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To think people who call themselves mummy and daddy to their pets are just WEIRD?!

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writingmynamewithsparklers Tue 05-Nov-13 22:46:46

Sorry, I know this is probably controversial and I'm donning my flameproof pants just in case it is but it just sounds WEIRD.
I see it on FB all the time by some couple (yes, it's a FB thread too. grin )
Pics of dogs/cats with captions and comments such as "being good for mummy" "having cuddles with Daddy."
It's. A. Dog. cat,dog, snake, rabbit, whatever
Makes you sound a tad strange. grin

6cats3gingerkittens Wed 06-Nov-13 14:55:46

All these lovely catly posts. The 3 ginger kittens live with their real mum and dad, Isabella and Benson. I am not their mummy, just the human who loves them. However, I do have a friend who sent a welcome to the world card and two beautiful fleece baby blankets with love from auntie Lin.
So they aren't without human relatives entirely.

HellonHeels Wed 06-Nov-13 13:35:43

My Boo Boo loves his mummy (me)! He purrs loudly and headbutts me when I babytalk to him. He also likes being sung to. Fatty cat adores her Cat Daddy (DH), squeaks at him for attention and quivers her tail in happiness when she gets love and fussing.

My mum is Cat Grandma when she comes to visit.

I don't care at all if people think I'm weird. It's normal for me grin

Loving the animal family stories on this thread.

Pigsmummy Wed 06-Nov-13 13:19:27

I am Mummy cat at home, it's fun and hurting no one. Daddy cat doesn't mind either. YABU, live and let live

Dahlen Wed 06-Nov-13 12:43:41

I don't have a problem with this. It's just a term of endearment, isn't it. Much like a nickname for a friend or a petname for a partner.

What I don't like though is people who treat their pets as substitute babies/children, because this can be quite unsettling and cruel for some animals and result in behavioural problems - particularly in dogs.

Iwouldratherbemuckingout Wed 06-Nov-13 12:40:29

YANBU to find it weird, there are many things perfectly normal people do that I find very weird, and each to there own.

However, my whole family is bonkers in terms of the cats AND the horses, we are definetly Mummy and Dad to the cats, my Mum even sends them a Christmas card from grandma!!!!

I'm Mum to the horses, my Mum is Grandma, and my friends are Aunties! Tis fairly normal round our way.

I think more than anything it reflects the deep emotional connection people have with their animals, and the huge place they have in our lives and our hearts. After all its a relationship based on two way affection, both cats and horses!

horcruxmanzini Wed 06-Nov-13 11:10:39

YABU in that's not weird, because there are perfectly comprehensible reasons why some people do it.

Weird would be if you made your cats call you Coco, dressed them in legwarmers and tried to drill them in modern jazz dance while banging a large stick and yelling, 'Fame costs!' at them in Hungarian. Or made little cars for them and fined them for speeding. Etc.

diddl Wed 06-Nov-13 10:57:12

My daughter had three dwarf hamsters & used to refer to me as their Grangrin

bunnybing Wed 06-Nov-13 10:31:16

that's me weird then - I am my hamster's mummy. grin

LadyBeagleEyes Wed 06-Nov-13 10:20:20

My dog is my snuggle buggle boogle boy blush

GemmaTeller Wed 06-Nov-13 10:17:43

Boy cat loves his momma, momma loves her ickle lickle bubba

Somehow, as much as I love them, I can't talk like that to my big slobbery boxers


LadyBeagleEyes Wed 06-Nov-13 10:12:23

I don't put my dog and two cats on FB but at home I am their mummy.
I adopted them didn't I?

Catchhimatwhat Wed 06-Nov-13 10:12:05

Come and sit on your female owner's knee!
It is easier to say Mum.

mitchsta Wed 06-Nov-13 10:08:19

MIL also calls FIL "dad" i.e. "what do you think dad?" which I also find weird. He's her husband, not her dad...

mitchsta Wed 06-Nov-13 10:07:17

My ILs do it with their dogs "mummy will get your tea" and "daddy will take you for a walk" - and I find it really weird given that they have four human children.

Have to confess that I do baby-talk to my parents' cat though... sorry.

DiseasesOfTheSheep Wed 06-Nov-13 10:05:15

BTW, I am fully aware that "come and grovel before your master" sounds meglomaniacal. It sure is fun to call out in public places though!

DiseasesOfTheSheep Wed 06-Nov-13 10:02:45

I find it weird flipping mental

I am their master. It drives me crackers when vets refer to me as their mum. I have taken to pointing out that I have yet to develop the ability to produce something that is genetically not at least half human, and I certainly haven't managed to give birth to one either.

PTFO Wed 06-Nov-13 10:01:58

yanbu. my dh calls me mummy to the dog and I throw up a little in my mouth. its freakin weird.

MaxPepsi Wed 06-Nov-13 09:59:58

Ooh, me and DH are our beloved poochs mummy and daddy.

However we only do this in private, between ourselves.

We can't have kids, it's the only way I am ever going to be called mummy!

Gileswithachainsaw Wed 06-Nov-13 09:59:01


Who's it harming?
I loved my cat. I love my rabbits. I take care if them I can call myself what I like when I talk to them.


HarpyFishwifeTwat Wed 06-Nov-13 09:58:22

It's a bit weird but I'm definitely the cats' mummy. As Mackerel says there's no decent alternative. What totally creeps me out is my MIL referring to the cats as her "Grandson" and "Grandaughters" - I'm sure that makes me a total hypocrite though.

Corygal Wed 06-Nov-13 09:57:47

Mr Cory the tabby calls me his Fat Servant, and addresses me as Oi! in mew form.

Bowlersarm Wed 06-Nov-13 09:57:40


KellyElly Wed 06-Nov-13 09:55:31

I am my cats mummy and noone is telling me any different grin

OnaPromise Wed 06-Nov-13 09:53:15

Hegsy and Shadows - I completely understand this, although I have one dd I couldn't have any more and so the arrival of the dog had more significance to me than just a pet or a possession. I think it's very judgemental to scoff at people about this.

curlew Wed 06-Nov-13 09:46:23

It's very weird indeed.

I like animals to be animals.

"Furbabies"makes me feel homicldal. Which will not surprise the massed ranks of Team Animal.

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