In the great cats-versus-dogs debate, canine lovers will often say dogs are more affectionate and more likely to bond with humans than their feline counterparts. But cat lovers will argue that cats can be just as cuddly and emotionally supportive as dogs—they’re just a bit pickier about who they form attachments to. Now, a viral tweet about a man recovering from surgery proves just how in tune cats can be with the emotional needs of humans.
On Sunday, New Zealand Member of Parliament Andrew Falloon tweeted out a photo of his father, who is recovering from an operation. In the photo, Falloon’s dad is seen sleeping with a cat snuggled up to his chest. It all seems commonplace enough until you read the caption and realize Falloon’s dad doesn’t actually own a cat.
My Dad is recovering from an operation. Mum went out and left a door slightly ajar.
My parents do not have a cat. pic.twitter.com/uuQdBMlKQY
— Andrew Falloon MP (@andrewfalloon) April 14, 2019
The photo has received more than 75,000 retweets in just two days. It turns out that Falloon’s mother had left the door slightly ajar when she left the house, and this friendly feline wandered right in and decided Falloon’s dad was its human.
Well I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this but your dad is now the property of that cat.
— KJD ⚽️1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ Centurions (@kevdkev77) April 14, 2019
Actually, it was very generous of the cat to go out and adopt a human. After all, they can be a lot of work!
Cat went out and got a rescue human. 😂
— Thechachi (@Thechachi1) April 14, 2019
Social media users responded with other instances in which a cat decided that this was the human they were looking for.
About 15 years ago, my gf at the time bought a pet for her daughter. He wanted nothing to do with either of them.
The pet store thought he was feral, though just a small kitten.
This is a couple days ago. pic.twitter.com/lLDbtpDDFW
— j.b. 🤙🏼 (@dwgpndsurf) April 15, 2019
But the fact that Falloon’s dad and the cat are already holding hands/paws in their sleep is making everyone emotional.
And the entire tweet is a reminder that while people may choose dogs, cats choose you.
Cats choose you.
— Lorelei Productions (@Lbp11Lp) April 14, 2019
And for more great stories about cat “ownership,” check out these Hilarious Stories People Are Sharing of Their “Jerk” Pets.
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