Paddy’s cat trips Wanderlust of feline has taken him on holiday
ACIRENCESTER cat is proving he really is king of the road as he travels daily from street to street, popping in to see a few friends along the way, in the hope of the odd morsel of food or a neck rub.
Paddy, a very sociable ginger and white male who belongs to Trudi Read, even took himself off to Paignton in Devon for a little holiday last summer.
Such is his wanderlust, Trudi has set him up with his own Facebook page, Paddy the Cat, so that she can keep tabs on where he is.
“Lots of people thought he might be a stray and started posting pictures of him being found at various locations describing him as a lost cat,” said Trudi.
“Now most people around the Watermoor area know him and I get messages saying he is in the churchyard or at Springboard Nursery where he likes watching the children eat their lunch through the window,” said Trudi.
Paddy has been known to set off the alarms at Paternoster Primary School after he has crept in and been locked in for the night.
“And one of his favourite haunts is the fish and chip shop where he is
always hoping to get something to eat,” said Trudi.
Paddy is becoming quite a celebrity in the area and people post pictures of him purposely walking along the roads or basking in the sunshine at the vicarage and he also likes to socialise with people in the graveyard.
One woman posted on Facebook that Paddy had really cheered up her husband who had just come out of hospital and was recovering from an operation.
Another woman in St Michaels Road leaves out a bowl of cat biscuits so Paddy often stops by there for a snack on his travels.
He is quite a chatty cat and often lies in wait for people setting off for work in the mornings who then find themselves running late as they stop to fuss him.
“Paddy just loves being out and about and thankfully he seems to have some road sense, he’s often seen taking the subway under the road,” says Trudi.
“I am used to getting phone calls telling me where he is but I got a shock last year when someone rang from Paignton in Devon to say he had turned up there.
“He must have crawled into a van and hitched a lift. I had to drive down there to get him,” says Trudi.
And she added: “I take him for his vets checks and he comes home when he is hungry or in need of some attention, but he is happiest when he is off on one of his adventures.”
Paddy the cat