Pumpkin the Cat Defies Supermarket Ban and is Back at the Checkout

Posted in Cat Stories - Last Updated: December 29, 2022 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Stories 
Last Updated: December 29, 2022  
Author:  Jan Travell

Meet Pumpkin, a cheeky kitty that loves hanging out at his local supermarket, winning the hearts of the customers that go there.

Pumpkin had been a regular at the Tesco supermarket in Norwich, UK and was a favorite of all that visited the store..

But staff labelled Pumpkin a “hindrance and a pain,” and in a move that hit the local headlines, announced the rescue cat had been banned from the store.


The response prompted an outpouring of support for the ousted kitty, with some customers threatening to boycott the store if he wasn’t allowed back.

For a while the store policy seem to work and although he was not allowed inside, Pumpkin was often spotted hanging out by the sliding doors of the shop, which is near where he lives with his owner, Jo Harding.


Now, just two months later, Pumpkin has flouted the ban. He was once again found napping on his favourite self checkout kiosk.

Pumpkin’s owner Jo, said his refusal to abide by the rules comes as no surprise as he is a total diva.


And for the customers, Pumpkin proved to be such a popular addition to the branch, that Jo decided to set up a Facebook group dedicated to his antics.

Pumpkin’s popularity has spurned a 3000 strong fan base on the page where people can see the cats whereabouts and what he’s up to.

Carry on the good work Pumpkin, we hope you are enjoying your new found fame.


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About the author

Jan Travell is a lifelong cat owner and a feline expert. She's been the Cats and Kittens lead editor from the start. She lives in rural France with her two rescue cats, Tigerlily and Mr.Gee. Her senior kitty, Ducati, passed over the rainbow bridge recently at the ripe old age of 22.

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