It's no secret that people these days are more disconnected from one another than ever before. With technology and social media monopolizing the way we spend our time and communicate, it's no wonder society is so detached.
But recently, one couple in London has found themselves connecting with their neighbors, all because of their curious and cheeky cat, Billy. Thanks to Billy, Olga Shipunova, 29, and her partner Zack King, 37, became pen pals with one of their neighbors in Hackney.
You see, one night, Billy came home with a note tucked into his collar. And the rest, as they say, is history!
"He's friendly but affectionate on his own terms." And it's no surprise that Billy loves exploring the outdoors.
"He has a cat flap, so he comes and goes as he chooses. He has no timetable - sometimes he will be gone for a whole day or a whole night (he likes to mix things up)."
"The only real trouble he makes is with the local mouse community. However, as he usually brings them back alive, we have humane traps, so we are able to set them free again."
It all began with one little note attached to Billy's collar.
Incredibly, the neighbors had been calling Billy by the correct name all along!
Billy is a natural "postcat."
The neighbors even started sharing recipe ideas.
The couple adopted Billy from a shelter in 2019.
Before long, the neighbors made a special "mailbag" for Billy to carry.
And the pen pals got more creative with their letters.
The deliveries continued, despite Billy losing his mailbag.
The neighbors looked out for one another.
Zack says the conversation with the neighbors is still going, but they have no plans to meet in person at this stage.
"To be honest, with modern communication all being online, it's nice to have some mystery and intrigue," he said.
"With so many cats likely visiting other homes, maybe others should reach out via cat delivery." What a wholesome thought!
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