Girl Creates 'Wall of Sorrow' to Guilt-Trip Dad Into Adopting a Cat


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In a masterful display of emotional manipulation and determination only a 13-year-old cat lover could muster, one girl pulled out all the stops to convince her father to adopt a cat. Thirteen-year-old Peyton created a "Wall of Sorrow," carefully crafted with guilt-trips galore, complete with photos of caged, tearful cats begging to be rescued.

You can almost hear Sarah McLachlan's Arms of the Angels playing on loop in the background. 



Peyton, 13, had been wanting a new cat for a while: two years ago, the family's cat of 19 years passed away, leaving Peyton without the cat she had essentially grown up with. 

"My sister has been begging my dad to get another cat. Her birthday was December 9th, and her wish was to get a new cat so she decided to make a 'wall of sorrow' which took her about an hour to do," ," Danielle Grubisic, Peyton's older sister, told Love Meow.


Peyton pulled out all the stops and clearly didn't pull any punches. 


"[You're] killing innocent lives!" Peyton wrote on one page, adding: "[You're] letting them die alone in a tiny box doing nothing but crying." (Cue Arms of the Angel intro.)   



To prove that she knew that a cat is not a toy, but a responsibility, she even included a letter detailing the steps of cleaning the litter and set up a litter-change schedule. 


Parents are no strangers kids begging for pets. But it seems that Peyton's Wall of Sorrow had the intended effect! 

Here's two-year-old Mittens chilling on her dad's lap. 


Peyton and her father went to a local animal shelter, where they found Mittens, who had reportedly been in the shelter for a while. 

This hard-won shelter kitty loves her new home, and Peyton is reportedly as happy as she can be with her new cat.  "She loves her cat and they've been cuddling together since we got her," Danielle said. 



All photos via Danielle Grubisic



  • Cathy

    Really the only thing that makes life worth living is our two little cats.

  • Mary

    I love the classic “haha sucker!” cat move of choosing to sit on dad. Has happened with our adoptions.

  • Lauren Skinner

    Not only did she do an awesome job of convincing Dad. She was grown up enough to adopt a CAT from a shelter. Not a kitten from a shop. What a beautiful heart, well done Peyton and thank you Peyton’s dad!

  • Elizabeth B

    Peyton’s determination will take her fat in life. Never give up when it comes to the right thing, like saving a life!

  • Eirodann

    I love that they chose an adult cat who’d been in the shelter for a while.

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