ISLAND cat-owners have found their kitties have been a source of amusement and companionship during the recent lockdown. 

Many local cat-owners — including some members of the Facebook group Isle of Cats — have sent the County Press pictures of their cats and tales of their funny antics.

Scroll through our gallery of pictures above to see more than 30 of amusing pictures...

Lots of these lovely cats have been rescued and some have come from as far afield as Somerset, London and even Italy!

Some like playing with boxes, while others like splashing in water and finding spiders, slow-worms and other animals.

Sandra Peelo from Bembridge told us her ten-year-old cat, Sabrina (main image above), was  rescued from a neglectful home in London when she was a couple of years old.

Sandra said: "She was a very shy little girl and has now turned into a loving lap cat. We moved to the Island with her five years ago and now as well as caring for my lovely Sabrina, I also care for the rescued Big Cats at the Wildheart Trust at the Isle of Wight Zoo."

Kim Read from Sandown, said here six-year-old cat, Cookie, was fostered from a family who could not keep him where they were living.

She said: "He is so funny. He loves playing with water from the bath taps and we have to leave toilet seat down because he has fallen into the bath and toilet before. He goes under our quilt to bed! He loves playing and treats and we love him."

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Kim Read's cat, Cookie, asleep.

Colleen Shaw, from Newport, is enchanted by her fluffy six-year-old black cat, Tingy, who likes posing for pictures, is very photogenic and is a great companion.

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Colleen Shaw's cat, Tingy, is always happy to pose.

Lucy Hazelton from Ryde, has two cats - Rocky, who is two, and Tillie, who is one. 

She said: "Tillie likes to collect live slow-worms. She brings them to me and I have to return them to where they belong!

"We adopted Rocky from Cats Protection when he was five months old. He instantly bonded with our autistic daughter, they are best of friends. He is now a therapy cat for her. He is a big friendly giant. His favourite job is to hunt for spiders!"

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Lucy Hazelton's cat, Rocky, with his adopted sister, Tillie.

Marilyn O’Loughlin from Ventnor is constantly amused by the antics of five-year-old Monty.

She said: "Monty is a very special boy. He's very inquisitive, very naughty and rarely sleeps! He plays fetch with 'letters' (envelopes we scrunch up for him). He loves it when the postman arrives with a new letter for him to play with. He's an adorable little man and very affectionate."

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Monty mid-yawn - it looks like he's laughing! 

Andy Marshall from Seaview adopted his seven-year-old Bengal cat, Tigger, from Cats Prtotection in Ryde in 2014. Tigger is very playful and likes to prove that contrary to popular belief, some cats love water!

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Andy Marshall's cat, Tigger, during a pause - or paws - in play.

Rosanne Allen, who lives near Sandown, loves cats - particularly her five-year-old long-haired cat, Supersoft.

She said: "I found him starving on the street of the Italian village where I used to live. He nearly died from an acute infection. I brought him - and seven other cats - back from Italy four years ago."

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Roseanne Allen's cat, Supersoft, thinking about his next meal.

Daphne Rayner from Shanklin has a golden oldie - 21-year-old long-haired cat, Ollie.

She said: " I brought him on a farm in Somerset from friends who had lots in a barn. I chose two, but sadly one died a few years ago."

Being an older gentleman, Ollie likes sleeping in unusual places. Sometimes when it's hot, he can be found snoring gently in the empty bathtub at home, but he also likes laying in the garden when the weather is nice.

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Ollie likes chilling out in the garden.

Suzan Carr's ten-year-old long-haired cat, Charlie, has a fascinating with bags and boxes.

Suzan, from Newport, said: "He was a rescue from Cats Protection after the original owner died. Charlie is obsessed with bags and boxes and his favourite box is by the radiator with his own cushion."

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Charlie says: "This box is mine!"

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