There's a saying that goes “honest as a cat when the meat's out of reach”- those adorable furballs might purr and beg for a scratch behind the ears, but as soon as you turn your back, they're back to their scheming ways. Here's a list of cats that have been caught red-pawed in the act of stealing a tasty morsel.

In truth, owners should be mindful when their cats try to get their paws on human food. Their digestion works differently from ours, and many foods, even ones they love, like milk, can give them upset stomachs or worse. Chocolate and onions are especially dangerous, and should be kept tucked away far out of reach.

#1 Cookie Thief

Cookie Thief

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DoritBar-Zakay 4 years ago

Awesome !

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#2 I Regret Nothing!

I Regret Nothing!

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Cookie 4 years ago

SOOO busted!!! LOL!!!

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#3 Pen Thief Caught In Action

Pen Thief Caught In Action

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MáireBreathnach 4 years ago

He is like a grand wizards with his staff. =3

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#4 Stealing From A Child

Stealing From A Child

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KebinSmith 4 years ago

Manekineko!

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#5 Smoked Fish Thief

Smoked Fish Thief

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RebeccaDogson 4 years ago

And he didn't choose the smallest one ! :)

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#6 Disguised Thief

Disguised Thief

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DoritBar-Zakay 4 years ago

Great !

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#7 Determined Milk Thief

Determined Milk Thief

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DoritBar-Zakay 4 years ago

Awesome !

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#8 Trying To Get To That Fish

Trying To Get To That Fish

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LilaGirl 4 years ago

so cute! :D

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#9 Balloon Thief

Balloon Thief

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SonyaDyer 4 years ago

"I believe I can fly..."

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#10 Nose Stealer

Nose Stealer

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RichardMeulders 4 years ago

A carrot-stealing cat?? How photoshop ludicrous can you get ;-)

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#11 Kitty Has Big Dreams

Kitty Has Big Dreams

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DMJackson 4 years ago

He really has bitten off more than he can chew!

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#12 Milk Burglars

Milk Burglars

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IsabelleRobertCostaClara 4 years ago

J'adore les chats tous !!!!

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#13 Determined Kitty

Determined Kitty

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JeanneDeaux 4 years ago

Look at those eyes, you can't even punish him, he is too cute.

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#14 Kitty And His Prey

Kitty And His Prey

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SusyGodet 4 years ago

I always have this fish

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#15 Sausage Burglar

Sausage Burglar

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RhondaWhisenhunt 4 years ago

Where am I gonna hide these?

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#16 Chicken Thief

Chicken Thief

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ShannaMeczywor 4 years ago

That bad boy could give Angry Cat a run for his money! lol

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#17 Milk Thief

Milk Thief

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SarahHogan 4 years ago

sooooo cute

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#18 Stealing The Leftover Pizza

Stealing The Leftover Pizza

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RhondaWhisenhunt 4 years ago

Don't mind if I do....

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#19 Thief Caught In Action

Thief Caught In Action

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DMJackson 4 years ago

Now I'm in trouble!

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#20 Tasting Starbucks

Tasting Starbucks

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KristinaNyberg 4 years ago

Gracious pose!

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#21 Trying To Get To That Cheese

Trying To Get To That Cheese

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Oreo211 4 years ago

I like Chez!

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#22 Bread Thief

Bread Thief

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CreedenceGerlach 4 years ago

so cute!

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#23 Cute Sandwitch Burglar

Cute Sandwitch Burglar

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Oreo211 4 years ago

I have ham?

#24 Fish Thief

Fish Thief

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MiriahSzymanski 4 years ago

That's not something you see everyday lol.

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#25 Paprica Thief

Paprica Thief

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JeanneDeaux 4 years ago

He will regret that as soon as he takes a bite...

#26 Salami Thief

Salami Thief

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Oreo211 4 years ago

OOh! Cold salami! My favorite!

#27 Trying To Reach That Sandwitch

Trying To Reach That Sandwitch

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CharlotteHjorth-Petersen 4 years ago

Photoshop!

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#28 Ice-Cream Burglars

Ice-Cream Burglars

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CrystalClark 4 years ago

Photoshopped

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#29 Sampling Some Salad

Sampling Some Salad

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RhondaWhisenhunt 4 years ago

I just wanted a bite. What's wrong with a bite? Hmmm?

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#30 Fish Thief

Fish Thief

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Oreo211 4 years ago

Just one more tug...

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#31 Tea Time Saboteur

Tea Time Saboteur

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RhondaWhisenhunt 4 years ago

Beautiful Maine Coone kitty.

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#32 The Baby Will Never Notice...

The Baby Will Never Notice...

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Brenda Sabo 4 years ago

I's a baby toooooo

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#33 "i Really Need A Shot Of Tequila!"

"i Really Need A Shot Of Tequila!"

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RhondaLynn 4 years ago

hahaha

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#34 Chicken Thief Caught In The Act

Chicken Thief Caught In The Act

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RhondaWhisenhunt 4 years ago

Ummm...

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#35 Shrimp Thief

Shrimp Thief

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Brenda Sabo 4 years ago

They'll never miss it, it's not like they counted all these...um...they didn't did they?

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#36 Xmas Thief

Xmas Thief

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EliKristinDjuvik 3 years ago

"is the mouse gone? is it safe to come down agein?"

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#37 Milk Maniac

Milk Maniac

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KellyKavanagh 4 years ago

My little guy LOVES straws.

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#38 Cupcake Thief

Cupcake Thief

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#39 Stealing A Chicken From A Bear

Stealing A Chicken From A Bear

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JennyJones 4 years ago

Amazing how common sense goes out the window when hunger is involved...

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#40 Curious Thief

Curious Thief

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Charlotte Hjorth-Petersen 4 years ago

Cute

#41 Salmon Thief

Salmon Thief

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Oreo211 4 years ago

MY precioussssssssss.................

#42 Busy Comes Out Of Nowhere When There's A Popsicle Involved

Busy Comes Out Of Nowhere When There's A Popsicle Involved

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AmandaWhittaker 4 years ago

My cat comes out of nowhere when I'm having waffles! She has a sweet tooth. Not that I blame her - maple syrup is irresistible.

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#43 Heavy Breathing

Heavy Breathing

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Oreo211 4 years ago

He looks evil

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#44 One Of My Little Rascals

One Of My Little Rascals

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Annie722 4 years ago

Mine!

#45 Pretzel Thief

Pretzel Thief

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Annie722 4 years ago

Blue dog chilling in the background...

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#46 Spot The Cat! =^^=

Spot The Cat! =^^=

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Annie722 4 years ago

silence...stealth....NINJA....

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#47 Uninvited Thief

Uninvited Thief

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RhondaLynn 4 years ago

he decided to join the tea party!

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#48 Stealing Directly From A Box

Stealing Directly From A Box

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jomjoms 4 years ago

he's hungry. feed him!

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#49 Two-legged Water Thief

Two-legged Water Thief

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4 years ago

This was my sweet boy Wuzzy, who passed away last month at 10 yrs old. This is one of my favorite memories of him .

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#50 Gimme That Christmas Light...wait, Pizza?

Gimme That Christmas Light...wait, Pizza?

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#51 Sooo Innocent...

Sooo Innocent...

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RhondaLynn 4 years ago

who me?

#52 Who Took Mommy's Bronzer???

Who Took Mommy's Bronzer???

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RhondaLynn 4 years ago

I did!

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#53 Chicken Thief

Chicken Thief

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Brenda Sabo 4 years ago

Must be faster, you probably would have gotten away with it.

#54 Breakfast Thief

Breakfast Thief

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#55 I Can Haz Quesadilla?

I Can Haz Quesadilla?

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#56 Kitty Gets Strong Grip On Chilly Treat

Kitty Gets Strong Grip On Chilly Treat

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Kiss Army 11 months ago

My cat holds my hand like that - one paw on me, one on the treat to makes sure it doesn't get taken away!

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#57 The Straw Thief

The Straw Thief

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Kiss Army 11 months ago

My Cookie steals straws and has an AWESOME hiding place because I can't find her "stash".

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#58 Macaroon Thief

Macaroon Thief

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Annie722 4 years ago

ooh... colourful..

#59 Sampling Some Sausage

Sampling Some Sausage

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Annie722 4 years ago

just a little bite? pretty please?

#60 Stuck In A Pint

Stuck In A Pint

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EliKristinDjuvik 3 years ago

"what devilish contraption is this, human save me!"

#61 Stealing A Granola Bar

Stealing A Granola Bar

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#62 Salted Sticks Thief

Salted Sticks Thief

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#63 Corn Dog Thief

Corn Dog Thief

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Annie722 4 years ago

what corndog? 8)

#64 Burglar At Lunch

Burglar At Lunch

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Brenda Sabo 4 years ago

Fresh air & Sunshine, food unattended....common.

#65 Pancake Thief

Pancake Thief

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Annie722 4 years ago

For me???

#66 She Stole A Meatball And Then Stained Our Sofa With It..

She Stole A Meatball And Then Stained Our Sofa With It..

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Kiss Army 11 months ago

But just look at the happiness on that face!!

#67 William

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BrendaSabo 4 years ago

well the bowl IS empty

#68 Salad Theif

Salad Theif

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Sky 4 years ago

"There was only spinach in here...can you give me some tuna too?"

#69 Caught In The Shower With The Teddy Bear!

Caught In The Shower With The Teddy Bear!

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#70 Curious Burglar

Curious Burglar

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#71 Chicken Eater

Chicken Eater

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#72 Against Tv

Against Tv

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Annie722 4 years ago

stop dis fing1 now!

#73 Green Beans! :-d

Green Beans! :-d

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JeanneDeaux 4 years ago

Green beans or the cheese with it? ^_^

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#74 Nicking The Biggest Slice

Nicking The Biggest Slice

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Pyper Stancer 1 year ago

Just want to Boop dis pizza.

#75 Easter Egg Check!

Easter Egg Check!

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ellagrace 4 years ago

yum not for you

#76 Purrrfect Fit

Purrrfect Fit

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Brenda Sabo 4 years ago

No lid, open invitation.

#77 Cat And Meat

Cat And Meat

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#78 She Stole A Piece Of Pizza Right Before Sitting On A Birthday Cake.

She Stole A Piece Of Pizza Right Before Sitting On A Birthday Cake.

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Kiss Army 11 months ago

Talk about a RED LETTER DAY!!

#79 Fisher

Fisher

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#80 "stealing Food For A Baby"

"stealing Food For A Baby"

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Pyper Stancer 1 year ago

No hooman, my fork! MINE!

#81 Little Beast :)

Little Beast :)

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#82 Just A Little Taste.

Just A Little Taste.

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#83 Mmmmm Dough

Mmmmm Dough

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BrigetteLeggBridges 4 years ago

A cat after my own heart. I love batter better than the cookie or the cake. ...lol

#84 When Nobody's Watching

When Nobody's Watching

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#85 Misu And My...hmm...her Sandwich ;)

Misu And My...hmm...her Sandwich ;)

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#86 Pop-sicle Theif

Pop-sicle Theif