Staff and students say farewell to cat who had more than 1,000 Facebook fans
TRIBUTES have poured in for a popular puss who had become known as a "legend" to thousands of students.
The cat, named PCAT, had more than 1,100 Facebook fans. She died after it was believed she was hit by a car in Ebrington Street.
The plucky mog had become a familiar face around Plymouth College of Art over the past 10 years.
Her name was a nod to the college's own nickname, PCAD.
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Staff say she wandered in as a stray one day – and never left.
"Everyone loved PCAT," said college steward Angie Davies who, along with her husband, had built her a little kennel to live in on campus.
"I have been here for 10 years and she's always been around."
More than 100 messages of condolence have been paid to PCAT on a dedicated Facebook page.
"She was a help to some students that were stressed," Angie said. "She calmed them down with a stroke."
She said the cat's body had been found by someone who recognised her from the campus.
Angie took her to a vet who confirmed PCAT had "died instantly".
"She was a real asset to the college and had always been completely spoiled," Angie added.
Dan Richards, a second year photography student, said: "She used to hang about and now and then you'd do something like hand her a cheeky bit of ham from your sandwich.
"She was really chilled out and laid back – pretty cool for a cat."
The 18-year-old described her as "legendary", adding: "Everyone is talking about her – it's felt really weird in the college now she's gone."
The top cat had earned the adoration of so many that students yesterday donated more than £100 towards a special burial.
Angie said the amount of support for the fund had been "unbelievable".
A spokesperson for Plymouth College of Art staff added: "The cat had visited the campus on a daily basis for over ten years and seemed to adopt the college as its home.
"A collection was started following the news to raise funds for an oak casket engraved with 'PCAT' and a cremation, and over £100 had been donated by midday."
"For many students past and present PCAT was part of their daily college experience and throughout the day students have posted their farewell comments on the college Facebook page and Twitter."
To find PCAT's page on Facebook look up PCAT <3.