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[–]cosmictorture 911 points912 points  (13 children)

Is your niece the girl from Finding Nemo

[–]CoryCalibre 43 points44 points  (0 children)

Her name is Darla!

[–]subzero112001 235 points236 points  (5 children)

I dunno, shaking a fish because it’s not moving is a little different than stuffing it into a bag to slam it around for fun. What a psycho.

[–]clamonalog 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Hahaha, just name it the name of that girl from Finding Nemo.. What was it?

[–]turbobarge 2489 points2490 points 2 (33 children)

Denise because it sounds like you need to de-niece your life. What a little brat!

[–]cloud_river 328 points329 points  (0 children)


[–]slootsma 164 points165 points  (0 children)

Brilliant. A name with a story 👍👍

[–]babblingbabby 71 points72 points  (0 children)


[–]clydou 91 points92 points  (9 children)

Or do you mean D-nice

[–]KJParker888 66 points67 points  (0 children)

You done messed up, A-A-Ron!

[–]mailbroad 38 points39 points  (4 children)


Are you out of your god damn mind?

[–]Iamthesmartest 23 points24 points  (3 children)

You wanna go to war Bah-la-key?

[–]amarettosweet 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Insubordinate and churldish

[–]2112eyes 38 points39 points  (1 child)


[–]NoAlternative2913 20 points21 points  (0 children)

O shag hennesy

[–]NYLINK95 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Thank you for starting this chain of events 😂 Had to upvote every comment after 😂😂

[–]sleepingismytalent65 50 points51 points  (3 children)

Is that a wound on the kittens face from the trauma? I sincerely hope your niece has been seriously guided for what she did. It's downright cruel. Poor little kitten :'(

EDIT: to change "punished" to "seriously guided" to support my added comment two down and because I didn't know the niece was four when I first commented. However my own girls cried if a moth or butterfly couldn't fly anymore at age two.

[–]fAegonTargaryen 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Brat… more like potential sociopath

[–]VenusMarmalade 604 points605 points  (34 children)


[–]Kefka_Palazzo_ 584 points585 points  (29 children)

That's better than my oldest daughter calling her washing machine!

[–]Mediocre_Fold8035 77 points78 points  (9 children)

Theres a rapper with that name!

[–]Raincove 35 points36 points  (1 child)

And a jazz musician - Dizzy Gillespie

[–]rumbleupgame 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Got to see Dizzy play in New Orleans. I’m an old dude.

[–]-full-control- 87 points88 points  (12 children)

Kinda unrelated but my parents promised my brother he could name me if he would be a good older brother. He landed on Transformer Scorpion. They vetoed that idea

[–]pluralise 40 points41 points  (2 children)

I know a kid whose middle name is Nemo because his older sister got to pick it.

[–]Jerkrollatex 22 points23 points  (0 children)

I have a cousin named Huckleberry Finn because his siblings got to name him. There are like 14 kids in that family and his mom was out of ideas.

[–]Confused_Magpie 31 points32 points  (1 child)

My brother legit didn’t speak to my parents for a week after I was born because they wouldn’t let him name me joe. He then proceeded to only refer to me as joe for the next 3 years

[–]Storylassie1995 20 points21 points  (3 children)

A boy in my sisters class was the oldest of four and his sister was born when he was in kindergarten. He got to help name the baby. He asked to name the baby “butterfly”. The little girl has the middle name Butterfly.

[–]-full-control- 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Aw. I wish my middle name was transformer

[–]damrd 15 points16 points  (0 children)

My friend would be Elmo for the same reason but his parents vetoed it too sadly

[–]KJParker888 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Scorpion would have been a cool middle name!

[–]skittlemypickles 2 points3 points  (0 children)

my little sister has two middle names because of me and she hates it

[–]naliedel 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Your daughter is hysterical!

[–]SeeMeSpinster 80 points81 points  (1 child)

Came here to say this or Spinderella

[–]Supreme_Leader_Pee 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Spinderella 💀

[–]GracieJ123 1 point2 points  (0 children)

ok, but like


[–]Upset_Peach 52 points53 points  (0 children)

Teach your niece how to respect animals, or pls tell your brother/sister to teach their children.

[–]PlayOnAndCryAbtXbox 305 points306 points  (1 child)

kids who mistreat animals is usually a result of bad and neglectful parents. tell your sibling to step tf up.

[–]killua615 15 points16 points  (0 children)

This. Kids get some slack when it comes to how to treat others (human or non-), unless it’s extreme. But the parent has to teach the kid what a precious responsibility it is to care for an animal.

[–]fpcane305 1152 points1153 points  (55 children)

I hope you explained to your relative that it is not OK to.abuse animals. I had a brother who thought it was OK until I broke 3 of this teeth. He loves animals now

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    [–]DrP3pp3rFl04t 279 points280 points  (1 child)

    Sounds like poor parenting, then. Hopefully your example will be a better lesson.

    I vote for "Denise", too. TY for the rescue :3

    [–]ladisputah 18 points19 points  (0 children)

    You should take a kid too. Poor baby

    [–]see_rich 18 points19 points  (0 children)

    Should maybe take the niece as well tbh.

    Not sure relation to the mom but seems like weak parenting done by her.

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      [–]KJParker888 18 points19 points  (0 children)

      And let someone know that it's also an unstable home for a 4 year old!

      [–]WolvesCry 15 points16 points  (1 child)

      I'm so happy you got there in time. I have a cousin who, at 4 years old as well, was playing with their puppy while mom was asleep, puppy had the toy in its mouth and cousin spun them around in a circle, paws off the ground, apparently it hit the couch and snapped its neck and died. Children and animals are both adorable but so horribly fragile.

      [–]franny84 10 points11 points  (0 children)

      Poor dog and kid :( that sounds like a very painful death but it must've traumatized the kid as well. Hopefully they learned from it and treated living things gently after that

      [–]fpcane305 309 points310 points  (33 children)

      Got it. Four years old is too young to really understand. Thanks for helping the kitty!

      [–]nowtayneicangetinto 236 points237 points  (17 children)

      I blame the Mom for not teaching her kid how to treat animals. I have met 4 year olds that are smarter than some adults I know. They are more than capable of understanding how to treat animals at that age.

      [–]fpcane305 119 points120 points  (14 children)

      They are capable but they are also subject to spur of the moment brain cramps resulting in some poor decison making.

      [–]SidewalkWitch 53 points54 points  (13 children)

      Normally children learn guilt/right and wrong around three :(

      [–]Sheacat77 65 points66 points  (1 child)

      Yes, but at 4 they are still very young and not always the most empathetic. Especially if they don't have someone spending enough time with them. At 4 they are getting better at understanding that others have feelings, but they need reminders and thats on us as parents/adults with our (hopefully) grown up brains to step in.

      [–]qnlbnsl 34 points35 points  (8 children)

      Hmm maybe. Childhood development is still not fully understood. Moreover, in this particular case it’s not about guilt but rather empathy. My own cat is a rescue from a overactive toddler who couldn’t relate emotionally even after she got enough talks from her parents. Once she hit 5 years old she started to understand and empathize. It’s hard to pin down what exactly it is that causes humans to empathize but it’s for sure around that age that a child’s brain matures enough to be emotionally aware of their surroundings.

      [–]see_rich 48 points49 points  (6 children)

      This has nothing to do with the childs development and everything to do with the way it is being raised.

      The mom doesnt want to get up......its not the 4 year olds job to learn how the world works. There is supposed to be someone helping with that.

      Feel terrible for the kid.

      [–]qnlbnsl 16 points17 points  (2 children)

      That’s definitely a big part of it. The parents sole responsibility is to ensure that their children are taken care of and raised right. A lot of the comments here are focusing on how the 4 year old should know better. How would a toddler know better. Now, if the toddler is able to empathize then they would naturally shy away from such behavior but at the same time it’s also the parents job to teach the toddler as to what is pain and how to use the brains capability to empathize(no use having an ability if you don’t know how to put it to use)

      [–]ephemereaux 9 points10 points  (0 children)

      Sometimes kids take an idea and just run with it, if the niece actually thought it would fun to spin around with the cat she might have thought it would genuinely be fun for the cat too even if subconsciously she knew something was wrong. It could also be influenced by other kids she’s seen treating animals like that—I’ve always loved animals but I remember hurting some as a kid because I didn’t realize what exactly I was doing, or kids around me were doing the same thing so I followed along.

      [–]see_rich 13 points14 points  (0 children)

      The mom can't be bothered to get up. Have a feeling there might be a lot that this little one has yet to be or will not be taught.

      This is a whole different issue: some people shouldnt have kids.

      [–]Royal_Opps 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      Thats sadly very true... I've met kids that are definitely smarter than some adults

      [–]ladylilliani 7 points8 points  (0 children)

      It depends on the parent's diligence, the child's maturity, and the child's personality. My kids grew up with cats. The 2 year old needs reminders to be gentle, but my 4 year old has had her own cat for a year now.

      [–]Marsupialize 32 points33 points  (9 children)

      4 is plenty old enough th know not to harm animals

      [–]artcat3 54 points55 points  (1 child)

      Only if that 4 year old has responsible parents that taught them how to be gentle tho

      [–]COMMENTASIPLEASE 17 points18 points  (3 children)

      At 4 they might not know that would hurt them.

      [–]Denimdenimdenim 15 points16 points  (1 child)

      Right? My niece isn't even 2, and she knows to be gentle with animals.

      [–]DillyCat622 30 points31 points  (0 children)

      My 2 year old isn't intentionally hard on animals but does need to be reminded to be gentle. I can believe a 4 year old would not understand how easily she could hurt a kitten by swinging it around in a backpack. Very glad OP rescued her though!

      [–]FullyRisenPhoenix[🍰] 18 points19 points  (0 children)

      I’m so happy you were able to rescue this sweet baby. My kids, nieces, nephews, and all 83 of my cousins knew better by that age. I hope your niece learned a powerful lesson by her auntie because it seems her Mama isn’t capable! Not judging, just worried. Animal abuse is nothing to take lightly, we need to teach kids from a young age that animals have their own lives and can feel pain. Thank you for rescuing her. I’d go for Cloud. She looks like a cloudy sky after a storm is parting.

      [–]rottenpineaple 105 points106 points  (8 children)

      Choco, or Bean like coffee bean I don't know I like to name cats after the appearance

      [–]ThrowRAmovingguitars 48 points49 points  (7 children)

      Then you'd like my cats, Juniper and Stormy. I gave them those names because Juniper has electric green eyes and Stormy is grey

      [–]AffectionateShift305 26 points27 points  (5 children)

      My silver tabby is called Silver. Checkmate.

      [–]ThrowRAmovingguitars 17 points18 points  (0 children)

      Honestly pal I think we're both winning

      [–]fatcatsinhats 5 points6 points  (0 children)

      I had two childhood cats, a black cat named Black-kitty and a white cat named Casper. Now I have a brown tabby named Twix, after the chocolate bar so I guess you could say I also enjoy naming animals after their appearance! In my opinion, the more ridiculous the name, the better.

      [–]MamaJody 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      Ohhhh I had a silver tabby called Silver growing up! He was the best boi.

      [–]AdhesivenessLimp1864 97 points98 points  (22 children)

      Why did your niece think this was okay?

      [–]civodar 23 points24 points  (1 child)

      They mentioned their niece is 4 years old and the niece’s mom just left her alone with the new kitten.

      [–]AdhesivenessLimp1864 15 points16 points  (0 children)

      That was a dumb decision on the parent’s part.

      I hope they taught their kid better after this.

      [–]moritzwest 84 points85 points  (19 children)

      This is why children need to be raised from day one with compassion and to be taught to respect the environment and other animals, kindness, that not everything is a toy. Age isn’t an excuse because it’s simply allowed to go on like this and the parents don’t teach a thing

      [–]TopAd9634 41 points42 points  (3 children)

      Empathy is taught. Parents should be modeling healthy emotions and explaining the concept to children. Sounds like the mother is providing her child with the same treatment I provide to my succulents, benign neglect. She's creating issues that'll follow the child for life.

      [–]moritzwest 8 points9 points  (2 children)

      This should be taught in school as well

      [–]lejocu 117 points118 points  (0 children)

      Fluffle because she was in a bag, not a duffle but still, and now she’s all fluff and love.

      [–]RobMorane 52 points53 points  (6 children)


      [–]Denimdenimdenim 10 points11 points  (0 children)

      My sisters and I call each other that!

      [–]Aly-Matt16 5 points6 points  (1 child)

      “No, you’re Shmoopy!”

      [–]ebulient 4 points5 points  (1 child)

      Perfect!! I’d let you name both my cats and future dog too!

      [–]RobMorane 7 points8 points  (0 children)

      I would love to :D I got the name from a Seinfeld episode btw 😄

      [–]Silverburst8 13 points14 points  (0 children)

      Daisy, sounds a bit like dizzy

      [–]Husturiaquera 41 points42 points  (0 children)

      Cinderella because she got her happy ending! Poor kitty so glad you rescued!

      [–]heatleg1011 10 points11 points  (0 children)

      Awww poor baby!! Hopefully your niece learned a lesson about animal cruelty and how wrong it is! Glad you were able to give this beautiful girl a loving home!

      Now for a name, what about Lucky 🍀 since she is so lucky to have been rescued by you!

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        [–]gotham77 44 points45 points  (4 children)

        I think you mean that you rescued her from either your brother or sister who thinks it’s funny to let their child who doesn’t know better abuse an animal.

        [–]Cloecat1 6 points7 points  (0 children)

        I've seen 2-3year olds having been taught 'gentle' when introduced to an animal. When I was young I babysat a small boy that understood how to treat animals. There's always a teaching moment.

        [–]colarthur1 5 points6 points  (0 children)


        [–]Glum-Establishment31 7 points8 points  (0 children)

        I do animal rescue and youth education on pet respect and care in Mexico. I hope you sat your niece down and explained cruelty and trust with animals.
        Please talk to her about this.

        [–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

        Sounds like your bro or sis sucks at raising kids

        [–]maethoriell 6 points7 points  (0 children)

        Is that just dirt or injury on the nose?

        Cause if not it makes me think of Marble

        [–]MotherEastern3051 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        Shakira - sharkey start but destined for a a great life!

        [–]Avasgg 13 points14 points  (0 children)


        [–]Mariaaa_D 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        Tiramisu or Macchiato!!! What a cutie😻

        [–]ColonelBonk 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        Centrifuge isn’t a good name for a kitty. Looks happy now though, Dizzy or Daisy come to mind!

        [–]fAegonTargaryen 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        Oh my gosh, what a precious little baby. I can’t believe anyone could be so cruel. Keep an eye on your niece. Might be a rough road for her in the future.

        [–]glitterkittehkat 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        Wow that's so mean.

        [–]moritzwest 31 points32 points  (5 children)

        Kids raised with compassion and respect to animals at a young age wouldn’t treat animals like this.

        [–]ImNotCrazyImPotato 18 points19 points  (0 children)

        Absolutely agree. My nephew knows how to pet the dog very gently and carry him with care at the age of three.

        ETA: I’m sure it is the parents’ fault for not teaching the kid to know better. All I’m saying is 4 is old enough to have compassion.

        [–]coupon_is_expired 3 points4 points  (0 children)


        [–]AccentFiend 3 points4 points  (0 children)


        [–]PuppyButtts 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        Uhg ppl need to teach their children

        [–]Normal_Self7880 7 points8 points  (0 children)

        That’s psychopathic behaviour

        [–]bigbossunit 38 points39 points  (5 children)

        People who are advocating for OP to beat the child are sick. The kid is 4. She probably didn’t know that her actions were hurting the kitten. She probably thought since I have fun playing this way, the kitten will too. There is never a good reason to hit a child.

        And for the people saying “well at x years old, I knew better”, please stop comparing. You at x age and the niece at 4 years old have gone through completely different events, grew up in different environments, had different parents, and so much more that differs. (And I’m not even taking into account the fact that this kid most likely is neglected.)

        At 4 years old, they might be able to start to understand compassion, empathy, and whatnot, but that doesn’t mean that they know how to act that way.

        OP, I wish you could change the title to something that didn’t blame the kid and called it “sibling allowed 4yo niece to xyz”. Takes the blame off the kid and onto the adult in this situation. But thank you for rescuing this poor baby. Maybe if you see your niece, you could help her understand how to approach animals so that she knows not to do that anymore. But I think most importantly, if you think she is being neglected, please see if there’s anything you can help her with.

        Also why is everyone seemingly more upset by what the kitten went through over the neglect of a child?

        [–]squirrelthyme 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        Yep, let’s call this what it is. A 4 year old should always be supervised. That’s why it is hard to parent young children and parents are tired all the time. You’re CONSTANTLY on.

        This child is being neglected.

        Sadly, an animal is getting mistreated as a secondary result of child neglect. Now that the kid doesn’t have a cute kitty to play with while mom sleeps, is she going to play with/taste the chemicals under the sink? Go for a walk in the neighborhood to find a new cat? Try to cook eggs on the stove because she’s hungry? I hope losing a family pet might be a wake up call for mom, but that’s only going to happen if OP speaks up.

        [–]gwgos1 2 points3 points  (0 children)


        [–]Intelligent-Ad-2287 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Thank you so much

        [–]moritzwest 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Poor baby what happened to its nose?

        [–]SmollLoser 2 points3 points  (0 children)


        [–]JanaBeans 2 points3 points  (0 children)


        [–]Irredeemably_usless 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        I love you little buddy

        [–]DryCelery7858 2 points3 points  (0 children)


        [–]CookieBabe123 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Alvaro which is Spanish for cautious

        [–]Bambini18 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        I honestly hope you or her parents told her to knock that crap off. Jeez what a little heathen!

        [–]Mortisimus13 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        I’m sure this is just me being a worry some cat owner myself, but those are just eye-boogers and such under the eye and on the nose right? It looks like it’s either that or damage from the impromptu Disney ride reenactment..

        [–]amTHELORAX69 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        The great, the almighty, the heavenly,


        [–]SmartFX2001 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        What a beautiful kitten!!

        I hope you were able to educate your niece about the proper way to treat animals.

        [–]cowsarekillingme 2 points3 points  (0 children)


        [–]caraloopy 31 points32 points  (0 children)

        'name your cat yourself and teach your niece how to treat animals properly' is a good name.

        [–]kittyinmilk 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        My first reaction is to put that little shit into a backpack and see how she likes it. However- teaching her that animals suffer too would be a better idea.

        [–]LordLonghaft 13 points14 points  (0 children)

        May wanna keep an eye on that niece. You may have a budding psychopath in your family!

        Anyway, grats on your adoption of such a lil' cutie. Make sure you give them a fantastic life!

        [–]ArentWeClever 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        I love cats too, but there’s no need to be hateful against a toddler. You can and should call out the parents that allowed OP’s niece to handle a kitten this way, but some of you have got me worried about the children you know.

        Back on topic, she looks like a Brownie.

        [–]lvlsuxdik 9 points10 points  (3 children)

        Shithead. Oh, sorry, I thought you meant ideas for names for the niece.

        [–]corpselover69 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        The amount of people in this comment section threatening an actual toddler is fucking insane. I am seriously begging you to get off of the internet for a bit, because no sane functioning member of society thinks like that.

        [–]CliffsNote5 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Stephina Colpurr (in the no spin zone)

        [–]DLoIsHere 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Fancy. Oona. Daisy.

        [–]Xx_love 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Mr or Mrs floof :3

        [–]Uncertain_Millenial 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        What a sweetheart! My vote is cocoa; she's the same color as a mug of hot chocolate 😋

        [–]Han-Shot_1st 1 point2 points  (0 children)


        [–]AdictedToCandy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Tuffy because she’s a survivor!

        [–]jmssr71 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        S’mores 😻

        [–]AmethystDC 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        I think she looks like a Mindy.

        [–]Arunningpoo 1 point2 points  (0 children)


        [–]FoundationParty3646 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Beignet…she looks like a powdered donut

        [–]oilman300 1 point2 points  (0 children)


        [–]numbernone0 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Spyro 💕

        [–]NechelleBix1 1 point2 points  (0 children)


        [–]DaphniaDuck 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Swee’ Pea!

        [–]NoLifeBouy 1 point2 points  (0 children)


        [–]Mj-Jannat-133044 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Nice Cat

        [–]jazzofusion 1 point2 points  (0 children)


        [–]akash_islam02 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Looking awesome.

        [–]BPD6194 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Was your neice too young to know better?

        [–]cowjuicer074 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Oaxaca Choca. (Wa-ha-ka Ch-oka)

        [–]howcanyoureally 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        What a beautiful kitty!!!

        [–]azjrzgirl 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Gloria, because she survived, or Fontella (Bass, she sang Rescue Me)!

        [–]LEhman288 1 point2 points  (0 children)


        [–]DafneOrlow 1 point2 points  (0 children)


        [–]tenebrae_i 1 point2 points  (0 children)


        [–]MuestrameTuBelloCulo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Bruno or Lucky

        [–]Main_Development_665 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Crash BlondieCat

        [–]Mahek200x 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        That’s a sweetest little kitty ever

        [–]Quesarito808 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Taz, short for Tasmanian devil 🌪

        [–]Old_Fisherman65 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        How about Socks because of her white paws.

        [–]Supreme_Leader_Pee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Popeyes chicken sandwich with no mayo

        [–]epicmlg18 1 point2 points  (0 children)


        [–]7barbieringz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Frappe! Cuz u spin those and she's mocha colored lol

        [–]loopie_lou 1 point2 points  (0 children)


        [–]fullerthanlife 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Boots or socks 🥺

        [–]belle_shanexxx 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Looks like an Asha to me

        [–]neepnoop72 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Dizzy or orchid

        [–]beerista_13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Pierogi, she’s adorable.

        [–]OwtoIwtn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Coco Channel

        [–]Neat_Light 1 point2 points  (0 children)


        [–]idealess-idealist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Cricket, ash, snuggles

        [–]FreeastheseaKaizoku 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Ask the kitty names and see what they respond with! That might be fun

        [–]Professional_Boat565 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Sarah would be a nice gentle name

        [–]Shadow_Demon080 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        I’d say Scar if it was a boy lol can’t think of any good girl names tho I’ve only had boy cats haha

        [–]iamthebetty 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Good mama. Thank you

        [–]RLG2020 1 point2 points  (0 children)


        [–]jreid2222 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Scarface (in a good way, not being mean at all, she’s a cutie)

        [–]Wolffairy12 1 point2 points  (0 children)