I hate to say it, but the littlest of our 3 cats, Stormie-too (named after a previous much-loved cat), is a thief.
Although all 3 cats are doing very well with Noelle and seem to love her inspite of the usual toddler tortures, Stormie-too still has her reservations about the newest member of the Johnson household. She still shrinks somewhat from Noelle's aggressive advances, so I'm wondering if the reason that our kitty steals from our daughter is-- latent frustrations.
If we forget and leave a bottle nipple overnight in the dish rack, we undoubtedly find it the next morning in Stormie-too's bed (and we still have not recovered the one stolen last night). If one of Noelle's dirty socks isn't put away in a timely fashion, it gets dragged around the house as well. Other items have met the same fate. Then today when we came home from grocery shopping, the soft green washcloth that had been hanging over the tub after bath time was now in the living room floor.
You might think it unfair that I accuse Stormie-too of this heinous act, but I have a strong circumstantial case: the cat is always found at the scene of the crime. If the thievery continues, I will decide whether to press charges or look for a feline therapist.
This investigation is ongoing.