Neighbor Cats Smell Something Cooking And Show Up With All Their Kittens

"They were all up against the screen staring at us.”

Con Keramidas is used to seeing two cats across the street from his house; they’re his neighbors, each with their own family and loving home in the Melbourne, Australia, community. The two girls like to hang out together outside, and, one day, they stopped by Con's place with an adorable surprise.

It was a Sunday afternoon when Con decided to prepare one of his favorite dishes: salt and pepper squid. He had just started sautéing the squid when, suddenly, his son noticed someone at the door.

“My son yelled out to me to check out some cats hanging outside the front door,” Con told The Dodo. “And, sure enough, they were all up against the screen staring at us.”

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Con recognized two of the cats right away as his longtime neighbors, but there were a few new faces with them. Alongside the two cats sat four kittens — half belonged to one cat, and half belonged to the other.

“They must have followed their nose,” Con said. “[It] was a very funny surprise, actually.”

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The smell of Con's dinner had wafted through his neighborhood while he cooked, enticing the cats and their kittens instantly.

The little family peered through his front door, hoping to score a morsel, but Kermidas knew it wouldn’t be safe to share since the food was already seasoned. Instead, he showered the cats with love, then continued on with his night.

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Five hours after they’d initially arrived, the cats reluctantly walked back home.

“They hung around until 9 p.m.,” Con said. “They were dubbed the Squid Crew.”

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Con didn’t receive any more visits from the Squid Crew after that day. Eventually, the four kittens were old enough to be adopted, leaving just the two mama cats in the neighborhood. So far, they haven’t stopped by Con’s place again.

Although he hasn’t seen them in a while, Con looks forward to the next time the cats’ noses lead them to his doorstep. Until then, he’ll keep an eye out for visitors anytime he grills something tasty.