The internet has dragged a woman who mocked her boyfriend for calling his kittens “my babies.”
A man under the username u/KittyKaty5509 posted his story to Reddit’s infamous “AmITheA**hole” forum to decide if he was in the wrong. The viral post has over 9,000 upvotes and 3,000 comments.
The Redditor explained that he has been taking care of cats since he was a teenager, and overall has been a “cat dad” to over nine cats. His girlfriend loves his cat “Lilly,” but doesn’t love that the pet sleeps in bed. She finds that, as well as other “behaviors” weird.
Lilly recently gave birth to some kittens. He decided to post a picture of the animals on social media and got many likes.
“When my girlfriend saw it she picked a fight with me calling it cringe that I constantly refer to these kittens as my babies. She told me it’s just weird and lowkey creepy. I told her I call myself thar because I’m the one taking care of them; like a parent and a child,” he wrote.
Between the years 2017 and 2018, about 31.8 million households owned at least one cat, per the American Veterinary Medical Association. The most popular cat name for a female cat is Luna and for Oliver for male cats.
His girlfriend complained that his friends thought it was weird as well and insisted that he delete the post and that he shouldn’t call the kittens “his babies.”
“She said that it’s creepy and that unless I impregnated Lilly then I should knock it off. I was dumbfounded I said she’s being ridiculous and refused to even talk about this anymore not now not ever. She threw a fit then went to stay with one of her friends,” he continued.
The friend his girlfriend was staying with told him to do what the girlfriend wanted to “keep the peace.” He argued that he didn’t do anything wrong. She also believes that he is “inconsiderate” for leaving the post up, knowing how much it’s making her “uncomfortable.”
Redditors were quick to defend the “cat dad.”
“I’m a tattooed son of ab**ch with a red neck beard and a hick accent. I’m also a cat dad and have no shame saying it. They are my babies. I’m never having kids and these fluffy bast**ds are my biggest joy. Your gf can take her toxic gender standards elsewhere. [Not the A**hole],” u/Umbrata_Mortis wrote, receiving the top comment with over 21,000 upvotes.
“[Not the A**hole]keep the kittens, ditch the GF,” u/SandBrilliant2675 exclaimed.
U/Rohini_rambles said, “I have never heard anyone say that calling yourself catdad means you impregnated the cat. She sounds jealous of the affections directed towards the cats. But for reals, she sounds like the kind who eventually says ‘it’s the cat or me’ and then is all Surprised-pikachu face when you choose to take care of your pets.”
“[Not the A**hole] at all, I don’t know of any pet owners that don’t refer to their pets as their babies. I personally think your girlfriend is the weird one to be so insulted by such a harmless thing,” u/EdmonCaradoc wrote.
Newsweek has reached out to u/KittyKaty5509 for comment.