Flabby tabby: Cat scoffs McDonalds for a whole year

Friday, 19th April 2013

We all know that living off junk food is bad for our health so it's hardly surprising that this applies to our animal companions as well.

That didn't stop one moggy in New Zealand from feasting on McDonalds for an entire year in a bid to survive.

The stray named Frankie made his home in the car park of a McDonald's in Frankton, New Zealand and would beg from cars as they left the drive-thru.

Regular customer Jessica Watson, a field officer with the Waikato Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), spotted that Frankie's health was deteriorating and took him home.

After a few weeks of living indoors and eating healthy cat food he is back to optimum health.

Ms Watson said: "He wasn't overweight, but McDonald's wouldn't meet the nutritional requirements for a cat. They need very high levels of protein and I wouldn't think takeaways would provide that."

Many people have since come forward expressing interest in adopting the cat.