A cat has a unique habit of making off with toys, glasses, cutlery, plastic dinosaurs, rubber ducks, and sometimes toy skateboards.
Charlie, the cat, has been taking so many things that his owner has to work really hard to reunite people with their lost items. The stolen loot is slowly finding its way back to owners due to a "klepto cat box" set up for this purpose.
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Alice Bigge, 41, is Charlie's owner, and her pet beings home so many unusual things that sometimes she has a tough time finding out where they belong.
The woman first realized Charlie was making off with people's things when a toy dinosaur greeted her one morning as she woke up and touched her pillow.
"I woke up with a diplodocus [...] on my pillow—which made me think of [...] The Godfather. Charlie sat there looking proud of himself," Alice shared with Good News Network.
She has since discovered that Charlie was getting toy dinosaurs from a nursery at the end of her street.
"He'd been going there and picking them and bringing them back here one by one," she added.
The woman, who is a teacher at St. Brendan's college in Brislington, is constantly amazed by the growing loot from Charlie. And it's not like the cat just sticks to the same old thing.
He keeps grabbing different things, and his owner never knows what to expect next.
"He's into clothes pegs at the moment," Alice shared.
Ducks and little skateboards are also on the cat's list.
"He brought back a rubber duck recently, quite large, and I have no idea how [...] he got it through the cat flap. He went through a phase of coming with those mini-skateboards too," Alice explained.
The cat brings everything that spikes his interest back home. His owner attempted to curb his habits by keeping him inside for three months, but it didn't work.
"He wasn't allowed out for three months. As soon as he was out, he began bringing things back. In a week or so, loads of toy dinosaurs kept appearing in the house. I saw a green stegosaurus one day, [...] a red one the following day, and they just kept coming!"
Birds and mice haven't caught the cat's interest yet.
"He's never caught a bird or a mouse … he just goes off and finds whatever he can."
So, Alice and her daughter Martha are dealing with the cat's loot in a unique way. First, they put a sign on their wall saying "Klepto Cat."
They also set up a rectangular shelf, like a box, on the outside wall, where they put the strange items that show up in their house.
"Our cat Charlie likes taking things. Do these things belong to you? If they do, please help yourself!" is written near the shelf.
Getting caught hasn't daunted the cat one bit, and his loving owner says he's cherished exactly the way he is. His quest is filled with fun times, and many people started loving the curious cat that takes over any item that looks interesting to him.
"He enjoys the quest. Whether it's discovering something new or just wanting to please me and bring his family a present, it's so funny now that people love his story [...] we've been laughing about him for a year. Whatever it is, we love him!" Alice concluded.