Figaro the missing cat
A PLEA has gone out for help in finding Figaro, the Exeter Cathedral cat.
Figaro, who is the latest in a near 600-year-long tradition of cathedral cats in the city, has not been seen for more than a week.
He is the pet of the Dean of Exeter, the Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick, who said: "It is not usual for him to do this, although he had gone missing in his younger days.
"We have had him 11 years and he lives in the deanery. We last saw him on Friday night when he was sleeping in his cradle. He usually gets up and goes out overnight, returning the following morning, but this time he did not come back."
Figaro is a tabby cat and was not wearing a collar.
Cats have a long association with the cathedral, dating back to the 1300s. At one time the cathedral cat was paid as a rodent controller.
In the north-west corner of the cathedral chapel is a memorial to one-eyed Tom, who belonged to head verger E R Hart during and after the Second World War.
The cat lost an eye in a fight with an owl for a rat, which is represented on a corbel in the opposite north-east corner of the chapel.
Anyone with information regarding the missing cat should contact 01392 442238.