A RESCUE cat has been returned to the animal shelter for his own good, according to the couple who adopted him.
Smudge, a six-year-old grey cat with yellow eyes, was thought to be missing his little pals which is why he bit his new owners, scratched the new leather sofa and used the carpet next to his litter box as a litter box.
Eleanor Shaw of Bolton said: “Smudge seemed a lovely cat at the shelter but once he was at home began to act out his feelings of distress with his claws.
“We did our best to encourage him to go out and meet other cats, often putting him out early in the evening so he’d have more chance to meet some, but his vicious personality seemed to put them off.
“After a month we concluded that what he really wanted was to be with his chums back at the shelter, so we carefully removed his collar and claimed we’d found him lost in the street, using false names as a precaution.
“He’ll be a lot happier now he’s there. Or we will be, anyway.”