8 things people never tell you about being a pet owner

8 things people never tell you about being a pet owner

Puppies and kittens are adorable aren’t they? It’s not all fluff and cuddles though, there are some things that people never tell you about being a pet owner. 

You will step in poop, at least once

I’m convinced that every pet owner has stepped in poop once. Don’t be embarrassed, it happens. Your pet eats something they shouldn’t, leaves deposits around the living room and you step in it all bleary eyed about 5 minutes before you’re supposed to leave the house.

Five seconds later you realise it’s not chocolate mousse and now you have poop on your tights and no other clean tights. You scrub your foot, briefly consider bleaching it, and have to change your outfit. It happens.

You’ll get woken up at 2am 

This is more of a cat owner problem than a dog owner problem – unless like us you live on a main road and your dog barks at people walking back from the pub.

Be prepared to wake up terrified that there’s an earthquake only to realise seconds later it’s your cat charging around the house for no reason. (By the way, I’m calling those moments ‘furries’ instead of zoomies. So dogs have zoomies and cats have furries.)

Alternatively, you might be woken up by your cat miaowing in your face. Know this: cats don’t miaow at other cats, so your furball was trying to wake you up on purpose.

I was recently woken up by my cat trying to sleep on my head. 

They can be jerks

Refer to my point above. 

Like people, somedays your pets get one on them and they act like jerks, they chew stuff for no reason, they throw your stuff on the floor, muddy the carpet before you’re about to go out. Pets being jerks is a real thing, and if you don’t believe me, watch this compilation of cats being jerks

Presents – dead or alive

Cats love bringing their owners presents – dead or alive they don’t mind. Many a time I’ve been woken up by my cat chasing a mouse around the bedroom.

The next morning I play a game called mouse roulette, where I look around the room in search of mice before getting out of bed. Much like someone who lives in Australia, I check my shoes before putting them on. Not for killers spiders, but for mice. (Australian readers; do you guys actually check your shoes? Or is it one of those things you tell us to scare us off and stop us coming to visit?) 

Your laptop fan will get clogged up

Cats love warmth and they love being involved in what you’re doing. One day my laptop fan stopped working so I took it to PC World and they used a blower on the fan and out came about a tonne (only a slight exaggeration) of cat fur.

You won’t call them by their name

You can spend hours deciding what to call your new pet but you won’t call it that for long because you’ll end up giving them a number of ridiculous nicknames.

When I was growing up we had a beautiful German Shepherd called Roxy. She made funny snorting and snaffling sounds so she got called Pig, which led to her being called Piglet and Pigwidgeon.

My cat is called Crunchie but more often than not he gets called Killer, Sergeant Fluffyboots and Captain.

Our dog Bert is the most laid back dog on the planet, so it makes sense that most of the time we call him The Ferocious One or Savage Beast.

Our crazy border collie Dylan is called Dobby because his ears sometimes look like Dobby’s from Harry Potter or Weasel because he can get absolutely anywhere despite being a pretty big dog. We also call him Kreacher, because he’d be a bad house elf and he hates that name. You can call him anything else, but call him Kreacher and he starts barking. 

They’re thieves

My cat used to steal small rawhide dog bones from the dog who lived over the road from us and bring them home for our dog.

Dylan quite often steals dog toys that have been left on the field when he goes for a walk.

You can leave events you don’t like early

Just like parents get to use their children as an excuse to leave a boring event early, you can say “Oh, I’ve got to get back to loose the dogs out.”

Sure some people might think you’re crazy but they’ll think it’s cute that you treat your dogs like children. There are definitely some similarities; both can be mischievous and shut off their ears whenever the fancy it. 

Bonus: They love you unconditionally 

I’m not counting this one because everybody already knows it. Yes, occasionally your pets might seem like fur balls from hell but they will love you unconditionally and will cosy up to you when you’re happy, ill, bored or sad. They will always come to you for love and fuss, you can tell them your secrets and they won’t blab, you can have conversations with them regardless of whether they answer or not, and they’ll become part of your family. 


I’m sure I’ve missed some things out, so share other things people never tell you about being a pet owner. 

  • These are all true! My puppy used to poop at one place almost every time, the worst part is it’s just outside my room LOL 🙂

    Miss Eleigh Neux | Bloglovin

    • Haha, oh no! That must have resulted in some horrible accidents. When Dylan was a puppy he always used to go under the table, which while it’s out the way, crawling around under a table to clean up poop wasn’t fun. Though, anything involving poop isn’t fun. I’ve said poop too much now.

      • LOL that must have been really annoying. I used to start my day cursing because of those ‘accidents’ haha But good thing they grow up and get trained 🙂

  • Love this post so much, I can totally agree 😀 <3 #crazycatlady(formercrazydoglady)

  • No one ever told me that I would have to get up in the night to tend to my guinea pigs when they squeal. Or that they could be moody and diva-like!

    • Haha, we had guinea pigs and neither of them were moody or diva-like. One was an escape artist though. He was so fast as well that when he escaped, you just couldn’t catch him and you’d spend a couple of hours chasing him around the garden.

      • My guinea pigs are women who know what they want. My hamster was the escape artist, he once hid behind the dishwasher all night until we coaxed him out with food!

        • Oh I feel you there. When I was little we had gerbils, and mine escaped when we were having the kitchen redone and got stuck behind skirting board. My Mum was patient and managed to coax him out somehow.

  • Can’t say i’ve ever stepped in cat poo, nearly cat sick mind lol.

  • The poop one is so true. Poop or pee! I remember a day when I had to change my socks three times because of that! Fortunately my cat is older now and knows where the loo is.

    Andreea Catsfika

    • Oh no! It’s just one of those things you have to accept when you have young pets though.

  • winscribbles

    ah, being that I never had a pet yet, this is helpful! lol


  • danniella josephine

    That dogs are as bad as children!! What do you have in your mouth? Spit it out! Fine then, but if you get poorly from eating that ice cream it’s your own fault!

    I love my dogs so much, I love having them in my house They always seem to know when I need them 🙂

    Dannie x


    • Haha! They are. Dylan takes things under the table, and if you tell him off, he eats it faster. Daft dogs.

      I find houses without dogs really hard to get comfortable in. When our last dog died, the house was awful. I hated it.

  • hehe what a fun post to read! I had cats when I was a kid but they all ran away. I think I have bad luck with animals! 🙁 I did have a hamster a couple years ago… she was so cute. I named her Lucy and she lived for almost 2 years (a record in my book) I do remember she would wake me up in the morning because she would run around in her cage and on her wheel. I had to move her to another room 😛


    • Yes! I had a hamster too and I had to take its wheel out when I went to bed because it was so noisy. He used to wake everyone up running in it at 3am. Noisy beasts.

  • Oh man. So much truth here. Although you left out one thing: 9. You will never need to buy an alarm clock again because they will wake you up whenever they decide it is breakfast time, occasionally after dawn.

    • Yes! That’s true. My cat miaows at me loudly around 7am. It’s much nicer than being woken up by an actual alarm clock.