She's about 12 years old and has always picked up socks and brought them downstairs with a loud meeow but she's doing it more often and more loudly now. (I wouldn't mind but she never managers to pick a pair).
Could this be a bid for attention ? (Had 2nd child 5 motnhs ago)
tabitha, my old cat, used to do exactly the same thing, but it was bras and knickers - she'd hid them right under the bed - her favourite was to take them from the dirty washing pile - took me about six months to work out that blaming my flatmate was completely out of order
WWB - think you're right about the maternal instinct. It's just so comical when she comes bounding into the living room and loudly meeows as she drops a sock in the middle of the room as if expecting a round of applause.
Flatmouse - if it's not being well fed then I don't know what made her give up the mouse thing - maybe she's just too old these days - socks move less!
Alux - Who's odour? She isn't bothered who's socks she gets. Any socks will do - including the baby's (which hardly smell at all). Though I think she prefers unwashed ones (YUK!!) so maybe you are right.