PAPER girl Hat and her black and white cat could give Postman Pat and Jess a run for their money.
While dogs are renowned for their loyal behaviour, Harriet Fulcher got a surprise when her cat KT began following her on her early-morning round through Edgerton and Marsh.
Even through the rain, wind and snow, the faithful moggie never fails to follow her – two metres behind.
And on the return journey she guides her owner home, walking two metres in front.
Harriet, who attends Salendine Nook High School, took over the round from her older brother Joe in August last year.
She gets up at 6am and picks up her papers from Westbourne News, Marsh.
When she gets to her home in Luther Place, KT is ready to accompany her, purring and rubbing herself against her legs.
One of her favourite ports of call is 1, ‘The Mount’ on Edgerton Road where KT enjoys rubbing herself against its impressive Victorian pillars while Harriet busies herself posting the Daily Telegraph.
She then trots after Harriet as she turns up Imperial Road and takes a breather at the well-known red pillar box half way up the road.
Harriet said: “She sits on the wall by the pillar box and waits for me to finish my round, around five minutes or so.
“I meet up with her again and she follows me all the way back home but this time she is in front of me. She turns back occasionally to make sure that I’m still there.
“It’s strange. She started with my brother Joe and used to follow him. I used to go round with him sometimes and I was always amazed at the cat doing that.
“It’s nice having her with me for company.”
KT was born in a barn and was part of a large litter, all black and white apart from a ginger tabby. According to Harriet’s mum, Jan Simpson, who picked her up originally, she was semi-feral which makes her loving, devoted behaviour perhaps all the more surprising.