Super Bruce - miracle cat survives 70-foot fall out of Erith tower block window

Super Bruce - miracle moggy survives 70-foot fall out of Erith tower block window

Bruce taking a look out the window.

Owner James Attlee, 24, by the window Bruce made his escape from.

Bruce jumped from the sixth floor of Orchard House in Erith.

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This miracle moggy is feline-fine after surviving by a whisker when he jumped out of a tower block window more than 70 feet from the ground.

Nine-month-old Bruce lives with his owners James Attlee, 24, and Natalie Huntley-Hills, 18, and their baby Isabella in Orchard House in Northend Road, Erith.

The magnificent moggy gave his owners a fright when he decided to go for a wander and jumped out of a window from their flat which is on the sixth floor at 4am on Monday, June 9.

Mr Attlee told News Shopper: "There was a dodgy catch on the window and Bruce liked to rest by it.

"We went to bed as normal on the night it happened but I couldn't really sleep properly.

"I just kept stirring and then I heard a loud thud.

"I looked under the sofa to see if Bruce was in his usual place and he was nowhere to be seen.

"I then realised the window was open and I looked out and saw a black figure by the entrance of the flats on the concrete.

"I thought he was dead, I was shaking and really worried.

"I went to wake Natalie up and I said 'I think the cat has jumped out of the window'.

"We didn't know what to do and we looked out the window again and we could see that he had moved."

Miss Huntley-Hills went down to get Bruce and took him back up to the flat in the lift.

Mr Attlee added: "His paws were bleeding and there was some blood on his nose and mouth.

"We were just amazed he was alive, he really is a cat that had nine lives, we just could not believe it.

"I quickly called a cab to take him into the PDSA Hospital in Thamesmead and he even used the litter tray before we left.

"The vets kept him in for a day and checked he was ok, he was eating and drinking fine so they let him come home.

"I keep the window locked now but he does still go on the window sill and has a look out."

PDSA Veterinary Nurse, Susan Fitzroy, said: "The cat was rushed to Thamesmead PDSA PetAid hospital after falling six floors from a flat.

"Miraculously, Bruce did not suffer any significant injuries apart from some bruising. Following a thorough examination by the PDSA vet staff, and after being kept in overnight for observation, Bruce was allowed home the next day to recover from his ordeal.

"Sadly not all cats are as lucky, so PDSA would advise owners to keep a close eye on their pets, particularly during the warmer weather when the windows are open, to make sure they can’t fall and injure themselves."

For more information on the PDSA visit pdsa.org.uk/pethealth

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3:41pm Mon 23 Jun 14

the wall says...

It's wrong to keep a cat in a sixth floor flat.
It's wrong to keep a cat in a sixth floor flat. the wall
  • Score: -11

8:24am Tue 24 Jun 14

Gingerbabs says...

Go Bruce! For a start I must say, it's not wrong to keep a cat in a sixth floor flat. If a cat has never been out, it will not miss it. I have 15 cats and live in a house with a garden. We have a cat flap and some cats choose to go out while others are happy to stay indoors. That said, I am so glad Bruce is ok. I worry constantly about mine falling from my balcony which is only about 15 feet high which is why I have a cat net. I say, get the window fixed and BRuce will live a long happy healthy life indoors :-)
Go Bruce! For a start I must say, it's not wrong to keep a cat in a sixth floor flat. If a cat has never been out, it will not miss it. I have 15 cats and live in a house with a garden. We have a cat flap and some cats choose to go out while others are happy to stay indoors. That said, I am so glad Bruce is ok. I worry constantly about mine falling from my balcony which is only about 15 feet high which is why I have a cat net. I say, get the window fixed and BRuce will live a long happy healthy life indoors :-) Gingerbabs
  • Score: 9

11:09am Tue 24 Jun 14

the wall says...

Gingerbabs wrote:
Go Bruce! For a start I must say, it's not wrong to keep a cat in a sixth floor flat. If a cat has never been out, it will not miss it. I have 15 cats and live in a house with a garden. We have a cat flap and some cats choose to go out while others are happy to stay indoors. That said, I am so glad Bruce is ok. I worry constantly about mine falling from my balcony which is only about 15 feet high which is why I have a cat net. I say, get the window fixed and BRuce will live a long happy healthy life indoors :-)
Your house must stink. A natural instinct for a cat is to go out and explore.
[quote][p][bold]Gingerbabs[/bold] wrote: Go Bruce! For a start I must say, it's not wrong to keep a cat in a sixth floor flat. If a cat has never been out, it will not miss it. I have 15 cats and live in a house with a garden. We have a cat flap and some cats choose to go out while others are happy to stay indoors. That said, I am so glad Bruce is ok. I worry constantly about mine falling from my balcony which is only about 15 feet high which is why I have a cat net. I say, get the window fixed and BRuce will live a long happy healthy life indoors :-)[/p][/quote]Your house must stink. A natural instinct for a cat is to go out and explore. the wall
  • Score: -8

12:07pm Tue 24 Jun 14

oBLiVioN 70 says...

I had 5 cats and it never smelt too good, unfortunately they had to become indoor cats when I moved after a few years and I felt it was cruel but had little choice. Though 2 had been killed by then, one run over.

Only way I'd ever get more cats is if I was sure I'd be able to let them out for the next 20 years and able to afford full pet insurance, It's too easy to impulse buy an animal without thinking ahead for the next 15 or so years.
I had 5 cats and it never smelt too good, unfortunately they had to become indoor cats when I moved after a few years and I felt it was cruel but had little choice. Though 2 had been killed by then, one run over. Only way I'd ever get more cats is if I was sure I'd be able to let them out for the next 20 years and able to afford full pet insurance, It's too easy to impulse buy an animal without thinking ahead for the next 15 or so years. oBLiVioN 70
  • Score: 6

8:28pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Gingerbabs says...

I am single since my husband left and before you say no wonder he left, we only had 2 cats then. I have grown up children living at home so I am far from lonely. My house does not stink as we have several dirt trays around which are cleaned daily. I have to say thank you all for the comments, at least it helped you forget the main story, remember Bruce?
I am single since my husband left and before you say no wonder he left, we only had 2 cats then. I have grown up children living at home so I am far from lonely. My house does not stink as we have several dirt trays around which are cleaned daily. I have to say thank you all for the comments, at least it helped you forget the main story, remember Bruce? Gingerbabs
  • Score: 2

5:46pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Bexleyheath Resident says...

In the printed article where this was a front page story (quite unbelievable when u turn the pages and someone was killed by a hit and run driver) it states they also have 2 guinea pigs. Id have thought an 18 and 24 yo would have enough on their plate with a young baby without the need for 3 pets....each to their own I suppose....as long as their flat isnt one of the many in this block that is council and ultimately subsidised rent!If u can afford 3 pets u can afford rent at the normal rate right?
In the printed article where this was a front page story (quite unbelievable when u turn the pages and someone was killed by a hit and run driver) it states they also have 2 guinea pigs. Id have thought an 18 and 24 yo would have enough on their plate with a young baby without the need for 3 pets....each to their own I suppose....as long as their flat isnt one of the many in this block that is council and ultimately subsidised rent!If u can afford 3 pets u can afford rent at the normal rate right? Bexleyheath Resident
  • Score: 0

6:03pm Thu 26 Jun 14

oBLiVioN 70 says...

Bexleyheath Resident wrote:
In the printed article where this was a front page story (quite unbelievable when u turn the pages and someone was killed by a hit and run driver) it states they also have 2 guinea pigs. Id have thought an 18 and 24 yo would have enough on their plate with a young baby without the need for 3 pets....each to their own I suppose....as long as their flat isnt one of the many in this block that is council and ultimately subsidised rent!If u can afford 3 pets u can afford rent at the normal rate right?
I thought social housing was about affordable rent as opposed to a normal rate, the normal rate being what landlords think they can get away with, but fair comment if they are claiming as well.

Not a bad idea to bring children up around animals though so long as they are taught to respect them as opposed to bully them the way some kids do.
[quote][p][bold]Bexleyheath Resident[/bold] wrote: In the printed article where this was a front page story (quite unbelievable when u turn the pages and someone was killed by a hit and run driver) it states they also have 2 guinea pigs. Id have thought an 18 and 24 yo would have enough on their plate with a young baby without the need for 3 pets....each to their own I suppose....as long as their flat isnt one of the many in this block that is council and ultimately subsidised rent!If u can afford 3 pets u can afford rent at the normal rate right?[/p][/quote]I thought social housing was about affordable rent as opposed to a normal rate, the normal rate being what landlords think they can get away with, but fair comment if they are claiming as well. Not a bad idea to bring children up around animals though so long as they are taught to respect them as opposed to bully them the way some kids do. oBLiVioN 70
  • Score: 2

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