I Taught My Cat to Clean My Room

A Funny Cat Poem for Kids

From the book My Hippo Has the Hiccups

I taught my cat to clean my room,
to use a bucket, brush and broom,
to dust my clock and picture frames,
and pick up all my toys and games.

He puts my pants and shirts away,
and makes my bed, and I would say
it seems to me it's only fair
he puts away my underwear.

In fact, I think he's got it made.
I'm not as happy with our trade.
He may pick up my shoes and socks,
but I clean out his litterbox.

--Kenn Nesbitt


Copyright © 2009 Kenn Nesbitt. All Rights Reserved.

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My Hippo Has the Hiccups


On Oct 15, 2014 meghshah from india wrote:
the poem is funny and cool
On Sep 15, 2014 Shannon from USA wrote:
On Jul 4, 2014 demason from texas wrote:
it is cool
On Jun 6, 2014 josh from united states wrote:
this is for the cool cats that love to clean rooms.
On Apr 18, 2014 yowa from india wrote:
this poem is sooo...cute.. i have 14 cats in my home but they r soo lazy...but r cute

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Reading Level of this Poem

Teachers may find this information useful. Please note that Lexile Measures are intended for prose, not poetry. So, technically, the Lexile Measure of any poem should be NP (for non-prose). Nevertheless, this information is frequently requested, so I provide the Lexile Measure for this poem as if it were prose. The Grade Level Average, below, may be a more accurate guide to the reading level of this poem.

Lexile Text Measure: 980L
  Grade Level Measures
ATOS Level: 3.7
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 4.3
Gunning-Fog Index: 7.8
SMOG Index: 4.1
Automated Readability Index: 3.9
Grade Level Average: 4.8
  Text Statistics
Word Count: 86 words
Line Count: 12 lines
Average Line Length: 7.2 words
Average Sentence Length: 17.2 words
Average Word Length: 3.5 letters