Everybody knows that dogs and mailmen have a notoriously difficult relationship, but we rarely consider how our other pets feel about postal workers. Well, as it turns out, some animals and mail carriers get along just fine!
Levi Davis was a postman in the small town of Taranaki, New Zealand, and he delivered his letters and packages without fail. It was his duty, after all! Every day when he arrived at a certain house, however, he came face to face with one special visitor who had an unusual request…
Levi Davis of Taranaki, New Zealand, had been dutifully doing his job as a mail carrier for a long time. Naturally, he came across his fair share of strange happenings while working his usual route. Few, however, left him as speechless as this one.
It was no secret that when it came to the mail, cats and dogs weren’t always the biggest fans. It wasn’t limited to mail carriers, either: practically anyone approaching any pet’s territory might have them on high alert.
Levi was certainly no stranger to encountering people’s pets while out and about on his daily route—and he loved every second of it! In fact, to him, one of the perks of the job came whenever he met a sweet animal.
Even when the animals weren’t friendly, he didn’t mind. Whether they barked or hissed at him, he still did his duty and showed up to deliver the mail each and every day. He knew that protective animals just came with the territory!
There was, however, one stop on his route that he anxiously awaited every day. At this particular home, a neighborhood cat waited for him. The question was, however: was he friendly? Or was he going to rip poor Levi to shreds?
Each day, when Levi arrived at this neighborhood in Taranaki, this cat would run outside and make a beeline straight for him. The first time it happened, Levi didn’t know what to expect. Was this cat angry?
Very quickly, Levi went on high alert, bracing for some scratches. Thankfully, he soon discovered he had nothing to worry about. Every time this cat would approach him, he had one very specific demand…
Levi couldn’t believe his luck when he realized what the kitty wanted: no matter the weather or day of the week, this cat showed up, without fail—much in the same way that Levi delivered the mail—simply for some attention!
The cat, whom Levi later learned was named Tortie, starting greeting him like this from the very first day of Levi’s route. It was as if the cat had an alarm clock set so he knew exactly when Levi was due to arrive!
Sure enough, whenever he anticipated that his friend was on his way, the cat would rush outside to say hello! No matter the circumstances, Tortie couldn’t seem to get enough of Levi, and it showed. That wasn’t all, though…
Each day, after Tortie ran out to greet Levi on his bicycle, he would then dash off toward the nearby fence, checking to make sure that Levi was following. Fear not: this was all part of the routine…
Once Levi reached the fence, Tortie would quickly climb on top as he waited for his mailman pal to catch up. You see, these two had developed a pretty special system for hanging out together…
To pull it off, Levi would get into position with his bike, and then Tortie would jump from the very top of the fence and right into the basket at the front of Levi’s bike! Talk about a special delivery!
Perched atop a stack of letters and packages, Tortie patiently waited for his best friend to treat him like royalty! It was clear that Levi had the magic touch when it came to this cat. Even the other neighborhood cats were jealous.
All the while, Tortie would purr just to let Levi know how much he loved hanging out with him. It was almost as if Tortie was cheating daily on his own owners! Imagine the scandal if these two were ever caught cuddling?
Tortie would sit inside of Levi’s mail basket for as long as the mailman allowed him to, even though he knew he’d be back the next day to do the same thing. He just loved seeing Levi every day.
Levi couldn’t deny that he, too, enjoyed the daily interaction with this sweet cat. And to think, h thought Tortie was planning to attack him or scratch him! The interactions between some mail carriers and some house cats certainly weren’t this friendly…
For instance, just imagine having to bring the mail to this home every day? Thankfully, this mailman wore gloves to stay safe. Still, having to battle a cat each day can’t be fun. The poor guy just wanted to do his job, and this was the thanks he got?
Thankfully, Levi didn’t have to worry about being on the other end of Tortie’s wrath. While their relationship might not have extended beyond Levi’s mail route, that didn’t make it any less unique. Stories like this one remind us how special animals really can be!
Can you believe this mailman had such a sweet friendship with the neighborhood cat? Whether we love them or not, one of the most amazing things about cats is how they can seem to show up in our lives when we least expect it—and when we need them the most.
Connor Manning was going through a bit of a rough patch when his night began on September 5, 2017. The Los Angeles resident had just recently broken up with his significant other, and he wasn’t in the best of moods, to say the least.
Connor Manning / Twitter
Of course, anyone who’s ever experienced a breakup can tell you how difficult it is to feel normal again. Most of the time, you’re left feeling unbearably sad; something that once seemed so comfortable and happy is suddenly gone.
Yet while Connor was walking home shortly after the big split, something unusual happened. Seemingly out of nowhere, an adorable cat rushed right up to him. Connor noticed right away that she was terribly skinny and covered in dirt and fleas.
Connor Manning / Twitter
The cat had clearly been struggling to survive on the street. Still, she was so cute that Connor couldn’t resist stopping to pet her. At that moment, the cat must have gotten excited, because she jumped right onto his knee!
Connor happened to be a YouTuber with thousands of followers, and he had the good sense to document his experience as it was happening. That was when something amazing happened: the cat started following him!
It was cute at first, but also a bit nerve-wracking. “After about five minutes, I started getting up to head home, and she was super scared,” Connor said later. “So I crouched down, and she ran right over to me again.”
This cycle continued for five blocks before Connor finally approached his front porch. He allowed the kitty to spend a little bit of time inside his house, but then it quickly became clear that she preferred his porch instead.
On Twitter, Connor didn’t hold back how enamored he was with the cat, whom he named Socks. “Socks doesn’t want to hang out inside, and I’m chill with that,” he wrote. “She can do whatever she wants, and I’ll feed her if she wants to hang out.”
While he enjoyed spending time with Socks, Connor had made plans with a friend. So before he left his home, he provided the kitty with some food, a bed, and a box to play in. He hoped that with these comforts, she’d still be there by the time he returned…
So it was no surprise that Connor became worried when he eventually came home to discover that Socks was missing. While she wasn’t his pet—and she was certainly free to leave—he hoped that he’d be able to see her again. Where’d she go?
Thankfully, in the early hours of the morning, Connor heard a strange sound outside that resembling a muffled meowing. He followed the noise until he discovered Socks once again, this time staring at him through a window!
Not only that, but Socks made it clear that she wanted to spend more time with Connor in his home! The young man was happy to oblige, so he bought some food and started looking into the details of cat ownership.
“I have no idea how to cat, but she loves me,” Connor said jokingly, and like any good pet owner, he brought her to the veterinarian. It was there that he learned she was roughly six months old, and, as he had assumed, was stray.
This also came with unfortunate news: Connor was looking forward to adopting Socks, as she wasn’t “chipped,” but it wasn’t long before he remembered that he was highly allergic to cats.
In fact, Connor’s family had no choice but to give up a cat when he was a small child due to his affliction. His allergies were so bad that his throat closed up during his first trip home from the vet with Socks, so he had little choice but to find another home for her.
Luckily, Connor already had a platform to get the word out about the kitty in need! “Know anyone in L.A. who wants the sweetest and kindest baby cat on the planet?” he tweeted to his followers.
Just a day later, Connor received a response from one of his coworkers who was interested in potentially adopting Socks. Still, Connor wanted to ensure that his last moments with the cat were special.
In time, it started to become abundantly clear that letting go of Socks would be more difficult than Connor thought. He’d made a special connection with her after all, and apparently, the feelings were mutual for the cat!
He just had to find a solution for his allergies. Who would’ve known that the solution to Connor’s woes would be as simple as medication? “After a few days of having allergy medicine in my system, I started feeling fine!” he reported happily.
Today, Socks still lives with Connor, and by all accounts, everything is working out beautifully. “Watching her go from a bone-thin lethargic baby covered in fleas into this little pounce machine has been so rewarding,” he said. What a match!