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Pigeon Is Obsessed With His New Cat Brother

They're inseparable β€” and always competing for mom's attention ❀

When Keith perches on Stephanie Lynch's shoulder - or, if he chooses, her head - he often coos in her ear.

She can't help but think the pigeon is trying to tell her stories. Or maybe just something as simple as thank you.

After all, just five months ago, Keith was a scraggly baby bird cowering on the streets of downtown Toronto, Canada.

He appeared to have fallen from his nest. He could neither fly nor walk. It seemed only a matter of time before he was trampled by shuffling passersby.

Lynch, who has experience raising birds, decided to take him home.

Over the next few weeks, Keith grew stronger, finding his feathers - and his voice.

And when Lynch wasn't around, he found someone else to talk to - a 25-pound cat named Cheddar.

The cat, whom Lynch adopted from Toronto Cat Rescue last year, seemed mystified from the start by his new feathered sibling.

"It's mostly that Cheddar is just a good, kind-hearted kitty," Lynch tells The Dodo. "I call him my little love muffin."

For Keith, it all added up to a life worth keeping.

"I have big windows so he sees the other pigeons perched outside," Lynch says. "He doesn't seem interested in them."

In fact, Keith has declined every opportunity to return to pigeon-kind, preferring to stay with his new family. As long as they follow his rules.

"He gets very jealous if he is not the center of attention," Lynch notes. "Hates it when I'm on my cell phone and starts acting up if he thinks Ched is getting more attention than him."

Even when Keith sleeps, he makes sure the spotlight is still squarely on him - by snoring loudly.

"He is an attention vampire," Lynch says. "I cannot move more than a couple of feet without him following or being perched on my shoulder."

"He has to investigate everything I'm doing," she adds. "He also is pretty much constantly cooing in my ear. I feel he is, in his own way, telling me stories."

And when there's no one else around, the mirror will do.

You can follow the continuing adventures of Keith and Cheddar on Instagram. And if you happen to find a baby bird on the ground, be careful. Sometimes, the best thing to do is nothing at all. Here are some guidelines.