Some cats have a nasty habit of bringing dead mice into the house but this naughty pet enjoys turning up with cuddly toys.
Frankie has his owner in a flap – after bringing home 35 teddies and fluffy animals in the last year.
Julie Bishop reckons the two-year-old is swiping the toys from homes in the neighbourhood but she cannot think why or how he does it.
The 52-year-old is feeling so guilty, she has plastered her town with posters to try to trace the owners.
‘He’s been going out of the house and coming back with all these toys for pretty much as long as he’s been allowed out,’ said Ms Bishop.
‘Frankie looks very pleased with himself when he comes in with these presents. Sometimes he goes out and ten minutes later he’s back with something.
‘They’re all soft toys for cats I think, although I could be wrong. About 15 of them are all the same leopard.’
The mother of two, from Swindon, said Frankie does not play with any of the toys but just dumps them down in the living room. In the past year alone his haul has included teddy bears, cuddly leopards and giant squeaky beefburgers.
And it’s unlikely someone is giving the toys to him – the cat burglar has also come home with a range of old socks, nappy sacks, half-eaten beefburgers and chips – as well as the traditional dead mice and birds.
Two weeks ago he even stole two green witch’s heads, presumably from a recent Hallowe’en party.
Ms Bishop, who lives with her partner Gary Witts, 47, said: ‘It’s a complete mystery where these toys are coming from.’
‘I think he must be sneaking in through people’s cat flaps and then taking the cuddly toys and animals. Frankie is quite independent and comes in and out of the cat flap all through the day and night.
‘He’s quite a friendly cat and likes to sleep on your shoulder, although he lets you know if he wants to be on his own.
‘But I’d be interested to find out what’s happening when he goes out.’