Qtown’s su­per­mar­ket cat Izzy


Queen­stown cat Izzy has been adopted by one of the big­gest fam­i­lies in the dis­trict - the New World fam­ily.

She had been liv­ing near the su­per­mar­ket for about five years and was of­fi­cially adopted from Cat Res­cue a year ago.

Just last week Izzy had a spe­cial birth­day cake made from cat food pre­sented to her to cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion.

Queen­stown Cat Res­cue’s co- founder Ruth De Reus said five years ago the cat could not be han­dled and was wild.

‘‘She was a lit­tle stray. Grad­u­ally she got to the stage where she could be han­dled.’’

‘‘It’s re­ally great that she’s able to have a fam­ily, a very big fam­ily. She is very pop­u­lar with staff and cus­tomers,’’ she added.

From a wild kit­ten, Izzy has grown into a so­cia­ble cat.

She will walk cus­tomers to their cars and greet them by the en­trance in the morn­ings. But she will not let them pat her.

New World owner Kerri-Anne McKen­zie said it was staff mem­bers who sug­gested adopt­ing Izzy.

‘‘I think it’s a re­ally nice sense of com­mu­nity that the store is look­ing af­ter her. Every day there will be staff mem­bers giv­ing her a cud­dle when they ar­rive and some­times peo­ple come in on their days off to make sure she’s fed.

‘‘There’s a real sense of own­er­ship,’’ McKen­zie said.

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