New Delhi: A woman fed up of her cat's thieving ways decided to put up a sign of the pet's misdeeds so that her neighbors could retrieve their stolen belongings. The whole thing has gone far beyond the local neighbourhood and has made the kleptomaniac cat a minor celebrity.
The homemade sign hilariously reads: “MY CAT IS A THIEF" next to it is a small clothesline with numerous gloves and a face mask all allegedly stolen by Esme, her black cat.
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Kate Felmet of Beaverton, Oregon, told local news station KOIN that she put up a sign drawn with Esme biting into a glove - as she was flustered by her pet's theiving ways and wanted to let her neighbours know that her cat was a kleptomaniac.
The sign has gone viral on social media, and it has sort of worked a little bit. “People come by and mostly take pictures, but we had the school bus drive by and take a few pairs of gloves,” Felmet told KOIN.
Experts belive that cats may simply be acting on an instinct called “prey-retrieval”. In some cases it may just include inanimate objects which they take to a safe place. But it’s also possible that these cats are intentionally bringing home gifts for their human family as a “compliment”.