When you move into a new home, there are a number of things you would reasonably expect to find left behind: old photographs, boxes, bills, etc.
Cats probably don’t number among these items, but this is exactly the scenario faced by Julia Davis, a TikTok user and small business owner.
Having found a white fluffy cat living in an old chicken coop in her new backyard, she quickly ascertained that the cat was a stray.
“So I'm moving into a new house, and I figured out that the house I'm moving into literally came with a cat,” says Julia, speaking to Insider.
Having initially filmed the cat in an attempt to find his owner, she later found out that he had been left there by the previous owners.
Resolving to look after the cat herself, she named him Cooper, and took him to a vet for some much-needed TLC. “When I started taking care of him, I kind of fell head over heels in love with this guy,” she said.
A few days later, she noticed another cat – this time a black one – hanging out with Cooper. This one she named Rufus.
Julia has since been posting a number of TikTok videos with the title ‘Coop and Roof Update’, garnering millions of views at the last count, in which she updates viewers on how the cats have been getting on.
To help her out, she set up an Amazon Wishlist page through which viewers can buy the cats’ gifts, as well as a GoFundMe page aimed at raising money for vet fees, which at the time of writing has received $9,450 in donations.
“These cats have a better life than they had before with the help of a community of online strangers,” said Davis. “I think that's really awesome.”
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