Cat uses lives at post office
A pet cat thought to be dead for over a year has been found roughing it with a mob of homeless moggies at an Alexandra post office, 15km from home.
Safraya, a four-year-old tabby, was discovered living with a clowder of cats last week by a group of animal welfare volunteers.
Volunteer Victoria Bonham said the group had been working on a ‘‘case by case basis’’ with help from the SPCA and Queenstown Cat Rescue to feed, neuter and re-home some of the stray cats living around the post office.
‘‘We uplifted the cat about a week ago, got it scanned and it was microchipped and tracked down the owners to Golden Road.’’
The cat’s owner Olivia Blair said her pet went missing from the rural property, about 15km from Alexandra, a year and a half ago.
‘‘I thought she was shot because there were hunters living next door. They were rabbit shooting at night and we had heard a loud bang. We went looking for a couple of weeks but she never turned up. Then I got a phone call about a week ago. I was like...’what?’ I could not believe it.‘‘
Time had not seemed to have changed her much, Blair said.
‘‘She’s still pretty stand-offish. She’s still got some of her little traits - when I come in she runs to her bowl instantly. She looked exactly like that, fat. Apparently she was the boss of all those other cats. When they went to feed them, they had to put her in the car so the other cats could get some.’’
Bonham said despite the perception from many people in the community, Safraya’s story proved not all the homeless cats were ‘‘feral pests’’.
‘‘Some have got people who are still looking for them. They all have stories and this group of people has come together to help - wonderful, wonderful people who are doing a good job.’’
There were currently about 10 cats living around the post office.
‘‘The SPCA has done a swoop around the town. They help rehome and advertise, and have days in Cromwell too, getting a gauge on how big the problem is..’’
Safraya’s case also highlighted the value in microchipping pets.
Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Bonham on 0275098041.
Olivia Blair and her cat Safraya, a four-year-old tabby who was discovered living with a clowder of cats by a group of animal welfare volunteers. She had been missing for over a year.