Cat Caught on Camera Trying To Hack Treat Machine Has Internet in Stitches

A video of a cat desperately trying to get hold of some extra treats has delighted the internet after gaining viral attention on Reddit.

User u/GoobyTron420 shared the adorable footage of Egyptian Mau cat Gizmo—full name Gilbo Baggins—on the popular r/cats forum on Wednesday. The cat's antics have since received over 36,000 upvotes on Reddit from thrilled viewers.

Angry cat and home camera
A cat looking grumpy, left, and a picture of a wireless in-home camera, right. A cat caught trying to hack an automatic treat dispenser has left the internet in stitches. Nadya So/PORNCHAI SODA/Getty Images

Filmed on a pet video device that also has the ability to shoot treats—a feature controlled by the owner—Gizmo can be seen patting at the camera attempting to get it to release a treat.

"Please enjoy a video of my cute boy Gizmo trying to get a snack from the kitty camera because it can shoot treats," said the cat's owner in the caption.

Designed for keeping an eye on your pets even when you can't be at home with them, pet cameras have gained popularity in recent years. Similar to security cameras, they are often designed with pet-friendly extras like a speaker so you can chat to your furry friend and—as is the case here—the ability to give your pet a treat from anywhere.

There are various versions on the market that retail at an average of around $100. Pet site Paw Shake says: "A pet camera is a really useful tool to monitor your pet's behavior when you are away, even if you have a pet sitter watching your pet." From ensuring nobody is on furniture they shouldn't be to communicating with restless animals on your way home, they're also a great way to capture moments you may otherwise miss—just like Gizmo's search for treats.

In stitches at the feline's antics, Reddit users headed to the comments to share their thoughts.

"Looks like he's at the ATM... and forgot his PIN," joked one Redditor. Another commenter said: "He seems very dedicated towards his job."

"This is so cute and totally reminds me of our cat who is never late to feeding time," wrote another user.

"Cats are skilled hackers," shared another viewer of the video. "Mine have figured out numerous ways to hack the automated feeders."

Other eagle-eyed viewers noticed a second cat in the footage. The 18-year-old cat behind is sitting on the couch behind Gizmo, watching patiently: "He's got a lookout, just in case," joked one Redditor. Another said: "I like to think that's the partner in crime."

Another viewer of the viral video stood up for Gizmo and said: "Please give him a treat on behalf of the internet." In a later comment, u/GoobyTron420 reassured commenters that Gizmo was spoiled and definitely had enough treats.

Newsweek has reached out to u/GoobyTron420 for comment.