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'I just want my baby home': Woman whose cat helped her cope with PTSD left devastated after he goes missing

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 31/01/2020 Sophie Halle-Richards
a child looking at the camera: Paige Beatrice, 21, bought her cat, named Blue, last year after doctors advised her that having a pet could improve her mental health © Paige Beatrice Paige Beatrice, 21, bought her cat, named Blue, last year after doctors advised her that having a pet could improve her mental health

A woman whose cat had helped her diagnosis of PTSD and anxiety says she is devastated after he went missing.

Paige Beatrice, 21, bought her cat, named Blue, last year after doctors advised her that having a pet could improve her mental health.

She was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and anxiety aged 18.

Paige brought home the jet black mumbi when he was a 14-week old kitten last year, and the pair formed a close relationship.

But a day after moving in with her boyfriend in Eccles, Blue dissapeared.

That was on December 27, and Paige says nobody has seen the cat since - leaving her in turmoil.

a black cat with green eyes: Paige brought home the jet black mumbi when he was a 14-week old kitten last year, and the pair formed a close relationship © Paige Beatrice Paige brought home the jet black mumbi when he was a 14-week old kitten last year, and the pair formed a close relationship

"I just want my baby home," she said, speaking to the Manchester Evening News.

"I've done everything I can to find him, even offering a reward, but he's still missing."

Paige says doctors recommended she get a cat as they believed having something there to calm her down and care for would help her condition.

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"He was always good to me, he was such a big softie," Paige said.

"None of the treatment I was receiving was working and as soon as I got Blue, the difference it made was crazy.

"If I was crying he would come up and have a cuddle with me.

a black cat sticking its tongue out © Paige Beatrice

"He always knew if something was wrong and would follow me absolutely everywhere."

Paige had previously lived in Sale, but a month after getting Blue, she decided to move in with her partner at a house in Eccles.

She had only been at the new property a few hours when she realised her beloved cat had gone missing.

"He was there when I went to sleep but I think he must have got out through an open window.

"He must have got anxious because it's a new area, and now I'm worried that he's lost his bearings."

Paige says she has tried everything from visiting her old address, posters, and has even offered a reward on Facebook.

"I have tried putting cat food outside the house and I have put posters up," she said.

a blurry image of a person: Paige says getting a cat has helped her mental health © Paige Beatrice Paige says getting a cat has helped her mental health

"I have even been back to my previous flat to call his name - but it's all been hopeless.

Paige says since Blue went missing, her mental health has deterioriated.

"It hasn't been good for me since he's gone," she said.

"I have been upset all the time and feeling really anxious. I'm constantly worrying about him.

"It's really getting me down, I just want him where he belongs."

Anyone with information about Blue's whereabouts can contact Paige at paigeyjennifer@hotmail.com.

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