He looks innocent, but Charlie is anything but innocent. As a matter of fact, we've learned he's a hoarder. His case is one that likely requires professional intervention. Last night, Julie left a pen unattended when she went upstairs. It's a good thing she did because what was found was nothing short of amazing.

It turns out that under the smallest of openings at the bottom of a very large, solid oak, entertainment center in our basement, Charlie was hiding a large amount of kitty loot. We discovered a large stash of the kinds of things that cats cherish and that we had provided to him over and over. Now we realize why he needed them so often.

Here's what the "loot" consisted of:

  • One child-size Army man
  • Cat wand
  • Facial tissue
  • Toy sock
  • Wal-Mart bag
  • Outlet protector
  • Plastic spider
  • Sea shell
  • 2 rubber bands
  • 2 ink pens
  • 2 treat toys
  • 2 dog finger toothbrushes
  • 2 stuffed snails
  • 5 dehydrated jalapeno peppers
  • 10 twist ties
  • 13 stuffed mice
  • 52 paper wads. Yes, 52!

This cat clearly has a problem. A problem that his older sister Caylie was glad to see has been revealed. She almost seemed not to know what to play with first. Charlie didn't have that problem.

Now that this cat caper has been solved, we're trying to decide our next steps in the fight against Charlie, who's clearly a kleptocat and feline hoarder. One that we love immensely.