Cat’s footwear fetish sparks hunt for shoe owners
IT all started with a neighbour's thong for Toby, the chocolate Burmese.
Ferny Grove cat owner Anne was putting on a load of washing when Toby (named after the chocolate bar Toblerone) left his first catch in the middle of the lounge.
"I was walking down the stairs and thought 'what's that?'," she said.
"Then the phone rang and my neighbour asked if I'd seen her thong. And I said 'yes, it's on my loungeroom floor'."
On another occasion, a friend popped over to see Anne, and Toby made a beeline for her feet.
"He walked in and tried to remove the thong from her foot," she said.
"Then he bought in a man's thong, and while I was yelling at him and ringing around the neighbours to find out whose it was - he went back and got the other one."
Now that the tally's up to 16 shoes (including some pairs), Anne put the lost footwear online in the hope their owners might recognise them.
"I've managed to repatriate four of them," she said.
Thongs are Toby's shoe of choice, although he's also quite partial to Crocs and a ladies slip-on.
"There are a pair of court shoes that are my size but not my style," Anne said.
"Then on Saturday, he bought in a single glittery green thong from Target. Size 5."
Toby is locked in at night, but is allowed outside during the day, although Anne isn't sure where he's sourcing his footwear from.
She suspects people living around Leckmy, Kirikee, and Cabragh St might own the footwear he's sourced.
"I've got a cat flap and if he's got the position right, he can get them inside," she said.
"He struggles to get it through and when he does, he places it on the floor and he looks at me. He looks so proud of himself."
Recognise any of these shoes? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to be reunited with your footwear.