A kitchen counter may not look like a big deal to you, but to your pet, trust me, it’s the holy grail, a promised land, a gold mine all in one. Its captivating aromas, mouth-watering sights, and unforgettable flavors make it virtually irresistible for any four-legged friend to turn into a serial thief.

Remember that piece of a leftover muffin you were about to dig into until you turned around for a sec? This compilation by Bored Panda is a humble farewell to all the delicious bites that got stolen without mercy.

Luckily, these doggos and cattos have all been caught red-handed while committing their petty crimes, but even if we all forgive them, it doesn’t mean they won’t do it again. And again. Forever.

After you're done with this post, don't forget to check out a previous batch of four-legged red-handed criminals with a big appetite here and here.

#1

Egg Thief

Egg Thief

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DforDorothy
Community Member
7 months ago

It wasn't me,I swear!

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#2

Just Taking A Nap After Eating All The Strawberry Jam

Just Taking A Nap After Eating All The Strawberry Jam

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Tiyani Maphali
Community Member
7 months ago

This pic was already used. Had a whole article about it. It's a couple from HCMC Vietnam. Puppy at Dragon Fruit and fell asleep on shop floor. Puppy had Instagram for getting up to no good. No strawberry jam.

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#3

He Started Barking At The Door, When I Got Up To Look Outside He Ran Back A Stole A Slice Of My Pizza. No One At The Door

He Started Barking At The Door, When I Got Up To Look Outside He Ran Back A Stole A Slice Of My Pizza. No One At The Door

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DforDorothy
Community Member
7 months ago

Intelligent!

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To find out more about why our pets love stealing food so much, Bored Panda reached out to Kate Mornement, a qualified animal behaviorist and consultant based in Melbourne who runs the animal behavior consultancy “Pets Behaving Badly.”

Kate said that some pets are notorious food stealers because “they're more motivated by food than other pets and their prior attempts to steal food have been reinforced (rewarded).”

The animal behaviorist gave an example: “a dog who has successfully stolen a whole roast chicken off the kitchen bench is likely to repeat the behavior given future opportunities.” If the act of attempting to steal food really pays off, the chances are high your furry companion will repeat it.

#4

Smart Cat

Smart Cat

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Community Member
7 months ago

I have found the good side to this cone

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#5

I Guess We Will Never Know What Happened To The Catnip

I Guess We Will Never Know What Happened To The Catnip

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DforDorothy
Community Member
7 months ago

He was asleep all along, he wouldn't know. 😏

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#6

Just Want To Apologize To Any Of Our Neighbors Who Are Missing A Full Rack Of Ribs

Just Want To Apologize To Any Of Our Neighbors Who Are Missing A Full Rack Of Ribs

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DforDorothy
Community Member
7 months ago

That's what I call determination.

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Kate explained that stealing food, which is also known as "counter surfing," is “an opportunistic behavior.” It is solely based on realizing that such behavior pays off, so animals are drawn to repeat it.

“It has nothing to do with being dominant; rather, it's influenced by previous experiences finding food on kitchen benches and tables,” she concluded.

#7

When A Cat Runs To The Fridge Every Time It Opens, A Sign Is Necessary

When A Cat Runs To The Fridge Every Time It Opens, A Sign Is Necessary

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DforDorothy
Community Member
7 months ago

I hope everyone will see the sign, so that kitty doesn't get hurt!

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#8

When Mom Turns Her Back And You Steal The Leftover Corn Muffins From Dinner

When Mom Turns Her Back And You Steal The Leftover Corn Muffins From Dinner

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Community Member
7 months ago

He looks so proud!

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#9

My Girlfriend's Cat Likes To Steal Bagel Bites, When You Catch Him He Pretends To Be Asleep. Meet Neji

My Girlfriend's Cat Likes To Steal Bagel Bites, When You Catch Him He Pretends To Be Asleep. Meet Neji

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Community Member
7 months ago

woooaaaaah

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The good news is that you can indeed train your pet not to steal food “by making an incompatible behavior, such as staying on their mat, more reinforcing than investigating food in the kitchen.”

Kate said that this can be done by frequently rewarding your pet with high-value treats for staying on their mat while you are preparing or eating food. “It's important to avoid leaving food on countertops and tables outside of training sessions or when you cannot supervise your pet,” she added.

Be patient, and “over time and with repetition, your pet should be less likely to steal food,” the pet behaviorist concluded.

#10

The Nefarious Mr. Sugar Paws Caught Red-Handed Trying To Steal Some Raw Cauliflower, Which Is Inexplicably One Of His Favorite Foods To Nom

The Nefarious Mr. Sugar Paws Caught Red-Handed Trying To Steal Some Raw Cauliflower, Which Is Inexplicably One Of His Favorite Foods To Nom

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postboredom
Community Member
7 months ago

Just one more..

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#11

My Cat Steals Potatoes And Walks Around Like A Boss

My Cat Steals Potatoes And Walks Around Like A Boss

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DforDorothy
Community Member
7 months ago

'cause he's the boss! The potato boss!

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#12

Who Could Resist A Cinnamon Roll?

Who Could Resist A Cinnamon Roll?

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DforDorothy
Community Member
7 months ago

That face says it all.

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#13

My Dog Escaped. Showed Up At The Front Door With Unopened Nachos

My Dog Escaped. Showed Up At The Front Door With Unopened Nachos

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DforDorothy
Community Member
7 months ago

He went shopping, clearly...

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#14

I Was Wondering Who Ate The Bread

I Was Wondering Who Ate The Bread

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DforDorothy
Community Member
7 months ago

Personalized bread.

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#15

Mr. Muffins Stealing A Muffin

Mr. Muffins Stealing A Muffin

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DforDorothy
Community Member
7 months ago

He has to grow up to it's name,right?

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#16

Sneak Thief Caught In The Act - That's A Nose In The Hole

Sneak Thief Caught In The Act - That's A Nose In The Hole

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Verena Gitterle
Community Member
7 months ago

Snoopy?

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#17

How I Found My Kitten Trying To Steal Food From The Top Of The Fridge

How I Found My Kitten Trying To Steal Food From The Top Of The Fridge

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Community Member
7 months ago

That kitten is adorable!

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#18

Bro My Lunch Has Been Stolen

Bro My Lunch Has Been Stolen

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DforDorothy
Community Member
7 months ago

"no way! Who was it?!"

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#19

Doggo Steals A Pupperoni Pizza

Doggo Steals A Pupperoni Pizza

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DforDorothy
Community Member
7 months ago

Self-sustainable.

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#20

He Tried

He Tried

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DforDorothy
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Cute,I wouldn't let my dog lick my spaghetti, though..😕

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#21

Busted, He Stood Silently

Busted, He Stood Silently

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Sayhard Slayer
Community Member
7 months ago

If I close my eyes, nobody would see me..

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#22

Caught Redhanded

Caught Redhanded

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Community Member
7 months ago

What a smart boy

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#23

Caught Yogi Red-Pawed Stealing From A Picnic Basket. Too Cute To Be Mad

Caught Yogi Red-Pawed Stealing From A Picnic Basket. Too Cute To Be Mad

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BLACKA BLACKA
Community Member
7 months ago

What? I was just checking the sweetness

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#24

The Identity Of The Flour Thief Remains A Mystery. Investigations Continue

The Identity Of The Flour Thief Remains A Mystery. Investigations Continue

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DforDorothy
Community Member
7 months ago

He was looking for clues.

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#25

We Caught Our Cat (Cookie) Red Handed Trying To Steal Our Cheese

We Caught Our Cat (Cookie) Red Handed Trying To Steal Our Cheese

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
7 months ago

looks like a painting

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#26

I Caught Her Red Handed. This Stinker Managed To Get Her Paws On A Croissant And Then Promptly Stuck It In My House Shoe

I Caught Her Red Handed. This Stinker Managed To Get Her Paws On A Croissant And Then Promptly Stuck It In My House Shoe

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DforDorothy
Community Member
7 months ago

She wanted you to have some snack for later,I guess.

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#27

So My Friend's Cat Decided To Steal Some Chicken

So My Friend's Cat Decided To Steal Some Chicken

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Community Member
7 months ago

What are YOU looking at?? I bought this myself!

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#28

He Stole My Pretzel

He Stole My Pretzel

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DforDorothy
Community Member
7 months ago

At least he uses a plate. Manners 10/10.

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#29

Cat Stole My Lunch

Cat Stole My Lunch

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Community Member
7 months ago

How *chew* do *chew* you eat *chew* this??!?!!

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#30

So My Cat Stole My Toaster Strudel Out Of The Toaster Today And My Mom Took A Picture Before Prying It Out Of His Mouth

So My Cat Stole My Toaster Strudel Out Of The Toaster Today And My Mom Took A Picture Before Prying It Out Of His Mouth

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Maria Briggs
Community Member
7 months ago

That's a girl cat. Just saying

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#31

High After The Vet, Caught Stealing French Fries

High After The Vet, Caught Stealing French Fries

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DforDorothy
Community Member
7 months ago

Drunk people also eat french fries, don't they?

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#32

I Was Distracted By The Baby When My Cat Knocked My Dinner Onto The Floor For My Dog To Steal. I Had Only Eaten One Bite

I Was Distracted By The Baby When My Cat Knocked My Dinner Onto The Floor For My Dog To Steal. I Had Only Eaten One Bite

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DforDorothy
Community Member
7 months ago

Maybe you should take the fork away first before taking a picture!!

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#33

My Dog Steals Bananas From The Counter All The Time. Only The Bananas, Never Eats Them Though

My Dog Steals Bananas From The Counter All The Time. Only The Bananas, Never Eats Them Though

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Content Wombat
Community Member
7 months ago

They're just messing with you.

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#34

This Is Nico. Here’s A Compilation Of Him When He Steals Food Just To Hold On To It

This Is Nico. Here’s A Compilation Of Him When He Steals Food Just To Hold On To It

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postboredom
Community Member
7 months ago

Like you buy books but dont read half of them

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#35

Hey, That’s Mine

Hey, That’s Mine

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Community Member
7 months ago

Dog : *fiercer* No, thats MINE!

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#36

Busted. With The Ramen She Stole From The Pantry

Busted. With The Ramen She Stole From The Pantry

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Community Member
7 months ago

Ummmm... I just wanted to cook it for you guys!

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#37

When You Get Caught Stealing Someone’s Chips Because Your Snout Gets Stuck In The Can

When You Get Caught Stealing Someone’s Chips Because Your Snout Gets Stuck In The Can

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BLACKA BLACKA
Community Member
7 months ago

See, what had happened was...never mind can get this off me? Please..

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#38

Dog Thought It Was A Great Idea To Taste-Test It Just In Case It’s Poisoned. Results Turned Negative. Good Dog For Being So Thoughtful

Dog Thought It Was A Great Idea To Taste-Test It Just In Case It’s Poisoned. Results Turned Negative. Good Dog For Being So Thoughtful

This huge loaf of bread traveled along with my parents on a 600 km trip to get home. I love this bread as I don’t get to eat it frequently.

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
7 months ago

Apparently your dog loves it too.

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#39

Our Cat Tried To Steal Our Chinese Leftovers

Our Cat Tried To Steal Our Chinese Leftovers

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Community Member
7 months ago

She never knew the end of the table was so near

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#40

Lil' Goblin Stole My Steak

Lil' Goblin Stole My Steak

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Anne
Community Member
7 months ago

It's her steak now. you eat the broccoli

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#41

A Thief

A Thief

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Community Member
7 months ago

1. sniff it 2. pick it up 3. RRRRUUNNNN!!!!

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#42

Rare Pic Of The Infamous Bread Thief

Rare Pic Of The Infamous Bread Thief

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Pauline Bennett
Community Member
7 months ago

A jug of wine and thou?

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#43

Caught Our Dog Stealing A Piece Of Pizza

Caught Our Dog Stealing A Piece Of Pizza

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

I mean, really, who doesn't love pizza?

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#44

Caught Red Pawed (Quite Literally)

Caught Red Pawed (Quite Literally)

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

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Please don't grip your cats like that. Handle them with care.

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#45

My Dog, Katie, Who Stole A Baguette

My Dog, Katie, Who Stole A Baguette

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Community Member
7 months ago

She looks so innocent

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#46

Photographic Evidence Of My Boyfriend’s Cat Trying To Steal My Cookie

Photographic Evidence Of My Boyfriend’s Cat Trying To Steal My Cookie

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Manasvi Tupe
Community Member
7 months ago

Not the cookie!

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