A curious cat which takes itself for a ‘purr-fect’ day out in Spilsby - visiting shops, cafes and even the vets - has become a bit of a local celebrity.
Thomas the cat’s wanderlust is so strong he reguarly makes the 10-minute walk from his home to visit the market place - before getting a ‘taxi’ back.
Butchers and bakers need not be afraid - Thomas is not interested in pilfering savoury treats - he just loves meeting people and ‘being nosey’.
And when the 13-year-old moggy gets tired, he finds a nice comfy shop sofa to sleep on.
He’s a funny old thing,” said owner Matt Thomas, of Lady Jane Franklin Drive. “He gets everywhere - but he doesn’t get into any trouble, he just likes a nose about.”
Several people have reported seeing Thomas boldly making use of the town facilities. Matt said he’s even been seen at the bus stop trying to get onto a Stagecoach bus to Skegness.
Such is Thomas’ popularity that a fan of his has set up a Facebook group to document his travels, describing him as ‘owned and loved but very much a free spirit’.
Locals have posted sightings and pictures of Thomas - with a couple commenting how he even attempted to ‘check himself in’ at the vets.
“I think Kind Thoughts florists and Age Concern are his favourite,” said Matt. “He goes in there to get treats and just loves all the fuss he gets. He’s even been given a ‘taxi’ ride home by the florists before.
“The funniest tale I heard was he was seen using the zebra crossing near the pub, and the cars stopped to wait for him.”
Sarah Green Hill from the florists said: “He’s a real talking point in town. He ‘walks’ children to the primary school in the mornings and was spotted down at the Spilsby show in the summer. People call into my shop and tell me where they’ve seen him or if he’s been in. He’s a real charmer.”
“It’s usually everytime I’m working that he goes and has a wander around the shops and everywhere he can,” explained Matt, 35. “He just loves people.”
Matt rehomed Thomas from the Cats Protection about 10 years ago.
He said: “He is a very loving cat, and when I’m home I wake up in the morning he is there on the bed next to me.”