Mónica Vicéns couldn’t say no when a friend informed her about three little kittens abandoned in her backyard. She instantly fell in love with the tiniest of the lot, a white and brown tabby, and realized she couldn’t bear the thought of parting with her.
Vicéns told The Dodo, “China was the lone female and the runt of the three.” “I had a 4-month-old male cat named Waffles from the same yard and had fallen in love with China, so I chose to keep her.”
Vicéns was changed into a furious huntress once she moved to a home with a wide backyard a few months later.
Vicéns didn’t enjoy all the bugs China sent her every day, and she let her cat know by not allowing her to go outdoors. China, on the other hand, still wanted to deliver her mother something, so she focused her attention inside the home.
Vicéns started seeing heaps of her roommate’s socks outside her door. She initially believed her roommate’s dog was delivering them to her, but they soon caught China red-handed. “She was making strange meows, so we gently looked around the corner and watched her drop the sock near my door,” Vicéns explained. “It was the most amusing thing we’d ever seen!”
China first brought her smokes, then matches, which she left outside the front door. Vicéns had no idea where the products were coming from and believed they belonged to her roommate.
“A few days later, more items started appearing and that’s when I pieced it together,” Vicéns said. “She had been burglarizing my neighbor’s yard and wouldn’t stop. I would put everything back in their yard as soon as she dropped it and she would bring them back immediately, like, ‘Hey! I thought I gave you this!’ So, I had to wait until the end of the day to return all the items.”
Vicéns figured out that every time China left the house, she stuck to a routine: “She’ll quickly run to her favorite patch of dirt to roll around in it then she’s off to burglarize the streets,” Vicéns said. “She’ll come back with something, drop it at my door, sit and yell for me.”
Nobody appeared to believe Vicéns when she informed her friends about China’s cat burglaries. So she put up a camera outside the door to film herself in the act and shared the recordings on Instagram and TikTok. Nonetheless, Vicéns was concerned that China’s thievery might irritate her neighbors.
“I couldn’t keep covering for her so I came clean,” Vicéns said. “I left the neighbors a bag with their items and a note explaining what was going on.”
Luckily, the neighbors had no problem with China burglarizing them. Vicéns has since set up a “return box” on their property where they can find their missing backyard items.
China can certainly be a handful, but Vicéns wouldn’t trade her for the world. “[She] loves to roll around in dirt, hunt, steal, knock things off tables and annoy me as much as possible and I love her to death,” Vicéns said. “She makes me laugh every day.”