Cats are known for being pretty independent, but imagine if you saw yours out and about, and frequently said hi as you bump into each other in the street.
Louis, a sociable Savannah cat from Brighton has become Twitter famous after his owner Darren documented one of their chance meetings.
Darren Sherlock, who has owned Louis for about a year, had many tales to tell of the adventures and secret life that his cat, bred from African servals, leads.
Here’s the post that went viral, which Darren captioned ‘When you bump into your cat 1/4 mile away from home..’:
Speaking to UNILAD, Darren said:
What happened yesterday morning is normally his routine is he’ll annoy us until we wake up and feed him and then he’ll go out for the day.
When we woke up he wasn’t there and he was nowhere to be found so we both went to work thinking he’d come back soon. I was driving down the road and went past this place where I know he hangs out sometimes, and low and behold there he was.
I wound down the window and called him, and then he suddenly looked shocked, I opened the door and then he ‘popped up’ and I got the photo that everyone has found funny on Twitter.
He jumped in the car and then I didn’t know whether to push him out the car because I needed to go to work, but I didn’t want to do that, so I drove him home, gave him some breakfast and then went to work.
I couldn’t really get my head around the reaction on Twitter and when I woke up the next morning my partner nudged me and said it was on 50k retweets.
I only took that picture to send it to my partner Sam that I’d found him, and it was only because of his funny face that I put it on Twitter.
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Darren said Louis has ‘quite a character’ and ‘behaves more like a dog in a lot of ways’ when he greets him at the front door, says hi when he sees them out and about, and also plays fetch.
Like most other cats, Louis is very food-orientated, but this cat is such a grub lover that Darren had to get a collar printed that reads ‘Please don’t feed me I am very greedy/nosy but nice’.
Darren explained some of the hilarious situations Louis has gotten into:
He eats almost anything, so we can’t leave anything out on the side. Even a loaf of bread, he’ll have the loaf of bread on the floor and start munching it. What cat eats bread?
In the last couple of weeks we’ve had to fetch him for his dinner when we get home from work, and quite a few times we’ll be walking him back from his favourite spot and other people will walk past saying ‘it’s Louis’, and someone said ‘this is the greediest cat in the world’. So it seems like everyone knows who he is.
They’ve all said he’s been to their house, been under their beds, and weirdly I received a call who lives half a mile away saying Louis was on his first floor balcony.
We actually had a call once form the local pet charity shop on the high street saying ‘your cat is in the shop saying hello to all the customers’, so I had to walk to the high street and Louis comes trotting over from between the clothes rails, and as soon as he saw me he followed me home.
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Someone tweeted Darren saying ‘oh my god it’s THE Louis on Twitter, he got in my car with me last week’ and then posted a photo of him in their car.
Here’s Louis exhibiting his dog-like tendencies and playing fetch…
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I think it’s worth putting a GoPro on Louis and finding what he gets up to.