Cats already dominate our hearts but when you introduce us to tiny kittens, they can melt into pink warm goo. Too much cuteness can be detrimental!

Luckily, there's a subreddit that collects pictures of "illegally smol cats," warning of the suspects that might pull such a trick on us.

If you dare to meet them, proceed with caution. But if you somehow manage to make it through this list in one piece and desire more, fire up our earlier piece on this adorable online community.

#1

Food Please?

Food Please?

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ume reid
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1 month ago

small shadow

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#2

What He Wants? He Refuse To Move Paws Away From My Arm

What He Wants? He Refuse To Move Paws Away From My Arm

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DennyS (denzoren)
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1 month ago

Just put tuna on the list 40 times...and walk away.

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To learn more about what to do if you end up caring for such a smol kitty, we contacted our good friends at PDSA, the UK's leading vet charity, providing free and low-cost treatment to pets in need. First thing's first, we ought to understand the main developmental stages in cats.

"Kittens are dependent on their mother's care to survive, but as they get older, they start to become more independent and are able to feed and care for themselves," PDSA vet Anna Ewers Clark told Bored Panda. "They are usually ready to leave their mother at 8 weeks old, although sometimes they may stay in their first home until around 12-13 weeks."

"Once your kitten comes home with you, they will continue to develop and will grow into an adolescent, which is the time when they reach social and sexual maturity — similar to a human teenager," the vet explained. "Your kitten can become an adolescent as young as 4 months old, and you'll often notice changes in their behavior at this time, especially in female kittens who may start having seasons if they're unneutered."

#3

"I Love You, Human"

"I Love You, Human"

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laura lee
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1 month ago

Bliss

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#4

Heard Meowing Under Our Porch A Week Ago. Now This Is How We Spend Our Mornings

Heard Meowing Under Our Porch A Week Ago. Now This Is How We Spend Our Mornings

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River Webb
Community Member
1 month ago

kid looks so happy :D, honestly I would be too in his situation

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#5

Double Trouble

Double Trouble

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Monday
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1 month ago

awwww mirrored kitties!

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According to Anna Ewers Clark, a cat is usually considered an adult around a year old, and at around 7 years old they are often thought of as senior, and then geriatric in the last few years of life.

"At each different life stage, your cat's needs will change so it's important to consider whether you might need to adapt their routine or lifestyle to keep them happy, for example changing them to a diet that’s right for their age group."

The average lifespan for a domestic feline is about 12-14 years, however, some pet cats can even hit 20! The oldest cat ever was Creme Puff, who was born on August 3, 1967 and lived until August 6, 2005 — an amazing 38 years and 3 days.

#6

Caterpillar

Caterpillar

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eleni
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1 month ago

cute little fluffy marshmallow!!!

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#7

Say Hello To Butters!

Say Hello To Butters!

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
1 month ago

Hello Butters

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#8

He's So Tired

He's So Tired

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Lucifer
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1 month ago

Check your masks for kittens, before you wear them.

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Kittens learn a lot about themselves and the world around them in their early development. "Their mother will teach them about how to be a cat, including how to interact with people, how to groom themselves, what to eat, even how to go to the toilet," Anna Ewers Clark explained. "By meeting your kitten's parents, you can often learn a lot about how your kitten is likely to see the world, for example, whether they're likely to be friendly with people, as their genetics and early life will often shape your cat's personality." 

But let's not forget the rest of the family! "Your kitten will also learn a lot from playing with their littermates, including skills like stalking, hunting, pouncing, and how to communicate with other cats. They will also learn about their home environment and routine. It's a good idea to look for a kitten that has been raised in a similar household and lifestyle to yours, as this will mean they already understand what to expect when they come home with you," the vet said.

"Your kitten's breeder or rehoming center will be responsible for your kitten's socialization too, where they should have lots of positive experiences to help them learn what to expect later in life. This often includes meeting people of different ages, sizes, and ethnicities and getting used to noises, household objects, and experiences, for example, vacuuming, fireworks, and traffic noise."

#9

Percy When He Was 2 Months Old

Percy When He Was 2 Months Old

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ƒιѕн
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1 month ago

Took a minute to find him

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#10

Found This Little Girl All Alone. She’s Like Negative 2 Ounces

Found This Little Girl All Alone. She’s Like Negative 2 Ounces

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GoodWolf
Community Member
1 month ago

Excuse me, there's a void in your carpet.

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#11

This Is George. He's A Survivor Of Fleas, Reciever Of Cuddles And Was Abandoned By His Mother. He's About 6 Weeks Old Now And Pretty Happy To Live With Me Instead

This Is George. He's A Survivor Of Fleas, Reciever Of Cuddles And Was Abandoned By His Mother. He's About 6 Weeks Old Now And Pretty Happy To Live With Me Instead

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Anjelika
Community Member
1 month ago

He's so handsome

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Like we mentioned before, most kittens are ready to come home with you around 8 weeks old, although Anna Ewers Clark said that many breeders will recommend that you wait until the critter is around 12-13 weeks of age, often after they have had their second vaccination in their primary course.

"Bringing your kitten home is an exciting time, but there are a few key things to remember to help your new cat settle in and adjust to your household," the vet highlighted.

"Make sure you have everything you need before they come home — a simple way to check you're ready is to think about your cat's 5 welfare needs."

Also, cat-proof your place by removing hazards and poisons, and at least try to give your new family member an area that can be really theirs. "For example, [choose] one or two rooms, which are safe and quiet, and let them start exploring the rest of your home in their own time. Your kitten shouldn't be allowed outside until after they've been vaccinated, neutered, and microchipped in order to keep them safe," Anna Ewers Clark said.

Next up, munchies. The vet said that feeding your kitten a high-quality, complete kitten food will provide them with all the nutrients they need. "It’s a good idea to speak to the breeder or rehoming center so you can try to continue feeding the same food when your kitten comes home and reduce the chance of stomach upsets."

#12

His Name Is Phillip And He Sleeps In A Sock

His Name Is Phillip And He Sleeps In A Sock

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Brian Bennett
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1 month ago

I'm showing my age but "Sock-it-to-me".

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#13

So Smol She Doesn’t Even Make A Dent In The Pillow

So Smol She Doesn’t Even Make A Dent In The Pillow

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Anjelika
Community Member
1 month ago

😍😍

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#14

His Name Is Doodle Bug

His Name Is Doodle Bug

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ume reid
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1 month ago

that is a great name

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The key thing to keep in mind is setting habits. "It's really important to give your kitten a routine from day one, with regular mealtimes, short play sessions as well as plenty of time to rest and sleep. You might want to speak to your breeder or rehoming center and see if you can keep their routine in a similar pattern for the first few weeks."

The folks at PDSA would also recommend letting your kitten come to you to avoid overloading them with too much attention when they first arrive. "Although it's tempting to spend all your time with your adorable kitten, it can be an overwhelming change for [an animal] who's used to spending their time with their mother and siblings. Not only that, but they will need to learn about having time to themselves, so they’re happy in their own company when you go out. You can both enjoy having regular play sessions or time sitting together on the sofa, but allow them to rest and have their own space when they want it."

#15

2 Chick-Fil-A Sauces

2 Chick-Fil-A Sauces

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Brian Bennett
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1 month ago

I really prefer my critters without sauce!

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#16

New Roomate Doesn’t Do Chores, Doesn’t Cook, Is Only Smol Criminal

New Roomate Doesn’t Do Chores, Doesn’t Cook, Is Only Smol Criminal

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Wendy Franck
Community Member
1 month ago

I'd love to have a roommate like that

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#17

Smul

Smul

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Igglepiggle
Community Member
1 month ago

Sandwich boi

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#18

Went Hunting, Came Home With Frank Instead

Went Hunting, Came Home With Frank Instead

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Monday
Community Member
1 month ago

A successful hunt then!

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#19

Another Foster Cat (F 5wks). Needs A Good Name!

Another Foster Cat (F 5wks). Needs A Good Name!

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deathrose
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1 month ago

Soot

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#20

Only 5 Weeks Old And Already Knows Where The Goods Are Hidden

Only 5 Weeks Old And Already Knows Where The Goods Are Hidden

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

Bet he has figured how to get you to open it up!

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#21

I Got To Meet Newborn Kittens Yesterday. Needless To Say It Was An Emotional Experience

I Got To Meet Newborn Kittens Yesterday. Needless To Say It Was An Emotional Experience

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Scofield Leung
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1 month ago

I understand

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#22

Not As Smol As Two Weeks Ago

Not As Smol As Two Weeks Ago

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Juliet Hadaway
Community Member
1 month ago

lil foxy

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#23

Despite All The Cozy Spots I've Provided My Fosters, Murph Still Prefers The Keyboard

Despite All The Cozy Spots I've Provided My Fosters, Murph Still Prefers The Keyboard

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ADDee
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1 month ago

I can imagine his dreams coming out from the printer.

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#24

Baby Clarabelle

Baby Clarabelle

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Sergy Yeltsen
Community Member
1 month ago

"Clarabelle" and not "Moo"? I am disappoint.

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#25

The Tiny Kitten I Saved (Before Picture Included). He's A Thief, He Stole My Heart And I'm Adopting Him

The Tiny Kitten I Saved (Before Picture Included). He's A Thief, He Stole My Heart And I'm Adopting Him

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Jayne Kyra
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1 month ago

The tiniest blep!

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#26

Found Him At Work After His Momma Left

Found Him At Work After His Momma Left

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

Now I has a new momma I hope - can only pay with love!

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#27

Arrested For Stealing All Of My Girlfriend’s Attention

Arrested For Stealing All Of My Girlfriend’s Attention

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

Sorry! probably better looking and purrs better than you do!

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#28

Adopted A Small Criminal, She's 6 Weeks On This Picture

Adopted A Small Criminal, She's 6 Weeks On This Picture

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DennyS (denzoren)
Community Member
1 month ago

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

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#29

Smol + Kitten = Smitten

Smol + Kitten = Smitten

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Susie Elle
Community Member
1 month ago

Beans <3

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#30

This Criminal Crashed A Birthday Brunch, Seated Himself Without Having Made A Reservation And Fell Asleep At The Table!

This Criminal Crashed A Birthday Brunch, Seated Himself Without Having Made A Reservation And Fell Asleep At The Table!

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River Webb
Community Member
1 month ago

a true criminal, his punishment shall be cuddles

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#31

Her Only Crime Was Smiling Too Much

Her Only Crime Was Smiling Too Much

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Isaac Harvey
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1 month ago

Only crime, so far.

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#32

I’ve Posted My 16-Year-Old Smol Baby Before, But Here She Is Sleeping Face Down Like The Little Weirdo She Is

I’ve Posted My 16-Year-Old Smol Baby Before, But Here She Is Sleeping Face Down Like The Little Weirdo She Is

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Gabriel Golden
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1 month ago

my lil old lady does this too!

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#33

The Smolest In The Litter At A Whopping 193g - Meet Calcifer

The Smolest In The Litter At A Whopping 193g - Meet Calcifer

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Valisbourne Spiritforge
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1 month ago

I love his spark!

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#34

Here’s Another Update On Ralf. He Has Stolen Everyone’s Personal Space! (No Ruby Is Not Crushing Him. He Buried Himself There)

Here’s Another Update On Ralf. He Has Stolen Everyone’s Personal Space! (No Ruby Is Not Crushing Him. He Buried Himself There)

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

Ralf is uncrushable - Ruby is snuggable!

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#35

Saved Criminal At Intersection On The Way To Work, Not Sure What To Do With It

Saved Criminal At Intersection On The Way To Work, Not Sure What To Do With It

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Caroline Nagel
Community Member
1 month ago

Keep it, of course. That's how cats choose their human roommate - with benefits.

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#36

Illegally Smol Head Rub

Illegally Smol Head Rub

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Jeannine Pope
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1 month ago

RESCUE THEM FROM THAT TRASH.

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#37

Falling Asleep While Getting Pet, I Wasn’t Gonna Use That Hand For The Next Hour Anyway

Falling Asleep While Getting Pet, I Wasn’t Gonna Use That Hand For The Next Hour Anyway

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

Hand- that gonna be my pillow forever!

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#38

"These Are Nice Shoes, It'd Be A Shame Something Happened To Them"

"These Are Nice Shoes, It'd Be A Shame Something Happened To Them"

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Stacy S.
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1 month ago

Like poop inside?!

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#39

Gizmo. Banana For Scale

Gizmo. Banana For Scale

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ƒιѕн
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1 month ago

I see it as Banana. Gizmo for scale.

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#40

Lining Up For Their Mug Shot

Lining Up For Their Mug Shot

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Brian Bennett
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1 month ago

Four of the most attractive mugs I have seen in a long while!

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#41

My Friend Is Fostering Another Cat, As Lady Fern Is Now In A Loving Forever Home. Meet Higgins. He’s A Whole Two Weeks Old

My Friend Is Fostering Another Cat, As Lady Fern Is Now In A Loving Forever Home. Meet Higgins. He’s A Whole Two Weeks Old

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

Is that Henry Higgins? (young Pandas wont know what I'm talking about)

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#42

Comforting My Little Fluff While Hes Asleep!

Comforting My Little Fluff While Hes Asleep!

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Sergy Yeltsen
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1 month ago

That blep, so cute...

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#43

I Smol, But Fierce

I Smol, But Fierce

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ƒιѕн
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Polydactyl kitteh with pointy tail letting out smol rawwwr

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#44

Angela’s First Night With Us

Angela’s First Night With Us

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Jeannine Pope
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1 month ago

That baby could use a nap!

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#45

My Cat Got Spayed And Was Given A Onesie Instead Of A Cone Of Shame. Now She’s A Sausage Roll

My Cat Got Spayed And Was Given A Onesie Instead Of A Cone Of Shame. Now She’s A Sausage Roll

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Brian Bennett
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1 month ago

Better than a cone these look as if they are comfortable at least!

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#46

Drillbit Planned A Prison Break, But The Other Criminals Couldn’t Make It Over The Fence

Drillbit Planned A Prison Break, But The Other Criminals Couldn’t Make It Over The Fence

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ƒιѕн
Community Member
1 month ago

Lmao... Drillbit, love it!

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#47

I Encountered A Band Of Absurdly Cute Criminals Today

I Encountered A Band Of Absurdly Cute Criminals Today

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Jeannine Pope
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1 month ago

These little criminals need to be rescued.

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#48

If It Fits, I Sits

If It Fits, I Sits

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

Yep it tickles but I ain't moving come hell or high water!

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#49

Momma Cat Gave Birth This Morning To 4 Healthy Little Beans

Momma Cat Gave Birth This Morning To 4 Healthy Little Beans

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Anjelika
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1 month ago

A cute little bean

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#50

Don’t Tell The Authorities, But My Cat Leia Is Illegally Smol

Don’t Tell The Authorities, But My Cat Leia Is Illegally Smol

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

I would like to arrest her - for hugs and kisses!

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