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Cat Eats McDonald’s for a Year

Cat Eats McDonald’s for a Year

Dubbed Frankie by the McDonald’s staff in New Zealand, this black and white cat was addicted to fast food — so much so that his face and eyes became chronically swollen, his fur matted and his general health declining quickly.

Someone abandoned this little fur ball when he was just a kitten in the McDonald’s parking lot.  Making the best of a bad situation, Frankie learned how to beg from cars after they left the drive-thru window. Soon, everyone knew to order a hamburger for themselves and an extra patty or Chicken Mcnuggets for Frankie. “He would watch you,” said Jessica Watson,  ”and trot after the car, wait until you stopped the car and then you would toss him the meat. It was his little routine.”

However, as most of us know, a diet comprised primarily of fast food is not a healthy diet whether you are a human or a cat.  After about a year of chowing down fast food, the McDonald’s staff began to notice that Frankie’s health was deteriorating.

Luckily for Frankie, a SPCA officer drove through this particular McDonald’s and also noticed Frankie in ill-health. “I estimate he has lived in the McDonald’s car park for 12 to 18 months.”

She took Frankie home and thankfully after a few weeks of eating a normal cat diet, his eyes cleared and his coat became shiny again.

But weaning this junk-food addicted cat off his burgers and McNuggets wasn’t easy. When he was first offered regular cat food, he refused to eat. The SPCA officer considered going back and getting him a hamburger patty as she worried he would starve. “I would put the pet food down and he would give me a look like, what is that?”  But she was steadfast and her persistence paid off — Frankie finally started eating regular cat food.

Now he is up for adoption and due to his minor celebrity status, the SPCA has been fielding so many requests to adopt him that the office is asking people to come to their office so they can fill out an “expression of interest form” as part of the selection process.

I hope whoever adopts Frankie supports his new health kick!

On the positive side of Frankie’s addiction to cheeseburgers, says Jessica Watson, I am sure he never hunted the native bird species of New Zealand! Cheeseburgers are just too easy to catch.

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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9:22AM PST on Feb 19, 2014

Wow, incredible story on survival, but bad for Frankie... Glad he is out of there!

5:53PM PDT on Aug 11, 2013

And neither should any animal or person! Let alone Happy Meals, served up to kids!

5:50PM PDT on Aug 11, 2013

thanks, do not eat their crap

6:07PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013


10:34PM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

The poor baby. He's beautiful and should have had a home long before this got out of hand . But he had to survive. I think he will def have a good home by now or shortly.

Here you have a test of what fast food will do to you and without forced animal testing. In a way he had to force himself but no intentional testing was done on him.

I don't eat any fast food for over 20 years.

He looks pretty good in the photo. I assume it's an updated one.

** Quinton and others. I feed many strays and ferel cats. Please remember is you do this you must make make sure the TNR is also being done. When I moved in wo where I live 14 years ago there was a house that put platters of food out for they told me over 20 years and I almost died the night I moved in and saw over 100 cats staring at me from the that house and wandering the entire area.

Help was offered and the trap,neuter and release program was put into action. Within 6 months the amount of cats went way down really fast. Of course any very ill cats or feline luekemia tested cats were not put back out. Any that could be placed were put up for adoption . I have not seen one litter after that again. I'm sure there were some but I never saw them . We have basically 5 regular cats right now. Absolutely help them if you care but they will grow into many more if not spayed or neutered.

Great article!! Thanks For posting it...

I am sorry my comment is so long but I learned something 14 years ago and what a di

1:20AM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

I'm glad that someone cared enough to NOT give him any more McDonald's.

6:36AM PDT on Jun 7, 2013

glad his ok now and hope he finds a loving home :) thanks for sharing

9:48AM PDT on May 24, 2013

Yea, Frankie gets good food again. Living on McDonald's for any short or long period seems to me as bad as having to eat Monsanto's GMO food!!!

7:52AM PDT on May 8, 2013

I cannot believe that no one wanted to take Frankie home in the year that they saw him at Mac Donalds, I am from South Africa and if it was here I would have took him home, I have 23 rescue cats as well as 7 streetcats eating at night on my stoep!

12:11AM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

Can't believe no one thought to give Frankie cat food in a year's time.

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