Family's Cat Is A Neighborhood Klepto!

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It all started with a glove. “I went into my bedroom about two years ago and there was a piece of glove on my bed,” recalls Jean Chu of San Mateo, Calif. “I yelled at my husband for leaving it there, and he said, ‘I think the cat brought it in.’ ” From then on, the couple and their two daughters — whose cat Dusty, then 1, liked to sneak out at night — noticed all sorts of random items popping up around their home: towels, underwear, pool toys and even a tiny baseball mitt.For a while, we just got rid of it,

But then I noticed a story on a blog about another cat who stole from his neighbors, so I decided to save it all.” Now, Chu records Dusty’s findings in a date book, and brings some of the more extraordinary items to her dental office. “My patients love seeing what he’s taken,” Chu says. “It’s always, ‘What did he get this time?’ “

You name it, Dusty has probably dragged it home. “The funniest was a bra, size 38D,” recalls Chu. “But he’s taken pieces of balloons, sponges, carwash mitts, soccer shoes, a pair of flippers for scuba diving, and a children’s birthday party goodie bag. Even swimsuits — at least five or six kids’ suits and five pairs of board shorts.” Recently, a neighbor caught on to Dusty’s ploy, and politely asked for her things back. “My husband found a bikini top on a Thursday night about four weeks ago,” Chu says. “Then the next morning, we found the bottom. I couldn’t wait to bring it to the office.” But as it turns out, the neighbor had washed her suit and hung it out to dry — and Dusty happened to snatch it up before she could put it away. “I’ve gone to our neighbors before asking if any of these items belong to them, so when something goes missing from their yards, they usually know who to call,” Chu laughs.

Surprisingly, Dusty doesn’t like to play with any of the gear he steals. “He leaves everything on the front step,” says Chu. “I try to get him to play with it, but he doesn’t show much interest.” And funnily enough, she’s only seen her cat in action once. “It was late at night, and I was out front,” she recalls. “He has a bell, so I heard him coming, and lo and behold, he was carrying a glove.” Dusty goes in and out of the family’s home through a doggie door, despite their early efforts to make him an inside cat. “After that first taste of the outdoors about two years ago, there was no keeping him inside,” says Chu.

Calling Dusty a “sweet, affectionate” cat, Chu says she doesn’t worry about his antics, though she does fret a bit about Dusty’s habit rubbing off on the family’s new kitten. “We’re trying to keep her inside,” she laughs. “Time will tell if she ends up like Dusty!”

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Family's Cat Is A Neighborhood Klepto!

cat steel

It all started with a glove. “I went into my bedroom about two years ago and there was a piece of glove on my bed,” recalls Jean Chu of San Mateo, Calif. “I yelled at my husband for leaving it there, and he said, ‘I think the cat brought it in.’ ” From then on, the couple and their two daughters — whose cat Dusty, then 1, liked to sneak out at night — noticed all sorts of random items popping up around their home: towels, underwear, pool toys and even a tiny baseball mitt.For a while, we just got rid of it,

But then I noticed a story on a blog about another cat who stole from his neighbors, so I decided to save it all.” Now, Chu records Dusty’s findings in a date book, and brings some of the more extraordinary items to her dental office. “My patients love seeing what he’s taken,” Chu says. “It’s always, ‘What did he get this time?’ “

You name it, Dusty has probably dragged it home. “The funniest was a bra, size 38D,” recalls Chu. “But he’s taken pieces of balloons, sponges, carwash mitts, soccer shoes, a pair of flippers for scuba diving, and a children’s birthday party goodie bag. Even swimsuits — at least five or six kids’ suits and five pairs of board shorts.” Recently, a neighbor caught on to Dusty’s ploy, and politely asked for her things back. “My husband found a bikini top on a Thursday night about four weeks ago,” Chu says. “Then the next morning, we found the bottom. I couldn’t wait to bring it to the office.” But as it turns out, the neighbor had washed her suit and hung it out to dry — and Dusty happened to snatch it up before she could put it away. “I’ve gone to our neighbors before asking if any of these items belong to them, so when something goes missing from their yards, they usually know who to call,” Chu laughs.

Surprisingly, Dusty doesn’t like to play with any of the gear he steals. “He leaves everything on the front step,” says Chu. “I try to get him to play with it, but he doesn’t show much interest.” And funnily enough, she’s only seen her cat in action once. “It was late at night, and I was out front,” she recalls. “He has a bell, so I heard him coming, and lo and behold, he was carrying a glove.” Dusty goes in and out of the family’s home through a doggie door, despite their early efforts to make him an inside cat. “After that first taste of the outdoors about two years ago, there was no keeping him inside,” says Chu.

Calling Dusty a “sweet, affectionate” cat, Chu says she doesn’t worry about his antics, though she does fret a bit about Dusty’s habit rubbing off on the family’s new kitten. “We’re trying to keep her inside,” she laughs. “Time will tell if she ends up like Dusty!”

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Is Caterack The Cat 30 Years Old ?

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Way back in 1979, Alisa Morris adopted a 5-week-old feral kitten born near her mother’s house. Thirty years later, Caterack the cat is still kicking, reports People Pets.

When Caterack was born, Jimmy Carter was president and the Village People’s “YMCA” had just debuted on the charts. Five presidents and loads of bad songs later, the 30-year-old indoor cat — that’s 137 in cat years — is starting to show her age. She doesn’t hear so well these days, and she’s been blind in her left eye her entire life. But she still gets around. Caterack likes to dance to loud music on the stereo and comes running whenever the vacuum cleaner is on, Morris tells People Pets.

There must be something about the Lone Star state that breeds long-lived kitties. Caterack lives with Morris and her husband in Midlothian, Texas. The oldest cat ever recorded, according to the Guinness World Records, was Creme Puff, who hailed from Austin, Texas. Creme Puff died in 2005, three days after her 38th birthday.
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Eggscruciating! Roberta The Hen Dies After Laying Enormous Egg

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When Chris Schauerman ventured into his chicken coop, the last thing he expected to find was this monster-sized egg.The farmer, from Honeyoye Falls in upstate New York, was stunned to discover the giant, which weighs in at 138g, nestled among the hay. The average hen egg weighs between 35g and 77g.

I just couldn’t believe it. You open up the chicken coop and sitting inside the nest with five other eggs is just this behemoth,’ he said.But the discovery was bittersweet for Mr Schauerman – Roberta, the chicken who had laid the egg, died a few hours afterwards.

‘I came up to the chicken and I nudged her. She was barely able to pick her head up before it fell back down to the ground,’ he said.Mr Schauerman went on: ‘I was pretty excited when I saw it but also kind of sad because I knew the chicken put forth its last effort to give this egg.’The egg – christened Little Roberta – is now destined for an omelette of immense proportions.

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Miraculous Escape For Duck Shot Through The Head With Nail Gun

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A duck had to undergo emergency surgery after surviving for several days with a 4in nail embedded in its skull.The bird, called Tully by vets, had been shot through the head with a nail gun.But it took rescuers three days to capture the creature, who had the nail sticking out from both sides of its head.

The duck was then rushed for emergency surgery at a vets in Devon Meadows, Victoria, in Australia.
After giving Tully an anaesthetic, vets were able to remove the nail which had pierced his head just 4mm from an eye.Nigel Williamson, 43, from Australian Animal Rescue, was eventually able to catch him after a concerned member of the public raised the alarm.

He said: ‘Before trying to capture him I watched the duck to see what the situation was and he was just waddling around feeding, swimming and doing everything a duck should be doing with this nail in his head.’He didn’t seem bothered about it at all but in his healthy state it meant he was still very hard to get hold of.’When we got him to the vets we found it had missed all the vital organs including his brain. We were able to get it out in about 15 minutes.
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