Adopted Cat Max Escapes His House Regularly To Go Check Out The College Campus Scene

Max, the cat, is quite the adventurous kitty who loves nothing more than making new friends. The silly kitty soon started charming his way into the local college!

Connie Lipton and her husband are the owners of sweet ginger Max, and they live directly across the street from Macalester College in Minnesota. Max was adopted from a shelter last year, and his family thought it would be okay to let him explore the outdoors during the day.

Max immediately found the college campus to be a welcoming place.

“He was just socializing with the students on the grounds,” Lipton said. “He would go over there every day and spend quite a bit of time. It’s hard to know exactly. He usually would go out for a few hours at a time and then come home only to want to go back out again soon after.”

They folks at Macalestercouldn’t get enough of him.

“He’s in his element when he’s with them,” Lipton said. “And I think that’s because many of the students have left their pets behind to come to college and miss them, Max fills a pet void in some ways. He seems to make them happy.”

Max longed for even more than spending time with the students on the quad… It wasn’t long before Max began invading buildings at the college, going as far as interrupting class.

Study time was often interrupted by the appearance of Max and student housing was not off limits.

Max and his visits were eventually curtailed. The staffers worried that Max might wind up trapped inside over the long winter break while a new construction project underway nearby poses some obvious risks to the cat as well.

That is when someone put up a sign on the library door alerting students that Max had been grounded.

The word of the ‘no-Max’ policy went viral, earning plenty of sympathy, and even fan art, from admirers.

Most people were siding with Max on this one.

Max’s family has decided that he is now an indoor cat despite the public outcry.

Though it’s apparently taking him some getting used to.

“Max is very unhappy about not being able to roam and having to be grounded in the house,” Lipton said. “He cries to go out and paces around the house. We are trying to give him some new ‘jobs’ by clicker-training him, and I’m hoping to get him trained to leash-walking. He’s very handsome in his red harness.”

Max might be back on campus sooner rather than later, only this time, on a leash.

Max getting ready to train to walk…I think he’s ready 😻

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“I plan on taking him over to socialize on campus and to the language houses to visit,” Lipton said. “I’m also thinking about having him trained to be a therapy cat where he can go to be with groups of young adults.”

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