1. At a tram stop in Rotterdam-Kralingen, The Netherlands, you’ll find an adorable cat called Ake who has been waiting there every day for 10 whole years.
Ake spends all his time chilling by the tram stop until one of his owners spots him and drives him back home.
7. Zoutewelle spoke to RTV Rijnmond about his furry companion:
I’ve driven past this stop for about 10 years and he’s been sitting there every day. A few months ago some of the Erasmus students and other local people discovered the little guy. Now the cat has his very own seat and people feed him.
Quite regularly the cat will join us and board the tram for a bit. To make sure he doesn’t get lost, my colleagues will put him on a tram going back. Everyone knows where the cat has to be.
9. Ake’s 23-year-old owner can’t quite believe her cat’s sudden rise to fame.
She told Metro that his fan page has allowed her to learn all sorts of new things about him. For starters, she had no idea he actually got on the tram and took those little trips!
10. Of course, there is a downside to Ake’s celebrity status: People keep feeding him, which isn’t good for his chronic illness. The owners had to put a notice up on the Facebook page that said:
There is only one problem to his daily routine, a lot of people feed him at the tramstop. Of course we think that’s very sweet but what you can’t see from the outside is that Ake has a chronic illness. Ake, at times, has very bad cystitis what causes his urethra to block making it unable and very painful for him to relieve himself when he has to go.
We have had to take him to the vet on several occasions to help him with his illness. This illness has already caused him to be on the brink of death because he got acute blood poisoning due to a blockage.
To ease his pain and to prevent him having another blockage he has to be on a special diet of prescribed dietary food from his vet. That’s the only food that’s good for him, and besides that other foods make him fat.