Story By: Koen Berghuis, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
An animal shelter is frantically searching for the owner of a hairless cat who abandoned the bald puss in a McDonald’s toilet.
The cat was found in a blue sports bag in a women’s toilet at McDonald’s in Voelklingen, a city in the south-western German state of Saarland.
Before the owner abandoned the cat, he or she did at least put a sweater over the cat to keep it warm.
The Voelklingen animal shelter, which picked up the cat from the fast food restaurant after the McDonald’s manager gave them a call, said that the moggy was most likely left behind by a man who sneaked into the female bathroom.
A shelter spokesperson said: “Restaurant guests said that the sports bag was carried by a dark-haired young man who left the bathroom without it.
“The cat is a well-nourished and well-groomed male with no whiskers. Unfortunately, the animal is not chipped, so it can be assumed that it is not from a reputable breeder.”
According to the shelter, the cat is “probably neither a pure Canadian Sphynx nor Donskoy but a mongrel”.
The shelter directly addressed the cat’s owner in a social media post, asking him or her to come forward.
The shelter wrote: “It was nice of you to leave the cat behind in a warm environment in a place where he was found immediately and where he was looked after. You could have dumped him somewhere, but you probably knew that would have meant his certain death.
“The good care of the animal and the fact that you put a sweater on him at least shows that you cared about the animal. Nevertheless, there could have been other possibilities.”
As the shelter wants to know more about the cat and the motive behind its abandonment, they promised not to file a criminal complaint if the owner comes forward.
Sphynx cats were developed in the 1960s through selective breeding and are known to be heat-seeking because of their lack of fur.
The species is susceptible to a high number of health and genetic problems such as heart disease, respiratory infections and skin cancer.