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Why this tabby has earned the name ‘Boomerang cat’

Chester the tabby cat has been given a rather unfortunate name as the RSPCA searches for his fifth owner. The eight-year-old was dubbed the “boomerang cat” after it was returned to South Australia’s Lonsdale shelter for a fourth time in seven years.RSPCA team member Jenny Sherring, who communes with Chester every day, said he had…

Chester the tabby cat has been given a rather unfortunate name as the RSPCA searches for his fifth owner.

The eight-year-old was dubbed the “boomerang cat” after it was returned to South Australia’s Lonsdale shelter for a fourth time in seven years.

RSPCA team member Jenny Sherring, who communes with Chester every day, said he had a “bad report card” but was misunderstood.

“He has a bit of a bad boy attitude so he’ll swipe at you but it’s generally him telling you he’s had enough so if you learn to read those signs he’s not that bad,” she said.

“It’s just a matter of being patient and letting him do his own thing and leave him alone when he wants to be left alone.

“I never go after him for pats – I always let him come to me.”

Ms Sherring described Chester as being chatty and one to always say hello from the front of his pen.

“He’s had four owners so I’d say his patience level is probably at an all-time low at the movement.

“He can be really affectionate when he wants to be (and) is very food motivated.”

The tabby first came into RSPCA care in August 2013 as a stray from Port Lincoln.

He was quickly adopted but was returned three weeks later for “aggression towards humans”.

However, his second home lasted six years and was only returned because his owner went into aged care.

About 10 months later, a third person adopted Chester but returned him after two weeks because he “didn’t suit (the) lifestyle”.

His latest owner looked after him for three months but had him back at the shelter in mid-November.

Chester’s previous owners all said he would be best suited to a household with no children and ideally with just one adult to himself.

Ms Sherring said there were many pros to adopting an adult cat, like the fact they’re toilet trained, are more independent and people can tell what personality they have.

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