Johanna King realized that there was an intruder breaking in her house in Long Island, New York, on the 30th of March. Her husband had gone to check on it, but realizing that the intruder had already left through the dog door, he went back to sleep.
When her husband told this story, she didn’t believe him. But that made her think about how she had been putting in a lot more of cat food than she used to, and her cat doesn’t even eat that much. Thinking there may have been an intruder, she decided to set up a camera in the kitchen, looking forward to keeping track of what was happening.
That is how they realized that every night, a cat has been breaking into their house.
King thought her other pets would react to this vocally, but they seem to have just accepted the intruder as someone who lives with them as well. Not to mention, the way the intruder cat looks almost like King’s own cat is insane!
“My dogs were useless in this process,” King told said. “I’m not sure if it’s because this cat looks so like my own cat, or because this cat entered like he owned the place. You could tell from the first time I caught him on camera, he was confident and knew the layout of the house. He was walking around like he owned the place! ”
King was actually impressed by how brave the cat had been, after catching the cat in the camera every single night. He made himself at home, without really caring about the fact that it wasn’t his home. He really seemed to enjoy it.
“When I first saw him on camera, he slept on my dining room table for about 20 minutes,” King said. “My cat walked right under him and didn’t even notice! He would enter the dog door, stroll around a little bit and walk over to my laundry room where the cat food is. Then end with a nap on the table! I’ve also caught him playing in my sink, knocking over dishes and walking all over my couch!”
Then, as time passed by, the cat became braver and started coming in even when the couple was still awake!
“A few times, I’d be sitting on the couch with the lights out (and my dogs at my feet) and I’d see two huge glowing eyes staring at me from the kitchen,” King said. “Then he would turn around and stroll back outside. I also watched the camera while I was at work or out of the house. It was so hard to tell if I was watching the Cat Burglar (as my husband called him) or my cat!”
The couple then decided that they should start trying to catch the cat. So, they set up a trap inside the house. The cat walked straight around it. So, they tried setting the trap up outside. Unfortunately, the cat was very smart and didn’t fall for any of these tricks. The couple didn’t have a choice except for giving up on trapping the cat and just accepting the fact that he lived with them now.
“I even put a towel on my dining room table where he liked to nap,” King said. “I figured if he was going to break in, he might as well enjoy himself.”
But still, the couple didn’t remove the trap and left it outside and that was a great decision. Because, a few days later, they were finally able to catch the cat.
“I let my dogs outside … My dog was OBSESSED with the cat trap,” King said. “It’s been there for almost a week, why suddenly? So, I walked over and noticed the trap door was shut. It was pitch-black out so I went inside and got a flashlight. I uncovered the trap and saw a cat!”
King was sure she had caught her own cat in the trap but she found him asleep inside, confirming that the trapped cat was the intruder. Finally, the cat was in the hands of justice.
King had a large cage already set up inside her house and she out him there so he couldn’t go anywhere. He was probably shocked in the beginning but a few moments later, he warmed up and even let King pet her.
King had been posting about the entire incident on Facebook and everyone loved her stories. She was expecting someone to come up for kitty by sharing the posts about him.
“My initial intentions were to find this cat’s owner and make them aware their pet was a felon,” King said.
But considering the condition he was in, she thought the cat was either a stray or had been abandoned, sneaking into her home in order to gain some comfort. King named him Hunter and decided to do whatever she could to help him find a forever home.
In the beginning, she had thought of adopting him herself. But when she took him to the Vet, she discovered he has FIV and can’t stay with her current cat. King, who volunteers and fosters for For Our Friends, is doing her best to find Hunter the perfect home.
“I think he broke into the right home,” King said. “Maybe someone else wouldn’t have been so willing to help him! I can’t change the world, but hopefully, I helped make his world a little better!”
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