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

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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