A woman has married her cat to stop heartless landlords forcing her to abandon her.
Deborah Hodge, 49, has already rehoused three animals over the years by landlords who do not want pets in their properties.
But she is now afraid of being forced to part with her precious cat India after losing her job as a life coach last month.
If she is unable to pay her next rent payment, she may be evicted and again have to go through the hassle of finding a pet friendly landlord.
That was when the mother of two got the idea that if they were married, it would show any future landlord how important it is for them to stay together.
Dressed in a tuxedo, Deborah tied herself to India at a civil ceremony led by her legally ordained friend.
The five-year-old cat was draped in gold lamé for the big day and meowed his vows in front of Deborah’s family and friends in the park in south-east London.
Deborah, an unemployed mother from Sidcup, said: ‘She is basically the most important thing in my life after my children.
“By marrying India, I need all future landlords to know that we are coming as a package and that we can in no way be separated, as she is just as important to me as the children.
‘I refuse to divorce her. I’d rather live on the streets than be without her. ‘
While living in a former property, Deborah was forced to abandon her two huskies, Siri and Starshine, when her landlord threatened her with eviction.
After moving to her current home five years ago, her landlord ordered her to abandon the cat Jamal or be evicted.
She said, ‘It broke my heart completely. Your pets are becoming part of your family, and it was just absolutely devastating to have to say goodbye to them. ‘
Deborah begged to be allowed to have another cat, and after countless emails, her landlord finally gave up.
India joined Deborah and her two children in 2017 and quickly became a beloved pet.
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