THOUGH just 10-weeks-old, little Custard quickly used up one of his nine lives - and was renamed in the process!
He put his leg through a drainage grid outside the front door of his home in Agden, Malpas, and got thoroughly stuck.
His owner, Marcha Rogers, pictured opposite with the kitten, lifted the grid out, with kitten attached, and went to Whitchurch Fire Station.
When she got there firefighters Keith Robinson and Graham Field contacted Whitchurch vet Tom Leonard as Custard was clearly distressed.
The kitten was exhausted and in quite a state, so Tom sedated him, then the firemen split the grid in two using cutting gear.
Custard was taken to Leonard Brothers veterinary practice for X-rays, and he was given pain relief and treated for dehydration.
'Fortunately there were no breaks, just bruising, and he was able to go home later that afternoon,' said Tom.
Since the rescue, the kitten's relieved owner has renamed Custard to something much more solid: Grid.