Liana Peklivanas and Squishy had been neighbors for 17 years, but their friendship didn’t start until the lockdown.
The elderly cat made Peklivanas’ house her second home, which was fortunate because Peklivanas welcomed the company.
“She always came for a fuss but never stayed,” Peklivanas told The Dodo. “But since we went into a very strict lockdown in Spain, she started coming every day, crying at the door.”
Squishy is loved and spoiled at her home, which she shares with five other cats. But with so many brothers and sisters, things became a little cramped for Squishy when lockdown went into effect.
Now, early every morning, Squishy sneaks over to Peklivanas’ house and meows at the porch door until she gets let inside.
She stays until her owners come to pick her up at night — but even that can’t stop Squishy from coming back whenever she wants.
“She loves it so much here that she’ll run away from [her dad],” Peklivanas said. “The owner thinks it’s amusing that she comes [to get] peace from the other cats. She’s an old lady now after all!”
Squishy receives royal treatment in Peklivanas’ home, including brushing, attention, and special delicacies. There is also plenty of room to unwind while sunbathing.
Squishy wasn’t pleased when the lockdown limitations were relaxed and Peklivanas began to resume work. She now follows Peklivanas to the car and jumps inside as soon as the door opens to prevent her from leaving.
Additionally, Peklivanas always makes Squishy happy when she gets home from work. Peklivanas remarked, “She doesn’t technically live here, but she feels she does. She always welcomes us at the gate when we go home.”
Squishy has made the lockdown so much more enjoyable for Peklivanas — and vice versa.
“She has such a big and loving personality,” Peklivanas said. “No cat has ever captured my heart the way she has. Her friendship is so pure.”