Cat's tricky hauls stump his owners
Blenheim's most famous cat thief has developed a penchant for matching socks, according to his owners.
Brash kleptomaniac Loki will even return to the scene of the crime to complete the pair.
The stealthy feline has little reason to fear retribution though, as he yet to be caught in the act . . . leaving his owners stumped as to how he shifts some of his larger spoils.
Rachel Gifford said a heavy door stop that they assume he dragged home after a heist couldn't fit through his cat flap. He had even gone as far as pinching a dog's leash.
"The door stop and dog leash are definitely the strangest things he has brought home. Mostly though he has been taking baby clothing over the last few weeks - that is his new thing," she said.
The family continued to hang the stolen items on a clothes horse outside their Redwood St home so that Loki's victims could collect their property. It worked to some extent but there were many unclaimed articles of clothing, with more arriving every week.
"Sometimes though he brings things that had been claimed back again," Miss Gifford said.
Loki did cease and desist from his thieving ways for a while when he suffered a head injury late last year and took time off to recover.
The family were not sure what happened to him but suspected he was attacked by another cat or a dog.
"We joke that it was another cat trying to stop him stealing stuff from its owners. He is all better now and back taking things again."
It was all a cry for attention, Miss Gifford said. Her father Mike Gifford first started noticing Loki's thievery around eight months ago, when a pile of four Saturday Express newspapers appeared in his kitchen.
The family felt terrible that their beloved pet had stolen their neighbours' things but said there was little they could do to stop him, short of shutting him indoors. "That would just be cruel," Miss Gifford said.
- The Marlborough Express