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Why Are Some Cats Kleptomaniacs? — 5 Comments

  1. I wish I had an answer for the stealing that goes on here.
    Over the years, I have talked a lot about my Damon who is a career criminal thief.
    Nothing is safe from him. He’s a hoarder. I’ve had to replace debit cards 4 times now and can never leave my pocketbook or cabinet door open. I no longer have any potholders or pens. I’ve checked his hoarding piles, moved furniture, and checked under the stove. Can’t find. I found one of my slippers wedged between the refrigerator and wall 2 months ago.
    At least, I am able to retrieve some personal items from his hoarding piles most of the time. He, especially, loves my hair accessories, socks, and panties (can’t leave a dirty laundry basket in sight).

    Here is an exerpt from 2013, I think:
    My Damon is now about 1 1/2 years old, strictly an indoor cat, and has been a thief since he was about 9 months old.
    I have to remind/inform my visiting children and their families not to leave any belongings on counters, shelves, etc. when they retire. Damon is a hoarder. He has 4 areas where he stashes his goods, and I have to routinely clear them out. He is, particularly, fond of human scented items like combs, hair accessories, and socks. But, when I have put away these sort of items, as well as any bricker-brack, he will steal a bath tissue roll while I am showering or nudge the roll of papertowels on the floor for all to shred.
    There are things that I have never found and know they are here because he never goes outside. Most sleep time, I have him in my room with me because he is such a prowler.

    • My God, I never knew you lived with such a prolific cat thief. The degree of his thieving is extraordinary and not to be able to find the items at all, ever, is also extraordinary but predicable. It can be hard to find cats in homes sometimes if they want to hide! 🙂

      I believe my theory is correct on this. He is simply expressing instinctively his feline behavior traits with the tools that he has: human items.

      • I have some photos of him stealing my socks to take to one of his piles. It’s rare that I can catch him in the act. He’s a very good criminal and looks angelic to boot.

  2. I think you summed it up wisely, and it makes perfect sense to me. I’ve never had a cat burglar, or known one, except for online stories and videos.

    Many cats revert to kitten behavior of kneading and suckling, even when they’ve been born into caring homes with good socialization. So, this must also be hard wired.

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