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When this young woman returned home from college, she was most excited to see her cat. Confusingly, her parents told her he had passed away, and it only got worse from there.
Moving Away for College
We’ll refer to the original poster (OP) as Kim, a college student who moved out of her parents’ house when she turned 18.
An Attachment to Milo
After moving out, Kim visited her parents each weekend when she was available and came home during the summer.
The family rescued Milo, Kim’s beloved cat, after finding him in the backyard.
College Life and Weekend Visits
Leaving for college wasn’t easy for Kim knowing Milo would stay behind, but she knew it was best for him since Milo was comfortable at Kim’s house and friendly with her other pets.
Balancing Studies and Family Time
One day, Kim returned to her parents’ home, and when she arrived, she immediately called for Milo. However, Milo didn’t appear, which was strange.
Returning Home to Find Milo Missing
Milo usually ran to Kim when she came to the door – but not this time. Confused by his absence, Kim started searching for Milo. However, Milo was nowhere to be found.
Feeling defeated, Kim asked her parents if they’d seen Milo and was surprised by the upset looks on their faces. Here’s where things headed south.
Learning of Milo’s Passing
When Kim asked her parents what had happened, they told her that Milo had passed away earlier that week. They said they kept this news from her so she could concentrate on her studies.
Feelings of Betrayal
Instantly, Kim became upset and started to cry. She would’ve dropped everything to see Milo. After calming down a bit, Kim asked about the reason for Milo’s passing.
Upset Over Parents’ Decision
Kim’s parents claimed it was due to old age, but this didn’t add up. Milo was only six years old. Slowly, Kim tried accepting the reality of Milo’s death when she noticed her parents looking at each other, at her, and then shaking their heads.
As Kim headed out, her parents quickly yelled that it was a joke. However, instead of Kim turning back, she proceeded to head out.
“My dad continued to send pictures posing with my cat,” Kim explained. “So, as far as I know, he is alive. I haven’t seen him in person since, which makes me wonder if those photos were taken beforehand.”
One person said, “From reading all the comments I think they don’t want the cat but they’re keeping it ‘hostage’. They know OP is distant, she already left when they didn’t want her to and are probably realizing she only comes home to see the cat.
“When she takes the cat she’s gone and says herself she wants to go…”
Treating Animals Fairly
Another commenter added, “Yeah even if the parents just took the cat to a shelter earlier in the week they could’ve just gone and gotten him back after OP left.”
Parents Desperate Pleas to Come Home
A joke isn’t a joke if all parties aren’t laughing. What seemed like a harmless joke to Kim’s parents felt devastating for Kim. Did Kim overreact, or do her parents need to apologize?
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