Beautiful Palmerston North pussy loves bringing home neighbors stuff

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Belle from Palmerston North brought the toy llama home one day. Photo / Provided

Belle turned the cat door on her namesake.

While Belle in Beauty and the Beast has been taken prisoner, Palmerston North’s feline Belle collects clothes and shoes that don’t belong to her.

Belle lives at Gladys Pl in Kelvin Grove and her landlady Raylene Calder has gone public with Belle’s kleptomania in hopes of reuniting her neighbors with their property.

Belle is one of five siblings Calder has fostered for the SPCA. Belle, Lexi and Poppy are failures because Calder decided to keep them. Belle is her daughter Addison Hollins’ cat. When asked why she chose Belle, the 6-year-old replied “she was the cutest”.

The kittens and their mother were found in a park in Whanganui and the family began caring for them in November 2020.

The family left jandals at the front door and then found one at the cat door. Belle then switched to sticks and leaves and started bringing neighbors’ property home a few months ago.

Part of Lightfooted Beauty's loot.  Photo / Provided
Part of Lightfooted Beauty’s loot. Photo / Provided

His loot includes shoes, socks, cleaning rags, a pair of matching gardening gloves that arrived at different times, a toy llama, and a syringe-shaped pen. Somehow Belle squeezed half a pool noodle through the cat flap. She also leaves outside dog toys she found for the two puppies Calder is currently raising.

Belle was the first of the litter to escape, the first to climb the cat scratcher. “She was the one with the most character and the most mischievous.”

Belle is also fascinated by butterflies and one day chased one into the bathroom, hitting a ceramic vase that cracked the sink.

Although being adventurous is one of Belle’s traits, she isn’t too fond of strangers taking pictures of her or even saying hello. The 15-month-old kept a low profile during the Manawatū Guardian’s visit. “She’s looking for more stuff to put in her bag,” Addison said.

Belle doesn't mind eating Jess's food and sleeping in her bed.  Photo / Provided
Belle doesn’t mind eating Jess’s food and sleeping in her bed. Photo / Provided

Belle likes to sleep in Rhodesian Ridgeback Jess’s bed. Either they share or Belle takes it.

Belle also eats Jess’s food. The dog will just sit and watch while Belle finishes. Jess will then eat what’s left.

“He’s a big cat compared to his siblings – he’s a big tank,” says Calder.

Belle keeps a watchful eye on her patch.  Photo / Provided
Belle keeps a watchful eye on her patch. Photo / Provided

The charcoal-colored cat has a big personality and will oversee Calder’s gardening – not slouching in a flowerpot but perched on the ground around the plant, alert.

A neighbor spotted Belle carrying a newspaper in her driveway. One can only wonder what Belle will do when she sees his picture in the newspaper.

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