My name is Tiger. I’m the PumpHouse Theatre Cat – well that’s what they call me here. I don’t mind that they call me that but actually I’m my own cat. I adopted The PumpHouse in 2011.
I was very shy when I first arrived. I hid in the bush at the back of the amphitheatre and slept on the roof. Nobody knew I was there until one day Mr Murphy, the building caretaker noticed me asleep in the sun amongst the shrubs. After that he tried to be my friend.
I’m a real scaredy cat so it took Mr Murphy a long time to convince me to be his friend. But he left nice food for me and talked to me all the time and I caught a few mice and rats for him and after a year or so I let him pat me.
Mr Murphy named me Tiger mostly because the colouring of my coat makes me look like a tiger. I’m a Bengal Cat but I’m just as good at hiding in the bushes as tigers are.
And I talk a lot. I say “meeeeowlll rowlllrah” very loudly when I’m hungry. I also like to stand on the theatre stage and say “yooowwwlll” over and over again. I think I have quite a good voice.
Once, I walked on stage during Hamlet. Mr Murphy was acting in a scene and I wanted to say hello to him. I said “meeeeowlll” very loudly during Hamlet’s speech where he says “The paragon of animals” and the audience laughed – I got a fright and ran off. But I think I everyone liked my performance.
Some of you may have seen me or heard me when you’ve come to see shows at The PumpHouse. I’m not as shy as I used to be but I’m still scared of children. So when the children’s theatre is playing during the school holidays, I’m usually hiding but I can see you.
I’m officially a staff member here at The PumpHouse. My job title is ‘Mouse-Catcher in Chief’. I get paid in cat food and my favourite type of food has lots of gravy on it.
If I get to know people I will let them pat me. But mostly people admire me and my unusual coat from a distance. My friends here at The PumpHouse think I’m very handsome and they are right. I’m pretty sure that I’m the most handsome cat in Takapuna.
If you see me at The PumpHouse, say ‘meow’. I might just meow back.