A POPULAR cat which regularly wanders into a convenience store has become an overnight social media star.
Sarah Naylor and her son William welcomed a nine-month old kitten into their home in Lees around two years ago after he was in the care of charity Cat Protection.
The kitten has been rescued off the street.
William, who supported Tottenham Hotspur Football Club at the time, decided to name him Deli Alli, after the England international who plays for the London side.
And since he has lived with Sarah and William he has been known for venturing into nearby places, such as the Co-Op store on Owl Mill Street.
He also pops into the Angel Inn on Nicholson Street and Cartax Radio Cars on High StreetM Sarah said.
But it is his adventures in the Co-Op which is he mostly known for and this week, one of his fans took to social media platform TikTok and shared a post about him.
FAMILY: William with Deli Alli
LOVING: Deli Alli
Including a picture of Deli Alli, the post read: “Don’t ask (be)cause I have no idea, but yes, there was a cat sat on my shopping.”
It has since been widely shared and has attracted more than 1m views and over 62,000 likes.
Deli Alli’s fame has shot up further after a meme was created about him on another social media outlet, Instagram.
Sarah, 38, said: “He is the first cat I have ever had and he was wild when we first got him.
“But now he is just like normal.
“He goes out and into the Co-Op and walks up and down the aisles and knows all the staff.
“He likes to hide in the baby food aisle and jump out at people and there’s a chair near the tills that he sits on.”
William, eight, is thrilled that his feline companion has been recognised widely online.
POPULAR: In the Co-Op in Lees
Reacting to Deli Alli’s newfound fame, he added: “I think it is really funny and I am really proud of him.”
Emily Lees, who works at the Co-Op store, said: “Delli Ali just lingers around all the time, he’s lovely.
“He does not like leavingm I think he thinks it’s his house.”