Photo: Meet Norm Lopez, the Fat Cat Celebrity of Sacramento
Most people have Facebook profiles these days, but it has become increasingly popular for people to create profiles and pages for their pets. With the internet’s unwavering love for felines those like Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub have become international celebrities. Now there’s a new cat in town and he has quite the presence.
At nearly 30 lbs, Sacramento, California’s Norm Lopez is climbing the ladder to stardom.
Two years ago Norm was adopted by Tyler Lopez. Since bringing him home, Lopez says Norm has become well known in their neighborhood. She has even decided to have annual “friends of Norm” barbeques and says the enormous, middle-of-the-sidewalk loving cat has brought the community together. The lovable cat now has about 500 friends on Facebook.
His fame quite possibly saved his life, in fact. After seeing him in the middle of the sidewalk in front of his home (a normal hangout for him), Norm was mistaken for a pregnant cat in distress and taken to Sacramento’s Front Street animal shelter.
After a photo of Norm was posted on the shelter’s website, Norm’s social media fame had him identified within hours. Norm is now back home, but with one little addition - a microchip.
Lopez says she now realizes the importance of microchipping pets and an upcoming pub crawl on August 31 will help raise money for the Front Street shelter, home of Norm’s newest friends.