People that own pets are a unique breed of human. Whether it’s a cat, dog, bird, hamster, lizard or another animal friend—pet owners are strangely devoted to their furry (or scaly) friends to a fault.
Those people that do not have pets don’t realize the downright obsessive behavior that our furry friends cause. There are even times when—believe it or not—the human feels they are owned by the pet, especially if it’s a cat.
Whatever type of animal you have, there are only certain behaviors (of both humans and their animals) that pet owners will fully understand. Here are 15 of them.
15.PET HAIR ON THE FLOOR IS A GIVEN
As a pet owner, you always feel as if you are walking on a hair-carpet, even on a tile floor. Prior to having an animal, you likely swept up or picked up crumbs from the floor once a day. But now that your four-legged friend lives with you, it’s a different story.
Even for those dogs that don’t necessarily “shed,” there is still the possibility that hair will be everywhere. Vacuuming every day (sometimes twice a day) becomes a habit and a necessity. Otherwise, you just might be sitting and watching television and see a little bundle of hair blow by. No, you’re not deep in the desert and that’s not tumbleweed—it’s a reminder that you are a pet owner.
14.STAY AWAY FROM FIREWORKS
Remember when the Fourth of July was a fun holiday, filled with food, family, friends, and fireworks? Remember when you could spend an entire afternoon shooting those fireworks off or listening to others do the same? You thought nothing of it, right? Of course not, fireworks are no big deal.
Fast forward to your life as a pet owner. Where’s the cat you ask? Under the dryer. And forget about the dog, he or she is busy cowering in the corner and howling at every strike. The time you would normally spend watching the spectacle becomes time spent under the desk with your dog, petting them and reassuring them it will all be over soon.
13.STAY AWAY FROM RAINSTORMS
Aren’t rainstorms beautiful? The patter of the water on the windows and the gorgeous, out-of-this-world lightning strikes have attracted storm watchers for years.
Now, you can watch nature’s splendor with a ball of fur curled up next to you. That’s because the one thing that dogs naturally do not like, is rainstorms. The sound is loud, frightening, and unexplainable to animals. Most animals do not like the sound of thunder and they will crawl so close next to you, you might wonder if you’ve suddenly grown four extra feet! Allow it for the duration of the storm, as if you might have a say in the matter at all!
12.SNOWSTORMS ARE THE BEST WEATHER OF ALL!
To dogs, snowstorms are the best exercise and the most fun. They’re also the biggest laugh you will have if you are pet owner.
Snowstorms give dogs the chance to really exercise. They hop around snow banks like bunnies. They roll around in the white stuff, oblivious to the cold. They bury their noses in it, they eat it, and most of all, they are exhausted from it. The next best thing to watching your dog roll around in the snow is having them come in from the outdoors, and drying them off—only to watch them sleep the rest of the afternoon.
11.WHEN YOUR PET IS BEING MOODY
Cat owners know that in the feline mind, you are not the owner—you are owned by the cat. Yep, the cat is the superior being and you are their minion.
Cat owners know that the best thing to do is to not force affection on your furry friend. Allow them to come to you—they eventually will, even if they are the most standoffish animal. Cats are affectionate, but on their own terms. Try to pet a cat when they don’t want you to and they will walk away. But if they’re ready for your attention and love, they will let you know with lots of paw-swatting, meowing, and even a nip or two on the leg.
10.STICK TO THE REGULAR MEALTIME, OR YOU’LL FIND A TOPPLED WATER BOWL
Do not ever mess with an animal’s mealtime. If they are used to eating early in the morning or later in the evening, you better make sure that there is food in their bowl waiting for them.
Cats, in particular, are creatures of habit. Many cats are grazers. They nibble at a bowl of food all day long, sometimes for two days, until they are satisfied. But if they enjoy wet food, they’ll knock you over to get to the dish once it’s full. As with dogs, who also enjoy their treats, any variation in their food routine will make you feel deep regret. Deviate from regular mealtimes and you might find a water bowl that’s knocked over, as a sign of your missteps.
9.YOUR SNAPCHAT, INSTAGRAM, AND FACEBOOK PAGES ARE FILLED WITH PET PHOTOS
Remember those days when you reposted photos of funny memes or pics of yourself and your friends out and about? Then, you became a pet owner and everything changed… really fast.
Now, your friends are treated to adorable photos of your pet eating, going for walks, and perhaps with a Snapchat face morph thrown in. You begin subscribing to adorable pet photos online so your daily feed is also filled with animal pics. But the worst offense of all? You will likely make a social media page devoted exclusively to your animal, where you can spend your days documenting their every move for social media. Still, that might not be a bad idea, isn’t that how Grumpy Cat got their start?
8.THAT FEELING YOU GET WHEN YOU DRIVE AWAY AND YOUR DOG WATCHES YOU FROM THE WINDOW
It breaks your heart every time you get in your car and your pet watches from the window, as you leave. It takes everything you have within you to not run back into the house to grab them and take them in the car with you on your journey.
The whole window situation is your dog or cat’s way of letting you know that they care and that they don’t want you to leave them, not even for one minute. Eventually they do walk away from the window and settle down either to play with a toy, eat, or nap. But still, the sight of them at the window is a heartbreaker each and every time it happens.
7.THEY GET SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU AGAIN, EVEN THOUGH YOU ONLY LEFT TO CHECK THE MAILBOX
If you walk out of the house—even if it’s just to toss out the garbage or get the mail—expect that upon your return, you’ll be greeted by a pet that acts like you’ve left for three days. Dogs are so loyal that when you’re out of their sight for mere minutes, it seems like a lifetime!
Of course, you could take them with you, but then you make them even more codependent than they are. Which means you’ll never, ever be able to leave the house. This would be a great thing for the dog, but not so good for you. A dog who is part of a codependent relationship almost typically suffers from separation anxiety. Symptoms of this include restlessness, destructive behavior, distress when being left alone, anticipating separation, and clingy or attention-seeking behavior when the human is present.
6.YOU’LL HAVE A PERPETUAL SHADOW
Trying to go to the bathroom? Expect a cat or dog to be lying outside the door waiting for you. The same goes for the shower (you can be assured your furry friend will see parts of you only most people don’t have the opportunity to).
Your cat or dog will follow you everywhere, and they’ll likely be the one constant in your life. You will trip over them, maneuver around them, and spend most of your time trying to avoid falling over them. But rest assured, they’re only there out of love and their constant shadowing of you is their way of showing you how much you mean to them, even if it gets on your nerves sometimes! You know, like when you’re trying to get into bed and your cat just won’t move over!
5.CAR RIDES TAKE ON A WHOLE NEW MEANING
Car rides with a cat are not as much fun as those with a dog. Seriously, car rides with a dog are a really unique experience!
Dogs make riding in the car a lot of fun. They are so excited to be out of their environment and seeing new things, that their joy is contagious. Dogs run from side to side of the car windows, trying to catch the view of every little thing in their vision. Their sheer glee at being out and about with you is contagious. Best of all, after the car ride is done, they are so tired, they sleep off their excitement.
4.COMPUTER TIME MEANS AN INVITATION TO CUDDLE WITH YOUR FURRY FRIEND
A few hours of work or internet browsing will never go uninterrupted if you have either a cat or a dog. Both will immediately take the chance to grab some cuddle time, particularly if you’re seated and distracted for a few minutes from your normal routine.
Lets face it—the minute you sit down, you’ll likely be greeted by your cat jumping up to sit next to your chair and rubbing their head on it. Then, they’ll jump up next to your keyboard and attempt to walk across it to get your attention. Saturday Night Live Emmy-winner, Kate McKinnon, who’s a self-proclaimed “cat lady,” has gushed about her cat, Nino Positano, for years. She most recently remarked about her passion for feline friends, saying, “A cat is a ticket to fun.” And we couldn’t agree more!
3.YOU’LL THINK NOTHING OF TALKING BABY TALK TO YOUR PET
Put a pet owner with their pal and all of a sudden, it seems as if they are talking to an infant child. To many pet owners, their fur baby is their child, but some people take it to an uncomfortable level of communication.
The American Kennel Club revealed in a recent posting why we all engage in this strange behavior. There are “melodic patterns” in baby talk, which have the same effect on infants that also work on your dog. The story stated, “A rising pitch captures attention, increases arousal, and engages an animal in social interaction; a falling pitch calms distress, stills the body, and lowers their arousal.” Well, that explains it!
2.THEIR WELL-BEING AND HAPPINESS OFTEN COMES AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE
Looking to rush out the door for coffee with a friend? Don’t forget to spend some time with your four-legged pal beforehand! They will miss you while you’re gone and as a pet owner, you now have to consider their needs as well as your own.
The basic needs of walking, entertaining, engaging, and just plain loving your pooch or cat can come at your own expense. Running late to work? Hurry! But, did you forget to walk the dog? Well, you’ll just have to catch the next bus or train, because you need to take your pal for a quick walk. Want a quick weekend getaway? You’ll need someone to come watch your dog and walk them, as well. The things you took for granted before having a pet take on a whole new meaning now that you have your pet’s needs to attend to.
1.YOU NOW UNDERSTAND THAT PURE LOVE COMES FROM OWNING A PET
Owning a pet is a different kind of love than most humans are used to. Even if you have children of your own, a pet is a different kind of responsibility and a different type of love.
The one thing that pets want from us (other than our undivided attention) is lots and lots of love. A pet’s love is pure and unconditional. They don’t argue with you and they don’t talk back. They just want to spend time with you. Your pet doesn’t care if you had a bad day at work or if you’re wearing the same grubby sweats for the third day in a row. They want to play, cuddle, and just love you. You know what? You want to love them right back!