No, I’m not thinking along the lines of political correctness and the human rights for the burglar. I’m talking about the thief living right under your nose…the furry member of your family…that’s right your cat!
You may think that it’s the pet dog which is renowned for stealing objects – think again. As a kitten, Charley would steal pieces of my son’s Lego and although she’s grown out of stealing, Billie has not. Billie is a true cat burglar and has a taste for objects made of paper, cardboard and plastic. I’ve even caught her sneaking into the bathroom to steal my underwear – thank goodness it was freshly laundered!
My main concern with Billie’s stealing is the hazards of plastic, particularly as this seems to be her preferred material. Only recently she managed to squeeze through a tiny gap into a box and I found her running around the house with bubble wrap trailing after her. When I’m unpacking deliveries, she’s always there chewing on the cardboard and trying to remove plastic packaging. I’ve realised that I need to be extra vigilant in removing packaging as quickly as possible, as well as keeping a close eye on her when unpacking.
Plastic does seem to be an irresistible material for the cat burglar with Oliver of Katzenworld recently needing a trip to the vet after a very close encounter.
Of course, there are many more dangers which you may have not considered. The Home Safety Guide for Pet Owners by Expertise is an excellent resource in highlighting the dangers which lurk in the modern home for our pets.
What does your pet have a fetish for?