(Closed) Is it offensive to refer to your dog/cat as your child?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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5273 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

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 Wink lol!

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

No, absolutely not offensive. They are family members!

Post # 5
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2821 posts
Sugar bee

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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! πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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996 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

My dogs and cats are my babies and will continue to be my babies after my first two-legged child is born!  πŸ™‚

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Nope! I refer to my cats as my fur kids. Personally, I prefer them to the furless kind.

Post # 9
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441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
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16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

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! πŸ™‚

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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.  πŸ˜‰  Luckily she’s a pet owner so she gets it.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

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 πŸ™‚

 @toshella:  I wouldn’t be offended by that, but I might be put off that someone is comparing a kitten to a human baby – πŸ™‚ there IS a difference! 

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I refer to my dogs as my babies haha…. I don’t think it’s offensive at all.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@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.  πŸ™‚

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