Lisa Kilbourne-Smith and her boyfriend James Davis were looking after Tink while a pair of friends were out of town when they discovered the animal stiff as a board at the bottom of her cage.
After phoning up Tink's owners to tell them the news, Lisa, James, and Lisa's dad Les wrapped Tink up in paper towels and buried her in a foot-deep grave to prevent the family cat from digging her up.
But, as it turns out, Tink was fully capable of digging herself back up.
Les, who was doing some recycling the next day recalls being startled by the sudden appearance of Tink's little face as it popped out of a pile of old boxes. "The energy she had to dig herself out of that hole was remarkable," he told SWNS.