Missing A Sock Or Some Underwear? This Cat Probably Stole It

Brigit has swiped a dozen pairs of undies and almost 50 socks from her neighborhood.

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This isn't everything that Brigit has taken. Not even close. Via Sarah Nathan/Facebook
This isn't everything that Brigit has taken. Not even close. Via Sarah Nathan/Facebook

The residents of one New Zealand neighborhood might need to apologize to their washing machines. If they’ve recently accused their appliances of eating their socks or underwear, then they definitely need to say “I’m sorry,” because a cat named Brigit was probably to blame. 

Sarah Nathan’s 6-year-old Tonkinese cat has stolen so many socks — and so many pairs of boxer briefs — that she’s started leaving letters in her neighbors’ mailboxes.

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“It’s an absolute obsession,” Nathan told the New Zealand Herald. “A night does not go by without her bringing things home. I got up this morning and there were another four socks in the house.”

Brigit, posing proudly with her collection of socks and undies. Via Sarah Nathan/Facebook

Brigit, posing proudly with her collection of socks and undies. Via Sarah Nathan/Facebook

Brigit has been stealing the neighbors’ unmentionables for the past two months, and has accumulated a collection of almost a dozen pairs of underpants (“It’s all men’s,” Nathan said. “She’s got really specific taste.”) and close to 50 socks. Nathan said that she is soon moving to the country, but before she goes, she wants to return Brigit’s haul to their rightful owners. She has posted flyers and has written about it on Facebook, in the hopes that someone — or a lot of someones — will come forward to claim their assorted socks or underwear.

“I feel so bad about it,” she said. “Someone is spending a fortune on underwear.”

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  • My Sam Sam ( a siamese) is my laundry thief ! We had to buy a taller laundry basket. But the other day, he found my sleeping shirt on the bed, and dragged it into the living room, then my sock!

    Kimberley Whalen March 22, 2016 2:13 pm Reply
    • Ann, well said!!! If the worst thing that happens to you is that an adorable, beautiful little angel “steals” your underwear, then consider yourself one of the luckiest people on earth!!

      Heather April 6, 2016 7:57 am Reply
    • Kimberly, most cats are extremely intelligent, and Siamese are some of the very smartest. Sam Sam sounds like a very clever and delightful little angel!

      Heather April 6, 2016 7:59 am Reply
  • How about keeping your cat indoors for her own safety first and then for the underwear belonging to others?

    CAROL ADLER April 6, 2016 3:53 am Reply
    • I absolutely agree! Pets need to be kept indoors or outside on a leash under your control!

      Sharon April 6, 2016 4:28 am Reply
    • That’s a personal opinion. There are many studies that indicate some cats need to be let outside. Not your call in any way, shape, or form. This was meant to be a cute story not an opportunity to judge others.

      Dianna April 6, 2016 7:55 am Reply
      • Couldn’t agree with you more! This wasn’t a “judgmental” story, it merely was to brighten up one’s day and show just how clever she is! My cat IS an inside cat but it was her choice 7 years ago!

        Lin Kimberley April 6, 2016 11:46 pm Reply
    • I also agree. Kitties can be attacked by other animals, run over by a car, etc. So much safer to keep them indoors unless a pet parent can be with them while they are outside. (Dianna, not a judgement, just a suggestion.)

      Elizabeth April 6, 2016 10:54 am Reply
  • Don’t feel too bad. I had a dog that stole all and any dog bowls and shoes/boots left on my neighbors porches! 🙂

    Shelly Logan April 6, 2016 3:59 am Reply
  • Keeping pets indoors will prevent any problems – and be safer for the pet, too!!

    Sharon April 6, 2016 4:27 am Reply
    • YES KEEPING THE CAT IN WOULD HELP. LETTING A CAT OUT DURING THE DAY FOR A LITTLE WHILE IS ONE THING, BUT NEVER AT NITE. THAT IS WHEN REALLY REALLY BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO A CAT. IF YOU LIVE IN A CALM AREA WITH NO REAL DANGER LETTING A CAT OUT DURING THE DAY IS REALLY GOOD FOR THE CAT. IT IS SO SAD TO KNOW A CAT NEVER GETS TO GO OUTSIDE. JUST SO NOT NATURAL FOR THE CAT. THEY LIVE MISERABLE LIVES. NIGHT TIME THO. SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN.

      ANNA CATE April 6, 2016 7:40 am Reply
      • There is nothing wrong with keeping cats indoors all the time it is far better for them to be indoors! Cats whoa re outside have an average life span of about 5 years indoor cats can live to be 14 to 16 or more years old!

        ML April 6, 2016 7:58 am Reply
        • I have two cats and they are allowed on the porch outside of my sliding glass door, though I have a privacy fence up with netting over the top so they are not going any where but can still enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. They love it.

          Sandi April 6, 2016 1:44 pm Reply
          • Oh, I forgot to mention, my Siamese is 16 and my Tuxedo is 18 🙂

            Sandi April 6, 2016 1:46 pm Reply
  • Of couse she took them. Look at the brand name on the undies! She thought they were hes!

    Jan April 6, 2016 5:15 am Reply
    • Jan, that is funny.

      LadySirella April 6, 2016 4:28 pm Reply
  • When we were living in Winnetka CA in the mid 80s Spunky used to bring us men’s socks????

    Andi April 6, 2016 5:42 am Reply
  • That is FUNNY! She is one great little kitty!

    J. David Scott April 6, 2016 6:58 am Reply
  • Had a dog that stole a loaf of bread from delivery man at store, brought it home intact, no punctures, & presented it to my mother. We would find neighbor’s shoes perfectly lined up outside door on occasion.She was in Irish Setter, beautiful dog & very smart.

    ann elliott April 6, 2016 7:17 am Reply
  • Oh, I wish I could undo my thumbs down. Totally an accident. You pet lovers that advise keeping animals indoors… that’s your opinion. Imagine yourself a cat, stuck within the confines of a house for your LIFETIME. Never to roll in the grass, hunt mousies in the flower beds, drink from a puddle after a rain, jump after a bird, enjoy a delicious breeze on a hot day, run pellmell outside JUST because it’s fun… .

    If your problem is an undies stealing thief… I think most offended parties would laugh. If it is concern for the welfare of your pet: we all have to make that decision. Some animals simply MUST have their outdoor time. We ALL take risks in our lives, every day. So while some creatures are content to stay indoors, others MUST express their freedom.

    Just like people. Please stop judging.

    DGP April 6, 2016 7:30 am Reply
    • DGP ~ Your comment is so spot on! I have two rescue cats. My girl cat is content to lounge in the window but my boy cat wants to be outside as much as he can. Because I had to sign a contract saying the cats could never be outside cats, and my boy cat kept escaping, my friend built them a catio. My boy cat loves to be outside all day in the catio. He still wants to be “free” occasionally though so we let him roam, supervised, out in the enclosed backyard every now and again. He no longer tries to escape. He sits by the door letting us know he wants to go to the catio. Some cats are content to never go outside, but others need their outside time to be happy. Each cat personality is different, just like people.

      BJ April 6, 2016 8:04 am Reply
    • DGP: You’re so right. We took in a kitty during an ice storm and she thanked us by having SIX kittens hours later 🙂 We we able to get homes for two, but we kept MommaBear and her four babies. Out of those four, Rambo was Hell on Four Feet. Broke down every barrier we erected for their safety. Totally fearless. We had to race him to ANY door we were trying to leave from. Just him.

      One day he got out and the worst happened. I’ll NEVER forgive myself, but on the other hand that was his thing – OUTSIDE! MommaBear and his three siblings enjoy the catio we made for their outside experience, but never him. So, yes, some animals MUST be outside. Every day I wish it were different.

      KatWrangler April 6, 2016 11:13 am Reply
    • While there maybe predators etc in other countries in NZ the worst a cat will contend with here at night is another cat. My 15 year old cat has always come and gone as he pleases. Cats need fresh air and sunshine to thrive. So many diseases are, if not caused then are exacerbated by our animals living unnatural lives. I think this is a lovely story and am saddened that the holier than though folk feel they need to turn it into a way to judge others.

      Amanda April 6, 2016 1:38 pm Reply
  • I use to have a Siamese (in the 80’s) who liked to bring me dead(or 1/2 dead) mice and leave them under my bed(a snack for me?). I would have much preferred undies and socks….there’s nothing like reaching under your bed for your slippers and grapping a deceased mouse.
    I agree with the people who say all cats are individuals and you must treat them as such. Bobbie(the mouse gifter) liked to go out; we rescued a kitten off the road and she preferred her “outside” to be a window sill unless we were with her. Even when we took her out, she never wanted to stay out long.

    Michelle April 6, 2016 8:20 am Reply
  • trop marrant morte de rire !

    florence April 6, 2016 9:32 am Reply
  • Catio is the way to go, so they get to go outside and stay safe.They can be built by someone who is handy. It doesn’t need to cost a lot of money. I’m in cat rescue and we don’t adopt to anyone that lets them go outdoors.Would you let your child out to wander with no one watching. We see cats dead on the road all the time. Cats bring home fleas, ticks, parasites and ringworm. There are many passionate bird lovers that hate cats as well as teenagers that can be cruel. Especially on Holloween. If you are a guardian to these wonderful animals think twice. When your animal doesn’t return home one day you will never know what happened. You might not want to know.

    debbie April 6, 2016 9:38 am Reply
  • I had a Sealpoint Siamese for 19 years…. I trained her to stay in our backyard only, during the day. She did so too! Very smart…. but a neighbors big cat came into our yard and as you all know cats are very territorial so they fought… I was so scared my cat would be injured but she tore up the other cat, fur everywhere…. After my cat calmed down I was able to look her over and she hadn’t a scratch on her. I still don’t like to see cat fights so I bought a large cage for dogs and put in in the backyard on the grass and she loved it! I covered the top with chicken wire so there’s no way she can get out nor any other cat in…….. It worked so well that when we moved to another part of the city, I added the cage to our master bedroom window with no screen and made a plateform in it with a hanging toy……… my other cat lived to be 18 and he loved that cage…. All I had to do is open the bedroom window a few inches for him to go our and he would lay in on the platform, smell the air, play with his toy, then go down on the ground and sleep in the dirt, and some grass…… he loved it and he could go in and out when he felt like it when the weather was nice. When it was too hot or cold out I would keep the window shut and would let him out when he would go to it and meow, pawing the window lightly…. I would let him out… then shut the window and check now and then if he was ready to come in. He would look in the window and meow…… as if to say “hey, let me in!” lol

    BOB April 6, 2016 10:24 am Reply
  • Brigit’s cat burglary reminds me of Dusty, the Klepto Kitty from San Mateo CA. Dusty is a Snowshoe Sealpoint – of course with Siamese roots. My cousin’s Emily and Ginger love fabrics, so I’m guessing this is a Siamese thing?
    This is too funny and you have to love it when our companions do weird and not-serious mischief <3

    KatWrangler April 6, 2016 11:05 am Reply
  • The little Tonkenise is beautiful and smart! I love the story! It is precious! I have cats that grab my socks, bedroom shoes etc. and run with them when I am picking them up! It is just their thing and it is funny and their way of letting you know that they love you and have brought you a surprise!

    Gailyn April 6, 2016 12:21 pm Reply
  • If you think your cat just can’t live without being outside, build an enclosure like a bird aviary, where they can run and climb and play outside, but still be protected. Letting them roam the neighborhood is irresponsible. As a veterinarian, I agree with the huge difference in life spans of indoor vs outdoor cats.

    Sharon R April 6, 2016 1:20 pm Reply
  • My manx cat Oliver has never set foot outside the house – doesn’t seem to have the desire to go out. When I take him out during the summer to sit on my lap he struggles to go back inside. We have coyotes in this area and many neighbor cats have made a tasty snack for them. Outdoor cats also have a dramatic affect on the bird population. It breaks my heart when I see a cat killed on the road. That being said it is a free country and you can do as you see fit.

    Oliver is into twist ties. cell phone charger cords, tissue paper and anything with tape on it

    Marc April 6, 2016 1:39 pm Reply
  • I love it — this is one busy cat — all in a day’s work — we all have things to do — I love this sweetie Brigitte.

    MS April 6, 2016 2:19 pm Reply
  • Adorable story. I actually meant thumbs UP not thumbs down. Sorry for the confusion.

    Kaycee April 6, 2016 8:10 pm Reply
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