Simon was never all that interested in making friends.
The orange tabby had plenty of opportunities to socialize as a resident of Crumbs & Whiskers, a cat café in Los Angeles. Instead, he chose to keep to himself.
“He's definitely used to other animals,” Mackenzie Coffman, Simon’s mom, told The Dodo, “but never really played with the other cats in the café.”
But everything changed when Simon laid eyes on his neighbor across the street.
“I was in bed and I woke up to Simon whining at the window,” Coffman said. “I looked up and to my surprise saw a cat sitting in my neighbor's window. I've lived in this apartment for two years and have never seen their cat.”
Simon was instantly smitten with the mysterious feline, but it was unclear if the object of his affection felt the same way. That initial aloofness didn’t stop Simon from trying to win the cat’s affection.
“The other cat never really looked at Simon or paid attention to him,” Coffman said. “So Simon would jump up and down in the windowsill to try to get his attention.”
Coffman had never seen Simon behave like this before, and decided to step in as a sort of wingman for her lovestruck pet.
Inspired by the music video for Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me,” Coffman jokingly taped a little sign on her window.
Soon after, the neighbors hung up their own sign in response. Coffman learned that Simon’s adoration had not gone unnoticed.
“They opened the window, introduced themselves, and I told them that Simon always waits for Theo,” Coffman said. “They said they always see Simon but didn't know what to call him so they've been calling him Chester.”
Simon’s obsession with Theo has only gotten stronger since the exchange of signs, but Theo still insists on playing hard to get.
“When Simon sees Theo he chirps at the window and paces the windowsill,” Coffman said. “Theo, on the other hand, glances at Simon maybe twice and then continues to look in the opposite direction.”
On Monday, Coffman shared her cat’s love story on Twitter, writing, “My cat Simon is in LOVE with my neighbor’s cat and waits all day for him. Will keep y’all updated.”
In just two days, her post received over 200,000 likes and nearly 100,000 retweets. And, from the comments, it seems like all of social media is shipping the two cats.
The sudden popularity of the tweet led Coffman to post another sign — this time telling Theo that their relationship went viral. Theo wrote back, and the two became friends on Twitter.
Now, after weeks of longing looks through the windowpane, Simon will finally meet his beloved.
Coffman and her neighbors have organized a meet-and-greet for the cats this week, and Simon couldn’t be more excited.
For everyone still following this, Theo and Simon will be meeting Thursday!! This is how Simon feels about it pic.twitter.com/T7W6Uv2mC3