This is five-year-old Shon Griffin, AKA Cat Man. He goes around helping homeless cats at his Auntie Kris’ house. Kris has a rescued a load of cats from shelters, and has various names for her brood – including the Kolony Kats, Backyard Boys, Stray Kitty Crew, Meow Squad, Gas Station KItties and Indoor Kitties (sure, why not?). When Shon first showed an interest in helping out, he was just three and Kris and her fiance were a little hesitant in letting him get involved with feral felines.
But she couldn’t have been more wrong. One day, she took in a new kittie, Bug, who just wouldn’t cooperate when it came to being vaccinated and neutered. They tried everything…until she noticed that Shon had formed an instant bond with the cat. Bug stroll over to Shon, rubbed against his legs and begged to be stroked. ‘We couldn’t get Bug neutered or anything because he wouldn’t come to us, and he wouldn’t come near the trap. But when Shon came around and started feeding him, Bug came immediately to him and, ever since then, Bug has been a friendly cat.’ And from that day forth, Cat Man was born.
He regularly visits Auntie Kris, dressed in one of his many superhero outfits, to feed and pet the cats. No cat can resist his charms. ‘He’d scratch their bellies and scratch their heads. It was amazing to see these cats who wouldn’t even allow us to touch them, but immediately took to him. He must have this magical effect that the cats can pick up,’ Kris tells The Dodo.
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