Case Studies

The Bonfire Kittens

Remember, remember the 5th of November…….

Chester and Benson

The story of the rescue of Benson and Chester is by no means new; in fact, it appeared in one of our newsletters way back in 1993.  However, the lessons learned from their rescue still hold very true today so we feel it is well worth recounting here, particularly at this time of year …


Benson and Chester, pictured below at two years of age, started their lives at the bottom of a bonfire heap.  Our volunteers in the Central London branch of Cat Action Trust 1977 discovered them in the smouldering ashes of a half burnt bonfire, miraculously unharmed, apart from singed whiskers and eyebrows and badly irritated weepy eyes.

At Two Years of Age

The story of their dramatic rescue was featured in the magazine Cat World where it was spotted by a journalist from the Daily Telegraph who used it in an article warning everyone (at any time of the year) to check carefully for cats, kittens and hedgehogs before lighting bonfires.



Of course, at this time of the year, we cannot stress enough the importance of keeping your cats safely indoors on Guy Fawkes Night – but also in the days around bonfire night as nowadays people often have their fireworks parties before or after November 5th.

Chester in the garden, enjoying the sun


Benson and Chester both lived to a good age.  When Benson died, his owners approached CAT 77 Central London Branch and re-homed two more kittens – Sydney and Douglas.

As you can see from the photo, they all get along very well indeed!

The “Likely Lads” Chester with Sydney and Douglas











© CAT77 2014


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