A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The kittens at the cat cafe are treated with kindness and respect, and Morissette, while a working cat, is a welcome part of the farm family.
Positive Role Models
They're just cats without a real moral compass, but it's interesting to watch how they behave with each other and how cat mothers care for their kittens.
Violence & Scariness
Male cats fight with each other over fish; a mouse is hunted but not killed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kittenhood is a special that follows the lives of three different cats from birth. Morissette is a French farm cat, Kurumi lives in Japan at a cat cafe, and a nameless ginger cat roams the streets of a Greek Island. Tomcats scrap over fish, and kittens play fight frequently. The Greek island's cats have the most difficult life; they suffer from malnutrition and the stresses of being feral. Sensitive kids who don't know that many cats live this way may be upset, but the doc is matter-of-fact about their struggles. Cat lovers of all ages will likely enjoy this ultra-cute and informative look into kitten life.
Is It Any Good?
Cuteness overload combined with a gentle, educational voiceover makes this straightforward short film a must for kid cat lovers who want to learn more about the early lives of our feline friends. Generally, the facts shared are simple, including tidbits about how cats became domesticated, why they sleep so much, instinct, and how their bodies develop. Morissette learns to hunt through playing, for her future as a farm cat who will help with pest control in the barn. Sensitive kids might have a hard time seeing the difficult lives of the Greek island cats, but this could open a door for conversation about how not all animals are domesticated throughout the world. These slow-paced kitten adventures are fun to watch, and there's lots of learning to be found here.
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