Dad Says Kids Can Get Cat if They Get 1,000 Facebook Likes

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Remi and Evelyn UrbanoMost parents have been there with their kids pleading for a pet, promising they'll take care of it, and that they'll do annnnnnnnythiiiiiing if you just get them one. Dad Dan Urbano was there with his two children -- Remi, 7, and Evelyn, 1 -- when he came up with what he thought was a clever way to put off their request for a cat.

He told them if a picture of them pleading for a cat could get 1,000 likes on Facebook, he'd buy them the cat. So their mom took a picture of them holding a sign that read, "Hey FACEBOOK! My sister & I REALLY want a CAT! My Papa PROMISES we can get one if we can get 1,000 LIKES! PLEASE like this picture! Thank you."

Mom Marisa Urbano told Good Morning America, "We figured our friends and maybe their friends would be nice and kind and share with each other." They never expected what happened next.

As cute things tend to do on the Internet, suddenly it went viral. She said they knew within an hour that the kids were going to get that cat, and now, a week later, the post has more than 113,000 likes and has been shared more than 105,000 times. So much for dad's plan.

And yes, they got their cat. Originally they were going to name it "Hairy Pawturr," but when they found out the cat -- which they got at a local animal shelter -- was a female, they changed it to "Harietta L. Pawturr." The "L" is for the Facebook likes. Clever, right?

I love this story, and what a creative way to make the kids "earn" the cat. In this case, it didn't actually take a whole lot of work since their adorable little faces pretty much did the job for them, but in general kids appreciate things more when they have to earn them rather than just having them handed over to them. I suspect Hairietta is going to be a much fawned over feline.

What creative ways have you tried to make your children "earn" things?


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dirti... dirtiekittie

maybe i'm being a debbie downer today, but personally, i don't see how your 7 year old and 1 year old (!!) are really doing anything to "earn" the cat except to look cute. and with the exception of maybe one or two rarities, who isn't cute at 1 year old? my two kids (9 and 4) want us to get a family dog. but until they can help us be responsible (by helping with chores and showing they can actually be responsible) we are a dog-free family. there's no way i would ever let facebook or any facet of it dictate whether my kids got a pet or not.

ok, i'll go have a coffee and lighten up now. ;)

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

I love the idea of making kids earn things... my kids have to do it all the time with chores and other responsibilities. This circumstance is a bit cheesy and I'm not sure what it really teaches the kids- but it is a great family memory. :-)

MsRkg MsRkg

I think Dad secretly wanted the cat, because how could he expect that adorable picture not to go viral and get over 1000 likes.

nonmember avatar kaerae

Yeah, you kind of are a downer on this, kittie. It's a cat, very little actual responsibility compared to a puppy. I think it's a fun way to build excitement for the kids about their new little pet. Not EVERYTHING needs to be a life lesson, sometimes you can just do something nice for your kids, you know?

dirti... dirtiekittie

@kaerae - but don't you think caring for an animal is still SOME kind of life lesson? to be responsible for someone/something other than yourself? i don't think of getting a pet as "doing something nice for my kids" but i take pet ownership pretty seriously. i don't see how you can say that a cat is "very little actual responsibility". well they have to be fed, given water, their kitty litter cleaned, vet visits - i mean, really, it's another thing you're responsible for. if you don't take care of the cat, well, bad things happen.

all i'm saying is that pet ownership should be taken a little more seriously than "oh look, a cute pet! let's have it!" because after a while the newness/cuteness wears off but you still have a new 'family member' that has needs like being fed and cleaned up after.

fave82 fave82

@dirtiekittie good lord, why to twist a cute story into an utterly ridiculous debate. please, for our sake and the sake of all those who actually have to endure your presence in the real world, go take some prozac!

Virid... ViridianSoul

Seven years old is plenty old enough to learn to put food and water down and clean out a kitty litter box. Obviously the baby won't be doing that, but I think it'd be a good learning experience for the little man.

Kathy Cassity

I think it was great!

hexxuss hexxuss

LOL - this is cute, and, ironically, I 'Liked' their picture just last night before finding this article today lol.  Glad to find out it was legit XD  I <3 cats - this was a clever way to try & NOT get the kids a cat - sort of blew up on 'em tho lol.  I hope that the follow-up to this is that the kids are taught & expected to feed & water the cat, brush it, and when old enough, take care of the catbox too - will help build responsibility. =)

Matt McLean

@dirtiekittie, how do u know the kid didnt do anything to earn this cat? do u know these kids? yes they do look cute and thats why they got 116,000 likes. put a picture of u up and see how many likes it gets!

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