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From Rags to Rugs, the Cool Sockington Way

Anshuman Joshi / 21 May 2009

DUBAI — Sockington, or Socks, is the only cat whose tweet is as good as his meow. And with more than 500,000 followers on Twitter, the social networking website, he has virtually licked all competition.

In fact, in the numbers game, such has been his popularity that he is not far behind teen-sensation Miley Cyrus, who had 613,803 followers at last count.

Yes, this coolest of cats does need human interface in the form of his owner, Jason Scott, when it comes to feeding those 140-character messages. But — make no mistake — Socks is a star in his own right. He has his own videos and T-shirts; he was featured on a radio show; and he has been written about in newspapers in New Zealand and the UK.

So what does Socks tweet about? Everything —  wanting to eat sushi tuna, observing life from the top of the bookshelf, sleeping with his legs wrapped around the kitchen table, hybrid catmobiles running on fish oil... The list goes on.

Socks’ tweets are among the most awaited on Twitter.

With his virtual fame spreading far and wide, the real time benefits of being the most talked about housecat include requests from other pet owners to hang around with their cats, invitations to dinners, even proposals to hook up other cute mogs.

Not bad for a Boston cat who was once forced to meow for food after his owners abandoned him on the street. Having being passed around a couple of homes, Socks is now a permanent resident of the Scott household, where he lives a life of luxury, occasionally destroying things precious to everyone else but him.

He is also great friends with Penny, the other cat in the house who might one day be able to rival Socks tweet for tweet (Penny, too, is on Twitter).

Right now, however, there is only one way to describe Socks’ life — purrfect.


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