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The island supermarket with its very own pet cat

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Most supermarkets have similar features at their entrance, whether it be shopping trolleys or cash machines.

But not many can boast their own pet cat.

However, that’s one thing which sets Orkney’s only Tesco store apart: the sight of a contented moggy spending every day lounging in a shopping trolley at the front of the Kirkwall store.

The animal – known locally simply as the Kirkwall Tesco Cat – has been hanging around the supermarket since it opened in 2010 and has become something of a local celebrity.

It is believed it lives in a housing development near Pickaquoy Road store.

But it spends most of its time napping in a child’s seat in a trolley at the front of the store, being petted by passing shoppers and feasting on titbits from customers.

The cat has even generated its own social media pages, attracting thousands of followers.

Duty store manager Stuart Thomson said the cat had been a fixture outside the Tesco as long as he could remember.

He added: “It’s been coming as long as the shop has been here.

“It comes here and sits in the trolleys and then goes away at night to get fed, it’s not a bad life.

“It just sits there in the sun, gets a bit of attention and shelter.

“You get the odd person who will come past and open up their shopping and give it a few biscuits or snacks on the way out, I’m sure the owners appreciate that.”

Mr Thomson described their resident pet as a “permanent fixture” and especially during the summer.

He said: “It doesn’t bother with any of the dogs either. It’s quite happy, you get the dogs tied up at the railings and the cat will just lie and sleep.”

No problems, no hassle. Just feline groovy.

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