A cold-blooded catnapper has been caught on camera bundling a kitten into her handbag in a theft from a pet shop.
Shop owner Carol Ivory checked her store's CCTV when the kitten she was looking after went missing from his usual nap spot.
Instead of finding the kitten, called Little Boy, simply slumbering in a different place, she was horrified to see he had fallen prey to a shoplifter.
An unknown woman is clearly seen bundling the kitten into a large handbag during a brief section of the shop CCTV footage.
The theft took place on Saturday from the private kitchen of the long established Albany Pets, in Roath, Cardiff, south Wales.
Mrs Ivory was looking after Little Boy, and his mother, for a friend who is away on holiday. Both animals were in the shop's kitchen which is off limits to the public.
"I think that it was an absolutely despicable thing to do. You don't think anyone would do that," Mrs Ivory, 60, said. "The thought of him being with them is just horrifying.
"What are they going to do to him if he makes a mess on the carpet out of fright? I think that I'll stop selling pets because I don't feel I have enough security to protect them."
South Wales Police said an investigation was under way.