Cat burglar cam: woman films her thieving feline's daring heists

Internet - This cat has a knack for breaking and entering! She can't help but steal things from the neighbors and gift them to her owner with a proud meow.

This cat snitches up everything from letters (l), socks (top right) to garbage.
This cat snitches up everything from letters (l), socks (top right) to garbage.  © TikTok/Screenshot/Bildmontage/songsofmyfelines

Meet China. She's been living with her owner Monica and her shy fellow feline Waffles for almost seven years.

At the tender age of two, China began to develop kleptomaniac traits. As Monica told Bored Panda, her roommate noticed that her socks kept disappearing. It didn't take long to find the culprit.

“We were sitting on the couch one day and heard her. She was making some weird meows so we slowly peeked around the corner and saw her dropping the sock by my door," Monica said.

Soon, certain items of interest such as dog poop bags had to be made cat-proof. When Monica moved, China took advantage of the new location. The new house has a big backyard, which allowed the sneaky pet to take things up a notch.

"I was leaving to work one day and found a pack of cigarettes at my entrance. I came back from work and found matches. I was so confused. A few days later more items started appearing and that’s when I pieced it together. She had been burglarizing my neighbor’s yard and wouldn’t stop."

Monica soon realized she had a real professional on her hands!

Nothing can stop China from pulling her heists

A light bulb, a pair of scissors, and a dart – nothing is safe from China's thieving mitts.
A light bulb, a pair of scissors, and a dart – nothing is safe from China's thieving mitts.  © TikTok/Screenshot/Bildmontage/songsofmyfelines

At first, Monica tried to curb her cat's behavior, putting the stolen items back in her neighbors' yard, but China immediately brought them back, as if to say, "You really need to keep this."

The coronavirus lockdown gave Monica plenty of time to witness just how prolific China can be.

"She is basically coming and going as she pleases, stealing all day. She’s gone up to 3-4 things a day, depending on what people leave outside," Monica said.

Since nobody believed that her cat was really pulling these heists, she set up a camera to collect evidence. The Instagram account Songs of my felines was born. It features a "Things China brings me" series shows nothing is safe from this feline's thieving mitts.

China's heists are a hit on Instagram

Monica's neighbors are on to China

China stole fireworks (l)! and dog poop bags.
China stole fireworks (l)! and dog poop bags.  © TikTok/Screenshot/Bildmontage/songsofmyfelines

Whether it's scissors, socks, letters, or all kinds of garbage, there's nothing too small or insignificant for China. Eventually, Monica decided to come clean to her neighbors.

They didn't mind and even started following China's illicit activities on Instagram and TikTok.

Monica set up a return box that China can't get to, so there's no harm done in the end.

The expert cat burglar attracted attention online. She and her buddy Waffles already have nearly 30,000 subscribers.

Meanwhile, China hasn't given up on her life of crime – "Things China brings me" is up to part five and counting!

Cover photo: TikTok/Screenshot/Bildmontage/songsofmyfelines

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