Meet Cooper the cat whose adventures have led to his own Facebook page
- Credit: Ian Burt
Curled up in his favourite chair Cooper is a purr-fectly happy and much loved member of Sarah Diack's family.
But when the friendly feline pops out of the catflap he's not interested in merely watching the birdies or chasing leaves from the safety of his back garden - he wants adventure.
While other cats in his Scarning neighbourhood, near Dereham, might stick to their familiar territory Cooper's extraordinarily keen urge to wander takes him on escapades far from home, so much so he has become a bit of a celebrity around town.
He's been regularly sighted on jaunts around Dereham, frequenting everywhere from the library, to a funeral director's, and a pub in between.
He even walked into Myhill's pet shop on Church Street where he enjoyed a good fuss by the staff and no doubt a few treats as well.
Now, in order to keep a record of his adventures, Mrs Diack has set up a Facebook page called 'Cooper the cat from Scarning's travels' where members can see what he has been up to and post an update on his movements.
'I have had cats all my life but never one that is such a character as Cooper,' said Mrs Diack, who rehomed the distinctive black and white cat with a shortened tail from Cats Protection's Dereham Adoption Centre at Longham.
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'I think he is a free spirit. He goes off to the Metro nightclub in town and the kebab shop. He seems to like that area because when he first started going off he would often be seen in the Dereham Church Infants School playground.'
Mrs Diack has wondered if her cat has a very good sense of smell as he often visits places she has been. A few weeks after her son Jack started school at Scarning Primary, Cooper went there and yowled at the door to be let in.
He has also popped down to the Theatre Royal surgery in Theatre Street - which is the family's GP surgery.
'Like any cat going out you do worry about him and to start with I was really concerned because he would be gone for a couple of days until someone spotted him and rang us to tell us where he was,' she said. 'But I don't believe in keeping cats indoors and it just seems to be in his nature. He is only about 15 months old and we got him at 14 weeks. We don't know what happened to him before then as he had been dumped outside a vet's in Thetford with a mashed up tail before Cats Protection took him in. I did ask them to double check his records that he had defintely been neutered.
'He spends a couple of weeks at home, mostly sleeping, and then he goes off for a few days. But now thanks to Facebook we know where he is!'
Mrs Diack hopes Cooper's adventures will inspire other people to rehome a cat from a rescue centre and she is also thinking of writing some children's books based on her amazing moggy.
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