Roaming town cat dies after using up all her nine lives

Tigger, a 13 year old cat with owner Jason Sargeant 19. Tigger uses the nearest pelican crossing when crossing the rd. ENGANL00120131202174403
Tigger, a 13 year old cat with owner Jason Sargeant 19. Tigger uses the nearest pelican crossing when crossing the rd. ENGANL00120131202174403

A Sudbury cat that lived a life of adventure – walking in to shops, crossing alongside people at pelican crossings and being rescued from a 40ft telegraph pole – finally ran out of lives last week.

Tigger died after being hit by a car in Girling Street after making one final visit to one of her favourite haunts, the Grover & Allen pub in North Street.

The 14-year-old cat was a regular visitor to a number of businesses in the town, including the Meat Inn butchers, and once even followed her owner, Madeline Williams, all the way to her place of work at Delphi Diesel Systems in Newton Road.

“She ran out of lives – she had more than her nine over the years,” said Miss Williams, 45.

The adventurous free-spirit had a close shave as a kitten when she was run over by a car, breaking her collarbone and losing her tail.

Miss Williams, who lives in Suffolk Road, said she had not expected Tigger “to go that way”.

Tigger had learnt how to cross roads at pelican crossing by waiting for the beep.

“She didn’t quite judge it this time,” added Miss Williams.

The tabby hit the headlines in January 2013 after getting stuck up a 40-foot telegraph pole and having to be rescued by fire crews.