Neighbours in a southeast community are rallying around a family that hasn’t been able to find their cat after a fire gutted the inside of their home.

A fire ripped through a home in the 100 block of Midvalley Rise SE around 4 a.m. yesterday, and while the couple made it out safe, their cat Marcus has been missing ever since.

“He is part of our family and we just want him to come home, but we don’t have a home. He knows the home is gone, animals know that kind of thing,” said his owner, Olga.

Olga said after the fire she was holding the cat she and her husband adopted eight years ago, but he was jumpy because of the fire and managed to escape. “He is very shy but also very playful. He is just such a cute cat,” she added.

Next door neighbour Sharon Suffield is keeping a cat kennel and food at her house in case the cat decides to return to his home.

“He was an indoor cat, so they think he was really spooked and nobody has seen him since,” she said. “I just hope we’re able to find him, he isn’t used to being outside.”

Calgary Fire Department spokesperson Jeff Budai is asking anyone who thinks they may have found the cat to call the fire department at 403-268-8667.

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