Golf course cat's disappearance baffles staff members

2012-07-12T18:00:00Z Golf course cat's disappearance baffles staff membersBy Deborah Laverty, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223

ST. JOHN | Muffins, a white short-haired cat, has disappeared from her Palmira Golf Course home, where she has been a fixture for years, owners of the facility said.

Her disappearance baffles those who know her as the friendly cat who jumps up on golf carts, snacks on special treats and even poses for photos, Palmira owner Kelly Nicpon said.

"We found her as a kitten and have had her 10 years. She's become a golf course cat. She never leaves the premises," Nicpon said.

Muffins, also called Snowball, has been missing from the course since Monday.

"On Monday, when Bill Zientara, our superintendent, came to work and started his usual routine of feeding Muffins — and all our rescue cats that we have adopted over the years — he noticed Muffins was not there," Nicpon said.

In addition to her distinct personality, Muffins also is missing part of her right ear — a section removed during surgery for a tumor, Nicpon said.

The staff has made several phone calls to animal shelters in the area and is working to get the word out to the public.

"We don't want her to be hurt. This is her life here," Nicpon said.

Anyone with information about Muffins is asked to call the golf course at (219) 365-4331.

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