I have three cats. It's a non-stop bonanza of drama and cuteness and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Pet owners are used to this, and some of them have shared their recent goings on with Reddit - such as cats whose schedules change, and guinea pigs harboring resentment over watermelon.
Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.
How dare that foot?Giphy
My dog is mad at her own foot. Not sure why, but she's determined to show it what for.
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Every time my cat starts scratching the couch my family and I give a quick, stout, "hey!". Because of this, my dog has learned to get all huffy and run over to stop the cat when she hears the scratching start. However, my dog can't differentiate the scratching on the couch vs the scratching on the cat post, so now my cat feels like no place is safe and there's a lot of tension.
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Had a talk with my puppy about bathroom privacy but he hasn't listened. Offered a compromise- he can come in the bathroom but don't lick or otherwise touch me while I'm in there. He is still insisting that his presence and licks are necessary.
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Our old lady rabbit has decided that the (human) baby is actually hers, and gets very upset and mopey if separated from her. They only get supervised interaction time, though, as the baby is 9 months old and very grabby. If we try and stop her grabbing, the rabbit will come and put herself back against baby's hands to ask for another fur pull.
And yes, the rabbit has a second rabbit to play with - he's much younger and smaller than her too, so it's like she has a baby rabbit too, but she prefers the baby human.
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I moved recently and my dog has not gotten used to all the new neighbors and their dogs yet.
Everyone is super nice and other dogs bark at her too but she's a basset hound which doesn't seem scary, she's so short and adorable but her "HELLO FELLOW DOG" bark sounds like she will eat you and your whole family. Her tail wags the whole time so she's not trying to be ferocious or anything but it sounds intimidating to everyone.
It's just like, this why you don't have new friends yet dog... Calm your floppyass.
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My dog keeps stealing cat poop out of the litter boxes to eat it and it's driving me crazy. He is not being a good boy.
And you think you have a crap job.Giphy
I'm the only one who knows the difference between our dog's normal bark and his "I need to go sh*t" bark, and I'm at college rn.
This slutty cat.Giphy
Our well-fed and well-loved cat broke into a neighbor's house and rolled around on the floor, exposing her belly to the old man who lived in said house like some common gutter tramp. This cat now shoots daggers at me every time I refuse to indulge in her floozyizms and let her out, but she's already made a name for herself on that Nextdoor app and is known as a sort of a neighborhood tart. Enjoy a few days indoors, you brazen hussie. :(
This cat's career is waning.Giphy
My girl cat has been late to her job recently. We took her on for the position of after-shower greeter; she's always sitting on the toilet by the tub whenever I get out and meows at me, but lately she's been tardy and had affected her most recent yearly evaluation.
I told her that the boy cat was looking to change departments lately, and while we didn't want to lose her, she had to make more of an effort to keep her position
As of this week, she's been showing up early, but I still wonder what's going on in her life. I hope she's okay.
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My mom has 2 humming bird feeders that she is obsessed with watching. She is super concerned because one is "being a bully" standing on top of the feeder and attacking other humming birds trying to feed.
Become a real hot topic of conversation
This owner betrayal.Giphy
The dog is currently not speaking to me because I did not give him the pizza crust like I usually do. But I covered the slices with garlic sauce. He is upset and betrayed.
It's flea season.Giphy
I just put her Frontline on and she'll be pissed for a few days. Plus we're camping tomorrow so I've been packing and she's angsty thinking we are leaving her with family (we are not.)
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My guinea fowl family had a close call with a hawk today. They were on the open hill above our home having a morning stroll and hunting breakfast. Then the parents noticed a hawk circling and calmly told their 12 young keets (4 weeks old) to play hide and seek, hunker down in the grass, and not make a peep until they came back to get them.
The parents then hiked a ways away and distracted the hawk with their piercing warning calls. This caught my attention, and when humans started getting involved the hawk gave up and flew away. When I saw the hawk, I was certain that the baby birds had perished and that this was the cause of the parents' cries of distress.
However, as I scoured the landscape for what I was certain would be the site of a massacre, I found myself instead in the midst of 12 small grey rocks covered in feathers. They were so still and well camouflaged that I would never have seen them if I weren't specifically looking for them.
After the coast was clear, the parents went back to gather their young ones and brought them back to the farmhouse, where I offered them a meal of fresh chick crumble and a special treat of white millet for dessert.
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My cat has finally figured out that my alarm going off means I'm making plans to leave the bed so moves up closer and burrows in while batting my hand to be petted while purring and being extremely warm thus making me not want to move.
I admit that I am not a picky eater by any stretch of the imagination. I eat just about anything. I also consider myself pretty adventurous; when I travel, eating good food and trying the local cuisine is at the top of my list!
But even I would be hard-pressed to eat durian or even balut.
Would I say absolutely not? I'll have to get back to you after a trip to Southeast Asia. The jury's out for now.
People had very strong opinions on the food they want nothing to do with after Redditor KentuckyFriedEel asked the online community,
"What dish/food can f*** right off?"
"The edible KFC nail polish. Imagine you are spending the day touching public door handles and keyboards and stuff and then sucking your fingers for chicken paint."
This... this exists?
I'm so happy I've never actually run into this. I was doing just fine without this knowledge.
"Canned whole chickens. Not sure if anyone's seen those, but I want to vomit right now just thinking about it."
I can only think about how slimy it must be from all that congealed fat and it grosses me out.
"Pufferfish. I mean, you need like 2 to 3 years of training to serve it and if you accidentally eat the wrong part it will kill you. The poison has no known antidote and 1 needle can kill 30 adult humans. Other than that, it's just a fish. There are thousands of fish all over the world, just eat a different one"
Yeah... I love seafood but I'll pass. I don't want to be that person. I'm good, thanks!
"For those who aren't familiar..."
"Gefilte fish. For those who aren't familiar, it's like a ball of fish guts packaged in a jar. It's a common food eaten during Pesach."
"Shark fin soup. No taste, no nutritional value. Only to be had to show wealth/status in certain countries. Most importantly, it's really f***** up the shark populations."
Environmentalists have done some splendid work getting people to stop eating this––and imitation shark fin soup seems to be more available than the real thing.
God created the heavens and the earth, and everything in his creation.
He allowed Satan to create one thing... one at all, and Satan created the durian."
"Natto/fermented soybeans. It's sticky and disgusting. It's like Death and Hell had a sticky baby."
"I'm sick of people..."
"Celery. Useless vegetable, no nutritional value at all and just tastes disgusting. I'm sick of people ruining perfectly good egg/potato salads and soups with freaking celery. It's just unnecessary."
Celery's only crime is how inoffensive it actually is. Does it deserve this hate? Probably not.
"Liver. I mean... it's a filter. Why would anyone want to eat a filter?"
You can pry my liver out of my cold, dead hands. I'll have yours if you don't want it!
"I thought I hated..."
"Canned Spinach. I thought I hated spinach for half my life. Nope, I love it, just not that snot in a can. Why did you feed me that mother? Why?"
Okay, what I've learned today is... I could have done without the thought of canned whole chicken. My stomach wants to reject it and it's not even in my stomach. That should tell you something.
Have some opinions of your own? Feel free to tell us all about them in the comments below!
Death is inevitable. It's a truth we're always trying to outrun. Yet we do so many things to speed up the process.
Everyday we are helping ourselves to an early grave. And there are so many ways to avoid that trip. People are telling us all of the time how we can be healthier and better. There are literally books and blogs about ways to keep on keeping on.
So why don't we try and follow some of these ideas. And maybe we should begin trying to pinpoint were we are off and how we could try and avoid that which is poisoning us. Like carbs, well too many carbs, at least for me.
Redditor u/Babynouil wanted everyone to listen up, to make sure we live as long as possible, by asking:
What's something a lot of people do, but don't realise it's shrinking their life expectancy ?
Rule number one for living a healthy and productive life... "AVOID ALL POLITICS FROM THIS MOMENT ON!!" I swear that is killing us all, swiftly! Turn off CNN, FOX, MSNBC... all of it! Stop!
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"Sitting too much. Our bodies are not built for the insanely sedentary lives we live. Even many of us who are relatively active spend most of the day sitting at a desk at the office and then sitting on a couch/gaming chair/whatever all night."
"Screw up their sleep schedule."
"Some of us can't help it. I remember being as young as 10 years old and constantly waking up several times in the night, seemingly for no reason (and it still happens 5 out of 7 night these days, in my late 30s)."
"Then I read a few years back that severe PTSD can disrupt your ability to sleep through the night, sometimes for the rest of your life, and suddenly everything made sense. As such I'm lucky if I spend two straight weeks on a "normal" sleep schedule. Right now, I'm a 5AM -1:30PM sleeper."
"Tension caused by worrying about things beyond our control."
"I'm stressing because my kid just started school and is having a hard time. Whenever I started a new year of school, I'd get sick with a cold. Now I'm sick with a cold because I'm worried about my kid."
"Work is killing us. We need to figure out for ourselves what we need to do to offset out jobs. I had a standing job for over a decade. It is only slightly better. Standing in one place is terrible for the circulation into your legs. It's also really hard on your feet, ankles, knees and lower back. Fatigue mats, better shoes, etc only go so far in helping. Throw in a couple repetitive motion injuries from the job itself and even after 5 years in an office job later I still have pain."
I definitely need to put my phone down. Especially when I drive. It's like an addiction. Also, my sleep is a mess. I doing my best. And someone teach me meditation.
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"Being stationary too much and not enough movement and activity. So many problems slowly creep up on you."
"Go outside without a hat or sunscreen."
"People have been using some form of sun screen for hundreds of years. Whether it be plants, mud, etc. Plus, the UV index is ridiculous in comparison to what it used to be due to the climate crisis so the risk is actually much greater."
"Not building deep relationships. Doesn't matter if friendships or romantic relationships, deeply connected human beings live longer than people who isolate themselves or have rather shallow relationships. So, just so you know: THAT'S what friends are for. ;-) "
"Being severely anti-social is all I know. I am slowly developing a minor case of agoraphobia. I don't have any friends, and every time I meet someone new I freak out and don't talk to them ever again."
"I need therapy but I can't afford it. Online options aren't really options, because most of them are either extremely impersonal, expensive, or other various issues. Also I generally have a very bad history with therapists and don't like doing it because I usually come out feeling worse."
Call Erin Brokovich
"Living near steel mills. The area I live in thrives off of these and the air pollution from them has caused SCARY high cancer rates, lung problems, and thyroid issues."
"There's a city near where I live that is nicknamed Steel City because of the amount of steel mills and other metal working facilities that exist there. I started visiting friends that lived there on a regular basis when i got my license many years ago."
"Almost every young adult at the time had this random twitch that happened every few minutes. They all acted like it was completely normal. "No, that's not normal at all, wtf is in your tap water?" I said. Most of those facilities are shut down now, and I don't see the same issue anymore."
Water. I always forget water. It's so vital. Does ice count? I put ice in everything. You gotta start somewhere. Let's get healthy people.
Reread all of this.
Whether it's a minor inconveniences, people being unaware of their annoyances, or things that just don't make sense, it can stir up some pretty strong emotions.
Now, anger is a totally normal and healthy emotion, but sometimes a high level of anger doesn't seem warranted. However, when those minor inconveniences add up, suddenly we are on a rampage just looking to get mad at it every time it happens.
It could be from someone cutting you off in traffic or the sound of someone chewing. Regardless, it can cause some serious internal turmoil for some people.
Redditor BaconBear36 wanted to know:
"What is something that makes you unreasonably angry?"
Try not to get mad reading this.
Get out of the way!
"People who are walking out of a shop and then suddenly decide to stop smack bang right outside blocking the door."
"Just f*cking move to the f*cking side."
"Especially when there's like two or three people taking a whole sidewalk side by side. Sort of just waddling around without thinking that maaaaybe there's people behind them that want to get around.
A lot of people have some horrible spatial awareness. At least in NYC they get some minor sh*t for it usually. Because walking is a main form of traveling obviously."
"Riding the metro in DC was like this. Train pulls into station. Doors open. Bunch of folks need to get out before others can board. Those waiting to board stand right in front and make you squeeze past them to exit. Situation awareness duh. Step aside until all are off the train."
"Oh god the worst is when you're on a busy escalator and the person in front of you steps off and just stands there. Like HELLO I'm coming through and literally cannot stop. MOVE!"
"Recipes that start with an essay about the author."
"I don't need to know your f*cking life story, Jessica, I'm trying to figure out how to make fried chicken."
"I've been scrolling for 15 minutes, is there actually a recipe on this damn page?!"
"Force hyped youtubers who just screaming around for no reason."
"The kids watch these. And think that this level of overreaction is normal."
"That's the scary part about it. They'll replicate the behavior in public and eventually realize not everyone is shouting and screaming over every little thing."
"Banks. Why the f*ck would an institution that almost all people are required to use have shorter hours than an average job?"
"I'll add government facilities to that, DMV should be 24 hours."
"Loud chewing noises, especially if you're an open-mouthed chewer, double especially if you're also a lip smacker."
"I get so angry from the chewing sounds sometimes I just get up in the middle of a meal and leave."
"Sometimes I'm the only one eating the meal. Still happens."
This is actually a disorder called Misophonia.
Slow drivers at the front the line.
"People that move out of a lane so they can secure first place at a red light then drive like a f*cking funeral procession."
"WHY BRO?!?! That spot is for movers and shakers!!"
"Seriously. Duck into the next lane at the last second, and when the light turns green, theirs so slow that the cars that were behind them in the next lane are passing them... ugh. Just get off my road."
"Yeah, when someone cuts in front of me, I'm thinking, 'You better be moving.' And then they don't..."
"Similar to this: people who sit there and pressure the light, constantly rolling forward little by little and going way over the line, only to drive like a grandma when it actually does turn green. Bro are you in a hurry or not, you can't be both!!"
People assuming you're shy.
"When people tell me I'm shy or quiet. No. I'm simply uncomfortable. I can be very loud and extroverted in a comfortable environment surrounded by people I'm comfortable with, but that's obviously not what I'm doing right now if I'm shy and quiet."
"Agreed, especially when they're like 'omg I didn't know you could talk!' It's not like I tell them 'wow you are so loud maybe if you shut up for one second I might say something.'"
"Going outside and seeing other people who are also outside."
"WHO ARE ALL THESE F*CKING PEOPLE?!?!?!"
"When you go out in public and the public be there."
It seems like people are the problem in every scenario here.
Reading these can really make your heart rate go up. Hopefully the people who do some of these things will take a hint and be a little less irritating to the rest of us.
As long as we're not acting on that anger, no harm done.
Dating can be one heck of a fiasco, especially these days, in the time of COVID. Everybody is looking for something different and nobody seems to be on the same page.
Now there are two sides to every story but today we wanna here from the men out there. Everybody has a breaking point when the red flags finally add up to trouble. And y'all know what to do when trouble comes calling?
Redditor u/JaJaLoHa wanted the gents out there to share with us about their love lines in the sand, by asking:
Men, what are some deal breakers for a potential relationship?
Compromise is important in a relationship. Everybody has to do it. But there are just some traits or actions that a big no-go when it comes to compromise. And you shouldn't feel bad about it.
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"Not being able to apologize. Everybody makes mistakes, doesn't matter. Own up to it and I respect you even more. Seek excuses? Bye!"
"No accountability. In fact, having absolutely no sense of accountability for their actions. Believe me it is more common than you think."
"My ex was just like this- I found myself apologizing for her mistakes, and she expected me to grovel when I made any minor error. And the gaslighting, mind games and guilt trips... holy crap. When I called her out, I was "lecturing her." I thank my lucky stars that I had the sense to get out when I did."
"Complaining about everything."
"My ex too. It was unbelievably draining. I could handle it most of the time, but the worst was when in a situation where everyone is miserable (e.g. getting stuck outside in the rain). It's like, hey, everyone here is having a bad time right now, but by complaining constantly you're just dumping more misery on top of it for everyone."
"Kind of a subset of this for me is being a picky eater. I dated a girls for over two years who ate nothing but macaroni and cheese and chicken tenders. Never freaking again. I've broken it off with two otherwise very nice and attractive girls over this. I'm not spending my life restricted to restaurants that sell chicken tenders and having to grocery shop for two different dinners every single night."
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"Lying, saying stuff about you behind your back, being mean to people for no reason, being fake."
Ladies, ladies, ladies... listen up. Now don't think men aren't just as culpable.
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"No "test" behaviour. Be straightforward or I'll assume you're likely to instigate dumb crap drama. Honesty for honesty."
"Doesn't let you have time to yourself/ heir entire life revolves around you to the point that they suffocate you."
"To add on - if a partner is controlling of your relationships with friends and family, and generally won't let you exist as your own person, "red flag" is understating it. You should be able to at least occasionally do things without your partner."
"You should be able to have private spaces and private thoughts. You should be able to maintain existing relationships and create new ones. I dated someone once who was insistent as to how I slept, and didn't like it if I tried to get into a more comfortable position. Surprise surprise, also came with a side of emotional abuse and manipulation."
"Zero effort put into simple maintenance actions. Simply picking up after yourself is deferred repeatedly when it can be done and over in ten seconds. Inflexible mind, or unwilling to learn new things or see other perspectives. Seeing the fault in others, but inability to perceive such in themselves."
"If they are terrible with finances."
"Money is cited in the top 3 reasons for divorce, always. And money affects every facet of life. My BIL married a gal who was always a next thing away from getting her financial sh*t together. Anyway, he's living with us now, after his 2-year marriage ended, because, it turns out, people who are bad with money and have no real interest in saving, likely will not change."
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"No sense of humor. Either a lack of sense of humor or incompatible sense of humor. I want to be able to laugh at the same stuff together."
It's not hard to be yourself in a relationship. In a potential love match, you should be as much yourself as possible. So stay honest and own up to your flaws and your partner will do the same. And if not, you can write a thread about the men.