Kitten's Reaction to 'Trial Period' at New Home Being Extended Warms Hearts

What do you do when you're keen to bring a pet into the home, but your partner needs a little more convincing? One man's solution to such an issue has resulted in a viral post that has delighted the internet.

On Tuesday, Andy from Columbus, Ohio—who uses the handle KipDudemeister—shared a picture of a small kitten on Reddit with the caption: "My wife agrees to a 'trial run' with a cat. She has fallen in love with the little girl and keeps extending the trial period. Meet Penelope. (This was her reaction to being told that she can stay another week)."

Shared on the popular r/Cats forum, the post now has over 60,000 upvotes and has gained hundreds of comments from delighted Redditors.

Andy lives with his wife Diane and their three sons, where Penelope the cat came to stay last week. Andy told Newsweek: "My parents' cat recently had a litter of kittens who turned eight weeks old this past week and were ready to be adopted.

"My parents were on their way to take a few of the kittens to their new forever home on Sunday but decided to make a quick stop at our house beforehand with all six kittens in tow," as the kittens headed off to their new home, Penelope stayed behind much to the delight of Andy and his children.

"Along with our three boys, we have been trying to convince Diane to get a cat for years, but she was reluctant to do so because she didn't know if they could help take care of a cat. Truthfully, I have been trying to convince my wife to get a cat ever since we got married and we'll celebrate 14 years of marriage in July."

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) says that of 4.1 million shelter animals that are adopted each year, 2.1 million are cats.

A survey from the American Pet Products Association found that 31 percent of cats in the U.S. are obtained from an animal shelter or humane society.

Andy said his parents had joked about bringing them a cat, and sure enough, they did: "We picked the sweetest cat of the litter," he said: "I explained to my wife that it was just a trial run for two days (with a wink) and that she could go back to my parents."

But it wasn't long before Diane fell in love with the new feline addition. "I could tell that she was in love with Penelope as soon as she picked her up," said Andy.

One commenter wrote: "I had a similar situation. In 2018 I swore I would take a local stray kitten to the no-kill shelter after a few weeks. I just wanted to domesticate him a little bit. He owns every inch of my house now."

Another comment on the post shared a similar experience: "That's how my wife (then girlfriend) and I got our first cat. Kitty needed a home for a few days while the owners decided what to do with her, girlfriend fell in love in about two hours and now it's been eight years."

Another Redditor said: "How could you possibly give her away? I hope she's with you to stay."

Andy confirmed that Penelope was indeed home to stay, when he said: "All in all, I think the trial run will be indefinite. Penelope is home. After the post started gaining traction, my wife commented that if the post got 5,000 upvotes, we could keep her. Then it became 10,000... and then she just kind of gave up."

Last month, this heartwarming clip of a senior cat finding their forever home gained over two million views online. Plus, this special needs cat born with one eye and a nostril found his forever home in Ohio.

Penelope the cat
Penelope the cat's reaction to learning her trial period has been extended another week. The hilarious picture has delighted the internet after one Reddit user shared the story about their new family member. KipDudemeister/Reddit