‘KUWTK’: What Happened to Kim Kardashian’s Kitten?

There have been a lot of questions about the Kardashian-Jenner sisters over the years, and many of them have been answered with time and the benefit of a near-constant stream of updates via Keeping Up with the Kardashians and social media. 

Many wondered whether Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s marriage would last, and now we know that it hasn’t. Fans have wondered just how much of the reality TV series was actually based in reality, and we’ve found out that a lot of it wasn’t. They’ve questioned the status of Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson’s relationship and gotten a range of possible answers. 

One question that many fans have been left wondering is what happened to Kim Kardashian’s kitten, Mercy. 

Kim Kardashian rose to fame as a party girl

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Of course, most headlines about Kim Kardashian these days have to do with her high-profile divorce from hip hop star and fashion mogul Kanye West. The pair had a rather odd marriage that lasted for a decade and produced four children, and fans have been quite interested in the details of how the two are navigating the split.

It’s a safe bet that Kim Kardashian, who has been in the spotlight her entire adulthood, will emerge from this chapter of her life with a new relationship to the public. 

Even before the divorce, though, Kim Kardashian was clearly in the midst of shifting her public image. She had risen to fame as a party girl who was known for socializing with other famous people like Paris Hilton.

One of her biggest claims to fame when she entered the spotlight was a leaked sex tape. Her multiple marriages — including a famously short-lived one to Kris Humphries — didn’t help to dissuade fans from seeing her as someone superficial. 

Kim Kardashian has been shifting her public image

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Marrying Kanye West seemed right in line with Kim Kardashian’s attention-grabbing behavior. Many people joked about how ridiculous the relationship seemed and suggested the pair wouldn’t last.

Over time, however, West and Kardashian seemed to prove detractors wrong. Their relationship was a long-standing and serious one, and both of them changed substantially during the course of their marriage. 

In Kardashian’s case, she shifted away from her party girl image and into a much more serious businesswoman. She also made it clear that she had deeper interests and goals, even going so far as to enroll in law school and start working on criminal justice reform

Everything from the way she dressed to the energy she put into participating in KUWTK seemed to shift. Kardashian was a busy mom and entrepreneur — no longer was she living the life of a vapid socialite who was jumping from relationship to relationship on a whim. She changed the way much of the world saw her and earned respect from many fans. 

What happened to Kim Kardashian’s kitten?

Even while Kardashian has been able to shift her image, there are still many unanswered questions about her past. One of the things fans have wondered is what happened to her kitten, Mercy. One KUWTK viewer took to Reddit to get some answers. 

The original post featured a picture of Kardashian holding a fluffy white kitten. The pet was once showcased on the reality TV series, but fans realized they hadn’t heard much about Mercy after that fact. Some more informed viewers jumped in to provide details: “She was given to an assistant and then shortly thereafter ended up having a disease and died.” Another added that the disease in question was related to the cat’s malfunctioning kidneys. 

Indeed, a 2012 article from Huffington Post confirms the sad news. The teacup Persian kitten was a gift from Kanye West, and Kardashian handed Mercy off to an assistant after discovering she was allergic to the pet.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t long until the cat was diagnosed with the terminal disease. “Mercy was a gentle and loving kitten and we are all going to miss her so much. Thanks to Sydney for making Mercy’s short life one filled with love,” Kardashian wrote at the time.