Alan, a 10-year-old Burmese, had breathing problems. Fortunately, vets used an “innovative” operation to re-opened the collapsed windpipe by opening Alan’s trachea using a metal stent.

The cat’s owner, Ian Mills, forked out £4,000 for the operation on March 10, but said he was delighted with the outcome.

“It cost around £4,000 but, given the expertise and equipment used, and the outcome achieved, we feel that it was money very well spent. We are delighted to have Alan back home with us.”

To read more about this expensive, but life-saving operation, click here.