Pars­ley the cat’s celebrity sta­tus en­sures he still has the up­per paw

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AF­TER his rise to fame through the pages of The Oban Times, Pars­ley the cat is ‘just as ad­ven­tur­ous as ever’ ac­cord­ing to his owner Fiona Campbell-Smith, writes Naimh Adams McGilp.

Last week saw the cat’s fame in­crease with an ap­pear­ance on STV news last Fri­day.

Pars­ley has also been in var­i­ous news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines since

The Oban Times re­vealed the fe­line’s am­bi­tions for star­dom ear­lier in the year.

Pars­ley was just eight months old when he went on his first adventure and as any cat-owner would be, Fiona was des­per­ate to find him. The first time he went missing she pan­icked and re­ported it to the town’s vets. She later found out he had been all the way up to the view­ing tower on Pul­pit Hill.

Now aged two the cheeky chap has been spot­ted all over Oban and made quite a name for him­self lo­cally, and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Af­ter be­ing asked how Pars­ley is cop­ing with his celebrity sta­tus, Ms Campbell-Smith said: ‘He’s ex­hausted, he’s sleep­ing an aw­ful lot. He’s been quite good re­cently, not stay­ing out too late – ever since his TV ap­pear­ance he’s calmed down a lit­tle bit. I don’t think it’ll be for long, though.’

Pars­ley usu­ally cov­ers be­tween five and six kilo­me­tres a day, which means he is on a spe­cial high- calo­rie diet be­cause of the amount of en­ergy he’s us­ing up. Last Sun­day he only cov­ered two an a half kilo­me­tres, which Fiona said was a ‘quiet day for him.’

How­ever, Fiona thinks he’s be­com­ing more ad­ven­tur­ous.

She said: ‘He’s grow­ing in con­fi­dence, he now knows ex­actly where he’s go­ing. It’s amaz­ing.

‘I used to think he wasn’t that bright, but he re­ally is. He knows the whole town.’

One of Pars­ley’s main routes is through Ja­cob’s Lad­der, where he tack­les all 144 steps.

Now that Pars­ley is well-known, peo­ple are pleased to see him when he’s out and about. How­ever, Fiona wor­ries that he’s less safe now as a celebrity cat than he was be­fore as peo­ple are now less con­cerned about him be­ing in places he shouldn’t be.

Pars­ley re­ceives many mes­sages ev­ery­day from fans us­ing their cats as on­line aliases in or­der to com­mu­ni­cate with him.

Fiona thinks it’s lovely that peo­ple with busy lives have a lit­tle time and love to spare for Pars­ley.

When asked if the fame has gone to his head, Fiona replied: ‘Pars­ley was fa­mous even be­fore he was fa­mous.

‘In his head, he’s al­ways been the best cat in the world.’

In their house, Fiona says she and Pars­ley are equals, but she does ad­mit that ‘maybe he has the up­per paw’.

Ready for his close up…Pars­ley makes a visit to Dawn McBay in St Saviour’s beauty sa­lon, a mere 1.5 cat miles from his home.

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