There’s a Facebook group called My House, Not My Cat and the name says it all. It is a page that documents adorably bold cats that just make themselves at home. You’ve probably woke up one morning to find a kitty sitting on your kitchen counter. And you’ve probably petted it for a few seconds until you realized you don’t actually own a cat.
If this ever happened to you then you’re not the only one. Many people have been sharing their own hilarious stories of finding a strange kitty chilling in their homes. Amusingly, these furry intruders even seem to comfortably feel at home. True enough, there’s a lot of memes about this popping up all over the internet. Yet surprisingly, there wasn’t a single group created specifically for this. So, Stephanie Holcomb decided to create an online community where people can share stories and photos of cats intruding their homes and claiming it as their own.
This is a hilarious example of finding an unexpected cat
Finding strange cats in homes is actually more common than you think
There are about 70 million stray cats in the US alone. A large part of this population are previously-owned domestic kitties. This explains why many of these stray felines still seek the company of humans. Since they were accustomed to being taken care of by their previous owners, they tend to approach even strangers to ask for food. In more desperate situations, stray kitties would even sneak into homes just to find something to eat. And in most cases, these cute stray felines would feel as if they’re home and tend to stay for good.
“Came Home Yesterday To Find That Santa Left This Black Kitty On My Balcony… Who Then Proceeded To Give Birth To 7 Little Beans. 7 Black Cats Born On Christmas, That’s Gotta Be Lucky”
Some of these stories have a happy ending because the cats get adopted or reunited with owners
There have been several cases where homeowners ended up adopting these adorable intruders. Some people even consider themselves lucky for being chosen by these furry felines. The founder behind the Facebook group My House, Not My Cat wants to highlight these incidences. The page is open to all who have interesting stories to share about finding an unfamiliar feline in their homes. If you find these stories amusing then you only need to visit the group to read more fascinating stories and to see endearing photos of these adorable house visitors.
“We do have rules that they [the posts] have to be group-specific, and we decline some that aren’t,” Holcomb said. “Other animals, for example, maybe funny but we want to be specific. Our rules are: it has to be your house (or yard, or deck, or work) and it has to be not your cat (we call them NMCs, for Not My Cat). We do accept ‘My Cat, Not My House’ because we have found that sometimes neighbors text pictures of people’s cats in their house. It’s kind of turned around, but the same concept.”
We’ve picked some of the cutest photos from the Facebook group to give you your daily dose of feline cuteness.
“I Have Been Feeding A Cat For Some Time Now. Of Course I Set Out A Little Shelter And Blanket Also. I’ve Grown To Call Them My Phantom Kitty. I Could Never Catch It During The Day So I Figured I Would Sneak Out To Take A Peek Tonight. Look At This ‘Cat'”
“My House, Not My Cat”
“Crumpet sits on my decking each and every morning and stares through the door awaiting his daily tribute.”
This story is amazing, we are glad this kitty found her way home!
“I Opened My Front Door Today, And A Flea-Covered, Cuddly, Sweetheart Came Running In. UPDATE!!! She had a chip!!! Her family lost her almost 2 Years Ago!!!! Mom was in TEARS. I’m so very selfishly sad, but I just made a whole family incredibly happy.”
“First Photo: This Was Not My Cat, He Just Entered My House And Slept In My Bed Second Photo: Now He Climbs Me Third Photo: He’s Definitively My C a t t o Now”
“This Is Swirl Who Was My Cat, The Kitten Is Not. He Loved Kittens And Would Steal People’s Kittens And Bring Them Home. He’s No Longer With Us So I Miss Those Days Of Coming Home To A Random Kitten In The House”
It Only Took A Few Months For Amelia Pond To Go From ‘My House, Not My Cat’ To ‘How’d You Get So Fat?!?'”
“This Is My Glass Of Water, This Is My House, This Is Not My Cat Drinking My Water In My House, This Is My Neighbor’s Cat Ted!”
Looks Like Ted Strikes Again!
“This Is My Bathroom And This Is Not My Cat! This Is My Neighbors Cat Ted!”
“I Was Told To Come Here And Tell Y’all About What Happened Over The Last 12 Hours At My House, With This Cat That Is Not My Cat, And Now These Kittens That Are Not My Kittens Or Her Kittens”
“My Mom Sent Me This, Neither Of These Cats Belong To My Parents”
Sometimes it’s the other way around
“My Cat. Not My House”
“This Is Mr. Black. He Is Our Neighbours Cat Who Visits Us Every Day. He Is NOT Ours But He Thinks He Is!! Here He Is Doing The Biggest Blep. He Has A Natural Snaggletooth”
“I Went To My Kitchen To Get My Washing Out Of The Machine And Feed My Cats, But Walked Into Five Cats In My Kitchen. I Only Have Three!”
“My House. My Coffee Table. Not My Cat”
“I Left The Door Open A Moment Too Long When I Got Home One Day And This Little Goob Sprinted Inside, Circled The Living Room, And Plopped On The Floor”
“So About A Week Or So Ago, I Had Just Gotten Home From Work When I Hear A Meow At My Apartment Door. I open the door to check out the noise and this orange baby comes walking in like ‘cool, I live here now’. I already have two cats and a large dog but this new one is walking about with no issues or fighting.”
“My Carport, Not My Cat. Mittens is a stray that’s fixed in our neighborhood who always runs to me when I come home. Very loving, always jumps up on my shoulders.”
“Remember The Mama Cat Who Had Babies In My Garden Shed? She’s Ultra Friendly And Her Babies Are Thriving! We’ve Got A Few Friends Interested In Adopting Them, But I Think We *might* Keep Them”
“Soooo, This Is My Car, That Is Not My Cat”
“My GF Ask Me Why Did I Put A White Cat In Our Laundry Room, Dint Know What She Was Talking A Out, Send Me The Pic Felt In Love With Cat, Cat Is Now Part Of The Family”
Sometimes these uninvited cats make friends with the cats you already have… or not
“I Do Have A Cat, He’s The Cat On The Left. The Cat On The Right Is Not My Cat. He Would Very Much Like To Be My Cat. I Too Would Also Like Him To Be My Cat. My Actual Cat Disagrees With All Of This, And So Do His Owners”
“My Stroller, Not My Cat. This Is Ralph. Ralph Decided He Wanted To Hitch A Ride Around The Neighborhood”
“My Deck, Not My Cat Or Dog!! My Neighbor’s Pets Came To Visit Me This Morning!!”
“This Beautiful Girl Visits Almost Every Day For Breakfast! We’ve Named Her ‘Magic'”
“This is Tux! His family moved in behind us late last year & he comes to watch us through our glass door multiple times a day, for hours at a time. He waits patiently for one of my two cats to come out OR for my youngest (arm pictured) to deliberately open the screen door to let him in.”
“Last Year We Met This Orange Goofball While Walking Our Dog, Justin”
“One day in summer we left our front door open and in came Tigger. We called the number on the tag, met his real parents (one street over), and we thought that was that. Wrong! Tigger comes over twice a day minimum, sleeps over, the whole bit. We are HIS pets.”
Some cats brings other animals along to.
“Our Resident Stray With A Hedgehog Friend Visiting At Dusk”
“My Baby’s Bassinet, Not My Cat”
“I Had An Unexpected Visitor This Evening. He Is Welcome To Join My Social Bubble Any Time He Wishes”
“My Dog, My Couch. Not My Cat”
“Is This How One Acquires A Cat?”
“Why Do Neighbourhood Cats Always Come To My House?”
“I Just Bought A House. It Apparently Came With A Cat. No One Told Me. I Don’t Even Have A Sofa Yet, But I Have A Pet?”
“My Bed. Not My Cat. Left The Front Door Open And Came Into My Room To Find This Kitty”
“This Is Sharon. Sharon Would Sneak In The House On A Daily Basis And Pretend To Be Asleep When We Had To Escort Her Out. Sharon Is Not Our Cat, Nor Do We Know If She Is Actually Called Sharon”
“Kevin Doin’ A Heckin Protest. Kevin Is Not My Cat, But I’m Trying To Convince Him To Be My Cat. We Do This Everyday. One Day He’s Gonna Surrender To My Love, Damnit. For Now He Just Uses Me For Food, And I’ll Take It”
Source: My House, Not My Cat