A local cat by the name of Tia has adopted Eli.
It's a particularly friendly cat which I think lives a three or four doors away and comes running to our car when we pull into the drive to see our little boy.
We've never fed her and actively discourage her from coming in the house but she loves Eli nonetheless - meowing hello as she runs over. Eli returns the love and sits on our back step and strokes her. There are boundaries to the love though - we were laughing a couple of days ago as we watched Eli in the garden throwing sticks for Tia (over the cats head) for her to "fetch" while Tia stood looking at him blankly.