Have you ever encountered someone who absolutely insists on referring to their pets as their "fur babies"? Well, I certainly have, and I must admit, it's becoming a bit excessive. For those unfamiliar with the term, let me explain. "Fur baby" is a phrase that has gained popularity in the Western world to affectionately describe their furry companions, most commonly dogs.
I must confess that I've used this term a few times myself. However, in my defense, I employed it ironically, exaggerating my love for my dog and her undeniable cuteness. The term can be endearing, and it's hard to resist using it when trying to express the depth of affection for one's beloved furry companion.
Nevertheless, on Reddit, there seems to be a growing trend of people becoming quite upset, and even offended, by the use of the term "fur baby" when referring to dogs, cats, or any other beloved pets.
Let me make it clear that I won't be delving into why some people find the term "fur babies" offensive. Moreover, it's not my place to dictate whether it's acceptable to continue using this term or not. However, it's hard to deny that unless you've been completely out of touch, you've probably encountered this term at least once. Its widespread usage speaks volumes about its popularity and how many individuals have embraced "fur babies" as part of their vocabulary.
If you happen to be someone who uses the term "fur babies," you might be genuinely puzzled by why some find it offensive. It's worth considering that many individuals who use this term do not have children, leaving their pets (and perhaps plants) as the primary "child-like" elements in their lives that they care for. When viewed from this perspective, it becomes clear why "fur babies" has gained such popularity. Undoubtedly, there is a significant number of people out there who solely have pets and not children.
Nonetheless, for parents who have human children, it can be incredibly frustrating to have their child's responsibilities likened to taking care of a five-year-old chihuahua. Consequently, I've compiled several points to explain why parents strongly dislike it when others refer to their pets as "fur babies."
I understand if every word I've written so far hasn't resonated with you, especially if you are an exceptionally devoted pet owner who treats your furry companion like royalty. Nevertheless, there's no denying the stark difference between having a pet and raising a child.
Firstly, it's important to acknowledge that pets and humans belong to different species, so humanizing our pets might be a bit puzzling. Additionally, the care required for our "fur babies" is significantly less demanding compared to the responsibilities involved in raising a child.
As an example, let's consider dogs, who are often argued to need the most care among pets. In reality, their needs are quite minimal. They require food twice a day, water whenever their bowl is empty, and the frequency of walks can vary depending on the breed.
I want to clarify that owning a dog isn't a walk in the park. As a dog owner myself, I can attest to the commitment it requires, having walked my dog for 90 miles last month. Yet, it's crucial to emphasize that even with this level of responsibility, it still doesn't come close to the demands of raising a child in any way.
What drives us to alter the very nature of our pets? We adore them and wish to provide them with a joyful life, but why do we feel compelled to humanize them? Isn't my dog already perfect just the way she is, simply being a dog?
While you might not have the answer to my question, there's one thing I can assert: my dog absolutely adores being a dog, just as your cat cherishes being a CAT.
I've come across all sorts of terms like "fur-baby," "fur-grandbaby," and even "fur-niece/nephew" (quite literally). This becomes particularly intriguing when you have real children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Let's not forget, though, that our pets are NOT humans. They are animals and lack the ability for sentient thought, speech, or communication. They are dogs, cats, or any other animals, not what some might label as "fur-babies." This perspective was shared by Reddit user SouthernAirline6.
The use of the term "fur babies" might create a sense of closeness, as if we were their maternal figures, providing them with care and attention. It could also give us a feeling of significance, knowing that this living, breathing creature relies on us for their well-being. However, we must recognize that our pet is simply our pet. They find happiness in their own unique way, and perhaps it's time for us to embrace contentment in being just who we are, without the need to constantly humanize our animal companions.