Woman Takes In Stray ‘Cat’ Until Grandson Lets Her Know It’s An Opossum

When is a cat not a cat? When it’s an opossum your grandmother took in off the street.

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"Nobody here but us cats." Via Eric Hertlein/The Dodo
Anastasia Thrift

Taking in stray cats is a nice thing to do. It’s nice when the strays find new homes, or the homes they left, and even when the strays turn out not to be cats.

A sweet woman thought she had been caring for a stray cat until her grandson pointed out that it was an opossum, according to The Dodo. Eric Hertelein says he visited his grandmother, who often helped homeless cats, and saw what he thought was an opossum who had sneaked in the house for the moment.

Everybody seems pretty cool with the arrangement. Via Eric Hertlein/The Dodo

“She reassured me it was one of her cats,” Hertlein told the website. “I told her it wasn’t what she thought it was.”

Hertlein’s grandmother said it was Tete, a cat who had been coming by for a while.

Remember, this is the animal whose coping mechanism is to stay still and act like nothing is wrong — and it totally works. Via Eric Hertlein/The Dodo

“I laughed for a good five minutes,” Hertlein said. “She didn’t realize what I was laughing about until I started pointing out the pointy nose and skinny tail. She didn’t realize he wasn’t a cat.”

After closer inspection, it slowly dawned on his grandmother that Tete was, in fact, an opossum. The realization had little effect on how much she cared for the outsider.

“‘Well, he hasn’t bothered me yet, so I’m OK with him being here!'” Hertlein told the website, about his grandmother’s response.

Apparently, so were the other cats. The kindness this woman showed to all creatures might have put them all at ease. Regardless of what kind of animal you are, some grandmas have room in their hearts for you.

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