Originally Posted by alwaysaangel
It was actually pretty useful - they'd been losing stuff (forks, pens, coins, etc.) and they were trying to figure out where it was all going. They figured it out one day when they heard her bell under the couch - moved the couch and found 75 pens (yes 75) about 10 dollars in change, and half their silverware.
This is a teeny tiny cat - I don't know how she manages to drag all that stuff off!
Lol...maybe she's part ferret (my ferret steals everything and hides 99% of it inside - not simply under - the couch). One of my cats (living with his mother and my ex-husband now) had an obsession with hiding things under area rugs. I have no idea how, but he managed to hide an impressive collection of straws and Q-tips under an 8'x10' area rug under our dining room table (not to mention all of the other rugs he stashed things under). I have no idea how he got things 4' under a rug securely weighted down on all sides by a very heavy estate dining table, but he did. We moved several times with him and always found the strangest things under rugs.
My ferret doesn't get too many opportunities to steal silverware, but he has a freakish obsession with my car keys, to the point of attacking my purse when he finds it zipped up, so he can't steal my keys. I have a rubbery Brian (from The Family Guy) keychain that he can't seem to resist (the only reason I'm using that keychain is because it's my spare; my other keys have gone missing, most likely stolen by him!).
As for collars, I live on the sixth floor of an apartment building, so people would have to open at least four doors for my kitty to get outside of the actual building. When we go anywhere, she wears her collar, but I generally prefer my cats naked. If I lived in a townhouse/SFH, I would insist on collars 24/7 for any escape artists, and I always keep a collar on when I'm outside (to go the vet, etc.), but I don't really like them. I just don't find it that hard to keep most cats inside. I don't like collars, and I know it's a personal preference. I think people who keep collars on their cats are doing them a service. However, like a previous poster, it interferes with my petting. I have generally lived in very rural areas on the east coast, so a cat escaping isn't really the end of the world (no real predators or roads, and most of my cats have been easily caught immediately after any sort of escape). If I lived in suburbia or an urban environment, I imagine I would be more concerned. Now, in the apartment, a lot of people would have to be involved to let my cat outside. The building promotes that it is cat-friendly, so I doubt any other tenants would just assume she was a stray that managed to make it through four different doors.
Edited to add: All my cats have been microchipped since they became available.