Sam the Swaffham Waitrose cat causes concern after he appears with a broken front leg
Shoppers have shown concern after popular cat who is part of the landscape at Swaffham Waitrose appears to have broken his leg, after the adorable moggy appear in pain last week.
Sam the Waitrose cat turned up at the West Norfolk branch of the store on May 16 with what appeared to be a broken front leg.
One of his carers was contacted, and he was collected within minutes to be taken care of.
Sam is a very popular and special cat who has several haunts around the area but the most well known is high end supermarket Waitrose.
Whilst Sam has plenty of staff in Waitrose who care about his well being, for obvious reasons, he must be removed when he is spotted sauntering around the store, usually heading for the deli counter.
He has also been known to pop into the restaurant to visit one of his human friends having a coffee there. At such times an internal call goes out, and usually with apologies to Sam, he is carried back outside.
In case of emergencies, customer services have contact numbers to call, and Sam gets any help he may need.
There is a water bowl outside the store, and often customers feed him.
Jennifer Meadows, who knows Sam, said:"Unfortunately, some misguided people give him food that is unsuitable for cats. One woman was even observed trying to feed him a custard cream!
"Sam is a very friendly chap, and has been known to pop into customer cars, it has also been known that from time to time people have concluded that Sam needs a home and he has been 'rescued' against his will only to return.
"He is taken care of, but it's still a worry."
Sam is reputed to visit several places where he has friends and shelter, the local traveller centre, petrol station and doctors surgery to name but a few. His vet bills are paid for, and what with his Facebook page countless people look out for him.
Ms Meadows said:"He does not want or need a home, he is happy, loved and cared for. After all Sam was obviously born under a Wandering star!"