With his face pressed against the glass cage, he whispered his home address to the cat.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on February 24, 2023. It has since been updated.
When you ask your parents for a pet, most likely, they would say no. They have weird but sensible reasons not to have a dog, such as, "You can't even do your laundry, and you expect yourself to care for a dog?" We hear it all the time. As kids, we dreamed of having a fuzzy cat or dog to live that Paris Hilton celebrity dog lifestyle, but it was never in the cards for some of us. When parents hear "pet," they most likely hear "time, expense, disruptions, and possible destruction of household furniture." You have to address their concerns and show a bit of pet leadership. There are, however, numerous options if you desire a fluffy canine friend. "The best way to get a puppy is to beg for a baby brother—and they'll settle for a puppy every time," Winston Pendleton once said. Sounds fair, right?
A story of a boy desperately wanting a cat from PetSmart despite being refused by his mom gained attention on Twitter. Haley (@feederofcats) tweeted about it, amassing over 225K likes and 14K retweets. After receiving a firm NO from his mother, the child devised a plan to get the cat. With his face pressed against the glass cage, he whispered his home address to the cat insinuating it to take care of the rest. We hope the cat pulls a Snowball from "Stuart Little" and finds its way to the given address. Many people in the comments who sympathized with the kid shared their pet stories. These are the best ones we came across.
just saw a kid in petsmart with his hands and face pressed against an adoptable cat's glass cage telling the cat they need to "form a plan" because his mom said no and whispering his full home address to the cat. i think the kids will be alright— haley (@feederofcats) January 9, 2023
I once went to petsmart for cat food and fell in love with a cat waiting for a home; but I was about to go out of town for 10 days, so I told her if she was there when I got back, I’d return to adopt her. we shook on it and she was mine 2 weeks later 🤗— thick sarah palin (@dollarbinbran) January 10, 2023
Sounds like something my daughter would have done at that age... still frustrated at age 20, because her Mom wouldn't let her have a pet (and Dad really didn't feel like being responsible for one...)— Daniel de Godoy Lopes (@DanielBrasilia) January 9, 2023
When I need to go to petsmart, I only go to the aisle I need, I cannot deviate because I’m an adult with my own money and my own home and I would end up with 8000 pets and that’s too many and unfair to my current pets— bestlex 🐳 (@bestlexever) January 9, 2023
Poor kid. I’ve stood in front of the cages, petting the cats, apologizing because I couldn’t take them home and telling them I loved them. Hopefully things get better for that kid and the cat. pic.twitter.com/YMma2OKpfW— Bird Gerhl (@LadyBirdGerhl) January 9, 2023
I have a personal rule that I can’t visit the cat room anymore because the last time I went there for cat food and left with a cat (the little one). pic.twitter.com/MVSo3h6zUi— Swedie (@itsgnatt) January 9, 2023
My mom never allowed me to have pets and I have done exactly this more than once, you just got me the memories— OPEN COMMISSIONS 🎨🇧🇷 (@_LauraPrado__) January 9, 2023
I used to work at petsmart it was a horrible experience but I got this hooligan out of it! My wild boy Toni! pic.twitter.com/I9xrVFElTh— The Glitter Alchemist (@Rebels__World) January 9, 2023
The cat showing up to his house like that old chef boyardee commercial😭 pic.twitter.com/Iqc1l7oicG— carrie (@carries_town) January 9, 2023
I cried in the middle of a pets mart because this kitty was so nice and was rubbing against the cage and meowing at me and I felt so bad that I couldn’t take him home that I just cried.— JustDoodles💜💫 (@JustCallDoodles) January 9, 2023
This was last year.
He’ll be back.. stealing the key and having the cats follow him home and forming a community cat alliance and they will rule the world and he’s going to be cat king!— KoyiaKreations™️ (@_koyiaaa) January 9, 2023
I’ll volunteer to join the team for the mission impossible-style heist that delivers the cat to that kid. I can drive, or hold the cat.— Travis from his porch 🌻🇺🇦 (@freeulysses_tj) January 9, 2023
In @harukimurakami_'s novel "Kafka on the Shore" there's a character named Nakata who develops the ability to converse with cats after a brain injury. (This ends up being very useful in his occupation, which is finding lost cats.) Hopefully this child has a similar ability.— Milton Foust (@artifexfelix) January 9, 2023
this is why I'm not allowed to go to PetSmart anymore actually. Two of our babies were PetSmart adoptees that we "accidentally" stumbled onto— Aspen/Loxi || PNGTuber in JRPG Hell (@galaxolotls) January 9, 2023
The plan will be to say “Please Mom?” Endlessly until she relents from exhaustion. Worked for me as a kid.— yankees pugs (@yankees_pugs) January 9, 2023
That’s the story I’m writing because I want him to get that cat so much.
I fully believe the plan will be successful and that cat will find a way to the kid’s house somehow.— 🍎🍊🍋ruby🥝🫐🍇 (@gay_girlboss) January 9, 2023
The cat's plan: pic.twitter.com/em3famFmUL— Tater Thot Casserole 🐀 (@SaltyTaterThot) January 9, 2023
Ah, this is what I’ve been doing wrong. Not telling animals my home address so they can visit and tell their friends as well. Thanks, kid.— Katie (@katielafaw) January 9, 2023
Cats know what they’re doing. My child cried over a dropped lollipop that had to be tossed just outside an adoption cage. The cat reached out through the bars & patted her on the shoulder, consoling her. It worked, cat’s been with us 4 yrs now.— Kelly Edwards Art (@KellyEdwardsArt) January 10, 2023