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Marmalade the cat at Rose Bay Vet Hospital SLOP
Photograph: Yael Stempler


"My co-workers call me the "naughty tortie"

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Receptionist, nurse and CMO (chief meowing officer), Marmalade came to Rose Bay Vet Hospital as a rescue kitten about six years ago and never left. Her calm, inquisitive and very friendly nature is perfect for a vet cat, and she charms everyone – human and animal – who pads through the door.

You’re looking great, Marmalade. Have you done something with your hair?

Ha ha no, but I have been on a diet. I’m so glad you noticed.

How did you wind up working at the vet?

About six years ago, a very mean man took my sister and I away from our mum and left us in a box next to a dumpster. A nice lady found us and brought us here. We were put up for adoption and we both found forever homes. But the humans from my forever home never came to get me, so the vets asked if I wanted to stay here and earn my keep as a receptionist. It’s a pretty good deal.

What do you do as receptionist?

Mostly I sit on the counter and greet everyone who comes in, plus I provide meowral support to the nurses and other receptionists. I’m also in charge of grooming rescue kittens and protecting everyone from mean dogs.

Do you get a break from your duties?

Yup! Every afternoon I get time to run around like a maniac and scare the living daylights out of anyone who happens to be around. My co-workers call me the “naughty tortie”.

Read more about the Secret life of Sydney pets

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