Choupette, the surviving cat that roamed France on its master’s head, retires

Since he rescued Choupette on June 17, 2012, Joseph Zappia can no longer separate from his little protégée. (© Marie Hiblot / Joseph Zappia)

For seven years, Joseph Zappia traveled the country with Choupette, a small protector. More questions to do voyager in the transport cage!

Whether it was during his trip to Mont-Saint-Michel, his holidays in Carnon or his walks in Lorraine, Choupette enjoyed the landscape … perched on his master’s head.

A busy life as a brawler that ended on the occasion of the 10the birthday of the ball of hair since the one who is nicknamed “Madam Minister”, due to her busy schedule, has decided to retire.

The meeting that changed everything

Between Joseph et Choupette, it all started on June 17, 2012 at Joeuf. As he was returning home, he discovered this little being lying on the ground.

As I approached this little thing lying on the ground, I noticed that he had become a kitten, barely a month and a half old, hungry and almost dead. I immediately took her to the vet, where she was able to receive care. I am sure that if she was abandoned, it was because of her condition. Its naked “owners” did not want to pay.

Iosif ZappiaOwner of Choupette
Abandoned on the street, hungry and almost dead, Joseph Zappia offered Choupette a second chance.
Abandoned on the street, hungry and almost dead, Joseph Zappia offered Choupette a second chance. (© Joseph Zappia)

Little by little, the duo became inseparable. So much so that Joseph could not go out without Choupette.

Initially, I carried her in my arms on our outings. The problem is that after a while, it started to get heavy. So I taught him to put himself on my shoulder. Little by little, it rose on my skull, so that today it never moves again.

Iosif ZappiaOwner of Choupette

“Choupette the star”

As one can guess, at each of its outings, the duo faces the object of all eyes. “As soon as we set foot outside, hundreds of people came to see us to caress Choupette or take a picture with her.” Usually, our story even ended up in the local press, ”says Joseph.

Outre ses voyages, Choupette has also participated in numerous events.
Outre ses voyages, Choupette has also participated in numerous events. (© Joseph Zappia)

The one who is also called “Choupette la star” naked was not only satisfied with the local press. “She is OK TF1, M6, France 2, France 3, C8but also on Dutch television and German television, ”proudly underlined the owner of the ball of hair.

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Peaceful retreat

However, it is now high time for Choupette to take a break. That’s his decision, “Joseph said.

At the time, when the weather was fine, Choupette would stand in front of the door and growl to get out. Now, when she offers to take a walk, she goes up to her room and growls. She is tired and needs rest. I respect his choice.

Iosif ZappiaOwner of Choupette

A retreat that promises to be particularly peaceful for Choupette, who will be able to benefit from her own camera and her five cat trees (nothing more!), But above all from her master whom she loves more than anything.

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