Are you a mommy to your animals?

Elfrieda - posted on 09/20/2011 ( 39 moms have responded )

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I was just at the vet, getting my cat her yearly shots, and now I'm wondering:

How would you react if someone was talking to your pet, calling you the animal's "mommy"? Would you be offended or pleased?

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/21/2011

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Tanya, we are animals also. Just a different species.

Sherri - posted on 09/21/2011

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I am my animals mommy and at home we refer to the kids as their brothers and my husband is daddy. Like when I hear my husband pull up, I say to my boxer "Jake daddy's home"



You mean people don't?? All my animals are my children just like the human ones are.

Jennifer - posted on 09/20/2011

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It doesn't bother me at all. My pets ARE like family and I wouldn't trade them for anything. I don't think it's a good idea to have a pet if you don't look at them as members of the family. Animals are living beings and need to be treated as if they have feelings because they do. Many animals need to feel part of a group or family and when you take them on, you are in essence making yourself part of THEIR family.

Minnie - posted on 09/20/2011

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Oh edit I re-read. It would annoy me. Like I typed below, I'm not my cats' mommy.





I think our cats are great. I couldn't imagine our family without them. But I am not their mommy.

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I'm in semi-rural and I don't refer to myself as my pet's Mum. I am their owner or their mistress. When I was younger and without children my animals were my babies but my feelings changed after I had the kids. I still love the animals, but I'm not their "mummy".

Elfrieda - posted on 09/22/2011

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I wonder if there is a correlation between living in an urban or rural area and being a "fur parent" or not?

Kacie - posted on 09/22/2011

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hey, out of the 88 pictures on my iPhone, 50 are of Emma and 18 are of our son! the rest are just of this and that! LoL

Rabecca - posted on 09/22/2011

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I def am my three shih tzus mommy I call them Max Rye Miley Rye and Matrix Rye okay we my husband and I may be concidered over the top about our dogs we just love them and when I take them to the vet or the grommers I always say I am mileys mom LOL and we both dont have our son as our screen saver on our phone we both have pics of our dogs ok sometimes that makes me feel a little mommy guilt LOL

Kacie - posted on 09/22/2011

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yes, i am Emma's mom! =) some people on another board im on call me Emma's mom. she is my furbaby! when my husband comes home, i say "Emma, daddy's home!" or "where's daddy!?" and she looks at the door our out the window for him and waits!

when i come home from the store, she knows i get her something every time. i'll say "momma got you something"

we have a 6yr old son. people tell us we need a girl. i say "we have one. Emma!" i call her my baby girl all the time!

she's a mini doxie, btw! =)

Firebird - posted on 09/21/2011

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I'm a dog Mom, and I'm a cat Mom. Doesn't bother me. I feed them, play with them, clean up after them, cuddle with them, teach them..... they're just like kids really. My cat was given to me so young that she really believes I'm her mother, and my dog, well I got him because I was getting pretty baby hungry, but was in no position to be getting pregnant! lol

Charlie - posted on 09/21/2011

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YES I saw that Sharon ..... it kind of made me sad for the monkey's and the women.

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So has anyone seen the documentary "My Monkey Baby"? A couple who's kids grew up and left home got a pet monkey and treat her like she is their child - literally. The woman dresses it up like a little girl, puts make up on her, takes her out in a pram, they introduce the monkey as their daughter. They get most offended if they are asked to leave a restaurant on account of having an animal with them on the premises. It takes things to a rather creepy extreme.

Minnie - posted on 09/21/2011

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My husband wanted to name our cats random bodily functions like a sneeze and a cough- but not the actual words, he wanted to name them the SOUND of the function. But he couldn't figure out how to spell them, so gave up. LOL

Merry - posted on 09/21/2011

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Yeah the vet does say Gabriel Hoffmann and Michael Hoffmann. Lol sounds nice! I wanted to name Gabey Ode, but matt liked Gabriel better. Michael matt wanted to name terigo, but I liked having them named after the two arch angels :)

Charlie - posted on 09/21/2011

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And no I wouldnt be offended if someone called me Oscars mummy.



I think I prefer head bitch ;)

Charlie - posted on 09/21/2011

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Nope not Oscars mummy but he is family ...even the vet addresses him as Oscar Kelly LOL!

My sister calls herself he dogs mummy , she calls herself his pups granny haha ( she is 22 ) she doesnt have kids of her own ..she does treat them like her kids though.

Brittany - posted on 09/21/2011

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Are you referring to my two legged animals or my four legged animals? LOL

My two legged animals, it depends on how they are acting in public. LOL I am just kidding, I have wonderful children.

Tasha - posted on 09/21/2011

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Well i aquired my most recent pet, my dog bosscoe, 5 yrs ago when i was single, working 3 jobs to buy a house and i am clearly not his biological mother, but i take care of him and love him unconditionally, like my child. Obviously my child is on another level than my pet, but my bosscoe is definately my "baby" too.

Tanya - posted on 09/21/2011

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Um, an animal's mother is an animal. I don't have pets right now, but I would NEVER be a "mommy" to an animal. I'm a mom to my kids, and no relationship could ever compare to that!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/21/2011

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I don't mind being referred to that way. Occassionally we would refer to owners like that, but usually it was "owner" or Mr. Mrs. (insert last name here). I never minded when owners referred to them like that...but man. I will tell you. Some people can get really creepy and disturbing with it.

Angela - posted on 09/21/2011

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nope, doesn't bother me one bit to be known as her mum...i wash her, clean up her poo, go for walks with her, have her lie inside as i watch tv and feed her. She is reliant on me and my husband like our other kids are so if i was to be called her ;mummy', it doesn't bother me at all.

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You are right about the pets being a part of the family.... but I still don't call myself their "Mummy".



But no, I don't get offended if someone refers to me as Jazz's Mummy.

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I think it's a bit childish to call myself "mummy" of my pets. I am their owner, but I do realise that other's do think of their pets as their "children"... so each to their own.

Cara - posted on 09/20/2011

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I wouldn't mind at all. My pets are like my kids too. Before i had my kids I called my dog my son(mostly as a joke). Animals are part of the family too. And since we take care of them that makes us like their parent

Elfrieda - posted on 09/20/2011

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It rubbed me the wrong way a little, but mostly I thought it was funny, and maybe I smirked and choked down a giggle.

Mary - posted on 09/20/2011

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Before I had my daughter, all the kids in the neighborhood called me Charlie's mommy. Didn't bug me in the least. Now most of them call me "Miss Molly's Mom" when they forget my name. I'm good with that too.

My vet has never referred to me as anything other than my name, or sometimes Charlie (or Sammy)'s owner.

I'm not sure I'd even notice either way, unless they were speaking in some annoying, cutesy, baby-talk fashion.

Ez - posted on 09/20/2011

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No I'm not my dog's mother. I love her, my daughter loves her, and she loves us, but she is an animal. I wouldn't be offended, but I would probably want to roll my eyes at them lol.

Kate CP - posted on 09/20/2011

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I wouldn't want to be called my dogs' "Mommy" but I've been called "Willow's Mom" before and it didn't bother me at all.

September - posted on 09/20/2011

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I couldn’t care either way. However we only have a betta fish at the moment and he doesn't go anywhere :)

Jenn - posted on 09/20/2011

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No, I am only my children's mommy. Even before the kids came along, I was not my pets' mommy. They are dearly loved members of the family but my children are much higher up the totem pole. :)

Stifler's - posted on 09/20/2011

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I'd be kind of indifferent I guess. I know a few people with small dogs who call themselves mummy to their dog.

Merry - posted on 09/20/2011

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No I'm not my cats mommy. They are loved parts of our family but their title is pet, or companion, and we are their owners. Owners doesn't imply cold harsh cruel treatment. IMO.
I wouldn't be offended but I wouldn't like it.
They aren't my children and I know this because if I was alone in the house with Eric Fierna and the cats Michael and Gabriel and a fire broke out, I would grab Eric and Fierna and book it for the door.yes if I could or if matt were home I would try my darndest to get my cats out but if I was alone I'd grab my children and leave the door open in hopes the cats got out.
If I had four kids there's no way I'd leave without all four like that.
They're pets, beloved, important, and special pets.

Minnie - posted on 09/20/2011

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Yeah, I deleted that part because I misread the question. But that irks me, lol.

Kate CP - posted on 09/20/2011

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Most people prefer to be called pet parents of some sort (mom or dad). When pets truly are members of the family there's not much else to refer to them as!

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