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"Prickly Pete" "Prickly Pete"
Pete with his new owner Pete with his new owner

You may remember a valley cat that had a painful run-in with a cactus last week. He was dubbed "Prickly Pete" and you'll be happy to know he's made a full recovery and he has a new owner.

Pete's new owner initially went to the Humane Society to adopt a kitten for her granddaughter as a Christmas gift. But when she spotted Prickly Pete, and found out what he had been through, she says she just had to bring him home.

"He just likes to be loved."

"Prickly Pete" is getting settled in at his brand new home in Sun City, with his new mom, Jean Mann, and siblings Lilly and Buddy.

The 1-year-old cat has been through a lot lately. Arizona Humane Society workers found him last week, tangled up with a cholla cactus.

He spent 2 hours in surgery as the vet removed each and every spine. Today Jean adopted him.

"He just was beautiful, his markings are beautiful and he's just precious."

Pete seems to like it here.

"He's really friendly, really really friendly."

He seems to like all the attention. Pete has a brand new bed, plenty of space to roam, and his new playmates don't seem to mind him.

"We usually have a cat so the dogs are used to a cat," says Jean.

Pete is now free to relax indoors -- instead of hanging out outside.

"He's an indoor cat, he won't get out… I think he's going to be a good member of our family, he looks pretty happy just hanging out."

Jean isn't going to change his name. He will remain "Prickly Pete." She says it feels like she adopted a celebrity cat. She's done a lot of interviews today -- even reporters in New York City have been calling her.

But she says Pete seems to be taking it all in stride -- and that all the attention hasn't gotten to his head yet.

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