Pet owner captures ‘Houdini’ cat opening doors and sneaking out on camera

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A "Houdini" cat has stunned its owners by learning how to open doors and sneaking out of the house.

Friends thought Amy Kennedy, 33, was "crazy" when she claimed moggie Simba could open doors, until she finally caught him in the act.

The pet had learned how to pull the handle down using its body weight and has now been compared to famous escape artist Harry Houdini.

Amy lay in wait to catch Simba red-pawed, filming the cat leaping into the air, wrapping his paws around the handle and pulling it down.

She suspected the cat had been doing it for months because he would often appear in her room in the middle of the night despite having been shut in downstairs.

She then managed to capture definitive evidence of Simba's antics on her phone. She adopted siblings Simba and Nala last year, but never expected them to be able to open doors.

Amy, from Chester, Cheshire, said: "Lots of people tell you what to expect with cats but I never thought they'd learn to open the door.

"At night I could always hear banging, and wondered what it was and thought it had to be them crashing about.

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But then he started appearing in the bed. I didn't know how he was doing it, but I was shocked.

“You start doubting yourself because you wonder if you shut the door.

“He wraps his paws around the handle cause I’d always been wondering how he does it. No one believed me but now I have evidence. I’m not a crazy cat lady.”

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The cats usually sleep in the living room, but Amy said shutting doors is now pointless because of their newly-acquired skill.

She added: "I think he just wants to stay with me at all times. He used to cry at the door but he's worked out that he has to jump and push to open the door.

“He’s very happy with himself once the door comes open, making an appearance. He’s quite smug, just starts purring.

“I just keep the doors open as it’s just pointless.

“I live by myself. So it’s nice to let them free roam. But it’s quite clear that they’re in charge of the house now.”

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