Cats are so adorable that we sometimes get lulled into a false sense of security and forget that they’re descendants of big cats like lions and panthers. Well, there’s a subreddit called ‘Murder Mittens’ where people post photos of their felines about to ‘kill’ them (with cuteness… maybe).

From smol cattos showing off their surprisingly big scratchies to well-groomed floofs spreading their panther-like claws (or even reaching for that knife in your kitchen), get ready for some shockingly adorable snaps that you could just die for.

So scroll down, upvote your fave pics, and post photos of your own cats’ ‘murder mittens’ in the comment section. (Just be careful to look through this list when your cat isn’t around—you wouldn’t want to give it any ideas!) If you’re a cat owner, then you’ll want to take good care of your pet’s claws. Read on for Bored Panda’s interview with the UK’s leading feline welfare charity Cats Protection about cat claw health! And be sure to visit r/murdermittens, too. They’ve already got 140k members but we’re sure that they’d love some cat-loving Pandas for company!

#1

Lil' Murderer

Lil' Murderer

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Francis
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2 months ago

I CAN'T HANDLE THIS MUCH CUTENESS!!! *____*

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#2

Black Panther Sequel

Black Panther Sequel

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

This kitten can work his claws better than Wolverine!

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#3

Illegally Tiny And Adorable Murder Mittens

Illegally Tiny And Adorable Murder Mittens

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Francis
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2 months ago

those eyes *____*

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Bored Panda reached out to Cats Protection, a British charity founded way back in 1927 and which now helps around 200k cats and kittens each year. The charity has a network of over 230 volunteer-run branches and 36 centers.

According to the team at Cats Protection, declawing your cat isn’t the way to go. In fact, declawing was outlawed in the UK by the Animal Welfare Act of 2006. “Cat declawing is also illegal in many other European countries, as well as Brazil, Israel, Australia, and New Zealand.”

A representative from Cats Protection told us that people declaw cats to stop them from scratching furniture. “But this unethical and essentially an act of mutilation to modify the cat for our benefit,” they said, also outlining some other negatives which show that declawing is unethical.

#4

Ah Yes. The Deadly Grip Of The Void Itself

Ah Yes. The Deadly Grip Of The Void Itself

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Dianna Siever
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2 months ago

Get that baby a scratching post.

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#5

My Favourite Baby Photo Of Him

My Favourite Baby Photo Of Him

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Dianna Siever
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2 months ago

This should be framed.

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#6

Also Very Smol

Also Very Smol

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

I'm small, but I'm mighty and ferocious!

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  • “Some studies suggest cats who have been declawed have increased levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), which is often associated with pain.
  • Another study that scanned declawed cat paws found that in many cases the procedure is not done correctly, leaving behind painful bone fragments.
  • Cats can continue to feel pain after the declawing procedure as part of their body weight is borne on their toes. After the declawing process, their gait changes as they put their weight through their paws.”

They added that the most frequent type of declawing is called an onychectomy which involves “cutting the bones the claws grow from with a scalpel or laser.”

It’s completely normal for cats to scratch because it keeps their claws sharp. That way, they can grip when running, climbing, and hunting.

“The act of scratching also deposits pheromone scent markers. These pheromones mark the cat’s territory and make their surroundings feel familiar, which reduces stress. Outdoor cats will naturally find appropriate surfaces to scratch,” the Cats Protection team explained to Bored Panda.

#7

When The Murder Mittens Aren’t Enough

When The Murder Mittens Aren’t Enough

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Houssem Hammami
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2 months ago

it's unfortunate for you hooman that you don't have 9 lives

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#8

Murder Mitten And A Tooth For Good Measure.

Murder Mitten And A Tooth For Good Measure.

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

It's the great Halloween cat, Charlie Brown!

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#9

Press On The Beans And You Get The Means...

Press On The Beans And You Get The Means...

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Nadine Bamberger
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2 months ago

Murder button

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They added that there are several things that you can do if your cat is scratching your furniture: 

  • “Protecting the item with thick, shiny plastic sheeting which is unappealing to scratch;
  • Placing a scratching post next to the area where they've been scratching;
  • Choosing a scratching post with a heavy, stable base so it doesn't wobble or topple during use. It should be tall enough for your cat to scratch at full stretch. A vertical weave helps your cat run their claws downwards
  • Providing a scratching pad if your cat prefers to scratch horizontally (e.g. cats that scratch carpets and stairs).”

Once your beloved catto is used to the scratching post or mat, you can gradually (not to mention sneakily) move them to a more suitable location and remove the plastic sheeting.

“Cats often scratch and stretch when they wake up, so you can try placing their scratching post near their bed. Every cat should have their own scratching post, positioned in a different place to avoid conflict. Some scratch posts are infused with catnip. Alternatively, you can try rubbing quality catnip on the post to entice them or put a few pieces of cat food on the post. Playing with your cat a little and often throughout the day may help redirect their energy away from scratching.”

#10

Teeniest Murder Mittens

Teeniest Murder Mittens

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago (edited)

It looks as if it is about to pounce. Practice makes perfect.

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#11

Murderwebs

Murderwebs

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Choo Duck
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2 months ago

Why is the cat inside out?

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#12

Mama Lynx With 7 Cubs. Hmm... 8x4=32 Murder Mittens!

Mama Lynx With 7 Cubs. Hmm... 8x4=32 Murder Mittens!

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BusLady
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2 months ago

Feed us. Or we will murder you in your sleep.

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The Cats Protection team told us that there are some downsides to not taking proper care of your pet’s claws. “Mostly, owners are concerned about damage to furnishings due to scratching in the home. Older cats can suffer from joint aches and pains and are less active. This can mean that they scratch less often to maintain their claws. As a result, the claws can become long and thick in old age.”

They continued: “In some cases, the claws can get so long they affect the way the cat walks and this can be painful. They may also actually grow all the way around the toe and become painfully ingrown and infected. The owner or their vet may need to trim the claws of older cats to keep them in check. All older cats should be seen by their vet for a regular check-up every 6 months.”

#13

Baby Bella’s Lunch Time. One Month Old And Rescued From The Trash. Direct Descendent Of Toothless

Baby Bella’s Lunch Time. One Month Old And Rescued From The Trash. Direct Descendent Of Toothless

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Nadine
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2 months ago

Just a warning: do not bottle feed kittens on their backs because they may aspirate milk into their lungs. Kittens must always be fed lying on their bellies because that is the natural way they suckle from their mom.

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#14

Wolverine

Wolverine

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

Look at that calm, cool, calculating face...There is no question that cats are the masters of stealth.

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#15

Very Unique

Very Unique

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

This sphynx looks like it has a maze on its head.

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If your cat is scratching a lot, you should consider that it might be caused by stress or anxiety. For instance, your cat might feel threatened by another cat in your home or in the local area.

“In addition to trying the advice suggested above, you may need to consider what is worrying your cat in order to permanently stop your cat from scratching your furniture. Don't just provide another scratching surface without helping them feel more secure and less anxious. You may need help from a qualified behaviorist to uncover the cause of their anxiety,” the rep from Cats Protection told us to tackle the underlying root problems first. You can find more info about cats, feline behavior, and scratching right here.

#16

Bebe Precioso!!!!!

Bebe Precioso!!!!!

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

With the various shades of grey (no pun intented) in this photo, this kitty looks like a pencil drawing.

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#17

Like A Godly Hand

Like A Godly Hand

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

Shredder...

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#18

Someone’s Ready For Dinner

Someone’s Ready For Dinner

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ThreeOfAKind
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2 months ago

Amazing picture!

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The ‘Murder Mittens’ community has a few very simple rules. First and foremost, your cat’s claws must be showing in the photo (which sounds pretty much obvious). There also can’t be any cat harassment in the subreddit. Finally, the group’s members have to remember to be nice to other humans, too.

Keeping your cat’s paws and claws clean means that they can live a healthy life full of acrobatic jumps and somersaults. Fetch by WebMD suggests that you gently wipe your cat’s paws with a damp cloth once a day and check in between your pet’s toes and around the pads for any icky substances or ouchy wounds.

Cats need to scratch so that they can reveal the sharp claws (hidden, lying in wait, silently stalking their prey) underneath their outer nail sheaths.

#19

Stretching The Mittens

Stretching The Mittens

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Fernleaf6505
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2 months ago

"hooman!! look at these claws!!"

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#20

Smol Floofy Murder Mitts

Smol Floofy Murder Mitts

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pei meow
Community Member
2 months ago

floof overlord

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#21

Paws

Paws

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

And, made out of adamantium, no doubt.

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So if you see your cat scratching the ever-living heck out of your couch, you should: a) understand that it’s completely natural; b) refrain from thinking about declawing your cat; and c) get your catto a few different types of scratching posts to keep its attention away from your IKEA furniture. (You could even ‘cheat’ by scenting the posts with some catnip to diplomeowtically convince your cat to make the right choice.)

Meanwhile, when you’re about to trim your cat’s nails, you ought to massage its paws so that it gets used to having them touched. If your cat is feeling antsy, you can cut your cat’s nails one or two at a time. Remember to use high-quality scissors and to cut off the white tip of each nail, just before the place where it begins to curve (don’t cut the pink part!). There we go—now they’re perfect for their photo op for ‘Murder Mittens.’

#22

As I Was Leaving Work My Coworkers Told Me I Had A Cat In My Trucks Engine Bay. Meet Fjord The Mighty Huntress.

As I Was Leaving Work My Coworkers Told Me I Had A Cat In My Trucks Engine Bay. Meet Fjord The Mighty Huntress.

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

What a very pretty tortie!

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#23

Yoshi, The Panther

Yoshi, The Panther

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Kisses4Katie
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2 months ago

I love this one. Hi Yoshi!

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#24

Fear Me Hoomans

Fear Me Hoomans

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Dianna Siever
Community Member
2 months ago

Aww, I'm kinda sad now. This isn't cruelty by any means, but that's a look if terror on that poor baby face.

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#25

She Looked Familiar...

She Looked Familiar...

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, she does.

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#26

My Cat Had Kittens. Here Are All 3 Of Them!

My Cat Had Kittens. Here Are All 3 Of Them!

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

AAAHHH, Three times the cuteness. And claws.

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#27

Gus Just Moved In, He’s Making Sure We Know He’s The Boss Now.

Gus Just Moved In, He’s Making Sure We Know He’s The Boss Now.

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Gus is the boss. Gus is the boss. Gus is the boss.

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#28

Touch Tha Chockamachip Cookee

Touch Tha Chockamachip Cookee

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

We have a cookie thief in our midst.

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#29

Just When I Thought It Was Safe To Go To The Bathroom! (Bandit Strikes Again!)

Just When I Thought It Was Safe To Go To The Bathroom! (Bandit Strikes Again!)

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Nadine Bamberger
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2 months ago

No one expects the kitten inquisition!

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#30

Soon

Soon

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

This one definitely looks like it's planning something.

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#31

He Attac

He Attac

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

Polydactyl kitties are going to take over the world.

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#32

Teeny Tiny Vicious Murder Mittens

Teeny Tiny Vicious Murder Mittens

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

Never mind the claws - look at those ears!

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#33

How I Am Greeted When I Get Home Every Day

How I Am Greeted When I Get Home Every Day

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

Lucky you! Mine just ask me for food.

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#34

I Can’t Ever Go To The Bathroom In Peace.

I Can’t Ever Go To The Bathroom In Peace.

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Francis
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2 months ago

very easy. don't shut the door :D my cats love to snuggle while i'm on the throne :D

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#35

Action Mm's

Action Mm's

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

How high can this kitty jump?

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#36

Scalp Massage

Scalp Massage

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Lauren Caswell
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2 months ago

Aw that's love, you're being groomed/target practice for play!

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#37

What Are Thooooose

What Are Thooooose

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

The kitty looks fascinated by what it discovered.

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#38

Murder Mittens Used To Beg For His Wet Food. He Wants Us To Know He Could Rip Us Apart If We Neglect To Feed Him. Murder Mittens.

Murder Mittens Used To Beg For His Wet Food. He Wants Us To Know He Could Rip Us Apart If We Neglect To Feed Him. Murder Mittens.

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

That face and those claws mean business!

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#39

I’m Slightly Terrified

I’m Slightly Terrified

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Fernleaf6505
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2 months ago

slightly 😉

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#40

Out In Full Force This Morning!

Out In Full Force This Morning!

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Jenny Morris
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2 months ago

Pretty kitty!

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