It has its own Instagram profile, hundreds of followers, excellent reviews in Google reviews and has become a new symbol of Szczecin. Cat Gacek conquers the hearts of Internet users and everyone who had the opportunity to meet him. However, there is a dark side to this fame. The popular tomcat is sometimes overfed and there is no respite.
Not the Szczecin Shipyard, not the iceberg-like Philharmonic, but the inconspicuous cat Gacek is currently the most famous symbol and attraction of Szczecin. The four-legged ambassador of the city is a free-ranging cat, he lives in a wooden booth at Kaszubska Street. It enjoys great popularity both among the inhabitants and tourists from Poland and abroad, who willingly visit it and take photos.
– It is definitely an attraction. The daughter, after arriving in Szczecin, deliberately wanted to come here and see the kitten – says one of the tourists.
– I came here today specially from Leipzig to see Gacek. I am a fan of cats, so for me this is a great experience. Gacek is really sweet and I think it’s worth it for such an experience – adds another tourist.
The world’s media write about the futrzak from Szczecin. The British Guardian article on Gack headlined “Would you travel thousands of miles to see an obese cat?”, the Independent compared his popularity to that of Ernest Hemingway’s cat, and The “New Zealand Herald” published a map to help find the Szczecin cat.
“He’s a poor, tormented cat right now.” By being too popular. Of course, many people understand that it should not be touched. However, it is a wild animal that can scratch – explains Marta Nowicka, Gacka’s guardian.
Gacek got a new home. He doesn’t want to move in
A few days ago, the tomcat received a new booth, in which – in principle – he will be able to rest in comfortable and safe conditions, and if necessary, hide from his fans. The new booth is roofed and built-in on each side. The cat can enter through a specially prepared entrance with a curtain, which, if necessary, will protect it from rainy and cold weather, as well as an extra number of hands to stroke.
As Gacka’s caretaker emphasizes, attempts are being made to assimilate the cat with the new booth, but the excessive popularity of the animal does not make it easier.
– You can’t do it by constantly laying hands on him, opening this kennel – explains Nowicka.
Szczecin Society for the Care of Animals in 2020 appealed to people visiting Gacko not to feed him. Animals sounded the alarm that the animal needed a diet, advising that the food that the tourists were going to give to Gack should be given to the animal’s guardian.
Main photo source: TVN24