I was born at a rescue and just recently got adopted. This is supposed to be a really big deal, but so far it has been a huge disappointment! When I lived at the rescue, humans came by and played with me all the time, but now I am just expected to entertain myself with a boring toy mousie. So I look for my own fun, but every time I find something I enjoy, it is apparently “bad!” Here is a list of what the humans here do not approve of: unrolling all the paper in the human litter box room, climbing the curtains, attacking human ankles, biting human hair, knocking things off the counters and dining room table, clawing the rug and sofa, sneaking into the fireplace, playing in my own litter box and dumping my food on the floor so it is easier to eat. In other words, everything! I am only three months old and it is kind of depressing to think I have a whole lifetime to face being told everything I do is wrong! Do you think I can go back to the rescue, where everything I did was just fine?
Dear Sad Kitten,
You are breaking my heart! Nothing you are doing is “bad” (okay, maybe sneaking into the fireplace isn’t such a great idea), you are just bored and these humans who adopted you totally do not understand how to keep an active kitten like you occupied. When you lived at the rescue, the people there did everything they could to make your life fun — you had lots of playtime and other kittens as pals. So no wonder you go to a new home and you start going a little bit crazy. I assume that when you were adopted, the rescue told your humans about what a kitten needs — but apparently they did not pay much attention. I will tell you right here and now that there is no such thing as a “bad kitten.” All kittens are good, if occasionally they get into situations that aren’t quite ideal for them. It is just plain wrong to be told you are bad. Kittens come in three different speeds: playful, really playful and crazy playful — I don’t think you are even in the crazy playful category (that would be my roommate Binga who, as a kitten, attacked the human’s faces in the morning and thought it was a fun game). You are a very normal kitten who needs a lot of games and interaction to grow into the best cat you can be. Along with keeping you busy with play, your new humans should be bonding with you, not spending their time calling you “bad.”
The great thing about coming from a rescue is that when a human adopts a kitten or a cat and it isn’t working out, they can almost always return her. With any luck, these humans are just misguided, and when they explain the “problem” to the rescue, the rescue humans will give them a lecture about life with kittens, and they will take the advice and use it. Maybe they will even convince them to take home a friend for you. If they realize they aren’t up to living with a kitten, they will return you to the rescue, where you will be happy again — and maybe next time you will get adopted by smarter humans.
Sherri-Ellen T-D says
Sparkle it iz bery sad dat da kitt iz nott alloud to bee a kitt…
We hopez da peeple take da kitt back fer a refund n den go get a goldfish…make dat 2 goldfish so dey can keep each other companee!! 😉
Yer furend Nylablue xxx
Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal says
Well I think that kitten have a BAD human !!!
Hannah and Lucy says
There’s no such thing as a bad kitty on the other paw there are many bad humans.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx
Mark's Mews says
There are (almost) NO BAD CATS! Just sometimes reactions that Beins dont unnerstand.
Amelia Hughes says
It’s like a broken record at the shelter when someone comes in and is fixated on getting a kitten but doesn’t want a “wild one”â€¦..they need to play, play, play. Great advice Sparkle! We just got home from a trip and the babysitter left a note on Wubbikins that she was a “very bad girl” and that was a love noteâ€¦doesn’t everyone get upset and poop on the carpet when their humans leave?
Aww poor kitty,that is some great advice Sparkle.xx Speedy
Glogirly and Katie says
Oh, poor kitty! It’s too bad that kittens don’t come with a training manual for humans.
We hope that either this kitty’s humans wise up and start playing or that the kitty finds a new forever home that’s ready to properly take care of a young and rambunctious kitten.
Famous SpokesGoat Pricilla says
You need a goatling. Send me your address and I have perfect little guy to send your way
Kitties Blue says
Wow, we feel so sorry for this kitten, and we hope things work out for her in the long run. It breaks our hearts when humans adopt a kitten and then just let it fend for itself. Sending all our prayers and purrs to this kitty. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Astrid, Lisbeth, Giulietta, Fiona and Calista Jo
Cathy Keisha says
Canâ€™t argue with your advice. Those peeps should have adopted an adult cat but â€œoh, kittens are soooo much cuter!â€ Bah!
Sue Brandes says
Aww poor little kitty. We would play with you.
We feel so bad for that little one too 🙁
Random Felines says
hmmmm…..nothing bad about that kitten. sounds like she needs a friend (can we ship them Saffron??)
Baby Tali says
Pawsome advice Sparkle..I was a super crazy kitten..I would run..zoom zoom..back and forth through the hallway and I could even climbs the walls in a couple of places in our house..Nobody ever called me bad..They just played toys with me and tried to help me wear off some of my super energy..baby kittehs should never bees sad.. 😥
Toby & Leia says
Aww. Poor lil tot. We’re sorry your hoomins just Don’t Get It. Hopefully you can train them up to be better than they are now.
Great advice! Poor Sad Kitten…
No, Sad kitten! You aren’t bad – you’re a kitten! Goodness, I was a TERRIBLE kitten during a certain age, but my FODs chalked it up to growing and let me do my thing. And now I’m just the snuggliest cat around! Except when the laser pointer is out. Then I’m a hunting machine. – Crepes.
Poor baby! I can’t believe someone actually WROTE this! I mean, who wouldn’t WANT to play with a kitten – like ALL the time?!
I hope these folks get to learning ASAP!
And Binga attacking the humans’ faces is funny – but it probably wasn’t to them at the time. MOL
MomKatt’s getting visions of the creature in “Alien” picturing Binga doing that, she says. LOL
I hope these folks get some “informational assistance” soon! I loved your reply.
The Meezers says
oh poor baby kitten! we hopes that your people learn how to play with you!
Fuzzy Tales says
This kitty needs better humans, poor sweetie. And if said humans want a more sedentary pet, perhaps they would consider a pair of senior cats, or an adult cat that needs to be the only pet.
The Poupounette Gang says
Oh poor sweet sad kitty! Our immediate reaction is that the “rescuers” should have adopted two kitties together and also been given a thorough briefing in what being a kitten means. No kitten should be sad at three months, even for a moment.
That is so sad. Poor little thing. Hopefully the new owners will find out what the kitten needs. Good advice Sparkle. Take care.
The Island Cats says
Oh no! We’re sad for this kitty too. We purr that her humans learn that she is not being bad.
The Kitties of Purring Pines says
Great advice. We send purr prayers that her purr-ents learn to play with her!
Georgia and Julie says
As usual, you offer good advice.
We are sad too, that this kitty has people who do not appreciate her.
We wish people would learn how to play and love a kitty.
Purrs Georgia and Julie,
and Angels Tiger and Tillie