East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is urging members of the public not to call 999 unless it's an emergency.
It follows an incident where Hastings Firefighters were called out by a man who was unable to gain access into his former flat.
Firefighters were sent to the property in Caves Road, St Leonards-on-Sea at 9.40am this morning (30th September). Upon arrival it was discovered that the man no longer had lawful possession of the property but that his pet cat was still inside.
Following further investigation, it was established that it wasn't an emergency and the cat was believed to be in a healthy condition.
The man was advised to liaise directly with the landlords and consider calling on a locksmith to gain entry.
Incidents of a non-emergency nature should be referred to an appropriate trade person or suitable organisation. In the case of incidents involving domestic pets the RSPCA should be contacted in the first instance. The RSPCA will assess the situation and call the fire service if necessary.