Morrisons are to build a permanent memorial for a cat who used to frequent one of its stores
Brutus the tabby became known as ‘The Morrisons Cat’ for his daily stroll to his local store in Saltney, Cheshire, to be petted by customers.
The friendly puss became an internet sensation and boasted 12,000 Facebook followers posting pictures of him snoozing in trolleys, wandering the shop and patrolling the car park.
Last Sunday devastated owner Claire Owens, 33, announced Brutus had passed away after suffering with polycystic kidney disease.
Now she and Morrisons are planning to erect a permanent ‘moggy memorial’, in recognition of his years of brightening shoppers’ lives.
A Morrisons spokesman said: “Brutus was much loved by our customers and colleagues and will be missed.
“We’ll now be meeting with Claire to plan a permanent memorial at the store – so our customers and staff can remember him.”
Brutus moved in 2009 to Saltney with owners Claire and Adam Owens, 34, was a regular fixture at the town’s supermarket since it was built in 2011.
Brutus became known as ‘The Morrisons Cat’ for his daily stroll to his local store in Saltney
He was so popular, Mrs Owens launched his own Twitter and Facebook sites, prompting shoppers to update it with pictures of themselves with Brutus.
He’d make his entrance and it’s weird to think he won’t be doing it anymore
She said: “Before it was built, Brutus would wander over to the land, follow the stream and bring back mice and rats.
“After they built the shop, he carried on going down there and customers would stop to stroke him and take pictures.
“He was a clever cat and knew that if he went people would feed him and make a fuss over him.
“I set up a Facebook and Twitter page so people could send me their pictures and was astonished so many people got involved.”
Morrisons are planning to erect a permanent ‘moggy memorial’
The Owens have had Brutus since he was six-months-old when he was found being battered by thugs.
She added: “He was brought in as a stray after someone found him in agony in the street after some kids had been kicking him.
“I was a vet at the time so I looked after him and when no-one claimed him I kept him. He’s been one of the family ever since.”
Sadly Brutus fell ill over the Christmas period, and despite a brave fight, did not pull through – with Claire admitting it is strange to not hear him wander back through their cat flap.
She explained: “Although he spent all his time there, he came home everyday.
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“It’s strange not hearing him come through the cat flap to do his routine.
“He’d make his entrance and it’s weird to think he won’t be doing it anymore.”
Now since his tragic death tributes have flooded in, with over 1,000 comments on Facebook mourning the puss’s passing.
“I’ve had loads of messages both in public and private.
“Every time I read one, it makes me cry a bit and makes you realise how much people cared about him and what he meant to them,” she added.