Let’s be honest — we love it when our beloved pets surprise us with their bizarre shenanigans. Whether it’s cats squeezing into the smallest places, dogs sleep-barking and twitching, or mice spinning their wheel like it’s no tomorrow — we can’t help but laugh and grab our phones hoping to snap a quick photo.

However, our adorable four-legged friends tend to act all innocent and holy to our faces, but as soon as we turn our gaze, they're back to their mischievous ways. And if there’s one sly behavior that certainly catches our attention, it’s when they steal our delicious bites right under our noses.

Just take a look at how dogs, cats, and even elephants and lizards tried to sneakily grab food off the counter, yet got caught red-pawed right in the act. Scroll down to see a compilation of pictures that vividly illustrate how pet owners never get bored and upvote the ones you enjoyed most!

Psst! If looking through this list made you hungry for more, make sure to check out our previous posts right here, here, and here.

#1

Our Rescue Cooper’s First Meal Was A Sandwich He Stole From The Table. Fast Forward 5 Years Later And Now He Has His Very Own Sandwich Shop

Our Rescue Cooper’s First Meal Was A Sandwich He Stole From The Table. Fast Forward 5 Years Later And Now He Has His Very Own Sandwich Shop

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Hannah Edwards
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4 months ago

His picture on the window is too cute!

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#2

She Stole The Peanut Butter

She Stole The Peanut Butter

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LeighAnne Brown-Pedersen
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4 months ago

Cutest guilty face ever!

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#3

This Adorable Fruit Thief

This Adorable Fruit Thief

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Chinmayee Kalghatgi
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4 months ago

Want lipstick but it’s too expensive? Stuff yer face with watermelon

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To learn more about our pets and their desire to steal food, Bored Panda reached out to Kate Mornement Ph.D., who goes by the handle @petbehaviourist on Instagram. She is a qualified animal behaviorist based in Melbourne and the founder of Pets Behaving Badly. She consults pet owners and people working professionally with animals and helps them better understand these adorable creatures living under human care.

"In Psychology, food is classified as a Primary Reinforcer because it's essential for all animals' survival," she explained why some pets are famous for being food stealers. "This means that our pets innately find food reinforcing (rewarding), and they are hard-wired to seek food out, even food that's not for them!"

#4

Elephant Named Bhatbhoot Rice Ghost Stealing Rice From The Military Mess In Binaguri, West Bengal, India

Elephant Named Bhatbhoot Rice Ghost Stealing Rice From The Military Mess In Binaguri, West Bengal, India

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Vicky Z
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4 months ago

Well, next time invite him properly!!

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#5

Cute Thief

Cute Thief

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Scp-049
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4 months ago

Keep on walking. Nothing to see here

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#6

Bread Thief

Bread Thief

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Luther von Wolfen
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4 months ago

Jean Valjean?

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"Some pets may be more food motivated than others and more likely to steal food. Also, pets who have successfully stolen food and enjoyed eating it in the past are more likely to repeat the behavior in the future," Kate added.

For example, Labradors are generally very food motivated. Kate noted that many of them exhibit behaviors such as food stealing or counter surfing. "Even though Labradors are known to be the 'foodies' of the canine world, any dog can exhibit food-stealing behavior. Some examples of food-stealing I've come across are dogs eating a whole bag of dog food, a freshly cooked roast chicken, a container of butter, and even freshly baked cupcakes!"

#7

My Cat Got Into His Food Cupboard While I Was At Work, Stole All The Food Packets One By One, Then Hid Them In The Dryer

My Cat Got Into His Food Cupboard While I Was At Work, Stole All The Food Packets One By One, Then Hid Them In The Dryer

And then continued to open every single of of them! Found him having the time of his life inside there surrounded by food.

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Hannah Edwards
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4 months ago

It’s like a bank vault for his treasure!

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#8

Cat Returns With Sausage Stolen From Unknown Neighbors BBQ

Cat Returns With Sausage Stolen From Unknown Neighbors BBQ

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Vicky Z
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4 months ago

Much better than bringing a dead mouse for a present

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#9

My Friends Dog Isabelle Who Stole All Our Hoagie Rolls

My Friends Dog Isabelle Who Stole All Our Hoagie Rolls

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Hannah Edwards
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4 months ago

That’s actually pretty impressive!

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While pet owners might become furious seeing their home-cooked meals getting blatantly destroyed, the feelings soften after a while. And for the viewers, witnessing such animal actions is certainly entertaining. According to Kate, there are a few reasons why people find food-stealing cute and amusing.

"Firstly, I think it's funny because dogs are choosing to eat human food," she explained. "Second, it's not a behavior they tend to do when we're around, so they learn to get sneaky when it comes to stealing food. Thirdly, it can be a shock to find that our pet has eaten a whole bag of pet food or your roast chicken, so rather than get angry, I think some of us laugh it off."

#10

He Stole My Croissant And Thinks I Won’t Notice

He Stole My Croissant And Thinks I Won’t Notice

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October
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4 months ago

That guilty face!

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#11

My Boy Was Busted Just Chillin In The Garbage Can And It Made Me Realize - I Own Oscar The Grouch

My Boy Was Busted Just Chillin In The Garbage Can And It Made Me Realize - I Own Oscar The Grouch

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Fraxinus excelsior
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4 months ago

Indeed you do

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#12

Behold The Thief Who Stole Everybody's Snacks

Behold The Thief Who Stole Everybody's Snacks

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Who Panda 420
Community Member
4 months ago

What I got nothing on me you can't prove anything

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However, sometimes swiping those tasty bites off the counter can pose real threats to your pet's health. "It's important to note, though, that food-stealing can be dangerous for pets because some foods are toxic and can make them sick. It's best to contact your vet if you suspect your pet has eaten something they shouldn't have."

We were curious to learn whether these little goofballs try to tell us something with their sneaky behaviors and the never-ending snack grabbing. "I think that when pets steal food, they're acting on their impulses and eating something they want and have access to, rather than it being a deliberate act to upset us," the animal behaviorist told us.

"However, if you find your pet is constantly trying to steal food and appears hungry all the time, you might want to discuss this with your vet to ensure they're getting enough food each day," she added.

#13

Pupper Has Been Bringing Us Eggs Everyday That She Steals From The Wild Chickens

Pupper Has Been Bringing Us Eggs Everyday That She Steals From The Wild Chickens

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Hannah Edwards
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4 months ago

Good provider!

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#14

My Nephews And I Made A Snowman, Then This Guy Stole Its Nose

My Nephews And I Made A Snowman, Then This Guy Stole Its Nose

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Vicky Z
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4 months ago

I feel judged

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#15

You Think You Have Trouble When Your Dog Begs For Food?

You Think You Have Trouble When Your Dog Begs For Food?

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Scp-049
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4 months ago

🎵 Don't stop me now 🎵

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Luckily, Kate assured us that it's indeed possible to train your pet not to steal food. "To do this, firstly ensure you're providing a species-appropriate high quality and nutritious diet for your pet. Try to avoid leaving food unattended in areas your pet can access."

When it comes to mealtimes, teach your pet to stay in a specific location and feed them high-value treats for staying there. "With time and repetition, your pet will learn that it's more reinforcing to stay in that place than it is to try to steal food," she said. "Avoid feeding your pet from the table or when you're eating a meal or a snack. The only time they get food should be at their mealtime or during a training session."

#16

Meanwhile, Back At The House

Meanwhile, Back At The House

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Who Panda 420
Community Member
4 months ago

How the hell?

Kira Okah
Community Member
4 months ago

Meant to have a lid on the tub part. The lid appears to be missing, so kitten decided that it was snackie time.

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Vicky Z
Community Member
4 months ago

Mistakes have been made

Lucky2BAlive
Community Member
4 months ago

Okay - this reminds me of those pics of kids who get into those claw machines.

Gina Babe
Community Member
4 months ago

I feel this. I am also trapped by food

Francine Govan
Community Member
4 months ago

"I didn't think this through ..."

Community Member
4 months ago

Kitty has it all but paid a terrible price

Henry Russell
Community Member
4 months ago

i need someboby help

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
4 months ago

Though they hit the Mother Lode. But then the Mother Lode hit them back.

ThatIsMe
Community Member
4 months ago

That is so hilarious

LagoonaBlueColleen
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

She's livin like Scrooge McQuack lol Jackpot "Iz just counting the kibbles."

Hafida
Community Member
4 months ago

Food should have been in the bag to stay fresh. It’s written on the bag people! And I don’t want to be a Karen but this place needs some cleaning. Poor kittens

Ezigma
Community Member
4 months ago

Right?

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MPS
Community Member
4 months ago

One of the greatest inventions, where you get food bowl and cat, and swap it round!

Janette Parker
Community Member
4 months ago

This is fine

Mouse Man
Community Member
4 months ago

I didn't know cat food came with a prize! Better than cereal.

Ladyvischuss
Community Member
4 months ago

Is this like the prize inside the cereal box? Someone forgot to pick this one out.

Catmandu
Community Member
4 months ago

As long as you are not thirsty it's heaven ;)

ℙ𝕦𝕣𝕣_𝕞𝕒𝕚𝕕
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

I doubt my cats would want their food in one of these. It'd go stale before they ate it all. God knows they're already picky as it is.

Queen Joline Breault
Community Member
1 month ago

Um. Can you get me out and also you saw nothing.

Angeline Nealy
Community Member
2 months ago

I’s just a baby🤣

Carissa McFarland
Community Member
4 months ago

Had a cat one time who would literally eat till he threw up and then would continue eating after vomiting it up on the floor and would repeat this process throughout the day. No auto feeders like the one above. We had to make sure both cats got a certain amount of food twice a day. If there was only what he should be eating he wouldn't throw it up and waste any.

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
4 months ago

mine... all mine!

Lisa Tetlow
Community Member
4 months ago

You mean this ISN'T the way it's supposed to be used?

Ethan Thear
Community Member
4 months ago

How do u even do dat

Helen Johnston
Community Member
4 months ago

accomplice hiding under the shelf

Nathan Shipman
Community Member
4 months ago

"Uhhhhhhhh, I can explain!"

Heather Hayllar
Community Member
4 months ago

Have lid? I remove

MCMLXXIII
Community Member
4 months ago

This! Just this!

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
4 months ago

Yeah, there's a reason those things come with lids.

Sian Rider
Community Member
4 months ago

Ah - this clever kitty can read. (Did anyone else notice the 'jump' instruction on her mat?)

Alison Welles
Community Member
4 months ago

Cut out the middleman!

As If
Community Member
4 months ago

So many things wrong here.

Atchaco-Leigh
Community Member
4 months ago

Proof that cats are a liquid

Mihaela Dorobantu
Community Member
4 months ago

Well,he obviously followed the instructions on the rug and jumped.

June Galloway
Community Member
4 months ago

that is a hole in the top, right?

Mary G
Community Member
4 months ago

Whuuuuuuut????

EJN
Community Member
4 months ago

Kibble scuba diver

Nothanks L. Walk
Community Member
4 months ago

This only works if you close the tank. Also that is the wrong size feeder for a kitten that young. This collossus could feed a horse.

Teresa Spanics
Community Member
4 months ago

AWW 😻💖

Susan Herbin
Community Member
4 months ago

Prefers it as a bed! 🤣😹

Reenie Smith Shaw
Community Member
4 months ago

What????

Ja R
Community Member
4 months ago

hes teaching his human sibling how to get in claw machine

Seaside Charlie
Community Member
4 months ago

Now what?

Else Sakshaug
Community Member
4 months ago

Someone forgot to put the top lid back on😂

New Kid
Community Member
4 months ago

Hmmm... Now I got to eat my way out!

rose_colored_husky717
Community Member
4 months ago

OH GOD NO

Rivka Ostroff
Community Member
4 months ago

Why??? It can already get all the food it wants

Lena Hill
Community Member
4 months ago

???how

shodokai
Community Member
4 months ago

with that trough... is there much difference?

Jessica Julian
Community Member
4 months ago

Getting him/her out is going to get messy.

Ru Bee
Community Member
4 months ago

Remind me of those photos of kids stuck in claw machines

Ezigma
Community Member
4 months ago

Probably climbed in there to eat cause it was cleaner.

Lyone Fein
Community Member
4 months ago

That's not how it's supposed to work

Maddie snapchat dog
Community Member
4 months ago

how just how?

Bad Alchemy
Community Member
4 months ago

Umm... the top is open...Maybe go find the lid.

Acewaffles
Community Member
4 months ago

How? Just how?

Tx jac
Community Member
4 months ago

It tastes better this way

Brian Bennett
Community Member
4 months ago

I likes to eat from the inside out!

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#17

I Present To You, The Bacon Thief. Photo Taken On Christmas Morning

I Present To You, The Bacon Thief. Photo Taken On Christmas Morning

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Cecilia Herrera
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4 months ago

Meowy Christmas.

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#18

My Dog Decided To Steal A Squash The Neighbor Left On The Porch For Us. This Was The Look She Gave When We Tried To Take It Back

My Dog Decided To Steal A Squash The Neighbor Left On The Porch For Us. This Was The Look She Gave When We Tried To Take It Back

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Vicky Z
Community Member
4 months ago

I dare you to try

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Kate wanted to remind you that some pets tend to be more inclined than others to steal food. "If your pet has stolen food before, take a cautious approach and avoid leaving human food out that might tempt them when you're not there. If your pet succeeds in stealing food every now and again, that's called 'intermittent reinforcement' which tends to maintain the food-stealing behavior over time," she concluded.

#19

The Face Of A Thief

The Face Of A Thief

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BakedKahuna
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4 months ago

Kind of looks like a squeaky dog toy

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#20

Busted Trying To Steal My Cantucci Biscuits

Busted Trying To Steal My Cantucci Biscuits

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Vicky Z
Community Member
4 months ago

I'm just stretching hooman

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#21

Lola Stole A Cupcake Wrapper And Made A Mess All Over Mum's Bed. Lola Gives Zero Hecks

Lola Stole A Cupcake Wrapper And Made A Mess All Over Mum's Bed. Lola Gives Zero Hecks

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Mazer
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Indeed, Lola is proud of her dog designed linens

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#22

I Think I Found The Pasta Thief

I Think I Found The Pasta Thief

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Vicky Z
Community Member
4 months ago

No no this is my new piercing

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#23

Busted

Busted

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Vicky Z
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4 months ago

This wilderness scares me

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#24

Every Meal You Make, Every Bite You Take, I'll Be Watching You

Every Meal You Make, Every Bite You Take, I'll Be Watching You

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Scp-049
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4 months ago

Give some or else……

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#25

Naughty Boy Stole A Burger From The New Neighbours BBQ

Naughty Boy Stole A Burger From The New Neighbours BBQ

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Vicky Z
Community Member
4 months ago

Well, new neighbours have to come and introduce bringing some treats! If you don't show HE will show and get it himself

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#26

Mysterious Thief Leaves A Clue In Ravaged Grease Pan

Mysterious Thief Leaves A Clue In Ravaged Grease Pan

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Who Panda 420
Community Member
4 months ago

It must have been the bird

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#27

I Turn My Back For 2 Seconds And He's Trying To Steal My Girl And My Food

I Turn My Back For 2 Seconds And He's Trying To Steal My Girl And My Food

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Who Panda 420
Community Member
4 months ago

You mean his girl and his food now

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#28

Got Caught Counter Surfing. Just A Small Snack

Got Caught Counter Surfing. Just A Small Snack

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VM37
Community Member
4 months ago

Jesus, it took me a few seconds to realise that was a dog.

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#29

Sausage Thief Busted

Sausage Thief Busted

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Hannah Edwards
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4 months ago

But would the evidence stand up in court?

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#30

I Didn’t Steal The Egg. Promise

I Didn’t Steal The Egg. Promise

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Auntriarch
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4 months ago

And it's not broken

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#31

The Look On His Face After Stealing An Onion

The Look On His Face After Stealing An Onion

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panic
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4 months ago

No oniontended consequences here

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#32

Pop Got Busted While Trying To Raid The Fridge

Pop Got Busted While Trying To Raid The Fridge

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Vicky Z
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4 months ago (edited)

Oh what a cute smile!! Does the t-shirt say security?? Oh the irony

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#33

Caught Red Handed: Monet Drank Some Of Our Unattended Leftover Tomato Soup

Caught Red Handed: Monet Drank Some Of Our Unattended Leftover Tomato Soup

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Vicky Z
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4 months ago

That's not true! He was just painting his next masterpiece

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#34

Someone Stole My Strawberry

Someone Stole My Strawberry

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Aran Lindvail
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4 months ago

adorable mini void!

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#35

Her Face After I Caught Her Eating An Entire Loaf Of Sliced Bread

Her Face After I Caught Her Eating An Entire Loaf Of Sliced Bread

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Cecilia Herrera
Community Member
4 months ago

"It's a misunderstanding. I was going to make you a sandwich."

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#36

He Stole Some Carrot

He Stole Some Carrot

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Who Panda 420
Community Member
4 months ago

Cheeky bugger

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#37

Charlie Stole A Potato This Morning

Charlie Stole A Potato This Morning

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Vicky Z
Community Member
4 months ago

Charlie is adorable but needs to learn stealing better food

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#38

Caught My Cat Trying To Steal Extra Noms

Caught My Cat Trying To Steal Extra Noms

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Vicky Z
Community Member
4 months ago

Look away hooman this is not your business

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#39

Hope You Enjoyed My Breakfast Doughnut

Hope You Enjoyed My Breakfast Doughnut

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Who Panda 420
Community Member
4 months ago

He did

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#40

Caught Red Handed Stealing Her Humans Water

Caught Red Handed Stealing Her Humans Water

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Vicky Z
Community Member
4 months ago

Aww give this cute little baby some water

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#41

My Wife Caught My Dog Mid-Sneak In His Effort To Steal My Taquitos. He Looks Very Guilty

My Wife Caught My Dog Mid-Sneak In His Effort To Steal My Taquitos. He Looks Very Guilty

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Who Panda 420
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4 months ago

How could you be mad though with that face?

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#42

Their Mother Actually Stole This Defrosted Chicken From My Next Doors Kitchen, This Was 4 Years Ago Now, Such Survival Instincts, Much Aww

Their Mother Actually Stole This Defrosted Chicken From My Next Doors Kitchen, This Was 4 Years Ago Now, Such Survival Instincts, Much Aww

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Vicky Z
Community Member
4 months ago

Raw chicken isn't dangerous for cats? Honestly don't know...

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#43

Someone Stole My Snack

Someone Stole My Snack

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Vicky Z
Community Member
4 months ago

It was the cat! It was the cat!! (In parrot voice)

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#44

Cute Thief, Stole My Mini Pancake

Cute Thief, Stole My Mini Pancake

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Hannah Edwards
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4 months ago

Crumpet, mini crumpet.

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#45

Caught A Christmas Thief

Caught A Christmas Thief

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Fraxinus excelsior
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4 months ago

My one cat likes cake too

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#46

The Berry Thief

The Berry Thief

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Vicky Z
Community Member
4 months ago

Who? Me?

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#47

My Kitten Steals Everything, Including The Food In My Fridge

My Kitten Steals Everything, Including The Food In My Fridge

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Mazer
Community Member
4 months ago

I bet you could teach this one to fetch. Hey, you are halfway there already

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#48

Pupper Do Not Steal My Hecking Peanut Butter

Pupper Do Not Steal My Hecking Peanut Butter

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Scagsy
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4 months ago

Oh! Henlo hooman, I was looking for you. How to get toast please?

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#49

We Got A Nugget Thief. Caught Red Nosed

We Got A Nugget Thief. Caught Red Nosed

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Vicky Z
Community Member
4 months ago

But I'm hiding you cannot see me!

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#50

Pizza Thief

Pizza Thief

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Wynter wolf
Community Member
4 months ago

Take it from me. i dare ya

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