leo is! They just always make sure the windows stay closed during playtime.