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A 'houdini' cat has stunned its owners by managing to open doors after it learned how to jump up - and pull the handle down using its body weight.
Friends thought Amy Kennedy, 33, was 'crazy' when she claimed her pet Simba could open interior doors - until she finally caught him in the act.
She lay in wait and filmed the canny cat leaping into the air, wrapping his paws around the handle, and pulling it down.
Amy suspected Simba had been doing it for months because he'd often appear in her room in the middle of the night - despite having been shut in downstairs.
She finally filmed definitive evidence of Simba's athletic shenanigans as he attempted to leave her room.
Amy adopted siblings Simba and Nala, both seven-months-old, in July last year - but said she never expected them to open doors.
Amy, from Chester, Cheshire, said: "Lots of people tell you what to expect with cats but I never thought they'd learn to open the door. They're very clever and very cheeky.
"Simba's been doing it since four months, but I never caught him in the act.
"At night I could always hear banging and thud, and wondered what it was and thought it had to be them crashing about.
"But then he started appearing in the bed. I didn't know how he was doing it, but I was shocked.
"You start doubting yourself because you wonder if you shut the door.
"He wanted to get into the living room, and he was just watching the door so I sat there waiting with my camera waiting.
"He wraps his paws around the handle cause I'd always been wondering how he does it. No one believed me but now I have evidence. I'm not a crazy cat lady."
The moggies usually sleep in the living room, where their beds are, but she said shutting doors is now pointless now that they've acquired this new skill.
She said that despite their young age, both cats now have the run the house.
Amy added: "I think he just wants to stay with me at all times. He used to cry at the door but he's worked out that he has to jump and push to open the door.
"He's very happy with himself once the door comes open, making an appearance. He's quite smug, just starts purring.
"She used to run through first and he would hold back, it was a bit dramatic.
"I just keep the doors open as it's just pointless.
"I live by myself. So it's nice to let them free roam. But it's quite clear that they're in charge of the house now."
Amy shot the video on January 9.