Cat Burglar Steals Some Pretty Interesting Items From The Neighbors

He's like a personal shopper.

This hilarious video by Animal Planet shows a cunning feline criminal hard at work, stealing a variety of trophies from the neighbor.

So why do cats exhibit this kind of behavior, whether it's with a dead mouse or a pair of the neighbor's knickers? 

Elizabeth Palermo of Live Science offers this explanation for cat burglars:

"Spayed female cats are the most likely to bring gory gifts to their owners. But they have their reasons.

In the wild, cat mothers teach their young how to eat their food by bringing home dead or injured prey. Domestic cats are no different. But in this modern age of spayed domestic cats, many female felines have no young to whom they need to pass on their hunting wisdom.

By leaving a dead animal on the back porch, your cat is acting out its natural role as mother and teacher. You, her loving owner, represent her surrogate family. And frankly, she knows you would never have been able to catch that delicious mouse on your own."

Well, there you have it. To cats, humans are too incompetent to hunt their own prey. 

For more interesting scientific readings, check out Live Science.

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