Light-pawed Tigger wreaks havoc with the laundry
5:00AM Saturday August 02, 2008By Lincoln Tan
and Simon Collins
Tigger sitting pretty with his neighbourhood loot. Photo / Simon Baker
His light-pawed antics have made him a local celebrity, but not everyone is laughing about Timaru's cat burglar.
Tigger, the 12-year-old moggy with a penchant for nicking everything from soft toys to bed sheets, has been a source of amusement to most of his victims.
But one unidentified neighbourhood resident who has had several sets of gardening gloves disappear in Tigger's jaws is a whisker away from taking the law into her own hands.
She has threatened to trap Tigger and have him taken away, or even to seek legal action against his owner, Sharon Cumming, if the feline filching continues.
"I apologised and she was really quite rude," Ms Cumming told the Weekend Herald. "But I can't stop him. I've spoken to the vet and they say there is nothing that can be done. How can you be held accountable for what a cat does, short of locking him up for 24 hours?"
A worried Ms Cumming went to police, who "were in hysterics" at the claim she could be charged over her cat's actions.
"Most people think it is hilarious. Some I think are quite tickled pink that he has visited them and taken something."
Almost daily Tigger presents something to Ms Cumming. His deliveries include gloves, tea towels, shoes, baby clothes, underpants, balls and toys. Among his biggest hauls are a single bed sheet, a man's hooded sweatshirt and a woman's jersey.
"He hasn't brought any wallets, and everyone says I'm not training him right," Ms Cumming said `Anything is a target. It doesn't really matter what."
Ms Cumming washes and returns items to any owners she can find, but many possessions remain unclaimed.