Wellington's friendliest furry resident has been bestowed the highest honour of the capital - the keys to the city.
Mittens is a local celebrity, famous for strolling through the busy CBD and making himself at home in shops, cafes and even peoples' cars.
A Facebook page set up in his honour has more than 40,000 members and he's often the subject of adorable selfies from thrilled Wellingtonians lucky enough to meet him.
On Friday, Mittens was awarded a certificate and a tiny key for his collar by Wellington Mayor Andy Foster.
Mittens was accompanied by his owner Silvio Bruinsma and Bruinsma's four-year-old son Roelf.
The award ceremony was originally planned for March but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.
Bruinsma says the timing is right for some good news.
“It’s a great community story at a time when Wellington needs it most, and reflects the positivity he has brought to the people he encounters on his adventures. Mittens has captured the heart of the city and kept smiles on the faces of many of his fans during lockdown."
Previous holders of keys to the city include triple-centurion cricketer Brendon McCullum, Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor.