Grantham has gone fur crazy for a regular visitor to the Pets at Home store, with a photo of the now famous feline gathering more than 1,500 likes on the Journal’s Facebook page.
The ginger tabby known to staff affectionately as ‘Chubbs’, or by his full title ‘Lord Chubbington’, appears to have taken the shop by its word and very much made himself at home.
Shop assistant at the pet retailer on Sankt Augustin Way, Hannah Snow, says ‘Chubbs’ has been coming to the store for the past three years.
“He’s quite bolshy, quite a character. It’s his shop really and we just walk around in it,” she said, explaining their chosen moniker for the moggy.
‘Lord Chubbs’ is actually known as Marshmallow to his owners, who live in a nearby flat and are aware and amused by his alternative address.
They have even gone to the store to collect him for a vet’s appointment knowing it was the best place to find him, and indeed when the Journal visited he was having a nap in a favourite spot amid the aisles.
Pointing out the food bowl, bed and toys left for ‘Chubbs’ by the checkout, fellow shop assistant Laura Elliott added: “We get lots of customers who like to buy treats for him. We all love him and he is very well known to everybody.”
Now the clever cat has become an online hit too, with his almost daily wait for the shop’s doors to open captured in a photo taken by Genevieve Nesbitt. It has prompted many readers to post their own stories about Chubbs, who must be Grantham’s most famous furry resident.