Reason #31 To Keep Your Cats Indoors: Actual Cat Burglars

A Portland family is looking for help getting their cat back after a woman snatched the moggie off their porch and ran off with him.

Home security footage shows the woman approaching the Autar family’s home early in the morning on Feb. 20 and crouching down next to the porch where she beckoned the tabby, KiKi, to approach her.

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The woman grabs KiKi off the porch of his family’s home in Portland. The family hopes someone recognizes the suspect so they can recover KiKi.

When that didn’t work, the woman walked right up to KiKi and scooped him up.

Karina Autar and her brother, Akash, are students at the University of Oregon and described their parents as “empty-nesters” who dote on KiKi like a child.

“When my dad takes a nap, when my dad goes to sleep, he has to get KiKi on the bed with him,” Karina told KPTV, a Fox affiliate in Portland.

Karina, who adopted KiKi when she was in middle school, said it feels “like a family member is gone.”

With Karina and Akash living on campus 110 miles away in Eugene, Oregon, their parents have turned to neighbors and friends for help. The suspect was wearing a long sleeve pink jacket with a white scarf around her neck, along with black jogging pants and white running shoes. She’s got dark hair highlighted with blonde and while it’s difficult to estimate her age based on the pixelated footage, she may be in her 20s.

Akash Autar spoke directly to the woman in the KTPV segment.

“What you did was really wrong,” he said. “You took someone’s family member. You took someone’s love and joy. I just hope you haven’t done anything mean or bad or harmed him in any way.”

7 thoughts on “Reason #31 To Keep Your Cats Indoors: Actual Cat Burglars”

  1. Cat cruelty/abuse occurs prolifically/daily/globally, for various reasons, though none morally justifiable. Normally, no criminal animal-abuse charges are laid against the perpetrators, which reveals a general societal devaluation of cat life and suffering. Cats have a beneficial effect on the human psyche/body that most people still cannot fathom thus appreciate, a quality that makes losing that pet someday such a heartbreaking experience.

    Yet, some cat-haters procure sick satisfaction from torturing naively-trusting thus likely sweet-natured cats whose owners have recklessly allowed them to wander the neighborhood at night. Many hate cats simply for their innate resistance to heeling at their masters’ commands. Indeed, with their reptile-like vertical-slit pupils and Hollywood-cliché fanged hiss when confronted, in a world mostly hostile toward snakes, cats may have a permanent PR problem, despite Internet photo popularity. [At 54 years of age, I believe that along with human intelligence comes the proportionate reprehensible potential for evil behavior, i.e. malice for malice’s sake.]

    I believe there’s a subconscious yet tragic human-nature propensity to perceive the value of life (sometimes even human life in regularly war-torn or overpopulated famine-stricken global regions) in relation to the conditions enjoyed or suffered by that life. With the mindset of feline disposability, it might be: ‘Oh, there’s a lot more whence they came’.

    Only when overpopulations of unwanted cats are greatly reduced in number by responsible owners consistently spaying/neutering their pet felines might these beautiful animals’ presence be truly appreciated, especially for the symbiotic-like healthy relationship (contrary to common misinformation) they can and do give us. … Beautiful yet misunderstood, prejudged and often despised animals, cats are.

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    1. I try not to be judgmental of people who allow their cats outside, because a lot of people are just going on old information and don’t realize the risks. Helping them understand the risks seems to be the better route for making a difference.

      Plus glass houses and stones, and all that. I’m sure there are people who would look at me and think I’m doing some things wrong, and I’m not exactly a strong-willed caretaker when it comes to Buddy hounding me for treats.

      As for this woman’s motivation, it looks like she thought the cat might have been valuable, based on her overall behavior: Trying to get into parked cars, fleeing quickly with the back of her SUV still open.

      I hope that she returns Kiki to his family or brings him to a shelter once she realizes he’s not going to net her major money, if she hasn’t realized that already. Maybe she thought he was a Bengal or something.

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