Tina Wheatcroft with Fat Cat who lived at George’s Greek Restaurant.
Tina Wheatcroft with Fat Cat who lived at George’s Greek Restaurant. ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

Cat with character finds new home

AS ONE charismatic cat found a new home yesterday, details of an unwanted surge in homeless cats emerged.

Fat Cat, who made his home at George Kotis's Kookaburra Resort in Pialba nine years ago, was making the short trip from Pialba to Booral yesterday afternoon.

Wayne Klinstrom was quickly out of the blocks when he learned that Fat Cat was in need of a new home and got on the phone to Marie Barnes of Fraser Coast Pet Warriors who had kept an eye on the famous feline over the weekend.

Restaurateur George Kotis died last month and his resort is set to go under the hammer in a matter of weeks.

Regular diners at George's Al Fresco Greek Restaurant were familiar with Fat Cat, a feline fixture at the popular eating house. Wayne Klinstrom was one such regular.

“He used to wiggle in and out through the chairs like he owned the joint,” he said.

“He's human, he's a real character.

“Everyone takes to him. He is very special, so laid-back.”

Fat Cat will join Wayne's other cat Possum – a Blue Russian – on his 5-acre property in Booral.

Pet Warriors' Marie Barnes took calls from as far away as Brooweena yesterday as potential owners lined up for the likeable cat.

She has also taken calls during the past few days about cats dumped in boxes at Point Vernon and Dundathu.

The Point Vernon deposit had a litter of tiny kittens left behind in a toy box.

“There are hundreds of cats being dumped,” Ms Barnes said. “We're inundated.”

She called for increased funding for the de-sexing of cats, which – she maintained – would alleviate the dumping problem.

“We're only small, we don't get any funding from anywhere,” she said.

“We're very positive about the huge task but there is always such a massive need for help.”



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