This is the most travelled cat in Grantham
Grantham’s most travelled cat has visited seven countries before settling in the town.
Affectionately known as Battlecat, she has seen considerably more of the world than the average feline, holding both a New Zealand and German passport.
Battlecat, aged 13, was originally adopted by her owner Nicky Shannon in the suburban wild of Auckland, New Zealand, 12 years ago, from her friend’s cat colony.
Travelling next to Germany in 2013 with her owner, via Thailand, the dilute calico breed had seen three countries and found herself settling in a new one.
Nicky said: “I did pause to think whether the stress was worth it for her, and honestly wouldn’t have moved overseas if I thought she couldn’t handle it.
“She loves being outdoors. I think that one thing she misses is not having the big gardens that we had in New Zealand. She does like to explore and have a bit of property that she can protect.
“When we lived in Germany, we lived in a little farming village, so she had loads of property to explore.”
In December 2015, Nicky moved to England from Germany, which meant another adventure and new beginnings for Battlecat.
En route to England, Battlecat enjoyed overnight stays in Belgium, then France, before a ferry trip to Dover with an overnight stay in Hythe, followed by a drive to their Airbnb in Pant, England.
However, Nicky and Battlecat accidentally crossed the border into Wales on arrival, making it seven countries that Battlecat has seen.
Nicky continued: “She really liked [Germany] and when we first moved to England we were in Pant, on the border of England and Wales and we were living on a farm, and again she had so much room to explore.
“We have been in England for five years now, in Grantham for most of that, and Battlecat has adjusted to UK life most admirably!”
Battlecat enjoys gravy and has recently gained a new housemate after Nicky adopted a stray cat called Mina. The pair do their best to stay out of eachother’s way.