Almond the cat never leaves his tree, but he has a true friend who watches over him

In the hollow of a maple tree not far from the road, Ron Venden has made a cozy dwelling for the 7-month-old cat he swears has never left its tree home.

It was a little feisty at first, said Venden, 66, a retired carpenter, of the cat, which a neighbor has named Almond. (But) now it’s a pretty big cat and it’s just loving to see me.

How is Venden certain the cat never leaves? Mostly because there are never any paw prints around the tree when it snows, Venden explains — something a State Journal reporter confirmed Wednesday. Relatives corroborate the story, saying they’ve never seen it anywhere other than in the tree — via

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