Post # 1
Just curious what the hive thinks regarding referring to one’s pet as their child.
Darling Husband and I are picking up our first dog. We don’t plan to have kids, and we really think of this dog as our baby! I know in NO WAY does it compare to a kid… but I’m finding myself catching myself about to say: We are being coming parents today! or, we are bringing home our baby girl today! 🙂
….I suppose adding ‘fur’ to those terms would be most appropriate…. just wondering if anyone has received grief from actual parents and/or if parents realize that pet owners aren’t equating pet ownership to being actual parents…
Post # 3
If people want to get upset because I call my dog “my baby,” or myself “mommy” and my husband “daddy” then IMO, they need to take a chill pill and find a more important issue to take a stance on lol!
Post # 4
No, absolutely not offensive. They are family members!
Post # 5
People can always get offended by something. This would not sit on my radar as something to worry about – if it offends someone I think that’s more their issue than yours. I’ve got two dogs and a baby and they’re not the same but the dogs are still family, and if saying they’re your child is how you communicate that then sure, why not.
Post # 6
If people are offended by this its too damn bad In My Humble Opinion. My dog is my baby, I am her mommy and Fiance is her daddy and that’s just the way it is! 🙂
Post # 7
Not at all. We don’t have children yet and I consider our pets our children. They cost me as much as kids too. I just shelled out $2100 for dental surgery for one of my little girls. But they are worth it.
Post # 8
My dogs and cats are my babies and will continue to be my babies after my first two-legged child is born! 🙂
Post # 9
Nope! I refer to my cats as my fur kids. Personally, I prefer them to the furless kind.
Post # 9
Our dogs know us as mommy and daddy! They are our babies! I can’t look at our pets and see them as just animals. They are a huge part of our family and we treat them as such.
Post # 9
I don’t think it’s offensive, but to be honest, it can be a little confusing out of context. I had a friend who started talking to me about her “babies” in all seriousness, and it took me a little while to figure out what she meant! I honestly thought I’d missed her entire pregnancy.
There’s nothing wrong with it at all, as long as people understand what you’re talking about, haha! 🙂
Post # 10
Haha, I don’t think so. However, a friend of mine just had her first child and I keep comparing it to my cats… (“He keep crying for attention” “Oh yeah, my cat does that too!”) which probably could get offensive. 😉 Luckily she’s a pet owner so she gets it.
Post # 11
I don’t really see how this would be offensive (as the mother of a human child, it doesn’t bother me). I do think it’s a little weird in some cases (like when people refer to their parents as the “grandparents” of said “furbaby”), but I don’t really care enough to actually get upset or offended by it.
Post # 12
I can’t imagine why anyone would be offended?
That said, not being an animal lover, I can’t relate to it so I always am thrown for a loop that people think of their pets that way 🙂
@toshella: I wouldn’t be offended by that, but I might be put off that someone is comparing a kitten to a human baby – 🙂 there IS a difference!
Post # 12
I refer to my dogs as my babies haha…. I don’t think it’s offensive at all.
Post # 13
@les105: My mother is grandmother to my cat, but that was something she decided all on her own! Lol she loves my cat *almost* as much as I do. 🙂