The CAT controller: Huddersfield train station’s patrolling moggie Felix is promoted to Senior Pest Controller (and even has a new uniform and badge)
A beloved moggie who has spent almost five years patrolling a West Yorkshire railway station has been given a promotion for her dedication to her job.
Felix, a black-and-white cat, has been named Senior Pest Controller and given a new high-vis jacket and a name badge by TransPennine Express.
She has been working at Huddersfield Railway Station since 2011, catching mice, making friends with commuters on a daily basis and getting paid in cat treats.
A beloved moggie who has spent almost five years patrolling a West Yorkshire railway station has been given a promotion for her dedication to her job
Ever since she was a kitten, she has been a valuable and popular member of the station team, keeping it vermin-free
Felix, a black and white cat, has been named Senior Pest Controller and given a new high-vis jacket and a name badge on behalf of TransPennine Express Felix arrived at the station as a nine-week-old kitten to take up the important role of ensuring platforms are free of mice and other vermin.
Challenges were faced earlier this month when the barriers designed to catch out fare dodgers prevented her from patrolling the station for mice.
Thankfully the train operators spotted Felix’s problem, and she now enjoys the use of a unique cat flap that allows her to bypass the barriers.
The new system has been a success and the feline is able to go about her business.
Over the years she has gained the support of her colleagues and captured the hearts of commuters in the process.
Felix even has her very own Facebook page with over 4,000 followers.
Staff say that Felix is part of the family, although she does like to think that she runs the place, they say
As a result of her hardwork Felix has been given her own catflap and has captured the hearts of commuters
Felix has been working at Huddersfield Railway Station since 2011
Felix even has her very own Facebook page, with thousands of followers
The beloved cat is pictured here being held by Andy McClements, Customer Services Team Leader, with Andy Croughan, Station Manager (left) and Chris Bamford, Customer Services Assistant (right)
Staff say that Felix can often be found on the concourse during the busy periods
Ready for her close-up: The four-legged fur ball has gained fans at the station
Chris Bamford, a Customer Services Assistant at the station, said: ‘The promotion is just a nice appreciation of Felix’s work. It is a reward for nearly five years of service. Her presence just brings a smile’
The dedicated moggie’s name was given to her when she was a kitten and staff thought she was a male
Over the years lots of train stations in Britain have used cats to keep mice numbers down
Whether inside or outside, the Huddersfield staff member is always on duty, ready to keep the station mouse-free
Feeling right at home: Felix perches on seats alongside customers as they wait for trains to arrive