After Adopting a Kitten This Woman Was Constantly Pestered By Her Neighbor’s Toddler, One Day She Snapped and Lied About Giving the Kitten Away, Now Everyone’s Upset

Jane had recently adopted a new kitten and had allowed her neighbor’s 3-4 year old daughter, Lily, to play with it a few times. However, Lily’s constant pestering had become overwhelming, and Jane found herself unable to enjoy her new pet in peace.

She’s Always Waiting

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“Every time I leave or enter my house, she’s there asking to play with the cat,” Jane explained. “She’s always waiting for me when I get home, and it’s becoming too much.” Jane worked a busy job and just wanted to be left alone most the time. However, she didn’t want to be a bad neighbor.

The Cat Didn’t Like Her

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Jane had also noticed that Lily was mishandling the cat and that the cat didn’t seem to like her. Despite this, Lily continued to demand to play with the cat every time she saw Jane. Jane was slightly worried that if Lily was injured by the cat, her parents would sue Jane for medical bill coverage.

Liar, Liar

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One day, after a particularly long day at work, Jane let Lily play with the cat for a while. But when Lily continued to pester her even after she had gone inside to collect her food delivery, Jane had had enough. “I lied to her and told her I had given the cat away to a friend,” Jane admitted. “Now she’s sad and won’t eat, and I feel guilty.”

She Turned to the Internet

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Jane turned to a popular Reddit forum, asking if she was the jerk in this situation. Many people on Reddit sympathized with Jane, saying that she had every right to enjoy her new pet in peace and that Lily’s behavior was becoming overwhelming. Others suggested that Jane talk to Lily’s parents about the situation and set some boundaries.

It Was Too Much

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Taking the advice of the Reddit community, Jane gathered the courage to talk to Lily’s parents about the issue. She explained that Lily’s constant pestering was becoming too much and that the parents needed to explain to Lily why she couldn’t be bothering Jane all the time.

A Good Point

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One person on Reddit had a very valid point in that Jane didn’t need to lie to the child, they explained here, ‘“I’m sorry, but you can’t come to my house anymore. I have things to do and you’re interrupting me.” You don’t need to lie to the kid. Tell her the truth and help her to understand boundaries. She might be sad for a minute, but that’s life.’

Weekend Visitation

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“I also suggested that Lily might be allowed to visit the cat on weekends but not every day,” Jane said. “They seemed to understand the issue, and I’m hoping that the problem has been solved.”

Boundaries Have Been Set

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Jane learned that setting boundaries and communicating with others can be difficult but necessary. She realized that she didn’t have to sacrifice her own peace and happiness for the sake of others and that it was important to stand up for herself.

The Internet Responded

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This commenter wrote, “Not the jerk but her parents are… why the heck are they letting their kid hang out at a neighbour’s house alone? That’s so weird to me as a parent. Also that they are okay with her bothering their neighbour so much. My kids have been friends with neighbours we have in the past and I’ve always been clear that you can say hello and if invited over we can all go together but you’re never to ask to visit or assume you’re able to visit because you need to respect other people’s time and space.”

More Internet Responses

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Another person had this opinion and commented, “If OP hasn’t communicated any boundaries, I can understand why the parents might be a little more lax in all of this. And also, it truly is strange to give your toddler that much freedom. OP is not the jerk. But it would’ve been helpful to have a conversation with the parents instead of relating everything through a toddler.”

A Final Comment

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This last person wrote, “Clearly, the parents don’t care about other people’s boundaries and are teaching their kid to act the same by example. Also, it’s insanely dangerous to just let your 3/4 year old roam around and go into stranger’s homes unsupervised. That’s still a toddler. They don’t need to go anywhere without their parents.”

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