Professor Doerak is the university campus cat with his own ID card


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Campus cats are a thing and students absolutely love them.

Our feline friends have been loitering around university quarters around the world and the latest campus superstar is Professor Doerack.

The adorable tomcat, of Maine Coone and Persian mix, isn’t actually a teacher but is now officially a student at the University of Groningen, Netherlands (and has his own ID card).

Eight-year-old Professor Doerak is looked after by former students of the university Sandra and Ekko Ros who live nearby.

The fluffy kitty regularly roams around the square, delighting students who are not allowed to keep their own pets on campus.

He likes to stroll in and out of different classes but hasn’t committed to a major yet (sounds familiar).

Professor Doerak had a mate that would join him on the academic adventures but sadly Mickey passed away.

But it’s okay, the grieving process was helped by all the staff and students who gave him a cuddle.

On average, Professor Doerak gets 150 hugs a day from them. Lucky cat.

Of course, his ID card has a cute selfie. (Picture: Ekko Ros)

In an interview with the esteemed professor (yes, we interviewed him) he (OK… his owners) told Metro.co.uk about his uni habits.

He said: ‘I like all students and professors because they are so nice to me. I consider them petting experts and really enjoy their affection.

‘I do have a slight preference for female students (sorry guys). I might be neutered, but I still am a casanova!

Smizing. (Picture: Ekko Ros)

‘Besides professors and students, there is one group of people who are my favourite. That’s the cleaning crew at the Harmony Building. They have been giving me cuddles from day one.

‘They always work really really hard but don’t mind cleaning up the hairs I leave behind. I love them!’

Sometimes, the lessons make him fall asleep but his classmates don’t mind him snoozing.

He sleeps 15 hours a day. (sounds like a any other student)

His owners Sandra and Ekko have even curated an Instagram detailing his best life and have written a book inspired by him.

As part of their research, the married couple also reached out to other universities with their own campus cats.

Campus cats are the focus of the text and the married couple has contacted others like Professor Doerak for research.

They explained to Metro.co.uk: ‘There are more than 10.000 universities worldwide, but only a handful campus cats.

‘It takes a special mix of personality traits to become a campus cat: adventurous, curious, easygoing, relaxed and being affectionate.

Don’t think he’s done the background reading. (Picture: Ekko Ros)

‘In total, we feature 20 campus cats in our e-book because they are most present on social media.

‘Universities seem to be very aware of the fact that they have something special at their university and that’s why they were all so helpful in creating the book.’

You can purchase the e-book, named Our Campus, Their World on Amazon now. A second edition is hoped to be published in December 2019.

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