Nature Cat

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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House cat's adventures inspire kids to get out and play.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 27 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 10 reviews

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Educational Value

The show focuses more on the act of experiencing nature than it does on teaching viewers much about nature itself. Most learning points are very basic -- hamsters like to eat nuts, the moon rises at night, and animals need water to survive, for instance. In each case, kids see the characters take a challenge from start to finish, identifying and resolving problems as they go. 

Positive Messages

Curiosity and teamwork are major themes. The characters' experiences show kids how fun it can be to get outside and play, especially with friends. As they explore the natural world, they use their imaginations to invent adventures that often challenge their reasoning skills and teach them a little something about how nature works. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Fred's impulsivity sometimes causes problems in plans that aren't well conceived, but he and his friends always manage to get back on track. Daisy is resourceful, and Hal is jovial and good-natured. 

Violence & Scariness

Some falls, crashes, and other physical humor.  

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nature Cat is an animated series designed to inspire kids to get outside, experience nature, and play with friends. The characters' adventures show kids how much fun it can be to make discoveries, use their imaginations, and learn about the world around them. They also illustrate the fact that mishaps are par for the course when you're trying something new (especially when you're a novice outdoorsman such as Fred, the Nature Cat), and each one is an opportunity to hone problem-solving skills. Expect a lot of physical humor (falls, crashes) but overall content that's wholly appropriate and fun for kids. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2 year old Written byMama91 November 25, 2015

I can't even.

This show is a disgrace. Sadly, I think they are replacing the Wild Kratts shows with this. As lame as the near 50 year old's cartoon series was, it was... Continue reading
Adult Written byamandar5 December 20, 2015

I'm sure why everyone in the reviews seems so bitter about this show.

I'm not exactly sure why it seems so quick to compare the show to Nickelodeon and then other useless cartoons. I have twin 4 yr old boys who absolutely lo... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old November 29, 2015

Really, PBS?

There are shows that are unique, like Wild Kratts. But this... I am so disappointed in PBS.
Teen, 13 years old Written bylunabloom July 11, 2016

ANNOYING

Seriously-don't bother getting your kid into this show. My toddler sister watches this sometimes and my parents and I hate it-the only reason we don't... Continue reading

What's the story?

When Fred's family leaves for the day, he ditches his house-cat persona and becomes NATURE CAT (voiced by Taran Killam), "backyard explorer extraordinaire" and adventure enthusiast. Flanked by his best pals -- Hal (Bobby Moynihan), Daisy (Kate Micucci), and Squeaks (Kate McKinnon) -- Fred is eager to make the most of his time outside, but as a lifelong house cat he's not the most skilled outdoorsman. Fortunately his animal friends are happy to keep him on track as they join his adventures and discover new and exciting things about the natural world. 

Is it any good?

This lively series has many qualities that will appeal to kids, none more so than the exuberant titular character who finds joy in the simple acts of being outside and in the company of friends. They romp and play, get wet and dirty, and love every minute of the unstructured process. Even the most grandiose of their plans (building a rocket to go to the moon, for instance) becomes doable once their imaginations take hold.

Despite what its title might have you think, though, Nature Cat focuses more on the experience of being in nature than it does on a nuts-and-bolts education about the environment. Concepts are presented in very broad terms -- animals leave evidence behind as they go from one place to another, and there's less gravity on the moon than on Earth, for example -- so it probably will be more of a refresher course than a new chapter in your kids' learning. That said, there's lots of value in its reminders to kids that many adventures await in the great outdoors. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different personalities evident in Nature Cat. Which positive qualities does each member bring to the group? How is the team better prepared to tackle the challenges they face because of their combined efforts?

  • Kids: What kinds of games or imaginative play do you most enjoy outdoors? Are they solitary games, or do others join you? What physical benefits do you get from being outside? 

  • Fred is making his dreams come true by exploring the great outdoors. What kinds of things do your kids imagine doing? Are there obstacles in their way? How can you support their interests?

  • How do the characters in Nature Cat demonstrate curiosity and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?

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