We’ve fallen in love with George, a seven-year-old tabby cat who’s become famous on Facebook for documenting his adventures – which include attempting to hitch free rides around Scotland.
George regularly sneaks on public transport travelling miles from his home in Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute.
He’s been spotted getting on trains, buses and even jumping into cars with people.
His escapades have led owners Elizabeth and Dennis Royal to set up a dedicated Facebook page to the cat’s daily wanders, so people can report sightings of their pet.
George recently caused widespread panic among his Facebook followers after his owners launched an appeal to find him when he didn’t come home for four days.
But the cat ended up being found near Loch Lomond, 14 miles from home, after hitching a lift on a local bus.
And he was the talk of the town when he tried to join a school trip to Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park in Stirling – almost 40 miles from home.
His owners said their pet leads a secret life, travelling to Edinburgh on the train, hanging around the local shops waiting to catch a ride, popping into houses and even attending the local nursery.
Elizabeth, 82, said: ‘He went out at teatime on Tuesday two weeks ago and he never returned.
‘He normally goes away for around three hours and comes back.
‘I looked outside the window after 9pm and I didn’t see him, but the weather was bad so I thought he had found shelter somewhere.
‘He loves an adventure and I have no idea what has made him turn out like that.
‘When he had not returned by Friday I thought something was wrong. He often gets into cars, vans, buses and trains. So I thought something like that happened.
‘I soon told my daughter Jackie and she put a post out on social media.
‘We started getting messages from people saying they had seen him.
‘A couple from Helensburgh saw him and brought him back to us.
‘Since he has been back he keeps trying to go back out.
‘But he is in detention and I won’t let him out until he calms down a bit.’
Elizabeth and husband Dennis, 90, rescued George five years ago.
The gran-of-two said the cat has offered great comfort to Dennis who suffers from dementia.
She said: ‘George lies on his knee and they fall asleep together.
‘George goes out every day. He goes on pavements and visits his pals.
‘He is such a friendly animal and that’s his biggest problem.
‘He loves to be stroked and picked up by people.
‘He’s such a funny character.
‘People seem to love him, he certainly has a lot of followers.’
Daughter Jackie, 50, helped her parents set up George’s Facebook page, which now has 800 followers, three months ago.
The mum-of-two said: ‘When George is at home he doesn’t want attention from anyone apart from my dad.
‘But when he is out he has a secret life.
‘The local primary school had a trip to the safari park. I am not sure how but George managed to sneak into the bus and fortunately the bus stopped and chucked him out before arriving there.
‘He has got into a few local buses a few times too.
‘He has also got into a train going to Edinburgh and a ScotRail staff member messaged me to say they had to put him out.
‘He is certainly a cat that enjoys travelling. I have no idea how often he does this.
‘You never know where he is going, we just find out once he has been caught.
‘I set up a Facebook page for him about three months ago and that’s how I started finding out about his weird adventures.
‘He goes to a nursery up the road.
‘He gets in and out of people’s houses.
‘He goes to the local Tesco store and he tries to get into people’s cars at the carpark.
‘He goes to local garages and he is not afraid to stand up to dogs.
‘I’ve also been told that he has been behind a bar which is unbelievable.
‘Everyone knows him.’
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