Cat clings on to van for seven miles


By Anna Gault

Maisie the cat

MOGGY Maisie put one her nine lives to the test when she was ran over and clung to the side of the van for more than seven miles before being discovered.

The 16-month rescue cat, was run over by a van in Kirkcaldy but when the driver got out to check on her she was nowhere to seen.

The van was taking Fife council carers to their next shift when Maisie was hit.

When they arrived in Burntisland, the cat dragged itself out from underneath the van having clutched to it for seven miles.

Ronnie Stuart, 58, her owner, was baffled when he was told that his cat had been knocked down and was in Burntisland.

He said: “A woman said she was calling from Burntisland which was quite a shock because we live in Kirkcaldy.

“We know that Maisie can go quite far but that was unbelievable.

Owner Ronnie Stuart was baffled

“On our way there we were confused as to why Maisie was now in Burntisland.

“When we got there she was in shock and hiding up against the wall of a bank.

“When we asked what had happened they told us they had hit a cat in Oriel Road which is not too far from our house and when they got out at Burntisland Maisie crawled out from underneath the van.

“I just can’t believe she was able to hang on for that long.”

One of Maisie’s hind legs was limp when she was found and vets later confirmed that it was broken.

Ronnie and his wife Alana were then faced with the decision to spend 500 to have Maisie’s leg amputated or have the fracture repaired by experts.

The couple, who have had cats all their married lives, believed that Maisie’s will to live was too strong to let it be marred by having her leg taken.

The vet bills have now risen to around 3000.

Ronnie added: “We’ve had a cat run over right outside our house before and it might mean no holiday next year but we are animal lovers and there was no other choice really other than to get it fixed.

Maisie used one of her nine lives

“She is doing really well now. She has pins going through her leg into her bone but that isn’t stopping her from trying to jump fences.

“Despite all this I don’t think she will have learned her lesson.”

Maisie is due to have stitches out this weekend but will have to keep the pins in her leg for another few weeks.

She is expected to make a full recovery.