If there’s one thing my cat, Bubba Lee Kinsey, loves more than smelly gym shoes, cardboard boxes, and eight-hour naps in a sun puddle, it’s food. In 13 years, Bubba has become a renowned feline foodie, developing an affinity for everything from granola bars to Twizzlers to bacon. Seriously — he knows granola bars by the sound of the wrapper, and bacon turns him in to a hot drooling mess.
Bubba won’t even wait until we offer to share a bite. Instead, if he wants something, he will take it, a habit that has produced results both hilarious (that time he got his head stuck in an oatmeal container) and horrible (that time he spilled a whole bowl of pasta in my bed).
Cats might be unremorseful when it comes to stealing food from others, but what happens when someone tries to steal food from them? Here are five videos that offer some insight into this quandary, proving that cats can dish it out, but they certainly can’t take it.
The way the cats in this video react to a raccoon disrupting dinnertime is similar to my response when my Bubba Lee Kinsey slowly stuck his head in my box of Frosted Mini Wheats the other day: I stood motionless, not sure whether to be mad, nervous, or impressed. When Bubba finally grabbed a shredded wheat cube between his teeth, the adult in him appreciated his sensible choices, but the kid in him darted out of the room to lick the frosting under the kitchen table.
This cat is so shocked to have his own tricks used against him that all he can do is sit there, lick his lips, and wait for this cruel prank to end.
This orange cat slowly inches the food away from the black cat like he’s not going to notice, and the black cat just takes it. The video description says the orange cat is terrified of the black cat, though, meaning revenge is probably in order.
Mealtime at our house goes down similarly, except Phoenix is not so sly. She jumps right on top of Bubba Lee Kinsey, leaving him bewilderedly grooming his face like he totally let her do that while she devours his salmon-flavored Royal Canin without a second thought.
This hungry, adorable kitten defends her meal for about 10 seconds before taking the chicken exit.
The cat in this video makes three primary mistakes: 1) Cockiness: He just assumes that the treat is always going to be there and he can eat it whenever he wants. He does not consider the squirrel a legitimate threat. 2) Laziness: Watch him try to defend his snack. I mean, come on — he descended from the king of the jungle. He can do better than that. 3) Vanity: That impromptu grooming session really ends up costing him in the end.
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About Angela: This not-crazy-at-all cat lady loves to lint-roll her favorite dress and go out dancing. She also frequents the gym, the vegan coffee joint, and the warm patch of sunlight on the living room floor. She enjoys a good cat rescue story about kindness and decency overcoming the odds, and she’s an enthusiastic recipient of headbutts and purrs from her two cats, Bubba Lee Kinsey and Phoenix.