Pets are a wonder — they never stop brightening up our days with their hilarious shenanigans and weird little quirks. After all, looking at them jumping, pouncing, and getting us just as excited for the day as they are is a source of entertainment right there.

However, sometimes our beloved goofballs feel this overwhelming urge to crouch behind furniture, run underneath the bed, or bury their heads in the couch. Especially when they’ve done something mischievous. But while some of them are true masters of camouflage, others hilariously try to go unnoticed and fail in the best possible way.

Today, we bring you a list full of amusing pictures of our beloved four-legged friends who are so terrible at playing hide-and-seek, their owners just had to take a brief pause from laughing, snap a photo, and share it with everyone online. So continue scrolling, upvote the ones that made you smile, and make sure to check out Part 1 of this post right here!

#1

I Got You, Fren

I Got You, Fren

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CATMONSTER2018
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2 months ago

Beans

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#2

Hashbrown Hasn’t Completely Figured Out Hiding Yet

Hashbrown Hasn’t Completely Figured Out Hiding Yet

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2 months ago

... For some reason, it reminded me of a hamster

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#3

Hiding In Plain Sight

Hiding In Plain Sight

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DUN DUN (she/her)
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2 months ago

Is ur pet John Cena?

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The concept of hide-and-seek is uncomplicated to us humans — one hides, the other seeks. But our pets seem to have their own idea of what going under the radar actually means. Whether they get scared, chew on something they're not supposed to, or simply want to act all goofy, our companions are drawn to the cozy confines of private spaces. But the truth is, we can often see them in plain sight.

To find out more about this peculiar urge to hide and what we should do about it, we reached out to Kate Mornement, Ph.D., who goes by the handle @petbehaviourist on Instagram. Being a qualified animal behaviorist and founder of the consultancy Pets Behaving Badly, she strives to help people better understand these charming creatures living under their care.

She told Bored Panda that animals usually hide because they're afraid. "When pets hide, they're telling us they're scared or need space. Things that often cause pets to hide include loud noises, unfamiliar people or animals, and things they associate with unpleasant experiences, such as the cat carrier coming out before a vet visit."

#4

Found A Loose Seal In My Bathroom

Found A Loose Seal In My Bathroom

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DUN DUN (she/her)
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2 months ago

Nice seal you got there

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#5

There’s Nowhere To Hide At The Vet’s Office

There’s Nowhere To Hide At The Vet’s Office

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Iridescent-Aurora
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2 months ago

Aww, kitty’s scared :) we fill up our cat’s carrier with his ball and extra pillows on checkups so he’s comfy.

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#6

He Got In Trouble For Barking (We Live In An Apartment) So He Threw A Tantrum And Went To Hide Under The Fridge

He Got In Trouble For Barking (We Live In An Apartment) So He Threw A Tantrum And Went To Hide Under The Fridge

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KitFrey
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2 months ago

I literally can't see anything

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Kate explained that some sneaky critters also try to go unnoticed when they have an object they shouldn't have. "They hide because they've learned that that delays or prevents the item being taken away," she added.

It seems this behavior is based on their natural instinct to escape potential danger. "It's part of the 'fight, flight or freeze response' which is a survival instinct," Kate told us. "Hiding when you're eating food is also a survival instinct. If you eat alone, you consume more compared to eating with others competing for the same food."

#7

Hiding From The Vet

Hiding From The Vet

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DUN DUN (she/her)
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2 months ago (edited)

Who? Where?

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#8

My Friend's Dog Is Terrible At Hide And Seek

My Friend's Dog Is Terrible At Hide And Seek

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You kidding me
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2 months ago

Here's Johnny!

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#9

My Kitten Likes To "Hide" In This Jar, And Her Brother Is Confused

My Kitten Likes To "Hide" In This Jar, And Her Brother Is Confused

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CindyLouWho1209
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2 months ago

"Mom, he's looking at me!"

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Pets move around in their surroundings using impressive senses of smell, sound, and vision. But as you scroll through this list, it can be quite surprising to see how many pets are simply terrible at the art of stealth. Even cats, the most celebrated hiders out there, seem to hilariously fail sometimes. Though they're trying their best, and we love them for it.

#10

My White Cat Attempting To Hide So I Can’t Clip His Nails

My White Cat Attempting To Hide So I Can’t Clip His Nails

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JB Darré
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2 months ago

He's not hiding, he's just cleaning the blinds!

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#11

I Finally Figured Out Where Tank The Cat Has Been Hiding. I Only Saw Him Because A Bird Chirped On TV And He Stuck His Head Up Slightly. Who Sees Him?

I Finally Figured Out Where Tank The Cat Has Been Hiding. I Only Saw Him Because A Bird Chirped On TV And He Stuck His Head Up Slightly. Who Sees Him?

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DUN DUN (she/her)
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2 months ago

Baby Yoda, is that you?

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#12

My Big Boy Likes To “Hide” When It’s Time To Leave The Park

My Big Boy Likes To “Hide” When It’s Time To Leave The Park

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CindyLouWho1209
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2 months ago

Where's Waldo?

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When asked why some of our four-legged friends can't seem to find a well-concealed hiding spot, Kate noted it’s probably because they don't understand the concept of the game.

"I think we misinterpret a lot of our pets' behavior in general, so it's important to learn how to read your pet's body language to ensure you understand them and can help them overcome any fears they may have," she continued.

Still, happy pet owners enjoy taking pictures of and genuinely laughing at these funny failures: "Sometimes our pets do goofy things that make us laugh. Sharing these moments with others who can relate makes us feel good."

#13

I Wonder Where My Cat Is Hiding

I Wonder Where My Cat Is Hiding

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IsABELLA
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2 months ago

in the dresser?

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#14

You Can't See Me

You Can't See Me

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DUN DUN (she/her)
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2 months ago

The only thing missing is lasers shooting out of those eyes

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#15

Master Of Disguise

Master Of Disguise

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Eva the Egg
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2 months ago

Why is the blanket floating unnaturally like that

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The good news is that you can indeed help your pet stop spending so much time hiding under or behind objects. "Training pets not to hide under things involves helping them be comfortable with the situation that causes them to hide," the animal behaviorist explained.

"For example, if your pet hides when visitors arrive, teach your pet that visitors predict good things by having the visitor throw your pet their favorite treats. Also, ask visitors not to approach your pet or try to interact until your pet initiates interaction. This will help alleviate their fear over time," she added.

So if you ever want to try out hide-and-seek with your beloved companion, Kate said that playing games with pets is a fun way to bond with them. "Just make sure that your pet is also enjoying the game!"

#16

Found This Little Guy Today. He Felt Safe Hiding In My Girlfriend's Hair

Found This Little Guy Today. He Felt Safe Hiding In My Girlfriend's Hair

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SOFIA TROTTIER
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2 months ago

awwwww lil incognito friend

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#17

All Time Hide And Seek Winner

All Time Hide And Seek Winner

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

The master of diversion. While we're all looking on the bed, boop!

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#18

They Both Chose The Same “Hiding” Place At The Vet

They Both Chose The Same “Hiding” Place At The Vet

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Iridescent-Aurora
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2 months ago

Well, that’s a really fluffy sink. Where can I get one?

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#19

Google Reminded Me Of How My Dog Used To Hide In The Couch

Google Reminded Me Of How My Dog Used To Hide In The Couch

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Catmandu
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2 months ago

95% of doge hidden

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#20

I'll Just Hide In Here, So No One Can See Me

I'll Just Hide In Here, So No One Can See Me

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IsABELLA
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2 months ago

I thought the neck was broken for a sec

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#21

Trip To The Vet. She Thinks We Can’t See Her

Trip To The Vet. She Thinks We Can’t See Her

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DUN DUN (she/her)
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2 months ago

Void behind the frame

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#22

My Cat Truly Thinks He’s Successfully Hiding From Me

My Cat Truly Thinks He’s Successfully Hiding From Me

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Iridescent-Aurora
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2 months ago

Murder mittens :)

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#23

I'm A Shelter Photographer And This Kitten Was Not A Big Fan Of My Camera. This Was Her Idea Of "Hiding"

I'm A Shelter Photographer And This Kitten Was Not A Big Fan Of My Camera. This Was Her Idea Of "Hiding"

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Iridescent-Aurora
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2 months ago

Well, now we know who controls the universe through the clouds.

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#24

This Cat Thinks She Is Hiding And Can’t Be Seen

This Cat Thinks She Is Hiding And Can’t Be Seen

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IsABELLA
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2 months ago

what cat?

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#25

Favorite Hiding Spot

Favorite Hiding Spot

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MagicalUnicorn
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2 months ago

Homer, is that you?

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#26

My Cat And His Incredible Hiding Skills

My Cat And His Incredible Hiding Skills

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Laura Henderson
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2 months ago

:-D

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#27

Hiding After Being Fussed At

Hiding After Being Fussed At

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T5n
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2 months ago

Great Danes are generally such sweet dogs. They sometimes don’t know their size though.

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#28

Velma Thinks We Can't See Her Behind The Curtain

Velma Thinks We Can't See Her Behind The Curtain

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DUN DUN (she/her)
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2 months ago (edited)

Lol This looks like it could be a Brutus and Pixie scene

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#29

Worst Hide And Seek Player Of All Time

Worst Hide And Seek Player Of All Time

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Cara Strong
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2 months ago

Yay a bunny one

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#30

Stealth Doggo

Stealth Doggo

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Catmandu
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2 months ago

Plant dogo

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#31

She Did Her Best To Hide

She Did Her Best To Hide

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IsABELLA
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2 months ago

I mean it Is camouflage

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#32

This Is My Mom’s Cat. I Think She’s Beautiful. She Hides From Birds

This Is My Mom’s Cat. I Think She’s Beautiful. She Hides From Birds

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Iridescent-Aurora
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2 months ago

She IS beautiful :)

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#33

Nothing To See Here

Nothing To See Here

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Eva the Egg
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2 months ago

Go away I'm changing!

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#34

When Lola Is Tired Of Playing She Hides From Our Other Dog So She Can Get Some Rest. This Is Her Hiding

When Lola Is Tired Of Playing She Hides From Our Other Dog So She Can Get Some Rest. This Is Her Hiding

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CindyLouWho1209
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2 months ago

Lol! 😅

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#35

Simba Doesn't Quite Get Hide And Seek Yet

Simba Doesn't Quite Get Hide And Seek Yet

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CindyLouWho1209
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2 months ago

Aww! So sweet! 🐱❤🤗

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#36

His Favorite Hiding Spot

His Favorite Hiding Spot

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Geeki Nikki
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2 months ago

There's the laser eyes!

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#37

My Cat’s Attempt At Hiding From The Vet

My Cat’s Attempt At Hiding From The Vet

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CATMONSTER2018
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2 months ago

"Ahem" I love - common domesticated shorthair brown mackerel tabby cats. They are the most common of cat, and I L O V E them

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#38

Absolutely Unexpected Trap

Absolutely Unexpected Trap

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2 months ago

Get ready to be no more, toes! I will destroy you!!!

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#39

Hide And Not Too Much Seek

Hide And Not Too Much Seek

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Tweetysvoice
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2 months ago

If I can't see you then you can't see me!

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#40

We Brought Home A Cat. He's A Little Scared, So He's "Hiding"

We Brought Home A Cat. He's A Little Scared, So He's "Hiding"

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CindyLouWho1209
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2 months ago

Beautiful boy! 🐱❤🤗

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#41

Watching Our Guests Sneakily

Watching Our Guests Sneakily

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CindyLouWho1209
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2 months ago

That's hilarious! Very stealthy! 🕵️‍♂️🔎

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#42

My Husband Took Our Cat To The Vet Today

My Husband Took Our Cat To The Vet Today

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bumble bee
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2 months ago

You would think by now the vet would have a place setup for them to hide in on the exam table. So when it's time they can just remove the hiding place.

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#43

That Feeling When You’ve Found The Perfect Hiding Space. Nobody Will Find Me Here

That Feeling When You’ve Found The Perfect Hiding Space. Nobody Will Find Me Here

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CindyLouWho1209
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2 months ago

Cute booty!

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#44

A Master Of Stealth

A Master Of Stealth

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Kathryn Baylis
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2 months ago

Well, it worked when I was a kitten!

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#45

Maybe If I Hide Here, She Won’t See Me

Maybe If I Hide Here, She Won’t See Me

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DUN DUN (she/her)
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2 months ago

✨Camouflage✨

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#46

He Doesn't Know We Can See Him

He Doesn't Know We Can See Him

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IsABELLA
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2 months ago

he looks so relaxed

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#47

Knew My Cats Were Plotting To Kill Me, Ninja Hiding On My Way To The Bathroom

Knew My Cats Were Plotting To Kill Me, Ninja Hiding On My Way To The Bathroom

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Iridescent-Aurora
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2 months ago

And when you innocently move by the carpet… well…

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#48

This Is Snacks. This Is Where Snacks Hides When She Gets Yelled At

This Is Snacks. This Is Where Snacks Hides When She Gets Yelled At

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Iridescent-Aurora
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2 months ago

Why yell at snacks? :(

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#49

My Huge Senior Dog Is Afraid Of Fireworks, And It Is Well Known That The Shower (Where He Clearly Doesn't Fit) Is The Safest Place To Hide From Them

My Huge Senior Dog Is Afraid Of Fireworks, And It Is Well Known That The Shower (Where He Clearly Doesn't Fit) Is The Safest Place To Hide From Them

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Rissie
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2 months ago

Clearly doesn't fit? Seems fine to me

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#50

He Meows Really Loud And Then He Goes And Hides Here For 20 Mins. He Thinks He’s Hidden

He Meows Really Loud And Then He Goes And Hides Here For 20 Mins. He Thinks He’s Hidden

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MiriPanda
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2 months ago

Those curtains have seen some s**t!

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