VIDEO: The kleptomaniac cat steals the foam study numbers next door

Maybe he’s trying to tell me something! ‘Kleptomaniac’ cat burglar named Merlin repeatedly steals the neighbour’s kid’s foam study numbers – so the owner vows to use them for the lottery

  • Jay Parkinson said his cat Merlin regularly steals foam numbers from next door
  • 6-year-old tuxedo cat loves the neighbor’s numbered study mat
  • Footage shows the cat with the bounty crossing the border fence
  • Mr Parkinson said he was considering using the numbers chosen for the lottery

This ‘kleptomaniac’ cat keeps stealing foam numbers from a neighbour’s kid – so its owner has vowed to use them for the next lottery draw.

Jay Parkinson noticed five months ago that his six-year-old tuxedo cat, Merlin, was carrying a long foam whistle into his garden and assumed it was a one-off from his quirky kitty.

However, Mr Parkinson was walking in the garden a week ago and found four large foam numbers on a child’s study mat when he realized his ‘klepto-kitten’ was chewing the numbers whenever he had the chance.

Jay Parkinson, 26, pictured with his cat Merlin, left, said the pet regularly steals foam numbers from his neighbor's garden and brings them home

Jay Parkinson, 26, pictured with his cat Merlin, left, said the pet regularly steals foam numbers from his neighbor’s garden and brings them home

Video footage caught Merlin stealing the numbers next door from a child's foam study mat

Video footage caught Merlin stealing the numbers next door from a child’s foam study mat

But no matter how many times the numbers are returned over the fence, the cat keeps stealing them

But no matter how many times the numbers are returned over the fence, the cat keeps stealing them

Hilarious footage shows Merlin returning from a series of raids on the garden next door with a variety of large foam numbers and proudly placing them on the patio.

The furry thief sneaks along the garden fence with a big foam five between his teeth and lies next to his collection of spongy loot. Mr Parkinson, 26, said that after being stunned when the numbers first emerged, he quickly realized his pet kitten was the culprit and that he clearly had a penchant for pinching things.

Mr Parkinson, from Bournemouth, Dorset, said: “In all he’s taken 13 numbers, some of them more than once – he’s a kleptomaniac.

“I was a bit confused as to where they came from. “At first I didn’t think it was the cat and that maybe someone had tried to break into the house and left these weird foam numbers there – then I thought, ‘That must be Merlin, it can’t be anyone else’.

“I just pushed her over the fence for the neighbors but he brought her back just as quickly as I put her down.

“He’s always very proud when he delivers them – like he’s saying, ‘This is for you.’

“We lock him up at night so once he was out he got to work quickly – I let him out at 7am and by 9am there were four big numbers in the garden.

“He probably spotted her the night before and thought about pinching her all night.”

Mr Parkinson said he has started playing the national lottery and is considering using the numbers that are chosen by Merlin each week

Mr Parkinson said he has started playing the national lottery and is considering using the numbers that are chosen by Merlin each week

Mr Parkinson said he has been playing the National Lottery since last year and is now tempted to take Merlin’s digits as ‘signs’ and use them for his lottery numbers.

He said: “I started playing the lottery during lockdown so I’ll have to try some of the numbers he brought with him this week.

“Maybe that’s the way it’s meant to be. After all, the lottery is run by Camelot, so maybe Merlin is trying to tell me something.”

Mr Parkinson, a marketing director, said that while repeatedly giving his neighbors the numbers was not how he expected to spend his Sunday, it was better than what most cats usually bring to the garden .

He added: “I’d much rather foam numbers than anything else a cat normally brings in.

“It’s usually mice and robins, and the numbers are a lot easier to clean up, too.”

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Emma Colton

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