Skip to comments.'Cat burglar': Neighbourhood moggy with a magnetic collar responsible for spate of missing keys
Posted on 12/11/2012 7:27:35 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
Then they discovered the culprit, a genuine cat burglar who had made off with more than 20 sets of house and car keys.
The neighbours discovered that Milo the neighbourhood moggy was stealing the keys attached to his magnetic collar.
The nine-year-old cat had been fitted with the collar to operate her cat flap and stop other cats sneaking into her home to steal her food.
But the collar was also picking up the keys along with its adventures to other peoples homes.
It was not until Kirsten Alexander, 27, spotted her pet coming through the cat flap with a set of someone else's keys dangling from her magnetic collar that the mystery was solved.
In the past five weeks, Milo's collar picked up at more than 20 sets house and car keys as she wandered from home to home through neighbour's catflaps in Stoke Newington, north east London.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
She said she had also found dozens of metal items scattered around her house, including nails, pins, screws and bolts.
It helps to actually read the article...
It could at least bring home a car to mommie dearest.
We have a cat door for our kitties. We’ve had a few uninvited visitors. One was a racoon who kept coming in for chow until she got too big & fat. I heard a ruckus down where the door is & looked out to see a racoon with a cat-door girdle. She’d gotten stuck & ended up pulling the whole thing out. She got the girdle off & went away & we didn’t see her again until the next year. She came back with three kits & sent THEM in to get chow. Smart mama!
I loathe raccoons.
"She said she had also found dozens of metal items scattered around her house, including nails, pins, screws and bolts."
It doesn’t make sense that a magnetic collar would suck the keys out of cars or doors.
What I think MAY explain it is that a number of neighbors have only one set of keys but two or more people who use them. Maybe one car shared by a husband and wife.
So when they bring the car home, they throw the keys on the floor behind the cat door or doggy door, where the other users can find it.
Kind of like hiding the front door key on top of a window, or inside a flower pot.
Not the best thing to do if burglars are around, but a lot of people do it anyway.
As an alternative explanation: Homeowner leaves keys on counter, hall table, etc.,; kitty enters through catflap, sees keys, jumps up to look at the shiny object, keys captured by magnetic collar.
I think kittehs are smarter than than people give them credit for. If they had their own IQ tests, I bet our fur balls would have IQ’s equal to Einstein.
(This post was written with the cat on my lap, btw)
Allways a good idea to flatter our feline masters.
Well a big ole iron meow to you.
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