Let’s preface this by saying that pets are awesome. They are our furry little companions, improving our lives in a thousand and one different ways. We love them, share our homes with them and never doubt our loyalty to them.
It is possible to love your pet while still finding yourself occasionally exasperated by them. You still love them and would do anything for them… it’s just, on one occasion, irritation rides higher in your emotional register. And what incidents provoke these sudden spouts of wrath? All sorts of things, all leading to pet owners shouting into the ether, wondering a mixture of the following…
“Why do do they shed so much?!”
For all but a few select breeds, shedding happens. It’s meant to happen more often at different times of the year, but let’s face it, it feels like it never ends. We’ve all had that moment of going to rest our tired head on a cushion and discover the cushion is now plush and furry… when it’s not meant to be.
So we throw ourselves at the mercy of Gtech and the like for vacuum cleaners; we try every DIY fur-removal trip we can handle, and we silently curse ourselves for not just getting a fish.
“Why do I put more effort into ensuring their nutritional needs are met than I do my own?”
What’s for dinner?
For the cat: a finely balanced meal, with the right protein content. No grains, obviously, you know what that does to a cat’s digestion. And of course you’ve scrutinized the label so you know that there’s enough taurine. Tomorrow’s dinner will be much of the same but with different flavors.
For you: Erm… let’s check the fridge. Ooh, it looks like it’s carrot and eggs again. Or maybe there are some leftovers in the freezer?
For most of the time, the above feels normal. You don’t even question it. Then you have a moment when it all hits you. In the midst of calculating the protein to phosphorous ratio of your cats’ food while looking at how to save money on your grocery bill, when you suddenly realize how bizarre your priorities are.
“Why don’t they do that for me?”
You’ve been training your new puppy, and it’s not been going well. Your partner or kids decide to take over, and in an afternoon they master all of the basics. Suddenly, the puppy who ignored your pleas of “paw” for three hours straight is now looking like a contender for Best Trained Puppy of the Year.
The same question can also be triggered in terms of affection. Most cats will have a favorite human, and they show no regard for your feelings in displaying it. You get ignored when you walk through the door, and there’s certainly no cuddle times in front of the TV. For someone else in the family, they have reached the stage where they actually bemoan how much time the same kitty wants to spend with them.
Animals react differently to each person – just like people do. You know this on an intellectual level, but it doesn’t stop it smarting when they defy you in preference of another!
“How are they so cute?”
Finally, the one question we ask most of all – and the one without an answer. Your pet is so cute. Ridiculously cute. Look at the cute thing they do with their paws or how they try to make a noise, but just a squeak comes out. Cutest thing ever, hands down, all competitors vanquished. You really are the luckiest pet owner in the world.