Post # 1
I have often heard pet owners described as pet parents. I love my cat and I enjoy nurturing her. She is a part of our family.
However, I am not her mother. Her mother was a cat.
I can see why some refer to themselves as “pet parents” because we are all responsible for our pets. They are vulnerable and need our care and love. I don’t see how owning a pet is completely synonymous with being a parent.
Do you consider yourself a parent because you have a pet?
Post # 3
i do! i have to dogs and they are definetly my fur babies. i know im not their biological mother.lol. but i am there adoptive mother and theyre my babies. but theyre very spoiled and the places we take them refer to the owners as parents. like doggie day camp which ours go to every saturday, they call us the pet parents, i even get a report card everytime, like a real kid.lol
but i also am starting to get baby fever so my puppies are my babies right now! 🙂
Post # 4
@PositiveThinking: We have referred to ourselves as “Mama and Papa” and referred to our pup as DS’s “big sister,” but we definitely make a distinction between pets and actual babies when it comes to responsibilities, as well as care required. I refuse to put our dog’s sleep above our own, give up my marital bed to her constant presence, let her terrorize our house in lieu of crating her, etc., because she is a dog and we are humans. I’ve given up enough sleep since DS was born to show that that’s definitely different for a human baby.
I do have to mention though that getting our dog did make DH and I feel like more of a family. Before her, I felt like a married couple, but after being jointly responsible for another life, I felt like a real family and also like we were ready to be parents. So I think there are parallels.
Post # 5
@PositiveThinking: Ha, we totally refer to our dog as our “fur kid.” iIs she a human child? Of courses not. Does she know exactly who “mommy” and “daddy” are? Absolutely 🙂
Post # 6
Yes my dog is my fur baby and though I may not refer to myself as a pet parent I do say come to momma to my dog 😉 or mommy loves you <3 how’s my baby
in fact my dog likes to be held on his back and cradled just like a baby
Post # 7
I call my pups my “doggie children” and definitely refer to us as “mom” and “dad” 🙂 I feed, clean up their poop, and snuggle with them so they definitely act as my children and I fulfill the role of “mother”.
Post # 8
@PositiveThinking: we are totally their mommy and daddy lol its just for fun
Post # 9
I plan on adopting actual children in a few years because I don’t want to have them naturally.
Because they didn’t come from ME, I can’t call them my children? They can’t call me Mom? 🙁
As for now, we don’t have a child. We have a dog. We call him son. We are his parents because we take care of him, love him, provide for him, and teach him to do good things for other people (he’s a therapy animal). Yes. Proud Dog Mom.
Post # 10
I agree that there are certainly parallels. When my cat meows a certain way, my heart aches for her. She knows how to pull at my heart strings and sometimes she will meow for attention. I will scoop her up, rub her belly and say “Hi baby!” to her. My cat loves it when I speak in a high voice.
My husband isn’t as indulgent, but he will say things like “Come lie in bed with the rest of the family.” or “I’m her dad. I will brush her teeth”. My cat used to have some gum issues and the dental food didn’t work for her. Only my husband can get her to keep still to brush her teeth.
A vet once told me that if humans raise a cat from 8-12 weeks, they will imprint on the cat as a “parent”.
Post # 11
You are talking about humans. Adopting a human child is not the same as adopting an animal.
I’m confused about how you came to that conclusion, since the situations are obviously different.
Post # 12
My cat loves babying too. When I hold her in my arms, she stops crying and purrs.
Spoiled little kitty.
Post # 13
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I don’t call myself their pet parent but I call them my babies. I’m not crazy lol I know they’re not my kids but I use it as a term of endearment.
Post # 14
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I don’t like the word furbaby nor do I call myself a pet-parent, but when my husband and I are alone with the dog we “talk for him” – like, “Moooom, throw the ball!” and things like that. I guess that puts me in the middle? Or maybe I’m extra crazy because I have one sided conversations with myself and my dog. Oh well!
Post # 15
I definitely said things like “Who’s my BABY!” And “Come to MAMA!” when I had cats, but I was a pretty definite Crazy Cat Lady. (Swear to God, I had 3 cats, was fostering another one at one point, and had an oil paining of a cat in my livingroom. Crazy Cat Lady.)
I never considered myself a “pet parent”, though. I wouldn’t die for one of my animals like I would for my actual baby!
Post # 16
Definitely my babies. Of course, it helps that they are cats in my case… dogs respond badly to being spoilt and indulged. Cats do not.