As summer comes to a close I am going to reluctantly say goodbye to one of my favorite things about it, wearing flip-flops and sandals. It seems I am not alone in my appreciation for these versatile shoes, but an adorable orange tabby cat in the Portland Oregon neighborhood of Montavilla may have a bigger collection than me.
Snorri the cat has earned the name ‘Klepto Kitty’ and is known as the neighborhood shoe-napper.
Snorri was adopted as a stray kitten by Gabrielle Hendel, who says he started bringing home small items, like sidewalk chalk, at first. Hendel tells the Huffington Post that she had no clue where the items were coming from. “It escalated to include kids toys, matchbooks, a leopard print towel, dog toys, rags, hats, socks, gloves and then finally shoes.”
Snorri’s hobby got a little out of hand and it prompted Hendel to outfit him with a cat collar camera to find out exactly where the shoes and other odd objects, like a monkey costume for baby, were coming from. The camera was paid for using a GoFundMe page and cat lovers from all over were more than happy to chip in so they could catch a glimpse of the cat burglar in action. Hendel was also desperate to return the stolen items to their rightful owners and hoped the camera would help.
“Snorri isn’t snobby about what he chooses to cat-nap, either. He’ll take everything from shoes, to hats, stuffed animals and even gardening gloves. His personal favorite, however, is definitely flip-flops.”
I have to admit, if I lived in the neighborhood I would probably be leaving my flip-flops out in hopes that Snorri would stop by for a visit.