A DAD fears his beloved cat will be kidnapped by his neighbour as they claim the feline likes their family more.
Theo Droushiotis, 42, said his "extremely friendly" black cat Severus often spends his days "wooing" neighbours for treats and wanders into gardens for attention.
But the feline's adventures took a worrying turn on Wednesday when Theo got a text message from someone wanting to adopt him – despite knowing he had an owner.
The anonymous neighbour claimed Severus had been spending a lot of time in their garden bonding with their daughter and they felt he "preferred their household".
The rude resident then quizzed Theo about whether he had "enough time for cats" – having "heard he works daily and doesn't have children".
Even when Theo insisted Severus is a loved family pet and not up for adoption, the pushy parent refused to back down – instead signing off "let's see how it all works out".
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Fearing Severus would be scooped up by the neighbour, Theo rushed home from work to check on him and has since fitted his collar with a tracker.
Theo, from Enfield in North London, said: "At first I thought people were playing a joke on me so I said to my colleagues 'very funny guys'.
"I rang the phone number back to see whose phone rang but it went straight to voicemail and then the next text came through.
"At first I thought it was funny, like 'the cheek of it' but then they weren't taking no for an answer and said 'we'll see how it goes' and I was like 'what?'
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"I literally dropped everything and ran home to get him in. I ran home and Severus was there lying down at the back door purring."
Theo said he now fears the neighbours might snatch his beloved pet.
"I put Apple AirTags on them round their collars so we can see where they are. I'm watching it like a hawk," he said.
"I'm worried about them catnapping him. I'm waiting for him to not come home for me to follow that AirTag."
Theo and his partner rescued Severus and his sister Bellatrix – named after the Harry Potter characters – as kittens after they were handed over to a shelter.
From six months old, the two cats have been allowed to come and go from the house freely via a catflap.
Severus' friendliness has prompted other neighbours to text Theo letting him know the feline is in their garden – but he says he always returns home in the evening.
"He's really friendly, he's the type that will go up to someone and flop on his side for a stroke and if you've got a treat even more," he said.
"I let him out in the mornings and by the time I've got to the end of the road he's there wooing everyone, rolling on the floor and purring.
"Now I'm worried that my cat is a bit too friendly but I can't do anything about it, he's a very friendly and adorable cat and literally says hello to everyone."
Theo even offered to help the brazen family find a similarly charming rescue cat – but the neighbour declined, saying it "wouldn't work" as they only wanted Severus to join their family.
Baffled Theo compared the neighbour's bizarre request to asking to adopt someone's child just because you like them.
"People like something and they have the audacity to just take it or ask to take it. It's scary," he said.
"We would be devastated if he never came home, they're our family. It would break our hearts.
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"Cats are their own little souls, he has his choices. People were saying 'lock the cat in' but you can't lock a cat in after you've let them out for six months.
"The bottom line is he's mine, I love him and I pay his vet bills."
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