'Bonkers' cat collects three gloves a day from homes in South Woodford

Mabel steals around three gloves a day.

Mabel lost her brother last year.

Mabel's haul.

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East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Wanstead & Woodford

A traumatised cat has turned to a life of crime after the disappearance of her beloved brother.

Jan Treacher, of Walpole Lane in South Woodford, has been left non-plussed by the behaviour of Mabel, who collects up to three gloves a day from surrounding homes.

The eccentric three-year-old moggy also recently chewed Ms Treacher’s Apple headphones, rendering them unusable, but bizarrely arrived the following day clutching a new pair. 

Ms Treacher, who is a teacher at Leytonstone School, believes her pet’s unusual behaviour has been caused by the disappearance of Mabel’s brother, Wilf, a year ago.

The 53-year-old said: “It has been going on and off for a year now but recently it has been up to three gloves a day, she is like a cat magpie.

“Her brother went missing a year ago and since then she has been erratic and it seems she is using this as a way of coping with the situation.

“Her vet thinks she is bonkers and I am horrified at the situation.

“I work in a school and I am trying to teach good morals so it is not good to have a criminal cat.

“She doesn't just steal gloves, a few months ago Mabel chewed through my iPhone headphones, and two hours later came back with some new ones to give me.

“I used to just throw the items away but lately I have thought that this is ridiculous and I need to get these items back to their owners.

“If anyone has noticed any missing gloves then do not hesitate in getting in touch.”

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1:20pm Thu 12 Jun 14

cynicalsue says...

'Ms Teacher, who is a teacher'. I think her name is Treacher. Sorry to spoil your future comedy career.
'Ms Teacher, who is a teacher'. I think her name is Treacher. Sorry to spoil your future comedy career. cynicalsue
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1:57pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

The victim has three hands?
The victim has three hands? Villagecranberry
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7:25am Fri 13 Jun 14

everoptimistic says...

The tale of 'Slinky Malinki' by Jan Dodds comes to mind.
The tale of 'Slinky Malinki' by Jan Dodds comes to mind. everoptimistic
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12:53pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Thunderbird4 says...

Ms. Treacher should show the cat a wallet.
Ms. Treacher should show the cat a wallet. Thunderbird4
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12:56pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Thunderbird4 says...

I thought it was the foxes that took my gardening gloves - maybe they are working together.
I thought it was the foxes that took my gardening gloves - maybe they are working together. Thunderbird4
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4:06pm Fri 13 Jun 14

jonny mash says...

That cat looks evil and intimidating and should be kept on a lead when being taken out for a walk (cat leads can be purchased from the Mister I saw you coming shop in Walthamstow Village). I bet it's the father of the Hitler cat's kittens:

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That cat looks evil and intimidating and should be kept on a lead when being taken out for a walk (cat leads can be purchased from the Mister I saw you coming shop in Walthamstow Village). I bet it's the father of the Hitler cat's kittens: http://www.guardian- series.co.uk/news/11 216539.Homes_sought_ for__Hitler_cat__kit tens/ jonny mash
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