Most cats might bring a dead bird or mouse home to leave on their owner’s doorstep.
But one cat has picked up the strange habit of stealing workmen’s gloves with more than 30 collected in the last month alone.
Five-year-old tabby Chai amassed the impressive haul on her daily travels with owners Sam and Kira Mandon-Jones baffled by her thieving habits.
The couple believes that many of the gloves have simply been discarded in the area by workers in Aylesham, near Canterbury.
But they are still appealing for anyone who believes they may have lost a glove or two to get in touch.
Kira, who works as a Canterbury City Council product designer, said: “It started about a month ago.
“All of a sudden single gloves starting arriving on our patio.
“We’ve never seen her actually carrying one in her mouth but she always meows loudly to let us know she is back with one, and there’s no other way they could get there.
“There is a lot of building work going on around here, and we can only think she is finding them discarded on sites because they all look pretty worn.”
Sam, a business analyst, has a theory that Chai is trying to get their attention after they acquired a new dog.
He said: “It started happening about the same time and it’s the only reason we can think of.”
The couple took Chai in about four years ago after finding her at a rescue centre.
Kira said: “She had been stray before that, and that’s very much still her nature.”
“She’s certainly not a house cat and much prefers to be out most of the day, and often into the evening.
“We’re never quite sure when she’s going to turn up – she just does her own thing.”