A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Veterinarians and researchers discuss why cats behave the way they do, trace their evolution, and the history of their relationship to humans.
May inspire kids who are interested in pursuing careers as vets or animal researchers.
Positive Role Models
No real role models.
Violence & Scariness
Cat with dead bird in its mouth. Cats clawing apart and eating a dead fish.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Lion in Your Room is a short 2015 documentary from Canada about cats. The only aspect that could be remotely troubling for younger or more sensitive viewers is close-ups of cats hissing and looking mean, as well as close-ups of a cat with a dead bird in its mouth, as well as cats clawing apart and eating a dead fish. Aside from this, the documentary features interviews with veterinarians and cat researchers who discuss the evolution, development, and history of how and why cats are who they are, and their relationship to people, in both the past and present. This should inspire discussion with kids about both biological and historical evolution, and begin to answer questions about the behavior of cats. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a short and highly informative documentary about cats. Even if you're not a "cat person" by any stretch, it does shed light on why cats behave the way they do, how their behavior has evolved over time, and the continually developing relationship between cats and humans. The information presented from veterinarians and researchers is easy enough for younger viewers to understand while still being engaging for older viewers.
While most certainly more of interest to cat lovers, The Lion in Your Room takes a broader focus, and even explores the debate centered on the concern many have raised over the damage cats have wreaked on bird and animal species, either as outdoor house cats or as feral cats. The exploration of this topic as well as discussion of other types of cat behavior should inform and inspire discussion amongst family members with cats as to why their own pet behaves the way it does.
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