From snakes to tarantulas, some people enjoy keeping exotic animals as pets. But have you ever wondered what it’d be like to live with… a puma that thinks it’s a house cat?

Messi the puma, named after the famous Argentine footballer, lives with its adoptive parents Aleksandr and Mariya Dmitriev in their apartment in Penza, Russia, since 2016. Messi is living the life that we all daydream about: the life of a spoiled catto.

Bored Panda already wrote an article about the puma once, and we love Messi so much, we couldn’t wait to do a follow-up with plenty of new photos for you to enjoy!

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Meet Messi the puma

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Image credits: l_am_puma

Image credits: l_am_puma

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Image credits: l_am_puma

Messi (the big catto, not the talented and celebrated pro footballer) was sold to a petting zoo in Penza when he was just three months old. He was smaller than usual. He had health issues. He couldn’t live in a zoo. Nor could he live in a wildlife sanctuary. And petting zoo staff were thinking of putting Messi to sleep. That’s when Aleksandr and Mariya showed up to save the gentle feline.

Messi lives with Aleksandr and Mariya Dmitriev

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Image credits: l_am_puma

Image credits: l_am_puma

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Image credits: l_am_puma

The couple said that when they first saw Messi, they thought it was “love at first sight.” So they bought him after some deep thinking about the ethics and logistics of keeping such a large animal at home. After they brought Messi back with them, they nursed it back to health. Aleksandr and Mariya seem happy with their new addition to their family, but the couple’s cat Kira doesn’t get along with Messi. Perhaps, it’s jealous?