Bend, OR—After being passed around for a series of hugs, local cat Scamper is being bid tearful goodbyes by each member of his second family down the street before they moved out of state.
The family of five is leaving today to move to Arkansas after being in the area for the past twelve years, the last two of which they have been Scamper’s side family.
“He’s been such a great part of living here,” said Anna Marie Goethe, the mother of the family. “We’ll miss him dearly.”
Scamper wandered into their yard two years ago after smelling their barbecue, and afterward made himself at home, happily eating the cat food they fed him and lounging on their carpet. Despite disappearing for nights on end, the family believed themselves to be Scamper’s owners for quite some time.
Scamper has the highest respect for the family.
“I have not experienced a more welcoming atmosphere than in their home. That is, on the days I think to go over there,” Scamper told the Post. “It has truly been a blessing two or three nights a week.”
Asked why they aren’t taking him with them to Arkansas, Goethe shrugged.
“I mean, we call him ‘our cat,’ but we know we’re his side gig. Last year we thought we should formally adopt him, so I took him to the vet. Turns out he was microchipped to a family down the street. Suddenly those multi-night disappearances and well-groomed fur made sense. Little rascal.”
Scamper is also sad that he will have no one to commiserate with him.
“I think my greatest regret is that my primary human family has no idea. They assume theirs is the only house I lounge around bemusedly.”
“We definitely know about his second family,” said Marcos, the patriarch of Scamper’s primary family. “We figured it out when he started gaining weight a couple of years ago. It’s not like he catches birds. This’ll probably be good for his health. Stinks to be cheated on by your cat, though.”
At press time, Scamper is reportedly taking applications from other families on the street to be his new second family.