Stray cat inspires short student film to help Cats Protection
A friendly stray cat was on to a good thing when he picked the house of five students to lay his head during lockdown.
Now Sophie Buckley and Freyja Crisp have produced Stray: A Lockdown Story, an animated film to tell the heart-warming story of the cat who left his pawprints on their hearts - and to raise cash for Cats Protection, which has its national adoption centre in Haywards Heath.
Sophie, 23, who previously adopted a kitten from Cats Protection, said: “I’d seen him around but assumed he was one of our neighbours’ cats.
“Then one day, I came down to find him outside our backdoor, with one paw placed tentatively over the door frame.
“It was so sweet, both daring and shy, and he melted our hearts.”
Sophie and housemate Freyja, 22, later noticed he was having medical problems.
Freyja said: “We noticed he had problems with eating and what we thought made him quirky – his dribbling, noises, leaking eyes and nose - were possibly signs of infection.
We decided he needed to be checked out so called Cats Protection.
“Within a week we had to say goodbye.”
Cats Protection’s lead animator Rasoul Hudda provided guidance and input on the final work, which features a soundtrack from singer songwriter Fenne Lily.
Stray: A Lockdown Story is at youtu.be/aqya82nv1B4