Relief as ordeal over Mr Cat ends

2015-04-14 14:43
Mr Cat (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

Mr Cat (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - After months of fighting Mr Cat’s eviction, owners Penny and Sylvia Reid of Amber Valley retirement village in Howick have come out victorious.

The 15-year-old feline melted the hearts of thousands of social media users a few months ago when a few complaints about Mr Cat’s “wandering” around Amber Valley caused the board of trustees to ask the Reids to either contain or remove him from the village.

After months of assembling fences and screens to contain Mr Cat, the board said they were happy with the fencing and Mr Cat was welcome to stay as long as the Reids paid the board’s legal fees accrued in the interim.

The Reids refused and the board issued a letter to the Amber Valley Residents stating they would file an application for Mr Cat’s eviction.

However, what started as a messy legal spat has had a happy ending after an anonymous donor agreed to settle the legal fees.


Amber Valley board chairperson Shirley Benney said she was happy and relieved that the whole situation was over and everyone was ready to put it behind them.

“Everything has been sorted out and everyone is happy. Everyone wins,” she said.

Owner Penny Reid said she was “absolutely relieved” that the whole ordeal was over and was happy that Mr Cat would stay put.

“We could never imagine life without him. He is our soul mate,” she said.

“Now we can all live happily ever after.”

Penny’s daughter-in-law, Cheryl van Dyk, who petitioned for Mr Cat’s stay over social media, on Monday sent out a statement thanking everyone who supported Mr Cat and the Reids.

“I would like to thank each and every one of you for all your help, your love and support in helping Mr Cat. It is amazing what you can do with a big army backing you up,” she said.

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