MORRIS the cat has spent more time riding Jennifer Boyle's horse Champy than she has.
The feline and equine tale of friendship began in January last year when Morris, the black domestic cat, was brought home from the animal rescue shelter in Lismore to live on Jennifer Boyle's Yorklea property near Casino.
Before too long, Ms Boyle's warmblood gelding, Champy, had taken an interest in the black cat basking on the front veranda.
Morris had never met a horse before and, like many felines, was a little standoffish at first.
But Champy persisted and after a week of grooming Morris the two were well and truly friends.
"Champy was very gentle with Morris and had an understanding of how small he is," Ms Boyle said.
"It was really Champy's persistence on becoming friends with Morris that started their friendship.
"(He's) the friendliest horse. He wants to make friends with everyone he meets, whether they're human or animal."
Ms Boyle said none of the other horses had taken a liking to Morris. The curious cat had been bucked off trying to jump on two other horses.
"He assumed all horses would love him (but) it really is just these two that are friends," she said.
Ms Boyle said she had been standing at the sink washing up dishes one day when she saw Morris go riding past the kitchen window on the back of Champy.
"I suddenly wondered what goes on around here when I'm not home," she said. "I definitely need to get a pet cam."
"I've seen Morris riding Champy around for hours while Champy eats grass and grazes about the paddock.
"Morris has probably had more riding time than me.
"I think their relationship is so special because they are genuinely good friends without me coaxing them at all."
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