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.