Crime & Cuteness: 9 Cat Burglars Caught In Action

Written by: Kelli Brinegar
For more than five years, Kelli Brinegar has been using her ability to write and her passion for research to tell the tale of what cats are thinking and why. She has provided care to more than 30 cats in her lifetime.Read more
| Published on August 5, 2020

A summer mystery is afoot, or should we say apaw...

While it’s not unusual for a cat to gift his mom with presents, usually a lizard or a bird, what proved unusual in this case were the gifts themselves.

Avery the cat has always gifted his mom, Sally Bell, with the usual cat fare from the wild. She shared, “He’s always been a hunter, bringing home mice and frogs and things like that.”

But this summer’s gifts now include goggles.

Yep, you read that right. Avery brings his mom children’s goggles for swimming.

The total count is now at eight pairs and Sally is flummoxed over their appearance.

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Sally reported it was just one pair of goggles at first. But, the one pair turned into two more pairs within just a few days.

More kept appearing and Sally checked in with neighbors, but no one reported missing goggles.

Silly Avery doesn’t play with the goggles, instead he just leaves them for his mom. But he hasn’t given up his old gifting ways either. “The pair he brought home the other day had a dead mouse with them – two presents at once.”

Fabulous, a cat parent’s favorite!

Sally fears kids might be getting in trouble thanks to her boy’s antics, so she’s put notices out on social media. But no one has claimed any of the missing pairs and she’s only found laughter when it comes to her kitty’s caper!

Avery may mean the goggles as gifts, but he has to steal them before he can gift them. So, like many kitties, Avery is quite the cat burglar!

Check out this gallery of cat burglars discovered creeping about social media…

Here’s proof Avery isn’t the only one who enjoys thieving goggles! Lucy does too…


Finn is a bookmark thief caught in the millisecond before he pulls it free of the pages! What cat parent hasn’t been there?


Caught “red-pawed”, but look at that face! Lightning is hoping to play the cute angle when caught trying to nab the Spam, and you know what, it’s working…


Little Monster Mash caught mid thieving! What’s a cat gonna do with a glove? Purrhaps a little yard work!


I’m just going to take this piece right here while nobody’s looking…


This brazen floof is not sorry for thieving a sock! In fact, that face is pure joy

Stig – Timaru Cat Burglar/Facebook

A tabby looking chill about snack thievery…

Nothing to see here, humans. This burglar business does not concern you…

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Keep your eyes peeled though, cat burglars, the long paw of the law is watching!

Nives Rožanković/Facebook

Feature Image: & TheCatnipTimes/Facebook