The Case of the Hand Towel Chomper: Solved

On Monday, we shared some details on our current open mystery, The Case of the Hand Towel Chomper. It was a real doozy – one that had left us scratching our heads. However, we are happy to announce that the case has been closed! Before we reveal the perpetrator, let’s take one last look at the evidence…

The following hand towel (henceforth known as Exhibit A) was recently found on the kitchen counter with a hole eaten out of it.

The Case of the Hand Towel Chomper
Exhibit A

It was first suspected that Husband was responsible, either due to an accident or lack of laundry skills. Upon closer inspection, however, it became obvious that this crime was more purposeful and was committed by someone with sharp teeth.

The Case of the Hand Towel Chomper

But who, and WHY?!

We had no leads, so we reached out to you, our furiends and readers, for help. Several left comments on our tip-line, and we recorded a tally of who you all suspected to be responsible for the defiled hand towel.

Delilah – 1
Sampson – 2
Sophie – 1
Sassy – 1
Caster – 4
Kylo Ren – 2
Lucy – 6
Jubilee & Sydney – 4

As you can see, Lucy was a prime suspect, with Jubilee & Sydney also highly questioned. After further investigations though, both parties were cleared from suspicion. Lucy is not a chewer (not even on bones), and Jubilee & Sydney, though they had motive (the towel would make a good addition to their nest, as The Swiss Cats suggested), they had no opportunity. As always, Caster was brought into questioning since he is usually the guilty party, but he had a solid alibi. This left us with just a few more suspects. That’s when it hit us!

One of our dear kitties can’t resist used paper towels/napkins/toilet paper/any paper product that may have something tasty on it. This hooligan has such an obsession with used paper products, that we have to hide the bathroom trash cans in the closets, and we can’t leave soiled paper towels or napkins out on the counter for even a second – or else he will eat them. We realized that Exhibit A (as well as two other hand towels AND a t-shirt found at earlier dates) had been used and potentially had food particles on them. It sure seemed like the aforementioned kitty had graduated from paper products and moved onto textiles!!! Our suspicions were confirmed when he was caught in the act.

So who is this cat with such a strange fetish? None other than…

Sampson - The Hand Towel Chomper: Solved
The Notorious Hand Towel Chomper


He doesn’t even look ashamed. That’s because he’s not.

ConCATulations to Susan from Saddle Seeks Horse! She was the first to suspect sweet Sampy. Honorable mention goes to Rebekah, Sophie’s foster mom. You guys are KCC Super Sleuths!

KCC Super Sleuth Badge

Thanks to everyone for your assistance in closing the Case of the Hand Towel Chomper. We couldn’t have done it without you. Now, we will await the next unsolved mystery, as it is always inevitable.

By Emily


  1. Reply


    I never would have guessed! My human has not lived with a dog that didn’t chew. Well, she has only lived with one anyway – her boyfriend’s.

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    Lone Star Cats

    Sampson – ya look so innocent!

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    Random Felines

    dood – towels??? not good…. 🙂

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    da tabbies o trout towne

    busted dood…..well, everee onez got ther thing huh…me, tuna, eye am big inta lectriss a tee
    if therz a cord, itz got me name written all over it; even stove knobz…therz lotz oh stuff round TT thatz KNOT plugged in any mor ~~~ 🙂

    heerz two a king oh de herringz kinda week oh end guys~~~~~~~~ ♥♥♥

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    Brian Frum

    Hey Sampy, have a chomp filled weekend pal!

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    I’m happy to hear this case has been solved! How funny about Sampson not being ashamed. Well, he is a cat. What does one expect? Certainly not remorse or repentance. This was such a fun post!

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    I was wrong again…I didn’t imagine it would be you, Sampson! You are gorgeous and weird kitty, haha 🙂 Are paper products and towels the secret for your gorgeousness?

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    Kitties Blue

    Sampson, Astrid is astounded! She absolutely cannot believe you were such a bad boy! Nonetheless, she still gives you props and sends you a bajillion smooches and all her love. You are so super handsome. We send love to all! XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

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    Hairballs and Hissyfits

    Sampson has clearly mastered the innocent look!

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    UHOH……..Astrid does NOT sound happy that her Sampy is a towel-muncher!!!!

    Hugs, Angel Sammy

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    Erin the cat (Princess)

    I was rooting for you to be innocent, Sampson, but at least you carried it off with true TUX aplomb and a winning smile. Now who else could do that. MOL

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    Caren Gittleman

    SAMPSON???!!!!!!! I NEVER would have guessed him!!! Well done to the correct guessers!!

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    The Swiss Cats

    Sampson ? Really ? We wouldn’t have guessed ! Purrs

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    The Island Cats

    Oh Sampson! We never would have guessed it was you.

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    Ellen Pilch

    Awww…he looks so innocent.

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    Melissa & Mudpie

    “I was framed!!!”

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    The fame clearly hasn’t gone to your head Sampson, you look very sedate basking in your notoriety! ;p

    the critters in the cottage xo

    P.S. Kylo Ren , next time try harder to be at the centre of an unsolved mystery…after all, you ARE the youngest kitty and as such, should be a menace!

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    But Sampson looks so innocent!

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    Three Chatty Cats

    Sampson! Have you been framed? Was it really you?!?

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    Oh Sammy! I hope that you enjoyed your mischief. That towel will never be able to look at you the same way. MOL

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    me yes meeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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