Tributes have been paid to a street cat described as a “little soldier” who died after attracting worldwide support.
Maximus was rescued by Stray Cat Rescue Team West Midlands (SCRT) in November after spending a decade on the streets.
He had an immunodeficiency virus similar to HIV and claws so long he could not walk, which prompted global donations and offers of care.
The rescue team said he was “the most amazing cat to ever grace this earth.”
The feline was rescued by the voluntary group in Great Barr, Sandwell. He had £10,000 donated for his care and thousands of gifts of treats and toys from across the globe.
He was given antibiotics and steroids having spent days at the White Cross vets in Wolverhampton. But he suffered breathing difficulties and died on Friday night.
“We lost the funniest, strongest, most amazing cat to ever grace this earth,” SCRT posted on their Facebook page.
“His breathing wasn’t right, he was on oxygen and myself, Jade, Julie, Vet nurses Jo and Sioned held him and comforted him until he decided it was time to leave us.
“He had no fight left and his breathing had totally changed. Medically, there was no sign of anything wrong. There wasn’t a stone left unturned in Maximus’s treatment. Everything that could have been done, was done.”