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Cat burglar steals from neighbors

U.K. tabby brings purloined items home to gloat.

By Vetstreet Aug 26, 2013 3:12PM

Norris seems innocent enough during the day. But by night, this kitty becomes a klepto.

The 2-year-old U.K. tabby is making a name for himself by snagging anything he can get his paws on from his neighbors’ houses and proudly bringing it home to his owners.

Cat steals from neighbors / Danielle D. Hughson/Getty Images The precocious feline has snatched a wide variety of neighborhood loot, including a bath mat, laundry, cleaning supplies and pizza, to name a few.

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“He brings his stolen items in and then meows and meows to announce he is back so we will go and see what he has brought in,” owner Richard Windsor said. 

But now, Windsor and his wife, Sophie, are cracking down on Norris' bad habit. The couple sent a letter to their neighbors apologizing and telling them to let them know if something goes missing.

“Fortunately, all our neighbors have been very good-natured about it and think it is funny. At least now they know where to come if something disappears mysteriously,” he said.

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Photo: Danielle D. Hughson/Getty Images

8Comments
Aug 31, 2013 1:30AM
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Hmmmmm  my brother used to do that .........
Aug 30, 2013 3:39PM
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I think this cat is highly intelligent and has the credentials to be a politician.
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All my cats are indoor cats, but I have one that stuffs everything he likes between the cushions of the couch, if he likes it, it disappears, if your missing something lift the cushions of the couch it's probably there. Pens, socks, money clip with money (LOL)
spoons, my watch, mascara, catnip toys, lump of coupons paperclipped together, dead dragonfly, if he can pick it up it's fair game
Aug 26, 2013 8:45PM
Aug 26, 2013 8:33PM
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I think people misunderstand. 

Cats own everything. Everywhere. At all times. They merely let us borrow and/or use it until they want it, at which point it returns to being theirs and we forfeit all access to it.

This cat wasn't stealing. He was simply getting his stuff back from the people he lent it to.
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