Once the ‘for sale’ sign goes up outside a neighbour’s house, it’s impossible to resist the temptation to look it up online.
Not only do you get to see how your home matches up to others on the street, but you get an insight into the lives of the people you’ve politely smiled at in passing for years.
But one man was left stunned when he looked up the listing for a neighbouring property on Zoopla, only to find that another member of his household was already very much acquainted with the layout.
Twitter user @Generoom has left people in stitches after posting a screenshot of one of the photos used to advertise the sale with the caption: “The neighbours just put the house up for sale. Couldn’t resist checking it out on Zoopla. That’s our bloody cat.”
The image shows a single bedroom with a ginger cat stretched out on the purple bedding looking very comfortable.
Considering the feline hadn’t been shooed out of the home for the photoshoot to take place, it’s a fair assumption that the not-so-loyal pet’s visits to the the secret second home are not a rare occurrence.
The post has racked up more than 35,000 likes in a matter of hours, as other cat owners and forcibly adopted cat owners shared their own similar stories.
One wrote: “Brilliant. My friend had 2 cats and one would always go off from morning til night. She knocked on her neighbour’s house a few doors down to give her a parcel she took in and went inside and saw pix of her cat in frames lounging in the living room.”
A second commented: “The day we moved house an old lady from down the street came and gave us some toys and cat food telling us they were our cat’s – turns out the bugger used to go and sit with her during the day…”
And another added: “On the day we moved house, I was carrying the cat in his basket when a neighbour came out to ask if the cat was ours. They had been feeding him every day. He continued to act like a hungry cold stray for 19 years.”