Hello Kitty

Better than a teddy bear: It’s Stewie the comfort cat, a beautiful black-haired, hazel-eyed feline who apparently doubles as a babysitter for his household’s latest – and tiny – addition.

Ever wonder if animals are capable of performing acts of kindness? Practically any pet owner will tell you there’s no doubt about it. If you need proof, Stewie’s family caught it on video. In this YouTube moment, new baby Connar fusses grumpily in his seat and Stewie reaches out a paw in response – not to scratch his teary infant eyes out, but rather to stroke his cheek and pat the baby’s head. Really. A cat.

It seems to work magic. Connar – who knows? Maybe by now he’s used to kitty care – settles down, closing his eyes and calmly slurping his lower lip in preparation for, well, a catnap.

Keep watching. Stewie leans over to kiss Connar’s bald spot – I kid you not – and even licks his chops afterwards, because we all know babies smell and taste good. Stewie’s proprietary paw stays on Connar’s head until he’s fully asleep, at which point the cat finally looks up at the camera: “Did I do good?” he’s clearly asking in petspeak.

Stewie, you did great. You are obviously a beast of great benevolence, not to mention an expert baby handler. Although one can’t help but wonder if things will go as smoothly through the potty training stage.

Cat patting baby's head

Hush little baby, don’t you cry, Stewie’s gonna purr you a lullaby…

4 responses to “Hello Kitty

  1. Thanks for this. You hear so often about cats and dogs being jealous of babies, but this is clearly not the case, and I guess even cats can’t resist that “new baby” sweet smell. What a lovely story for the week before Christmas.

  2. Thanks, Christine! I know from firsthand experience that new parents always appreciate an extra set of helpful hands. In this case it just happens to be a paw. Glad you enjoyed the story!

  3. christinecowley732

    So true!! I experienced this first-hand this week. On Tuesday (post-New Year!) I suddenly came down with a the flu. In bed, shaking and shivering, Misu, my feline “hot water bottle” curled up with me, purred me to sleep (to the point of annoyance, to be honest) and didn’t leave my pillow until the next morning. She even let me sleep in an extra 2 hours! Unheard of, especially since she normally alerts her doggie brother who is always much more vocal about dragging me out of bed for his breakfast. Nurse Misu gets my vote!

  4. What a great story, Christine! And what a loving and clever critter you have in your home. I hope Misu has successfully nursed you back to perfect health at this point. Happy new year!

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