Vax-cat calming and charming

If you’re a bit nervous about getting the jab, Kevin the kitten is here to help.

The adorable 9-week-old Burmese Ragdoll has become the star attraction at the Port Chalmers Pharmacy, charming and calming customers as they come in for their Covid-19 vaccinations.

He belongs to student pharmacist Nicole Kennedy, who had to bring him into work with her one Saturday when the pharmacy was running a vaccination clinic.

"It just went down so well, all of our patients loved having him there and it’s just made it a really friendly environment," she said.

"People have just come in off the street to give him a pat, and people end up staying longer than they need to because they’re just hanging out with him."

That was particularly helpful while keeping people entertained during the 15 minutes they had to wait after their shot.

Port Chalmers Pharmacy customer Anna Hudson cuddles Kevin the kitten while pharmacy owner Angela...
Port Chalmers Pharmacy customer Anna Hudson cuddles Kevin the kitten while pharmacy owner Angela Renall looks on. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY
After posting a photo of the fluffy feline on social media, he became an online hit.

That came as a surprise, "I didn’t expect it to blow up at all but then people have been reaching out and sharing it on Facebook, so it’s been really nice."

Kevin loved the attention.

"Every now and then he gets a bit overwhelmed and he walks off and hides, and then he comes back out and he’s running around with everyone again."

But it was tough work being so popular.

When customer Anna Hudson popped into the pharmacy yesterday morning, he quickly fell fast asleep in her arms.

 - daisy.hudson@odt.co.nz

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