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To not want you to compare having pets to raising children

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Imsosorryalan Wed 03-Oct-12 14:21:39

Ok, I know some people love their pets enormously but why do some insist that their dog/cat/hamster is JUST like having a small child? It's not, never will be.. End of

Example " little alan wouldn't sit still for a minute, I've barely eaten, cleaned (mnet) all day"
friend " oh yes, i hate it when hairy smelly rover doesn't let me get on either"

cat Wed 03-Oct-12 14:22:55


My dogs are so much more demanding than my DCs


juneau Wed 03-Oct-12 14:23:33

No YANBU. My sister constantly compares me having two kids with her having a cat. I put up with it for a bit, but eventually said 'FFS, having a cat is NOT like having two DC'!

notanaxemurderer Wed 03-Oct-12 14:24:42

My MIL was like this after we had DD. I remember telling her how I'd been up half the night feeding and MIL just kept nodding and saying "oh yes it's been like that with my puppy, it's exhausting isn't it?"

BettySwollocksandaCrustyRack Wed 03-Oct-12 14:25:19

Actually YABU

Some people invest as much time and effort in their pets as others do in their kids. Not all but def some people.

PosieParker Wed 03-Oct-12 14:25:49


CogitoErgoSometimes Wed 03-Oct-12 14:26:06

YANBU but I tell you what, it's a complete bastard trying to potty-train a hamster....

Hayleyh34 Wed 03-Oct-12 14:26:36

Drives me mad. I'm the only mum in my office, everyone else has pets and if there's something wrong with the pet, they compare it to when my daughter was ill and say "you know what it's like..."

Don't get me wrong, I love animals and have a cat but it's bloody frustrating!

hiddenhome Wed 03-Oct-12 14:27:07

I used to have chickens. They were a heck of a lot more trouble than either of my dcs grin

dreamingofsun Wed 03-Oct-12 14:27:29

i have found bringing up 3 children to be very similar to having a dog. both need regular meals, love, attention and lots of exercise. they also need firm handling or they run amock. the dog will adore me forever, though, whereas children grow up and become teenagers.

stopcallingmefrank Wed 03-Oct-12 14:27:33


I have a child and a dog. I can tell the difference between them.

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 03-Oct-12 14:27:58

My completely self absorbed Dsister constantly tells us how demanding her dog is and how much of her time he takes up. We all laugh because the dog spends about 12 hours a day, 5 days a week with my DP, sometimes longer and he does sleep all night. In fact my DS is out about 5 nights a week herself.

When I was discussing getting a dog with her she said "its a big committment", me "erm I've got a DH and 2 DC, I think I can do committment" DS "no its so much harder than having a baby" shockgrin.

She has no fucking idea.

IKilledIgglePiggle Wed 03-Oct-12 14:29:57

YANBU. It's quite sad actually, no matter how much you love your pet, it is not a child...... My SIL broke down in the supermarket with me after her dog died and said it was like loosing one of her children, she has four children, I was sympathetic up until that point......not to mention the fact that it's a very insulting thing to say when people actually have lost children.

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 03-Oct-12 14:30:10

[gring] at draamingofsun. Good point, perhaps I should get a dog afterall.....

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 03-Oct-12 14:30:31

and god knows what a gring is grin.

eurochick Wed 03-Oct-12 14:36:12

YABU. Pets require much of the same attention as children. I think they are great to practise on. We can't even keep a plant alive, so should not be allowed to progress to pets yet.

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 03-Oct-12 14:40:57

Yes *euro" totally agree. When DS was born and wouldn't be put down at all, only slept in my arms and fed for hours DH and I often commented on how looking after 2 goldfish was almost exactly the same, and what good training it had been.

GothAnneGeddes Wed 03-Oct-12 14:41:18


I'm especially hmm at childfree types who are always bemoaning parents but have pets they treat as surrogate children.

Pandemoniaa Wed 03-Oct-12 14:41:20

YANBU. Pets and children are different. I particularly cringe when people refer to their dogs as "my baby". I'm not saying that having pets isn't hard work - puppies don't train themselves or learn to socialise by being neglected - but I really wouldn't compare this to bringing up children.

shittingit Wed 03-Oct-12 14:42:37

YANBU. One of my boss's had a dog that she said was the son she never had (had 2 DD's) I couldn't get my head around it but just nodded and smiled politely. I know as a nation we are dog crazy/pet crazy but I don't get the comparison to having/raising children.

Quadrangle Wed 03-Oct-12 14:45:32

I would imagine that being sleep deprived because a puppy has kept you up all night howling is similar to being kept awake by a baby!

HazleNutt Wed 03-Oct-12 14:46:48

YABU actually, if you are talking about the Rover example and not the "dog is the son I never had" guy.

If you complain about DC waking up and you being tired and I reply that "oh yes, me too, I have a puppy", then I'm not saying having kids is the same as having a dog. I'm just saying that as I was up at 2, 3, 4 and 5.30 because of a whining puppy, I'm therefore also quite tired.

Pandemoniaa Wed 03-Oct-12 14:46:57

I would imagine that being sleep deprived because a puppy has kept you up all night howling is similar to being kept awake by a baby!

Yes. But without the awful guilt that comes with it!

Secondsop Wed 03-Oct-12 14:51:37

I get it when people make the comparison. Of course pets are not THE SAME AS children, but especially for those who live alone or are elderly I can see why having a loving pet as companionship, another living creature who depends on you and who gives you joy and makes you smile and laugh is not a million miles away by any means of having a child. I can see why the OP has her view but let's not forget the huge difference a pet can make in abating loneliness and making people happy, rather than getting cross that the pet owner doesn't see it the same way. Of course they don't see it the same way but we all can only have our own frame of reference within which to develop our feelings. If I lost a beloved pet I'd find it even more upsetting if people didnt respect my sadness and belittled it.

D0oinMeCleanin Wed 03-Oct-12 14:52:41

I have three dogs, two kids. Dealing with either is pretty much the same. They all need constant guidance, clear boundaries, lots of praise and regular exercise and interaction and if left to get bored or hungry expect trouble.

The only difference is the times you would panic, i.e when the kids go quiet = not good. When the dogs start making racket = not good.

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