Meet Buster Thomas, the cat that loves to visit a Mandurah cafe

Meet Buster Thomas, the cat that loves to visit a Mandurah cafe

BUSTER Thomas the rescue cat has become a regular fixture at the Tea and Coffee Merchant in Mandurah.

The relaxed cat visits the cafe several times a week with owner Kerry Beake.

“I got Buster Thomas as a rescue cat from Coastal Vets when he was eight weeks old in October,” she said.

She is training him to be a therapy cat, to visit nursing homes, engage with children and comfort domestic violence victims.

“I am exposing him to a lot of different things and situations so he remains calm,” Ms Beake said.

“He is not phased by dogs.”

Ms Beake also takes Buster Thomas for trips in the car and to the beach; always on a leash.

His favourite spot at Merchant is the big Moreton Bay fig tree.

“When I first took him down mostly men and children came over,” Ms Beake said.

“Some people have negative feelings or misunderstandings about cats.

“So it’s good for them to interact and connect with Buster Thomas.

“He likes the attention.”

Merchant manager Jess McQuade said everyone loved Buster Thomas.

“He is a big talking point,” she said.

“We think it’s fantastic and he is very welcome here.

“We all have a soft spot for him.”

Ms McQuade said Buster Thomas was their only cat customer, but they had pet birds visit.

“All creatures are welcome on the deck,” she said.

Visit Buster Thomas’ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BusterThomasTherapyCat.

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