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.