"Cat's in the Cradle" is an episode of The Itchy & Scratchy Show.


Itchy is watching TV, but he hears a door knock, so he opens the door to find a baby Scratchy at his doorstep. He decides to raise Scratchy on his own. In a time-lapsed montage, Itchy buys yarn and kitten litter for Scratchy, plays catch with him, and teaches him to drive a car. Scratchy then gets ready for his prom date with a giraffe, and later graduates from Purrinceton. Itchy congratulates him with a graduation gift. Unfortunately, it is a bomb with a lit fuse, which explodes and kills Scratchy, while Itchy wipes a tear from his eye.


  • The title is a reference to the song of the same name.
  • The car Scratchy learns to drive in (the Mouse-tang) is a parody Mustang.
  • Purrinceton is a reference to Princeton.