Actress Emmy Rossum has a con-cat for a pet after the creature duped her into thinking he had cancer when she found him on the streets of Chicago, Illinois.
The Phantom of the Opera star came across the forlorn creature while she was shooting TV series Shameless and took him to a vet, who told the actress the cat was close to death.
She says, "I kind of felt sorry for it. It kind of made a home in my trailer. I don't really like cats, so (I thought) I'll just take it around and see if it belongs to anyone. The local vet came in and looked at it and it was like, 'It's a sweet cat but it has cancer; just let it die.' I was like, 'No, I can't do that.'"
Instead, Rossum bought the cat a first class plane ticket and took it back to Los Angeles with her, only to discover when she got there that the animal had made a miraculous recovery.
She adds, "I wanted to give it a good life on it's way out... When we got back to the vet in L.A... he was like, 'Oh, this is a beautiful cat,' and I was like, 'Too bad about the cancer!' He's like, 'What cancer...? The hernia? I can remove that when I neuter her!'
"(Apparently) it's gonna live 25 years. I was like, 'Noooo! Now I have a cat!'"