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   Undertoad  Friday Jul 28 06:36 AM

7/28/2006: Cat is glove thief



It's axlrosen again with this item: the full story explains, this cat named Willy has stolen all the gloves on that line.

This one-year-old goes around the neighborhood, finds gloves (9 pairs and 5 singles in a number of weeks) and brings them home, leaving them as a gift on the back steps of his house.

A friend, Claudia Bonci, said she was in the Pifers' kitchen recently and had noticed a single gardening glove on the sidewalk.

"Jennifer was telling me all about how Willy was bringing home all these gloves, and there was a small pile of them outside the door, and then here comes the cat with a glove in its mouth, proud as could be, like he was giving me a gift."


Cat owners will identify with that sort of behavior. Some cats are just outgoing:

Despite his criminal nature, neighbors get a kick out of Willy. Cassone said the cat likes to accompany the mailman up and down the block, all the way to each front door. Willy also likes to climb trees and bat at the heads of people below.



Ibby  Friday Jul 28 07:05 AM

It must be friday, that cat is toooo cuuuute!



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jul 28 07:33 AM

They're lucky, my cats left dead things, and worse, half dead things, on the back steps.



MaggieL  Friday Jul 28 09:17 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
They're lucky, my cats left dead things, and worse, half dead things, on the back steps.
When I lived with cats, they often left their quarry by the catfood dish.

We were never certain whether it was an offering in exchange, or that they simply realized that Kittie Krunchies (tm Fat Freddy's Cat, The Fabulous Furry Freak Bros. by Gilbert Shelton) simply tasted better than random unfortunate rodentia et avia, dropped the fresh kill and subsequently forgot about it.

We were pretty sure that the ones left on pillows in the bed were simple bragging.


Flint  Friday Jul 28 09:49 AM

One of my cats collects paper clips. When he hears the sound of paper clips jingling, he becomes obsessed with locating them, biting them up off the ground, "accidentally" dropping them a few times so they make more jingling sounds, and eventually taking them back to the food bowl, where I find them at the bottom of the bowl when their food runs out.



wolf  Friday Jul 28 11:01 AM

I hadn't realized that behavior was that common. We always thought my friend's Rex was a mutant because she did things like that.

Checking the food bowl for paperclips was a daily task when I was petsitting, even if we hadn't been playing paperclip game that day.



Flint  Friday Jul 28 11:17 AM

Seriously, paperclips??? I just thought my cat rode "the short bus."



Iggy  Friday Jul 28 12:06 PM

My cat likes pens, or anything small and long that will fit in her mouth. Mascara tubes, lipstick, eyeliner, even small brushes. But mostly pens and pencils. She likes to leave them in my bedroom doorway so I will see them when I go in there. You can't leave you pens out for a second, because she will jump up and get it and move it. At least I know she isn't crazy.



Slothboy  Friday Jul 28 12:48 PM

I always joke that I was raised by cats. We always had at least a couple around at any given time growing up.

You haven't lived until you open the door and a cat runs in from outside in a panic with huge bird wings wrapped around his head. It happens so fast there is nothing you can do to stop it. You can almost hear the cat yelling, "Backup! I need Backup!" Then he lets go of the live and pissed blackbird inside the house.

The dead mice on the doorstep I could live with. The Alfred Hitchcock re-enactment I could do without.



Spexxvet  Friday Jul 28 12:54 PM

mmmmmmmm, Chinese food.



Shawnee123  Friday Jul 28 12:56 PM

My ex and I had the best cat, Toonces, who was almost human. When he passed away it nearly killed us. Anyway, once we were watching TV, my ex on one side of the sectional and me on the other, with the remote somewhere in between. Toonces walked on the in between section, stepped on the remote, and changed the channel to Animal Planet. Not only do I kid you not, he did it TWICE!

Animal Planet may have been on the "last channel" button but I don't think so. It was really funny!



glatt  Friday Jul 28 01:01 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123
Toonces walked on the in between section, stepped on the remote, and changed the channel to Animal Planet. Not only do I kid you not, he did it TWICE!
I would expect nothing less from the cat who could drive a car.



Shawnee123  Friday Jul 28 01:06 PM

Absolutely! Of course that's where we got his name. Toonces Riley...I miss him!

"Toonces CAN drive a car. Just not very well!"
--Lyle Clark

(Wishing for a cat smilie)



Flint  Friday Jul 28 01:45 PM

Objects Cats Are Interested In

My cats are fascinated by anything that resembles a mouse tail, but terrified by anything that resembles a snake! I know, this is a very fine distinction. Shoelaces are considered "mice tails", while a belt is considered a "snake." Etc.



Shawnee123  Friday Jul 28 01:52 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Flint
My cats are fascinated by anything that resembles a mouse tail, but terrified by anything that resembles a snake! I know, this is a very fine distinction. Shoelaces are considered "mice tails", while a belt is considered a "snake." Etc.


I feel sad for people who don't like cats!


Trilby  Friday Jul 28 02:20 PM

If that were my cat I'd name him Mittens.



Kitsune  Friday Jul 28 02:42 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Flint
One of my cats collects paper clips. When he hears the sound of paper clips jingling, he becomes obsessed with locating them, biting them up off the ground, "accidentally" dropping them a few times so they make more jingling sounds, and eventually taking them back to the food bowl, where I find them at the bottom of the bowl when their food runs out.
Weird! My old cat used to do the same thing with dropped rubber bands. They always ended up in the water bowl.


Flint  Friday Jul 28 03:05 PM

Rubber bands are a big hit, too. But I have to take those away, because I'm afraid they are eating them.



capnhowdy  Friday Jul 28 03:28 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123


I feel sad for people who don't like cats!
I love cats. They taste like chicken.


Pie  Friday Jul 28 03:29 PM

My cat plays fetch with my hair bands. She'll steal them off my nightstand, too. I buy a pack of 30, and they're gone in a month. She must drop them off in the same place missing socks go...



Kitsune  Friday Jul 28 04:09 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Flint
Rubber bands are a big hit, too. But I have to take those away, because I'm afraid they are eating them.
I think there was an amusing/disgusting thread on the result of cats eating rubber bands, but I sure as hell aren't going to go looking for it...


bluecuracao  Friday Jul 28 09:26 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pie
My cat plays fetch with my hair bands. She'll steal them off my nightstand, too. I buy a pack of 30, and they're gone in a month. She must drop them off in the same place missing socks go...
Have you checked under the couch? That's where I usually find Bosco's stash of bottle caps, contact lens case caps, pens, pencils, straws, mom's earring, etc. etc.


astrodex  Friday Jul 28 11:00 PM

Segue

Let's see that cat bring these home:

[url="http://www.harriesheder.com/glove.htm"]Porter Square T Station

This sculpture is in my "T" station here in Cambridge and I thought it did a nice job of connecting the last two IOD's (I'sOD?). The photos are horrible but the art is fun when it is not being used as a gum receptacle.

You know, I think this work actually generated controversy and is found offensive by some who consider it insensitive to holocaust victims. No, really.



MaggieL  Friday Jul 28 11:14 PM

Once your cat is bored with chasing a laser beam around the floor (with occasional trips up the wall just for laughs), and put a loop of tape on the back of one paw, or maybe a wee bit more there's always zero-G



daniwong  Friday Jul 28 11:57 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pie
My cat plays fetch with my hair bands. She'll steal them off my nightstand, too. I buy a pack of 30, and they're gone in a month. She must drop them off in the same place missing socks go...
Seriously - I have the exact same problem. And they are normally under the couch and/or under the bed, nightstand or whatever little area that I'm not gonna crawl under. The other thing that one of my girls does (Peach) is that I have these little stuffed bears that my mom made for me when I was a little girl and she had knitted little sweaters for the dolls - the cat carry's them around the house like her babies (she was fixed before she had any) and I come home and I find either a pile of them in the cat bed or on my bed or just randomly scattered around the house. Also - something Peach does - she is my snooze button - I hit my snooze button after the alarm goes off and all of a sudden I have a cat in my face meowing until the snooze button goes off again. Makes missing my alarm rather difficult. My other girl Boo-Boo thinks she's a dog - she fetches and retreives and she's trained on a leash to go on walks.


Hoof Hearted  Saturday Jul 29 12:38 AM

Most of our cat toys (plastic milk rings, pens et cetera...) wind up under either the fridge or stove where we cannot readily retrieve them.

Last year my husband brought home a kitty from work who was near death, he had a huge abcess on his neck, nearly as large as his head. Anyhow, the first time I tried to play-drag a leather string in front of him, he pounced on it with both front feet and then snatched his head down to bite it to 'kill' it.
Husband thinks LuckyDuck received his wound because he had been bitten by a snake. I agree, as if it were from another cat, I feel he would not have been so trusting and friendly with our established housefull.
When hubby brought him home:

His FrankenKitty stitches:

The whole clan: LD is at the bottom of the pic.

Whattaya gonna do? Gotta love 'em!

hh



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jul 29 10:47 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by astrodex
Let's see that cat bring these home:

Porter Square T Station

This sculpture is in my "T" station here in Cambridge and I thought it did a nice job of connecting the last two IOD's (I's OD?). The photos are horrible but the art is fun when it is not being used as a gum receptacle.

You know, I think this work actually generated controversy and is found offensive by some who consider it insensitive to holocaust victims. No, really.
That's a pretty cool installation, astrodex.....especially for $30k. It seems public art starts at a half million bucks these days..... and much of it sucks, in the eyes of this beholder.

There are people who will think the Sun is insensitive to the holocaust for rising in the morning. I feel sorry for them.

Oh, it's IOtD.


ajaccio  Saturday Jul 29 11:08 AM

I think we all know that cats are born with a heathy does of the "play gene" as nature's way of helping them practice hunting. It sharpens all their skills and instincts. Another interesting fact that I learned from some biologist friends is that when cats bring home dead animals (or remnants thereof) and leave them for you to find, they are teaching YOU to hunt. Sort of the "do as I do" approach. Apparently felines find that we don't go out there and kill enough of our own food...



Hoof Hearted  Saturday Jul 29 11:40 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ajaccio
Apparently felines find that we don't go out there and kill enough of our own food...
Hey! I bring home LOTS of saran wrapped packages of meat!


xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jul 29 12:00 PM

Stupid cats.
Dogs however, know, we are the greatest hunters that ever existed. Good doggie.



DucksNuts  Saturday Jul 29 11:10 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Slothboy
You haven't lived until you open the door and a cat runs in from outside in a panic with huge bird wings wrapped around his head. It happens so fast there is nothing you can do to stop it. You can almost hear the cat yelling, "Backup! I need Backup!" Then he lets go of the live and pissed blackbird inside the house.

The dead mice on the doorstep I could live with. The Alfred Hitchcock re-enactment I could do without.
I laugh everytime I think of this, my cats do exactly the same thing.

Except last year I had a half grown pissed Tiger snake let go inside. Something you just dont want to mess with.


Target  Saturday Jul 29 11:47 PM

My kitty Boots is a known serial killer in the insect community. He guards me from arachnids when I sleep. He knows no fear.



Wombat  Sunday Jul 30 07:05 PM

One of my cats loves Post-It notes. He jumps to pull them off the fridge and then he "chases" them all around the house.



Leah  Sunday Jul 30 08:23 PM

My mother had a Russian blue cat who did the same thing. Rajie would bring home freshly cooked meat (we don't know where he was stealing it from) T bone steaks, sausages, chops, chicken all kinds of BBQ meats. Some of them still hot from the BBQ. He would place them at the foot of my Mum and Dads bed. They came in at all times of the night. My other cat Kimberley who lives at my parents place, brings home rats with their head bitten off as a gift. Not a very nice gift to find early in the morning when you are eating breakfast.



Jabbly  Sunday Jul 30 10:53 PM

My Douglas is a fussy little fella. He doesn't like food that involves a lot of chewing - he prefers to chase a bite size piece of steak around the house then eat it. He has a weaknesss for junk food, especially cheesels (much the same as me ) . He was a stray kitten and very skittish when we first got him, so he used to hide in my room whenever we had visitors. But he alwas crept out when he smelled the cheesels!



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jul 30 11:27 PM

If our cats caught a mouse in the house, (or sneaked one in) would always leave them outside the door to the darkroom. That was the only room in the house they weren't allowed in. Bribe?



BrianR  Tuesday Aug 1 02:05 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Target
My kitty Boots is a known serial killer in the insect community. He guards me from arachnids when I sleep. He knows no fear.
Technically, an arachnid is a spider (8 legged) and an insect has only six legs. Different genus you know. But they are all bugs.

Flashback to biology class omitted for brevity

Just clarifying because no one else has, yet.

Brian


CharlieG  Tuesday Aug 1 09:08 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by BrianR
Technically, an arachnid is a spider (8 legged) and an insect has only six legs. Different genus you know. But they are all bugs.
...snip...
Brian
Nope - not bugs at all - "Bugs" are of the genus Hemiptera - having forewings with both membranous and hard portions

The are nectar drinkers

So most "Bugs" are not BUGS


BrianR  Tuesday Aug 1 09:47 PM

Bugs are whatever I deem them to be.

Wings not required, I will cheerfully label crawling things bugs even if they are not.



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Aug 2 04:55 AM

Bugs has long ears and usually a carrot.



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