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

Kilo Vet Report

DoritBar-Zakay
Community Member
5 years ago

Awesome !

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#2

I Regret Nothing!

I Regret Nothing!

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Cookie
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 years ago

Manekineko!

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#5

Smoked Fish Thief

Smoked Fish Thief

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RebeccaDogson
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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#6

Disguised Thief

Disguised Thief

unknown Report

DoritBar-Zakay
Community Member
5 years ago

Great !

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#7

Determined Milk Thief

Determined Milk Thief

Adrian Davies Report

DoritBar-Zakay
Community Member
5 years ago

Awesome !

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#8

Trying To Get To That Fish

Trying To Get To That Fish

Lisha721 Report

LilaGirl
Community Member
5 years ago

so cute! :D

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#9

Balloon Thief

Balloon Thief

Sergey Report

SonyaDyer
Community Member
5 years ago

"I believe I can fly..."

sans_the_kawaii!
Community Member
2 years ago

That is hilarious

Sky
Community Member
5 years ago

success!!

Carolyn Payne
Community Member
5 years ago

I awoke in the night thinking an alien was crossing my room. It was Bamboo kitty with a helium ballon on a ribbon. Valium time

Janet Reynisdottir
Community Member
5 years ago

That´s just cute

Erin Aquino-Carhart
Community Member
5 years ago

That's a great shot! I can never get cool action shots of my kitteh. He stops being interesting as soon as there's a camera

Kathryn Sturdivant
Community Member
5 years ago

Ballooning for cats!

StephanieRadnoty
Community Member
5 years ago

I hope that kitty didn't get caught up in that ribbon that appears tied to the shelf... :(

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#10

Nose Stealer

Nose Stealer

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RichardMeulders
Community Member
5 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

unknown Report

DMJackson
Community Member
5 years ago

He really has bitten off more than he can chew!

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#12

Milk Burglars

Milk Burglars

onemillionpictures Report

IsabelleRobertCostaClara
Community Member
5 years ago

J'adore les chats tous !!!!

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#13

Determined Kitty

Determined Kitty

HogaVII Report

JeanneDeaux
Community Member
5 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

Yoshinao Tanaka Report

SusyGodet
Community Member
5 years ago

I always have this fish

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#15

Sausage Burglar

Sausage Burglar

kotofoto Report

RhondaWhisenhunt
Community Member
5 years ago

Where am I gonna hide these?

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#16

Chicken Thief

Chicken Thief

E.L.A Report

ShannaMeczywor
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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#17

Milk Thief

Milk Thief

unknown Report

SarahHogan
Community Member
5 years ago

sooooo cute

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#18

Stealing The Leftover Pizza

Stealing The Leftover Pizza

Jason Pointer Report

RhondaWhisenhunt
Community Member
5 years ago

Don't mind if I do....

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#19

Thief Caught In Action

Thief Caught In Action

Mariana Bida Report

DMJackson
Community Member
5 years ago

Now I'm in trouble!

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#20

Tasting Starbucks

Tasting Starbucks

unknown Report

KristinaNyberg
Community Member
5 years ago

Gracious pose!

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#21

Trying To Get To That Cheese

Trying To Get To That Cheese

williamkendallbooks.com Report

Oreo211
Community Member
5 years ago

I like Chez!

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#22

Bread Thief

Bread Thief

oscci.com Report

CreedenceGerlach
Community Member
5 years ago

so cute!

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#23

Cute Sandwitch Burglar

Cute Sandwitch Burglar

animals.com Report

Oreo211
Community Member
5 years ago

I have ham?

#24

Fish Thief

Fish Thief

Jaep Kees Reitsma Report

MiriahSzymanski
Community Member
5 years ago

That's not something you see everyday lol.

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#25

Paprica Thief

Paprica Thief

Katkamin Report

JeanneDeaux
Community Member
5 years ago

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

#26

Salami Thief

Salami Thief

Jarvi Report

Oreo211
Community Member
5 years ago

OOh! Cold salami! My favorite!

#27

Trying To Reach That Sandwitch

Trying To Reach That Sandwitch

attackofthecute.com Report

CharlotteHjorth-Petersen
Community Member
5 years ago

Photoshop!

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#28

Ice-Cream Burglars

Ice-Cream Burglars

animals.com Report

CrystalClark
Community Member
5 years ago

Photoshopped

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#29

Sampling Some Salad

Sampling Some Salad

Julie Report

RhondaWhisenhunt
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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#30

Fish Thief

Fish Thief

unknown Report

Oreo211
Community Member
5 years ago

Just one more tug...

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#31

Tea Time Saboteur

Tea Time Saboteur

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RhondaWhisenhunt
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 years ago

Ummm...

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#35

Shrimp Thief

Shrimp Thief

Lefty Jordan Report

Brenda Sabo
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 years ago

My little guy LOVES straws.

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#38

Cupcake Thief

Cupcake Thief

Lori Briningen Report

#39

Stealing A Chicken From A Bear

Stealing A Chicken From A Bear

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JennyJones
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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#40

Curious Thief

Curious Thief

Joy The Baker Report

Charlotte Hjorth-Petersen
Community Member
5 years ago

Cute

#41

Salmon Thief

Salmon Thief

Evgenia Plevo Report

Oreo211
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 years ago

Mine!

#45

Pretzel Thief

Pretzel Thief

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Annie722
Community Member
5 years ago

Blue dog chilling in the background...

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#46

Spot The Cat! =^^=

Spot The Cat! =^^=

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Annie722
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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#47

Uninvited Thief

Uninvited Thief

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RhondaLynn
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 years ago

he's hungry. feed him!

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#49

Two-legged Water Thief

Two-legged Water Thief

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Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 years ago

who me?

#52

Who Took Mommy's Bronzer???

Who Took Mommy's Bronzer???

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RhondaLynn
Community Member
5 years ago

I did!

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#53

Chicken Thief

Chicken Thief

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Brenda Sabo
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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

Lydia Tsagari Report

Annie722
Community Member
5 years ago

ooh... colourful..

#59

Sampling Some Sausage

Sampling Some Sausage

Seppomat Report

Annie722
Community Member
5 years ago

just a little bite? pretty please?

#60

Stuck In A Pint

Stuck In A Pint

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EliKristinDjuvik
Community Member
5 years ago

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

#61

Stealing A Granola Bar

Stealing A Granola Bar

Susan V Report

#62

Salted Sticks Thief

Salted Sticks Thief

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#63

Corn Dog Thief

Corn Dog Thief

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Annie722
Community Member
5 years ago

what corndog? 8)

#64

Burglar At Lunch

Burglar At Lunch

Ingrid A Report

Brenda Sabo
Community Member
5 years ago

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

#65

Pancake Thief

Pancake Thief

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Annie722
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
2 years ago

But just look at the happiness on that face!!

#67

William

William

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BrendaSabo
Community Member
5 years ago

well the bowl IS empty

#68

Salad Theif

Salad Theif

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Sky
Community Member
5 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

Jerry Dohnal Report

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#71

Chicken Eater

Chicken Eater

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#72

Against Tv

Against Tv

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Annie722
Community Member
5 years ago

stop dis fing1 now!

#73

Green Beans! :-d

Green Beans! :-d

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JeanneDeaux
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
2 years ago

Just want to Boop dis pizza.

#75

Easter Egg Check!

Easter Egg Check!

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ellagrace
Community Member
5 years ago

yum not for you

#76

Purrrfect Fit

Purrrfect Fit