Brittany Maher-Kirk, 27 and Ben Lindsay, 25 live and work in London.
They are proud owners of TED, the house cat.
Over the weekend Maher-Kirk posted on her Facebook about a unique problem she had encountered when attempting to retrieve an advent calendar sent to her cat by her mother.
So my mum posted the cat an advent calendar. Unfortunately, we missed the delivery and the post office won't give it me as the cat does not have ID. I've got to ring up the Post Office Head Office and explain that my mother has sent the cat an advent calendar, addressed to the cat, and he can't pop in to pick it up himself or lend me his ID to do it for him...
Speaking to BuzzFeed News, Maher-Kirk said that when she explained the situation to Royal Mail they were only too happy to help TED receive his package.
"They said they were under no obligation to give me the parcel [but I could] pop in and explain. I did just this, and the people in the depot were fantastic.They thought it was hilarious - they did ask why I hadn't bought TED in to visit them."
Maher-Kirk also provided BuzzFeed News with a picture of TED along with his retrieved Advent Calendar.
When contacted by BuzzFeed News, Royal Mail clarified that their staff were more than happy to provide TED with his calendar, and issued the following statement:
Royal Mail does not record the number of items that we deliver to cats, but we do deliver many items to animals residing at households and businesses around the UK. Our advice is when sending any item, whether to human, cat or another animal, that the postcode is the most important aspect. We recommend checking the postcode on Royal Mail's postcode finder. For any felines expecting an 'impawtant' item through the mail, we would also recommend that they ask for their owner's name to also be included on the package. This will ensure that cats can get their human to accept their parcels on their behalf, without lifting a paw.
Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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