Lucky found a niche and many friends around city

Put to sleep after being suspected of ingesting poison

Put to sleep after being suspected of ingesting poison

GOODBYE LUCKY: Lucky the bobtailed cat was a distinctive and well-known sight around Gisborne city and not shy about making himself at home in many shops. This week he had to be put down after ingesting poison. His owners do not believe it was deliberate.

Picture by Paul Rickard

Lucky the cat crossed roads, took naps in car parks and wandered Gisborne’s streets for many years . . . and in the end it was curiosity that killed him. This week, the well-known city cat was put down.

Owners Vanessa Hayes and Rod Husband said they tried to keep Lucky alive as long as they could, even hand-feeding him for his last few days. But his health deteriorated quickly due to kidney damage caused by poison, such as anti-freeze, said Ms Hayes.

“Lucky drank from every puddle he could find so we don’t believe it was deliberate. He was just too inquisitive and had no fear of anyone or anything.”

Inner-city shop explorer by weekday

Lucky was 11 years old and a very active black bobtailed cat. He lived in an inner-city apartment but would spend his days wandering a particular block of shops on Gladstone Road.

He had his own water bowl at The Gisborne Herald, took regular naps at The Flight Centre, would blend in to window displays at Muirs Bookshop and BNZ staff knew him by name.

“Rod and I wish to thank everyone who cared for and enjoyed Lucky’s visits during his Gladstone and Childers Road patrols.”

Ms Hayes said Lucky was full of ‘‘attitude’’ and very staunch patrolling his patch, but was very playful and loved having quiet smooch time at home.

Opotiki macadamia farm cat by weekend

Lucky spent most weekends at Torere Macadamias in Opotiki, which is owned by Ms Hayes and Mr Husband.

Ms Hayes said he had a very happy and active few days chasing everything in sight last weekend but went downhill quickly on their return to Gisborne.

“Rod and I tried to help him but his pain became unbearable for all of us so we had to put him to sleep at 2pm on Tuesday. We will return Lucky to his birthplace at the macadamia orchard this weekend.”

Lucky got his name when he was three days old, after his mother was killed defending her kittens from a wild dog.

“He was named Lucky because he was lucky we found him,” said Ms Hayes.

Bobtailed cats are born with a stump for their tails. Their breed is known for being intelligent and extremely interactive.

Ms Hayes said their other cat, Stinkle, will miss his big brother too.

Lucky the cat crossed roads, took naps in car parks and wandered Gisborne’s streets for many years . . . and in the end it was curiosity that killed him. This week, the well-known city cat was put down.

Owners Vanessa Hayes and Rod Husband said they tried to keep Lucky alive as long as they could, even hand-feeding him for his last few days. But his health deteriorated quickly due to kidney damage caused by poison, such as anti-freeze, said Ms Hayes.

“Lucky drank from every puddle he could find so we don’t believe it was deliberate. He was just too inquisitive and had no fear of anyone or anything.”

Inner-city shop explorer by weekday

Lucky was 11 years old and a very active black bobtailed cat. He lived in an inner-city apartment but would spend his days wandering a particular block of shops on Gladstone Road.

He had his own water bowl at The Gisborne Herald, took regular naps at The Flight Centre, would blend in to window displays at Muirs Bookshop and BNZ staff knew him by name.

“Rod and I wish to thank everyone who cared for and enjoyed Lucky’s visits during his Gladstone and Childers Road patrols.”

Ms Hayes said Lucky was full of ‘‘attitude’’ and very staunch patrolling his patch, but was very playful and loved having quiet smooch time at home.

Opotiki macadamia farm cat by weekend

Lucky spent most weekends at Torere Macadamias in Opotiki, which is owned by Ms Hayes and Mr Husband.

Ms Hayes said he had a very happy and active few days chasing everything in sight last weekend but went downhill quickly on their return to Gisborne.

“Rod and I tried to help him but his pain became unbearable for all of us so we had to put him to sleep at 2pm on Tuesday. We will return Lucky to his birthplace at the macadamia orchard this weekend.”

Lucky got his name when he was three days old, after his mother was killed defending her kittens from a wild dog.

“He was named Lucky because he was lucky we found him,” said Ms Hayes.

Bobtailed cats are born with a stump for their tails. Their breed is known for being intelligent and extremely interactive.

Ms Hayes said their other cat, Stinkle, will miss his big brother too.

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