If you have kids, your heart isn’t the only thing that’s full – so is your house. And if you have pets, then this is doubly true. Having a family pet can be a wonderful experience for everyone in the household; truly, there are few things that tug on the ol’ heartstrings like a pet and a child bonding.
Pets are not only a source of love and companionship, but they are also a source of entertainment. They play with us, cause us to laugh, and make us feel all warm and fuzzy, just by being there. They’re not just animals in your home; indeed, they become part of the family.
Although they are another mouth to feed, taking up more space in your home and costing you money out of your pockets, everything seems worthwhile when they put their furry lil’ heads in your lap and stare up at you with their big loving eyes. Whether it be cats or dogs, our furry friends are welcome and hilarious little additions to our lives, making them brighter with their crazy antics and their unconditional love.
Here’s what the funny parents of Twitter had to say about what it’s like live-ing, laugh-ing, and love-ing the family pet!
1. They see enough to be wise
Told my dog "You're the parent now," and he immediately hid in a bush.
He's better at this than expected.
— Life at Tiffany’s (@lifeattiffanys) August 3, 2016
2. They may just be more on the ball than we are
My cat sat on the surge protector behind the TV and turned it off.
At least someone in this house is setting screen time limits.
— Sara Says Stop (@PetrickSara) September 4, 2018
3. They know boundaries… which is more than I can say for toddlers
Good morning. Last night my cat pooped on the floor and peed in a house plant and my reaction was “well, thanks for not peeing on my carpet” and that’s what parenting has done to me.
— Life at Tiffany’s (@lifeattiffanys) August 6, 2019
4. They have us wrapped around their adorable widdle paw-fingers
(When 4yo won’t eat) You’re going to bed hungry!
(When the dog won’t eat) Hey buddy, I’ll sit on the floor and handfeed you until you eat.
— Janina Maria (@dontlosethekids) November 24, 2017
5. They will love us, and take a piece of us with them when they’re gone
Me to the cat: At least you’ll still love me when my kid grows up and moves out.
My kid: Oh my god he’ll be dead by then.
— Life at Tiffany’s (@lifeattiffanys) August 5, 2019
6. They can be excellent for teaching kids about life
Need to explain death to your child? Buy a pet goldfish.
— Sara Says Stop (@PetrickSara) July 30, 2015
7. They can do no wrong in our eyes
Dog: *sneaks one of my chips*
Me: aw you sneaky goose 😍
Husband: *sneaks one of my chips*
— S A R A B U C K L E Y (@nottheworstmom) August 6, 2019
8. They also might want a wee break from the chaos
As the entire family (babbling mom, bawling me, loud kids) piled into the tiny exam room crying out, “Scouty! You get to come home!” I could swear I saw our old, sweet cat look up at the vet & mouth the words SAVE ME
— Ms. Havisham (@MissHavisham) March 2, 2019
9. They think they’re people
Dropped birth control pill. Dog ate it.
Have fun humping your stuffed animal.
— Julie Burton (@ksujulie) August 22, 2014
10. If they go missing they better stay missing so we don’t have to be social
Last night we thought the cat got out and my first thought was “ugggh I’m gonna have to join NextDoor”
— Audrey Callerstrom (@schmaudrey) June 12, 2019
11. They can be loud, much like kids
Hey, cat? Just an idea… but have you tried shutting the fuck up?
— Heather M. Jones (@hmjoneswriter) April 17, 2019
12. They can be great conversation openers
"MOM! THE DOG IS CHEWING ONE OF THOSE WHITE THINGS YOU PUT UP YOUR BUTT!"
I guess it's time for the period talk.
— Julie Burton (@ksujulie) May 10, 2017
13. The love flows both ways
Me: Geez, is there anything more needy and attention-seeking than these two kids?
My dog: Hold my bone. And this sock. Pet me. Feed me. Love me.
— Janina Maria (@dontlosethekids) February 16, 2019
14. They know how to get what they want
When I ignore the cat at my bedroom door she goes into the kids' room and meows directly into the baby monitor.
Well played, cat.Well played
— Heather M. Jones (@hmjoneswriter) October 24, 2017
So here’s to to the family pets! The very goodest of all the common household critters (sorry kids)!
If you don’t have a family pet but know someone who does, make sure to share this list with them.