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  • Fat cat Norm Lopez makes a splash in social media
    Norm Lopez takes a bath on the sidewalk in front of his house after his breakfast early Tuesday morning, Aug. 13, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Norm Lopez has a fervent, almost cult-like following in certain Sacramento communities: local bands have put him on their T-shirts, commuters exit the light rail at the 13th Street stop just to say hello and his Facebook page (as of Tuesday evening) is nearing 500 friends. His popularity sky-rocketed following a heart-warming reunion between Norm and his human, Tyler Lopez earlier this week. On Friday, a stranger mistook Norm for a pregnant cat in distress and took him to the Front Street Animal Shelter where staff recognized him from his Facebook page. Norm now has an identification chip and will be hosting a pub crawl to benefit the shelter on Aug. 31, 2013.
    Sue Morrow | smorrow@sacbee.com
  • Fat cat Norm Lopez makes a splash in social media
    Tyler Lopez pets her cat Norm Lopez before her morning run on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Tyler rescued Norm about two years ago. Although he's big, he gets exercise and has lost weight on a weight-loss diet. He's now at 26 pounds.
    Sue Morrow | smorrow@sacbee.com
  • Fat cat Norm Lopez makes a splash in social media
    Norm Lopez watches his neighborhood in the morning at the top of his steps to his home on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif.
    Sue Morrow | smorrow@sacbee.com
  • Fat cat Norm Lopez makes a splash in social media
    Norm Lopez watches his neighborhood in the morning at the top of his steps to his home on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Norm now has an identification chip and according to the Front Street Animal Shelter staff he's about six years old (judging by his teeth).
    Sue Morrow | smorrow@sacbee.com
  • Fat cat Norm Lopez makes a splash in social media
    Norm Lopez takes a bath in the early morning sun on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif.
    Sue Morrow | smorrow@sacbee.com
  • Fat cat Norm Lopez makes a splash in social media
    Norm Lopez waits for his human mom, Tyler Lopez, to come outside on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. He shares his home with two small dogs, also rescue animals.
    Sue Morrow | smorrow@sacbee.com
  • Fat cat Norm Lopez makes a splash in social media
    Norm Lopez, a 26-pound cat, lounges with his human mom, Tyler Lopez and Tyler's other cat, Six (because he has six toes on his front feet), on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Norm now has an identification chip and will be hosting a pub crawl to benefit the Front Street Animal Shelter on Aug. 31.
    Sue Morrow | smorrow@sacbee.com
  • Fat cat Norm Lopez makes a splash in social media
    Tyler Lopez rescued Norm, orange cat at her feet, about two years ago. Her other cat Six climbs the steps in back of her on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. His Facebook page - Norm Lopez - is nearing 500 friends (as of Tuesday evening). On Friday, a stranger mistook Norm for a pregnant cat in distress and took him to the Front Street Animal Shelter where staff recognized him from his Facebook page. Norm now has an identification chip and will be hosting a pub crawl to benefit the shelter on Aug. 31, 2013.
    Sue Morrow | smorrow@sacbee.com
  • Fat cat Norm Lopez makes a splash in social media
    Norm Lopez lounges in the early morning sun on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif.
    Sue Morrow | smorrow@sacbee.com
  • Friends of Norm pub crawl
    Sacramento's own feline sensation, Norm Lopez is seen on a poster worn on the hat of Chris Knepp during a friends of Norm pub crawl at the Shady Lady, Saturday August 31, 2013. Proceeds from raffle tickets and T-shirt sales will go to benefit the Front Street Animal Shelter.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Friends of Norm pub crawl
    Sacramento's own feline sensation, Norm Lopez is greeted by Jill Thomas, right, while sitting on Chris Knepp's lap during a friends of Norm pub crawl at the Shady Lady, Saturday August 31, 2013. Proceeds from raffle tickets and T-shirt sales will go to benefit the Front Street Animal Shelter.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Friends of Norm pub crawl
    Chris Knepp, whose wife is a manager with the Front Street Shelter, chills with Sacramento's own feline sensation, Norm Lopez, right, who makes an appearance during a friends of Norm pub crawl at the Shady Lady, Saturday August 31, 2013. Proceeds from raffle tickets and T-shirt sales will go to benefit the Front Street Animal Shelter.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
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