Thursday, 23 April 2020

T is for Thief

THEY seek him here, they seek him there but there's always a wily cat burglar evading capture - because cats like to steal.

These feline felons often take a fancy to particular types of items and then set about stealing them, be it food items, socks, shoe laces, underwear, toys, plants or boxes.

They then pile them up under beds, sofas or cupboards, any where you can't easily reach them.

So why do these kleptomaniac kats act in they way they do? They could be using stealing as a tactic for attention or they could merely be following their hunting instincts and regard the items as prey.

Cats need stimulation so if your feline friend is exhibiting stealing behaviour that is excessive or troublesome, try playing with them more and buying or making them more stimulating toys. Don't punish them or discipline them because they won't understand and in their eyes they are doing nothing wrong. You will only end up alienating their affection.

Another reason  could be that your cat is not satisfied with his food or eating schedule. Cats in the wild will eat periodically throughout the day but this is difficult if you have to go out to work. Cats in the wild will sometimes bury their food so they can eat it later. When cats steal and hide items, they may be mimicking this food-related behaviour.

My sassy, grumpy cat Toffee is also taking part in the A to Z Challenge. Take a look here:

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If you are a cat lover - especially a lover of the grumpier members of the species, this is the book for you. Written by Toffee who, despite her name, is the least sweet cat you can imagine. The world according to Toffee exists to serve her and woe betide anyone who forgets it. Paperback on left, Kindle version on right.


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  1. OMC! Dusty is such a funny cat! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I appreciate that you addressed the potential seriousness of what can seem so amusing. Take care!

  3. Interestingly enough, I have never had a cat that stole things. Maybe they have all been contented!

  4. hahaha yes indeed a cute video! Our Lucy doesn't get outside without not working anymore ( retired) so she gets all the play time and meal times she wants!

  5. I never noticed cats stealing things, so I never understood cat burglar. Interesting.

  6. My Emmy "collects" cat toys. I call her a hoarder, she keeps them on her chair and adds to the collection often.

  7. I just laugh at this because it feels like they want their human parents to notice them. Maybe they need to play more with the pussy cat or not let him out? I had to laugh at these 2 videos you posted


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