Oregon mom pulls out cat as neighborhood thief
Masks. Gloves. Spiderman knee pads. Scraps of fabric. A camera. A taxidermy bat.
These are just a few of the items Kate Felmet’s cat, Esme, has stolen from her neighbors over the past two years.
Since Felmet adopted Esme, the feline has used her picking tendencies and has come home with all kinds of gifts for her family. When she was an indoor cat, Esme started out small and carried scraps of fabric and doll clothes around the house. During her first adventures in the outside world, she graduated in recycling plastic bags and pieces of paper.
Over time, Esme’s hunts became more advanced and she began to organize specific items. As the pandemic began, she began bringing back timely items for her family, including many face masks. One by one, she was collecting masks of all kinds around the neighborhood, at one point bringing home 11 masks in a single day.
“I’m an intensive care doctor, so we were concerned for my safety, but it seems like she has some sort of weird ability to bring in things that have to do with what we’re doing at the time,” Felmet, 50 years old, says TODAY.
For example, when Felmet was painting his daughter’s bedroom, Esme would bring back rolls of duct tape and paint roller covers. Another time, while making Halloween costumes for her children, Esme brought home three different lengths of fabric. to help build clothes.
Esme took a brief break from her scavenger hunts during the rainy winter, picking up once spring broke and Felmet started gardening. Being the caring cat that she is, Esme started stealing gardening gloves, bringing back one glove at a time, but always matching pairs.
After committing his “petty” crimes in his neighborhood for a year, Felmet finally posted a sign in his yard and confessed to his cat’s tendencies. Beside a clothesline littered with pairs of stolen gloves and masks, Felmet displayed a sign with a picture of Esme wearing a single glove in her mouth, saying, “My cat is a thief. Please take these items if they belong to you. “