The kitchen is the Holy Grail, a promised land, a gold mine all in one for our pets. Any pet can turn into a serial thief due to its captivating aromas, mouth-watering sights, and unforgettable flavors.
Here’s a list by Bored Panda which is a humble farewell to all the delicious bites that got stolen without mercy.
But these pets have been caught red-handed while committing their petty crimes. They won’t stop doing it again even if we all forgive them.
#1 Just Taking A Nap After Eating All The Strawberry Jam
#2 Egg Thief
#3 He Started Barking At The Door, When I Got Up To Look Outside He Ran Back A Stole A Slice Of My Pizza. No One At The Door
Bored Panda reached talked to a qualified animal behaviorist and consultant based in Melbourne who runs the animal behavior consultancy “Pets Behaving Badly”, Kate Mornement, to find out more about why our pets love stealing food so much.
According to Kate, some pets are notorious food stealers because “they’re more motivated by food than other pets and their prior attempts to steal food have been reinforced (rewarded).”
The animal behaviorist gave an example: “a dog who has successfully stolen a whole roast chicken off the kitchen bench is likely to repeat the behavior given future opportunities.” The chances are high your pet will repeat it if the act of attempting to steal food really pays off.
#4 I Guess We Will Never Know What Happened To The Catnip
#5 Smart Cat
#6 Just Want To Apologize To Any Of Our Neighbors Who Are Missing A Full Rack Of Ribs
According to Kate, stealing food, which is also known as “counter surfing,” is “an opportunistic behavior.” Animals are drawn to repeat it when such behavior pays off.
She concluded, “It has nothing to do with being dominant; rather, it’s influenced by previous experiences finding food on kitchen benches and tables.”
#7 When A Cat Runs To The Fridge Every Time It Opens, A Sign Is Necessary
#8 When Mom Turns Her Back And You Steal The Leftover Corn Muffins From Dinner
#9 My Girlfriend’s Cat Likes To Steal Bagel Bites, When You Catch Him He Pretends To Be Asleep. Meet Neji
“By making an incompatible behavior, such as staying on their mat, more reinforcing than investigating food in the kitchen” you can indeed train your pet not to steal food.
This can be done by frequently rewarding your pet with high-value treats for staying on their mat while you are preparing or eating food. She added, “It’s important to avoid leaving food on countertops and tables outside of training sessions or when you cannot supervise your pet.”
The pet behaviorist concluded that, be patient, and “over time and with repetition, your pet should be less likely to steal food.”