McDonald's Cat Diet: How Is Frankie The Cat Doing Now After A Year Of All That Grease?

By iScienceTimes Staff on April 16, 2013 4:33 PM EDT

McDonald's Cat Diet
Frankie began his McDonald's cat diet in the Hamilton suburb of Frankton when he was still a kitten abandoned by departing tenants of a nearby block of flats, according to TVNZ. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A cat on a McDonald's diet for the past year has been rescued in New Zealand by the country's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), according to reports.

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TVNZ reported that the cat on the McDonald's diet, nicknamed Frankie by McDonald's staff and customers, was an abandoned kitten who found his way to a McDonald's parking lot for food. There, he begged people in drive-thru cars for McNuggets, cheeseburgers and fries, ate some and was able to survive for more than a year on the greasy McDonald's diet.

When McDonald's staff noticed the cat's diminishing health, Jessica Watson, an SPCA field officer that frequents McDonald's, came to the rescue.

"I estimate he has lived in the McDonald's carpark for 12 to 18 months," Watson said. "Everyone knew to keep an eye out for him. You would go through the drive-through and ask for a burger for you and an extra patty for Frankie."

Watson said she then began to worry when Frankie's face became swollen, his eyelids weren't closing properly and his coat was matted.

"He wasn't overweight," she said, "but McDonald's wouldn't meet the nutritional requirements for a cat."

The SPCA said that Frankie was so addicted to fast food that he was resistant to switching to a healthier diet other than McDonald's food when they first took him in. Now, after a few weeks of care, he has returned to good health - clear-eyed and shiny-coated - and is up for adoption.

The McDonald's cat's diet is now more traditional - water and dry cat food.

"When I first took him home, he refused to eat anything because it wasn't McDonald's," Watson said. "I would put pet food down and he would give me a look like, 'What is that?'"

The SPCA has had so many calls about adoption that potential adopters have been asked to report to the organization's offices in person, where they can complete an "expression of interest" form before the staff chooses his new family.

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