Cats can be so cute, we might even forget they're deadly predators while petting them. Of course, make one wrong move (like touching their belly) and they will instantly remind you of it with bites and scratches.

But don't just take my word for it. Check out the subreddit Murder Mittens, an awesome online community we've already covered once.

Even though it's fairly young (the sub was created in 2018), it already has 168,000 members, posting pictures of adorably fearsome cats who love to show off their claws and remind everyone of who's boss! Here are some of them.

#1

He Is Mine

He Is Mine

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simpsonsfan888
Community Member
10 months ago

hooz a good boi yooza good boi!

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#2

Void With His Murder Mittens

Void With His Murder Mittens

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Janine B.
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

This one is clearly looking for belly rubs. *puts on hammered steel armor*

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Cats evolved to be highly stealthy because they are both predators (who often need to be able to get fairly close to their prey before attacking) and prey (who need to be able to move around in their environment without being preyed upon by a larger predator), and they don't "forget" their instincts even if they move in with humans.

Lucy Hoile, a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) who specializes in cats, told Fashion Life these animals hunt even when they're not hungry. "A well-fed cat will still have the innate drive to hunt when the opportunity arises," she said.

#3

Messi's Massive Murder Mittens

Messi's Massive Murder Mittens

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Rachknits
Community Member
10 months ago

Those are actual murder mittens

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#4

Rip Graybeard He Let Me Spoil Him For 12 Years. It Was A Privilege

Rip Graybeard He Let Me Spoil Him For 12 Years. It Was A Privilege

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Lydia Dean-Melchior
Community Member
10 months ago

So very sorry for your loss.

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#5

2 Day Old Murder Mittens

2 Day Old Murder Mittens

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
10 months ago

Theses are kitten mittens, but wake me and you may get a nail jib!

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They are simply not meant to sit around. "Cats need to display natural behaviors, such as hunting, to maintain emotional wellbeing," Hoile continued. "Without an appropriate opportunity to do this, they will find their own outlets: ambushing owners' ankles or other unsuspecting cats, potentially causing huge problems."

The good thing is that we can help them foster their instincts. And it's not that hard, too. "Play with them!" Hoile said. "Playing with toys provides an opportunity for cats to show the same behaviors they display when hunting - stalking, chasing, grabbing, and biting."

#6

Izzy Just Discovered That She's A Cat

Izzy Just Discovered That She's A Cat

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
10 months ago

Holy cow! I just realized what I can do with these or what they can do for me!

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#7

Illegally Smol

Illegally Smol

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
10 months ago

Itty bitty patty paws with itty bitty claws!

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#8

Epic Mits

Epic Mits

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Rosa Diaz ️‍️‍
Community Member
10 months ago

thats a lot of toe beans

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In our earlier piece where we showed kitties preparing for their first sneak attack, cat behavior expert Dr. Marci L. Koski said that it's also important to know that your cat isn't done playing even if it stops after a couple of minutes.

When cats hunt, they go through the following prey sequence: 1) staring, 2) stalking and chasing, 3) pouncing and grabbing, and 4) performing a kill bite. And if they seem to have calmed down, that doesn't automatically mean they lost interest!

"They've just gone back to the first step in the prey sequence -- staring. So keep moving the wand toy and keep your cat engaged (even if it's just staring). You can give your kitty a short break or change lures to reengage them, but don't give up!" Dr. Koski explained.

"Play sessions will be more intense for younger cats, but even older kitties and special needs kitties love to play. Following a play session, give your cat a meal to initiate the hunt-eat-groom-sleep sequence, which is another thing that cats naturally do. You'll find your cat is more relaxed and content if you can stick to a routine schedule focused around play and meals."

Just keep in mind that you can end up with a few "battle scars" after some quality time with your precious kitty.

#9

Holding Paws With A Side Of Claws

Holding Paws With A Side Of Claws

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
10 months ago

Them's sleeping nails -just means together forever!

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#10

I Couldn't Help Myself. I Had To Poke The Beans

I Couldn't Help Myself. I Had To Poke The Beans

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Janine B.
Community Member
10 months ago

Finally found the button for mittens activation mode!

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#11

Mr Bob Showing Off His Weaponry While Getting A Good Stretch In

Mr Bob Showing Off His Weaponry While Getting A Good Stretch In

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A B C
Community Member
10 months ago

One day, I wanna look as content as a cat stretching <3

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#12

He Sees You When You’re Sleeping. He Knows When You’re Awake

He Sees You When You’re Sleeping. He Knows When You’re Awake

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Janine B.
Community Member
10 months ago

Johnny???

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#13

You Gotta Squint, But I Promise They Are There. I Also Felt Them In My Eyelid

You Gotta Squint, But I Promise They Are There. I Also Felt Them In My Eyelid

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
10 months ago

The wet nose in the other eye is some consolation - right?

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#14

Meet Uno. He’s Basically A Bond Villain

Meet Uno. He’s Basically A Bond Villain

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Susan S
Community Member
10 months ago

"I've got my eye on you.."

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#15

Discovering Her Deadly Mittens

Discovering Her Deadly Mittens

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
10 months ago

I may be small but boy, I am in control of this situation!

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#16

Murder Mittens/Double Fang Combo

Murder Mittens/Double Fang Combo

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
10 months ago

That's not a (domestic) cat.

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#17

Gismo's 18 Year Old Grandpa Nap Mittens

Gismo's 18 Year Old Grandpa Nap Mittens

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Janine B.
Community Member
10 months ago

Aww, sweet Gismo. 🥰

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#18

Lucipurr

Lucipurr

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A B C
Community Member
10 months ago

What an incredibly beautiful picture. I dunno why, but I love mleming cats :D

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#19

Good Morning Murder Mittens

Good Morning Murder Mittens

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
10 months ago

Must be a legal document, check out those clawses!

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#20

Presenting A Solo Murder Mitten

Presenting A Solo Murder Mitten

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
10 months ago

Pardon me sir - do you have the ACCURATE time?

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#21

My Blind Old Man Giving A Peek At His Murder Mittens

My Blind Old Man Giving A Peek At His Murder Mittens

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Janine B.
Community Member
10 months ago

Aw, sweetie pie.

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#22

The Very Smallest Murder Feets

The Very Smallest Murder Feets

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
10 months ago

Momma says I got to practice now look out, I dangerous!

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#23

Don’t Mess With The Mother

Don’t Mess With The Mother

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Ms.M.
Community Member
10 months ago

The spot on her neck resembles a goatee :D

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#24

All The Birds I’m Saving By Keeping Her Inside

All The Birds I’m Saving By Keeping Her Inside

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
10 months ago

Thank you...

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#25

Nap Time With The Mittens

Nap Time With The Mittens

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Sofie
Community Member
10 months ago

Flipping the bird I see 😂 "Leave us alone!"

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#26

Give Me A Hug I Promise It Won’t Hurt!

Give Me A Hug I Promise It Won’t Hurt!

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
10 months ago

Come on I won't hurt - besides I may be stuck a bit!

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#27

I Guess We're Not Cuddling...

I Guess We're Not Cuddling...

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A B C
Community Member
10 months ago

Bunny legs incoming. They hurt. :D

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#28

Mittens And Tufts... Melvin Is A Funny Little Fellow

Mittens And Tufts... Melvin Is A Funny Little Fellow

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Francesca Annoni
Community Member
10 months ago

He has thumbs? He can conquer the world...

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#29

“Give Me The Chicken Or Your Life, You Decide”

“Give Me The Chicken Or Your Life, You Decide”

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
10 months ago

Chicken comin right up SIR!

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#30

Baby Tiger Cub With Some Big Weapons

Baby Tiger Cub With Some Big Weapons

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Rissie
Community Member
10 months ago

That face! What a gentle demeanor. Murder mittens match the part during these few seconds ;)

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#31

We Better Have Wet Food Today Or Else

We Better Have Wet Food Today Or Else

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Libstak
Community Member
10 months ago

Kitty scratches, I always wear a few. Tis the latest fashion.

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#32

Small Kitty, Big Claws

Small Kitty, Big Claws

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
10 months ago

Please, all I want to do is hug your neck - REALLY!

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#33

Baby Murder Mittens

Baby Murder Mittens

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Linda HS
Community Member
10 months ago

Adorbs

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#34

Play With Me And No That Dum Computer!

Play With Me And No That Dum Computer!

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
10 months ago

What's a computer game got that I ain't?

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#35

My Lovely Girl Just Decided The Attention She Was Getting Wasn't Quite Enough And Started Reaching Out For Me Too

My Lovely Girl Just Decided The Attention She Was Getting Wasn't Quite Enough And Started Reaching Out For Me Too

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Mii
Community Member
10 months ago

What breed is that?

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#36

Grover Loves Making Painful, Painful Biscuits

Grover Loves Making Painful, Painful Biscuits

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Janine B.
Community Member
10 months ago

The purring is worth it. :)

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#37

Hungry Murder

Hungry Murder

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
10 months ago

You can almost see the ears wiggling

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#38

Poised To Strike

Poised To Strike

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
10 months ago

Yep! I think I can make it up this wall - lets give it a go!

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#39

Snoozy Style Murder Mittens Getting Ready For Their Next Adventure!

Snoozy Style Murder Mittens Getting Ready For Their Next Adventure!

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
10 months ago

I'm just having a wild dream!

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#40

Ready To Scratch Out Ur Eyes

Ready To Scratch Out Ur Eyes

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Janine B.
Community Member
10 months ago

I can hear this picture. 😂

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