Let’s get a few things straight, right out of the gate. Pets are not supposed to be your status symbols. They’re not meant to be something you brag about only because of how much they cost you. They’re not something you should be haggling over online. And they’re not supposed to be excuses for owners to bully others because they don’t cater to their every demand.
Our fuzzy, furry, and feathered friends are living, breathing, thinking, and feeling beings who deserve our love, care, and respect. Some owners focus on the wrong things.
Unfortunately, the simple fact is that the world isn’t a perfect place and there are plenty of entitled pet owners who view the animals under their care from very bizarre perspectives. Some might complain about the price of a pet being way too high/low. Others are picky to the point of madness. And still, others demand that the entire world bend to them and their pets’ every desire. And then they get all angry when they don’t.
We’ve collected some of the most egregious examples of delusional and entitled pet owners from the r/ChoosingBeggars subreddit, to show you how not to behave. Scroll down, but remember to hold on to your hats, it’s going to be a wild ride. You might want to cuddle your dog or cat once you reach the bottom of the list. Oh, and before we forget, here’s a gentle reminder: don’t shop—adopt!
Bored Panda wanted to understand just how big of a responsibility it is to own a pet, as well as what the signs of a good pet owner are, so we reached out to Ingrid Johnson, a certified cat behavior consultant and the founder of Fundamentally Feline. She told us that a good pet parent is someone who educates themselves about what’s involved in caring for a pet before adoption. Read on for our full interview with Ingrid.