Fans of The Big Bang Theory have long wondered about Sheldon’s fascination with a little song called “soft kitty”. It is a children’s lullaby originating from Poland with the words written by Edith Newlin, although she originally wrote it as “warm kitty” and not “soft kitty”. The creators of Big Bang Theory even had to deal with a lawsuit when the Newlin’s heir sued them for using the song.
But fans have often wondered why Sheldon Cooper has such a fascination with the song. It all began in the first season when Penny sang the song to soothe and comfort Sheldon when he wasn’t feeling well.
After this “soft kitty” has become a recurring part of Sheldon’s character. It is one of the few times Sheldon actually appears like a normal, vulnerable, human and is a fantastic example of how the writers have developed his personality over time. It lends him depth and gives him character and is also one of the show’s funniest moments.
But that doesn’t mean fans don’t wonder where the hell Sheldon’s obsession with it came from.
Now the latest episode of Young Sheldon clears that up. It turns out the song was one his mother would sing to him when he was ill. Something we see happen for the first time when Sheldon falls ill and his mother puts a cold compress against his head and begins singing the song.
So there we have it. It’s probably exactly what you thought it was, but it was still a really sweet moment and I thought it was a great scene. If anything this is what Young Sheldon is all about, showing us how all those little quirks of Sheldon’s came about.