Connor Manning was strolling down the street when he stumbled upon a kitten so cute, he simply couldn’t walk past without showing it some love. To his surprise though, the feeling was mutual and it blossomed into an unexpected friendship.

Connor documented the encounter with his affectionate new friend and kept posting live-updates on his Twitter account as it developed into one of the most heartwarming stories we’ve seen in a while.

Scroll below to experience it for yourself and don’t forget to put some napkins close, because you might need them by the end.