Klepto Loki dies, but Midget returns
By SVEN HERSELMAN Just weeks after the death of Loki, a Blenheim cat with kleptomaniac tendencies, another cat belonging to the same family was found after being missing for 16 months.
Loki became well known in Marlborough after several news stories reported on how he would steal items of clothing from neighbours on a near daily basis.
He even once stole a dog’s leash, and would sometimes steal items again after they were returned to their owners.
Mike Giffordsaid Loki was hit by a car and the family tried to nurse him back to health but he died last month.
Mike thinks the cat was hit during one of his night time burglary runs.
The Noble and Gifford house- hold were sad to loose their infamous cat burglar, but had reason to smile a few weeks later when their other cat, Midget, which had been missing for 16 months, turned up.
The 9- year- old black and white moggy had been a seventh birthday present for Kaley Noble.
He went missing after the family moved to Woodbourne.
They were all devastated and searched for months afterwards for Midget.
‘‘I used to also check Facebook sites to see if any of the pet rescue places had found him,’’ Kaley says.
An employee at Talley’s took Midget to the Marlborough SPCA and they posted a photo of him on their Facebook page.
It turns out the savvy feline had been spending much of his time hanging around the fac- tory.
Kaley’s mum Anne Noble says Midget was in surprisingly good condition, except for a cyst on his back.
Her partner Mike Gifford spotted the photo of Midget on the SPCA Facebook page and posted a photo of Kaley with the cat to the page to show that the cat was theirs.
‘‘ He has very unusual markings on his face so there was no doubt it was him; we were so excited to find him,’’ Anne says.
Even their pet dog Zoe was excited to see Midget again and greeted him like an old friend, Anne says.
The family have since moved to Rarangi and are keeping Midget indoors for a good while before slowly getting him used to his new surroundings.