Cats and books have been a long-standing tradition at Time Out Bookstore in Mt Eden.
The animal friendly shop has had a resident cat for around 15 years.
The first, a male tonkinese called Oscar, ruled the roost for a good 10 years before he died in 2010.
Manager Jenna Todd had just started working there and couldn’t understand what the fuss was about.
‘‘I would have to tell people Oscar had died . . . they’d start crying because he was such a big part of the community.’’
Four years later Lucinda, also a tonkinese, has become a much-loved part of the furniture.
Because Lucinda chooses to stay at home some days she is more ‘‘part-time’’ than Oscar, who preferred to live in the shop.
Having a cat around creates ‘‘quite a calming effect’’ for customers, Todd says. ‘‘They love it. ‘‘Whenever she’s here if we put a post of her on Facebook she gets 100 likes. If we put a book of the Bailey prizewinner they get five to 10 likes.’’
Literary Lucinda: Time Out Bookstore manager Jenna Todd with resident cat Lucinda.