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Why does Buttercup hate Katniss in The Hunger Games?

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baileydoe | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 14, 2013 at 6:55 PM via iOS

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Why does Buttercup hate Katniss in The Hunger Games?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 14, 2013 at 7:22 PM (Answer #1)

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Buttercup does not like Katniss because Katniss does not like him.  She sees him as one more mouth the feed, and tried to drown him when he was a kitten.

Buttercup is Prim's cat.

Katniss refers to Buttercup as the “world’s ugliest cat” because he is missing half an ear and a mashed in nose.  Katniss explains that she tried to drown him when he was little because she thought he would never survive.

Scrawny kitten, belly swollen with worms, crawling with fleas.   The last thing I needed was another mouth to feed. (ch 1, p. 3)

Apparently, the cat holds a grudge.  Katniss kept him after Prim begged her, and their mother got him healthy.  Katniss is also pleased that he is a good mouser.  As a result, she occasionally gives him some entrails and he has stopped hissing at her.

Katniss is always the practical one.  She is not hard-hearted.  She just doesn't want someone else to take care of, because she already has to take care of her sister and her mother.  Yet when Buttercup is practical, and her sister likes him, she decides to keep him.

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