Paddy’s cat trips Wan­der­lust of fe­line has taken him on hol­i­day

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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

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