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A friendship is being forged

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u/everydayasl 7d ago

Friends for life.

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u/Gulan33 7d ago

This comment makes me weirdly sad...

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u/kenesisiscool 7d ago

I lost my kitty of 22 years a few months ago. The pain is all too real.

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u/ImagineTheCommotion 7d ago

I lost mine out of the blue at age 9 about 3 weeks ago. Grief sucks. Hugs hugs hugs ♥️

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u/Depredor 7d ago

I know your pain and I'm sending you love. I just lost my beloved 5 year old girl on Monday. Absolutely heartbreaking.

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u/ImagineTheCommotion 7d ago

I’m so sorry! That’s so rough. Hugs back to you

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u/Depredor 7d ago Hugz

Thanks! It's by far the worst grief I've ever felt. She had to be put down two days into an international trip, so I had to say goodbye over zoom. She'd gotten sick and the vet diagnosed her with asthma, and she seemed to be recovering until the day I was leaving. I almost cancelled my trip to stay with her, but I was flying to meet a new baby in the family and help care for a 3 year old, so I decided to stick it out and hope for the best. My brother took her to the vet a couple days later because she wasn't eating and they said her lungs were filling with fluid from a rapidly progressing cancer. The most they could do was an invasive surgery that might buy her another week, but she would be suffering and it would cost over $10k and I couldn't get home in time to say goodbye in person. Damn, it hurts to write this. I made the call to put her down and my brother zoomed me in to the vet's office so I could see her and tell her how much I love her.

I'm mostly past the sudden random sobbing phase, but I haven't been to my home without her yet and I'm expecting that to kick off another bout of major grief. It's amazing how much love a cat can hold and how devastating losing them can be.

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u/celery-jones 7d ago

I'm so sorry for your pain... I hope that one day the joy of your memories together can outweigh the grief from your loss. She knew that you loved her, and I'm sure your life is better having had her in it ♡

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u/Depredor 7d ago edited 7d ago

Thank you for the kind words. My family all went to the vet and stayed with her in her final moments, so she died the way she lived: surrounded by love and snuggles. I have no doubt she knew she was loved. Though I didn't have Nora in my life for long, she brought immeasurable joy into it and absolutely made it better. I hope your own journey with grief is getting easier and that the memories of your late kitty bring more joy than sorrow with each passing day.

Edit: I just realized you aren't the one who replied earlier in the thread about their own cat. I hope you aren't on a journey with grief at the moment.

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u/OShaunesssy 7d ago

Gosh I’m sobbing reading this.

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u/TheSandCat79 6d ago edited 6d ago

Jesus. I am so sorry. This sounds horrific. I’m not sure how I would deal with this situation. I hope you can find some peace somewhere. A few months ago, I accidentally ran over one of the street cats that I had been feeding. He was under my wheel as I backed out and I was unaware. I had only been feeding him for a few weeks, and he wouldn’t even let me pet him, but the pain and grief I felt from this loss was ridiculously strong and I still feel ashamed for what happened. They say the best way to get over a loss of a cat, is to get another cat. And I think there is some truth to that. But I think as humans, we need to feel and process the grief. Not just throw a band aid over it with another animal. I’m not a professional in this area. So I don’t know. I do know that healing does take place. And that eventually we can find another animal to love. I wish you the best. Luckily, I had my indoor kittie to help with the loss. But I feel there is no right or wrong way to deal with this type of stuff. Again, I wish you the best

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u/Depredor 6d ago

Oh man, I am so sorry that happened. You didn't do anything wrong. What happened was a stroke of terrible luck. I can imagine the guilt you felt, but you only tried to make his life better by feeding him and showing him some compassion. The cruel thing about grief is that it hurts most when you open yourself up and really commit to loving someone who is taken from you. But while it may be the case that love and care and compassion can be vulnerabilities, all of those things are what make life worth living. I wish you the best as well and I hope you aren't too hard on yourself for what happened.

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u/stonkyknots 7d ago

This made so sad, and I don't even have a pet or ever had one. Sending you lots of love and hugs and good vibes

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u/Depredor 6d ago

Thank you so much. I really appreciate the care you and others in this thread have shown me. Even though this loss has been agonizing, I would go through it all again if I had to because the experience of having this cat in my life was so fulfilling. They are wonderful, loving creatures and earning the trust and love of a kitty is an amazing experience that is well worth the heartbreak when they leave this world.

I'm not trying to convince you to get a cat or anything; I just don't want my story to turn you off of the prospect of adopting a pet.

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u/stonkyknots 6d ago

That's really sweet to know.

To be honest, I've always wanted to have a pet. But I also think about how painful it'd be when they leave this world and everything would seem to be just...sad:(

But yes, as you say, no doubt they're wonderful creatures🥰

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u/WordAffectionate3251 6d ago

I hear your pain. I lost both my 10 year old boys last year 4 months apart. Pip had the asthma problem. Squeak had fluid around his heart. Still have their stuff around. 😭💔

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u/angryJRT 6d ago

We lost our dog 3 weeks ago. Sending love, it hurts so much 💔

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u/FuckeenGuy 7d ago

All that love has to go somewhere! I lost my 13 yr old dude a few years ago, he was my everything. I got a new kitten a month later and immediately put all of my love onto that little dude. I don’t even slightly spaghetti regretti it

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u/Feverishdreams 7d ago

There is always another animal who needs our love and has love to share.

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u/sergih123 7d ago

22 years? Don't they usually live up to like 15? By the way sorry for your loss :(

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u/Mister_Bloodvessel 7d ago

15 is generally the low end for cats getting old. The oldest cat on record lived to be 38 years old, and the previous holder of the world record title lived to be 34 years old!

Imagine having your animal companion for half your life! That is a dream. If my cat makes it to 17 I'll be ecstatic, but hopefully I'll be lucky enough to enjoy his company for even longer.

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u/Feedyourbrain 7d ago

My girl is 20 years old. I've had her since I was 14 years old. I begged my parents to let me bring her and her sister home when I found them as strays living under a porch.

I have very fond memories of them fighting with my stocking as I tried to get ready for HS in the mornings and other shaningans. Sitting with me while I studied etc. They've come with me everywhere I've moved. One passed in March of 2020.

I'm happy to have one still and hope for the same.

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u/Mister_Bloodvessel 7d ago

I'm sorry you lost one of your little companions, but I'm very glad that you've had the other to keep you company for 20 whole years. I sincerely hope you get to spend several more years with your furry friend, too.

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u/Tiger_Widow 7d ago

If my cat makes it to 17 I'll be ecstatic.

I'm just imagine that henceforth from that day you'll just become increasingly more ecstatic to the point that by the time it's like 25 you're just completely immobilized by constant waves of extreme extacy to the point you're incapable of basic function.

The cat's like stood by your wildly undulating form being all like "yeah it's great and all but could you at least try to get the kibble in the bowl?"

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u/skttsm 7d ago

12 to 18is the standard range in see. I've only known 2 to make it past 20. Shockingly the oldest cat i knew was an indoor and outdoor cat. Even when they lost their vision they still went out on the lawn. They did stop going beyond the house or front lawn after losing their vision though as they would just get lost otherwise

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u/Deya_The_Fateless 6d ago

I lost my 17 year old dog last October, my parents gave her to me when I was 12. She was with me for my entire life almost so loosing her was like loosing a child, it damn near broke my heart when I had to let her go. 💔

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u/kenesisiscool 7d ago

15 is about average for a cat. But some can live to be over 25. Though it's very uncommon. We'd had him since we were little kids.

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u/JypsiCaine 7d ago

Lost my Willis two years ago, age 25. He was hit by a car. Might have had many more years with him if that hadn't happened :(

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u/rupat3737 7d ago

My 17 year old smudgie passed the rainbow bridge last year. Sad days.

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u/HleCmt 7d ago

What helped me in my grief was a stuffed/plush toy kitty that looked like them to cuddle and chat with. We had a ginger monster Andre (the giant) who was born a year before me, was my BFF and also passed at 20. Almost another 20 yrs and a few other great cats but I still smile whenever I see my stuffy and think about Andre adventures. Hugs to you ❤️

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u/Majestically_Weird 6d ago

I also just lost my 18 year old man. He passed in late June, but I will always miss him. We grew up together and will always be in my heart. I'm sorry for your loss. ❤️

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u/spingus 7d ago

My childhood kitty was my companion from 2nd grade through to starting graduate school.

The pain is very real, but so are all those memories <3

Love you Serendipity (Dipcat)

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u/Chrono47295 7d ago

It's okay I shed a tear as well now don't feel weird

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u/Pedrov80 7d ago

On the inverse, while we outlive our pets, they get their entire lives being loved and cared for. The life was already there and going to end eventually, we need to love them as much as we can in that time.

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u/TheRussianCabbage 7d ago

The happy kind because you know what it means but also what it brings.

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u/static1053 7d ago

Because we all know that kids going to lose that friend eventually.

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u/WestCoastBestCoast01 7d ago

Hey my childhood cat has been gone for 10 years now, but she’s still be my best friend forever 💕

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u/joekerr37 7d ago

better than sadly weird?

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u/PopeHatSkeleton 7d ago

For real though, I hope the cat lives many more years so that the baby remembers her as her first animal friend.

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u/giniobeast 7d ago

Loafs for life.

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u/devilsephiroth 7d ago

When the kid grows up and see these videos of their friend watching over them

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u/Toidal 7d ago

Shit just got real

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u/WaterBottle001 7d ago

In the first clip the cats like - hey, dude, you okay in there?

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u/kmonay89 7d ago

With both of my pregnancies now, my cat has been in love with my bump.

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u/repo1778 7d ago

Just wondering being a guy, I would think purring on a pregnant stomach would have positive effects. The baby should be able to feel it. What would a purring machine do as white noise when the baby is born?

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u/KaeptnKaese 7d ago edited 6d ago

I don't know about purring, but there was a cassete that made me fall asleep instantly when I was younger. Apparently it was a cassete my mom listened to to relax, during pregnancy. So I bet that baby would appreciate the purring machine.

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u/rich1051414 7d ago

casset

Do you mean cassette? Or is this a word I don't know?

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u/jej218 7d ago

First I thought it was maybe Bassett. I don't think anyone listens to them to fall asleep though.

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u/10kwinz 7d ago

I read it as casket at first and I was like why were your parents putting you in a casket to get you to fall asleep 🧐

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u/bigbazookah 7d ago

The reason for purring is pretty much unknown, but there’s a theory that the purring is used as a way to somehow heal/benefit kittens. So it’s not too far out to think it would also benefit a baby.

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u/JacOfAllTrades 7d ago

Both my blue heelers figured out how to make my bump interactive, and they thought it was great. One of them now lays with his head against the baby's legs when he gets the opportunity and it's so sweet. 💜

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u/boy-1der 7d ago

Figured out how to make my bump interactive

That made me chortle lol your dogs are like "It's like an interactive CD-ROM!"

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u/JacOfAllTrades 7d ago

They would use their snout and poke the bump then baby would kick their snout. It was adorable lol.

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u/woopsifarted 7d ago

It's blowing my mind right now that your kid played with your dogs before even being born

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u/JacOfAllTrades 7d ago

She liked to kick any kind of pressure that poked my belly including the car seatbelt. The blue boys just figured it out and had a great time. My bigger one still loves it when baby kicks him; he will just lay there with the happiest look on his face even whine she's kicking his head.

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u/gianna_in_hell_as 7d ago

My cat would be very offended and leave my bump when baby would kick her face. But she grew to love my son to bits.

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u/Mister_Bloodvessel 7d ago

That's pretty freaking cute!

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u/annarosebanana89 7d ago

I love this! When I was pregnant my tiny Pikachu (pekingese/Chihuahua) dog absolutely hated the bump as it got bigger. It took her lap away and it eventually started kicking her off too! (Dog would get severely offended at kicks and would get off.) RIP Songa. Her sister (the baby, now 3) doesn't remember her.

My brother's (previous basement dweller) cat loved my bump tho. And I loved the warmth on my aching pubic bone.

Animals interacting with the bump was one of my favorite parts of pregnancy. Most of it was shit.

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u/JacOfAllTrades 7d ago

Very fair haha. We have 7 dogs and not all of them noticed it cared, but my blue heelers did and my Aussie/beagle mix was fascinated and remains fascinated by the baby, but had a sort of respectful distance attitude about it. She likes to observe from about a foot away.

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u/SweetLilMonkey 7d ago

Spared no expense!

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u/thegirlfromno4 7d ago

I happen to be a vegetarian.

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u/X-WighT14 7d ago

Random Jurrasic Park refferences are TIGHT!

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u/Lost-My-Mind- 7d ago

Wow wow wow.....wow.

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u/BoltgunOnHisHip 7d ago

Cat: Yes, yessss...the new can opener-slave will be ready soon!

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u/NoAbility5962 7d ago

Lmao I instantly pictured my cat saying that in a Dr Claw kinda way

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u/alien_sprig 7d ago

Joke's on cat. The opposable thumbs on slaves aren't reliable until about 5 years of age!

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u/beccaroux 7d ago

Same! My little void is obsessed with my first baby and my current bump!

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u/bluelephantz_jj 7d ago

Do they actually know there's something in there?

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u/I_love_misery 7d ago

From experience they do sense something is different. My cats have been more attached to me and crying for more attention. One of them tries to kick all other cats out of the room. They still try to step on me like nothing is there, but then again they tried step on my sister’s baby when she was born.

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u/kmonay89 7d ago

Yeah, they can hear ultrasound, and they can smell stuff too. So it’s pretty cool!

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u/PreExRedditor 7d ago

they can hear ultrasound

although its true that cats can hear a wider range of sound frequencies, you're implying that a fetus produces ultrasound for a cat to hear. "ultrasonic" basically means "very fast" so, in your mind, a fetus is moving at ultrasonic speeds? might be time to watch fewer marvel movies

I assume this misunderstanding comes from ultrasound imaging of pregnancy. an ultrasound device isnt an imaging device that captures ultrasound emissions. rather, its using ultrasound waves TO image

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u/rang14 7d ago

Got it, so it's a cat scan.

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u/Jetztinberlin 7d ago

Oh youuu

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u/s00perguy 7d ago

I'm a huge fan of pets doting on pregnant people. It just seems like it's this huge instinct labled "babies are good".

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u/LittleBitOdd 7d ago

I've heard it's because the bump is slightly warmer than the rest of you

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u/KaeptnKaese 7d ago edited 6d ago

I'm pretty sure they understand pregnancy to an extent and staying with a pregnant pack mate and taking care of the young makes sense even for wild animals. That they decide to lay right on the belly, might actually be due to the temperature though.

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u/Scrybatog 7d ago

Yeah this may be rare case of people not over anthropomorphizing an animal. There is a chance it did comprehend what was happening at a primal level.

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u/WrenDraco 7d ago

When my kids were babies, my cats didn't really interact until they learned some gentleness but every time they would cry the most protective one would come find me if I wasn't fast enough and just yowl at me until I helped the baby. Like "LADY YOUR KITTEN NEEDS YOU HURRY THE &!@#%$ UP." And then she'd guard the door and not let the other two cats in. She loves the kids now that they're older and is as likely to sleep on my now five year old's bed rather than mine.

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u/timesuck897 7d ago

We are just heated furniture to cats.

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u/Bananz0 7d ago

That and also I think they can hear the baby's faster heartbeat inside

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u/KingDarius89 7d ago

I'm pretty sure that dogs and cats can smell it.

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u/-cheesencrackers- 7d ago

I have two cats and am 8 months pregnant. They lay against my bump and the baby kicks them and they don't appear to notice at all lol. I'm pretty sure they just think I'm eating too much

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u/illustrious_d 7d ago

Might want to rephrase this...

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u/Lost-My-Mind- 7d ago

HEY!......PHRASING!

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u/realwomenhavdix 7d ago

With the bellybutton?

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u/LucarnAnderson 7d ago

For some reason i was expecting the belly to actually just be a man with a beer belly

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u/Sharlinator 7d ago

A beautiful story of the unique friendship forged between a cat and one man’s visceral adipose tissue. Now streaming on Hulu!

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u/ZenoHotep 7d ago

That's beautiful... Nothing is more powerful than a man with a beer belly and a cat

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u/TempleOfDoomfist 7d ago

Cat pat the fat. Wholesome connection

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u/evold 7d ago

I thought this was posted on r/funny which led me to think the same thing!

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u/Milkyage 7d ago

That look at the end "I thought we were having kittens, not another human, Sharon!"

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u/momobutagirl 7d ago

I'm always amazed at how some animals understand that there's a baby in there.

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u/drudski420 7d ago

Our cat also did this, so sweet. Both cat and dog pretty much formed a circle around my wife hours before going into labor and and stayed with her as long as they could.

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u/WomanOfEld 7d ago

Our cats follow our son around everywhere. He's like a Disney princess. Little boy, two waving tails.

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u/Butter_Stuffer 7d ago

Your son has two tails?

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u/Golomer 7d ago

Uh oh, us Sonic fans know what's gonna happen to their parents...

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u/_clash_recruit_ 6d ago

Same. I knew my dog would be great with my son, but my cat had always kinda been an asshole to everyone but me. I was legitimately worried he would have to go live with my parents for a couple of years for the baby's safety. Nothing could be further from the truth. He took to my my son immediately and they've been absolutely best friends since my son was about 6 months old and could control his grabby hands. Even before that the cat was somewhere very close 24 hrs/day.

It drives me crazy on the parenting subs where people say it's normal for toddlers to be mean to animals. No it's freaking not normal. Most animals want to be friends with kids and most kids want to be friends with animals. It's up to parents to teach them to be kind to each other.

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u/ryoko_kusanagi 7d ago

That’s so precious

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u/DelinquentAdult 7d ago

Exactly! Like, how do they know?!

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u/numbersthen0987431 7d ago Giggle

They can smell your fear!!!!!

Jk, but it's probably either them smelling the moms pregnancy hormones, or they can hear the baby

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u/chriscrossnathaniel 7d ago edited 7d ago

In addition to smelling hormonal changes and feeling a warmer body temperature, cats may also detect differences in your behavior, habits, body chemistry, and posture that give them a clue to the extensive changes that your body is going through.

They are experts at reading body language, so they can notice even tiny differences in movements or when our movement becomes awkward.

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u/kneeltothesun 7d ago

Yes! They can probably smell the estrogen, progesterone, and hCG, which why they sometimes seem to know before you do. Then temperature, of course. There's no real studies on this yet, but it's kind of just accepted. Cats are often helpful with pregnancies in other cats, as well. So I'd guess it stems from this instinct, they will often adopt the young of others, even other species.

https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/can-cats-sense-pregnancy#preparing-your-cat

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u/Hitzel 7d ago

It's my understanding that cats adopt the young of other species because they have evolved a communal system for taking care of their own young. Cats will take "shifts" with the babies instinctually, so some of that behavior will also be applied to babies that aren't kittens. Basically, the cat just feels compelled to do its part and (from my understanding) would expect others to do their parts as well.

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u/PinsToTheHeart 7d ago

Its also why you occasionally see videos of cats just bringing all their kittens to the owner.

"It's your turn with this, I need a break"

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u/hebejebez 7d ago

My dog knew before me. Weirdo would just shit up on the end of for couch in a weird ass way staring at me all evening. Also she wouldn't leave my side in the house - which wasn't that out of character by the staring was weird.

She laid on my tummy till she and it got too big as he was only a year old lab and lithe at the time so would have mummy snuggles.

She did not enjoy the product as much as the pregnancy, she mostly wanted the loud creature to go away.

Similar to when we bought her a puppy. Loved the idea but after an hour it was nap time and she wanted me to make it go away.

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u/TheAbominableRex 7d ago

To add, when cats purr it acts as a type of sonar to their skeletal system and they can detect (and even help repair) bone fractures. They may be able to detect the amniotic fluid or even the skeletal system of the fetus with the interference they receive when they purr. They probably don't consciously know what it is, but instinctually, along with smelling hormone changes, they know it's something different and important.

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u/DerKeksinator 7d ago

So cats basically have ultrasound.

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u/S7RAN93 7d ago

Last I knew nobody really understood scientifically why cats purred. I'm not calling bullshit. But I need references to know this isn't bro science. And I'm too lazy to Google it.

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u/gorramfrakker 7d ago

Here you go. It’s believed but not 100%. https://www.petmd.com/cat/behavior/why-do-cats-purr

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u/S7RAN93 7d ago

That part about kittens being born blind and deaf...woosh

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u/godspareme 7d ago

Depends on your definition of blind but I'm pretty sure human babies vision is unable to differentiate shapes until a few months. They can only recognize colors for quite a bit.

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u/Visible-Pollution853 7d ago

I always said my daughters dog told me when she became pregnant. He became even more loving and attentive and the day she sent me a picture with him resting his head in her then flat tummy- I knew!

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u/itsmartapuntocom 7d ago

Our pup did the same thing. Suddenly became very affectionate and protective of my wife and then a week later we found out.

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u/missclna 7d ago

I would believe this. Such as breathe can be so different after being pregnant but normally people won't notice it.

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u/Nisas 7d ago

Or maybe they just like warm cushions.

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u/patsfan038 7d ago

I liked it better when it was inside

-Cat probably

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u/TigerLily1014 7d ago

While I adore my two cats and one in particular is obsessed with the bump (35w).... pretty sure he doesn't understand there is a baby in there and just thinks I'm extra warm and fluffy lately.

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u/fondledbydolphins 7d ago

"Must be putting on weight for the winter"

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u/DrBoomkin 7d ago

For cats, I wonder if they associate it with purring.

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u/Useful_Ground_9954 7d ago

Everybody keeps saying heat but I’ve always suspected that they can hear the heartbeat. I’ve seen videos of cats follow an animal through the walls that a human can’t hear. I imagine it hears the heartbeat and knows there’s something in there living.

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u/Any_Coyote6662 7d ago

I agree. they have whiskers that can sense the smallest vibration and ears that move like radar detectors. thats how they can pounce on a mouse in tall grass from across the yard (ive seen my cat do this and yes, I make him let go of anything he gets.) they certainly can detect the heartbeat and understand pregnancy on an instinctual level.

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u/Mister_Bloodvessel 7d ago

Cats have super hearing. They can hear the pitter patter of mouse feet, and rodents also make noises way out of our heating range that cats pick up.

During a brutal cold snap this year, two mice made their way inside, and were in my kitchen. My cat heard them while on the couch with me in my living room. He got up with a lot of purpose and interest in the kitchen (which he normally avoids unless i have cheese) and he sauntered back through the living room with a mouse in his mouth. Then about 30 minutes later, he did it again.

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u/mxemec 7d ago

I think heat has something to do with it.

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u/maluminse 7d ago

I'll bet they can hear the baby.

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u/phillysan 7d ago

The change in hormones causes changes in scent which cats can detect with their considerably more powerful sense of smell.

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u/ja_hahah 7d ago

Ok call me an idiot, but can it not also be simply that their own bellies also enlargen when with babies?

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u/lemaymayguy 7d ago

Id just imagine it's a nice pillow maybe we're overthinking it

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u/ja_hahah 7d ago

Theres definently projecting in the comments yes.

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u/BelieveInDestiny 7d ago

nah, there's just theories. I haven't seen anyone projecting.

Knowing that dogs have been known to detect things like cancer, it's not at all far-fetched for cats to detect something strange in the woman's belly.

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u/ja_hahah 7d ago

Fair point, but ive seen comments saying that the cat can hear the heartbeats and it reminds them of their mothers..like WHAT?

And id argue at the same time its not far fetched that since cats carry babies in the same sort of way we do that they can simply put two and two together and see inflated belly = baby.

Or simply that the belly is warmer and its no different from them sitting on your laptop.

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u/PinsToTheHeart 7d ago

It can be both tbh. I'm sure the cat recognizes something there, as evident in the first clip, but it also is just a nice place to sit.

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u/Comradio 7d ago

That is a level of self awareness and conceptualization that is beyond cats and dogs.

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u/Ghost-Writer 7d ago

They can hear the heartbeats

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u/ADHDengineer 7d ago

I have a heart they don’t care about.

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u/JuliaLouis-DryFist 7d ago

I'm fairly certain that cats are trying to rip open the belly and sacrifice the unborn fetus to their moon God.

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u/Nogarda 7d ago

hearing sensitivity, they hear the rapid heartbeat of the baby, understand there is some creature behind it and because they see the mom who feeds them, they just kind of know it is there pup/kit. add in the bonding time, they will take care of them or protect them.

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u/4feicsake 7d ago

They can smell it. Your pregnancy hormones actually change your body smell. It's also possible they hear the heartbeat.

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u/jamsterko 7d ago edited 7d ago

My friend's dog found out she was pregnant before she did.

The dog was displaying unusual attachments, like following her everywhere, getting anxious when she's out of the dog's sight, etc.

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u/PerfectlySplendid 7d ago

I’m not sure I believe this meant the dog knew she was pregnant.

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u/agnosiabeforecoffee 7d ago

Dogs can definitely smell a change in hormones, even if they aren't quite sure what it means.

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u/Scrybatog 7d ago

I'm glad you used the right word.

People like to throw around the word pheromones in situations like this without knowing humans literally don't have pheromones. We can neither produce nor register them.

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u/Boo_and_Minsc_ 7d ago

i dont know that they can smell and necessarily know its pregnancy but they can smell the changes in physiology for sure

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u/SlowerThanTurtleInPB 7d ago

My cat absolutely flipped shit when I went into labor. She was so worried, she made herself sick. She was biting my ankles and then threw up because she knew something g was wrong. It was so sweet how concerned she was. Like this cat, she laid on my belly throughout my pregnancy. I also tested all our equipment out her her - carrier, car seat, stroller. She took everything for a test run.

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u/testingbicycle 7d ago

For real, when the cat was hesitantly pawing at her stomach, that is so weird that animals know stuff like that.

There is so much we dont know about life

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u/Sumfuc 7d ago

CAT: “Took you long enough.”

BABY: “Is that your breath?”

CAT: “Wait…no that’s your diaper.”

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u/_mach 7d ago

listen, I don't doubt that cats know when women are pregnant really early on.

I'm just saying; a pregnant woman's belly can often be the warmest place in the damned house...

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u/Ragina-PhaIange 7d ago

It’s our scent. It’s recognizing the different scent means the human woman is pregnant

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u/walril 7d ago

Animals can get pregnant too. They’re not without intuition and empathy. I’m sure they realize this human has another small human just like I can sometimes have a small cat inside me.

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u/Madasthehatter95 7d ago

I'm 9 weeks and 2 days today. I have 3 cats one female who is mother to my 2 boys. So far she's the only one who suspects something is up. I'm so hoping when she realizes that I'm pregnant that she'll do this too :) My baby is going to have the best friends ever!

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u/boy-1der 7d ago

I'm so hoping when she realizes that I'm pregnant that she'll do this too

What if she does it like this

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u/EarlGrey_Picard 7d ago

She just wanted to say hi.

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u/Pethoarder4life 7d ago

We had 4 and fucking none of them cared. They were all pissed off that I had less lap space and that was it. I hope yours start caring, but if they don't, know you aren't alone in the disappointment.

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u/minicpst 7d ago

One of my girl cats knew before the test was positive. The other (orange, so she rarely got use of the shared brain cell) figured it out later, but also lost interest because my “kittens” weren’t born by 10 weeks. But my girl, she was my kitty midwife. The one and only time in her life she sat on my back was when I had lower back pain the week of the birth and I was leaning on an exercise ball. She jumped up, laid where it hurt, and gave me pressure, heat, and purred for me.

When I brought home “our” baby, she hissed and ran away and refused to be in the same room for four weeks. Postpartum me cried and cried.

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u/sammiestayfly 7d ago

I'm 6 weeks and one of my cats definitely knows. She's been super clingy. She has always slept with me in the bed but now she's sleeping ON me. If I roll over and adjust she'll get up, wait for me to get situated then lays back down on top of me.

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u/winokatt 7d ago

Cat looked kinda disappointed he lost that sweet pillow tbh

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u/devilcraft 6d ago

Obviously, this version makes loud noises, vomits and keeps trying to grab you.

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u/theJolt7 7d ago

Congratulations! This is so awesome and so cute!

My wife just gave birth to our third son yesterday and our husky was like this. I knew she was pregnant before we even took a test because Maya (the husky) was all of a sudden glued to my wife, and she stayed stuck to my wife the whole way through. Can't wait to get this baby home and finally introduce them!

Sending positive energy to you and your family! Best of luck in this life!

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u/SaraSlaughter607 7d ago

Congrats to you both!!! 🥰🥰😍 boy or girl???

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u/theJolt7 6d ago

Our third boy, we're calling him Domhnall. Thank you so much!

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u/thaddeus423 7d ago

My heart. ❤️

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u/OptimalRight 7d ago

Look so adorable kitty.

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u/superRedditer 7d ago

just to help explain... cats are highly evolved to sense the tiniest of hidden sounds. the tiny scuttling of a mouse behind a wall. so the baby here moving inside is like the same thing. then add in the bond with the mother etc.

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u/woollover 7d ago

This is one of the most beautiful things ive seen

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u/OccamsSchickQuattro 7d ago

Meanwhile my dog just jumped on my wife even at 9 months pregnant.

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u/dirkandersen 7d ago

I’ve had my dog for 8 years prior to my wife and I. She’s always been my dog, she’s a daddy’s girl. But once my wife was pregnant that flipped for those 9 months. It was incredible to see how natural it was for my dog to never leave my wife’s side.

When we had my son, she went right back to being by my side, and my sons.

Our cat, who is just an ass to everyone, would not leave my wife alone her entire pregnancy.

Definitely a beautiful thing we got to experience.

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u/Tourquemata47 7d ago

I was totally expecting to be catfished at the end and it turn out to be a construction worker with a big belly.

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u/now_here24 7d ago

I love Kitty's

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u/gnostic_nomad 7d ago

It also shows how acutely aware cats are of things, for them to know you are pregnant.

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u/TeniBitz 7d ago

My cat did this through my entire pregnancy. I though it was so sweet and he’d love my twins.. 6 years later and he wants nothing to do with the kids. He’s firmly “my” cat still.

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u/bubbles_says 7d ago

I'm not one for babies much, but I must say yours is really pretty. So is the cat.

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u/TD1990TD 7d ago

Ahww my orange kitten (3 months) also likes to cuddle up next to my belly (7th month). His brother couldn’t care less. We’re wondering how they’ll act once the baby has arrived 🥰

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u/Brilliant_Ad4440 7d ago

This belongs in Mademesmile too

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u/realdappermuis 7d ago

It's the heartbeat that reminds animals of their mommies <3

When I was a kid it was a known thing to put an old school alarm clock in a baby animal's basket to help soothe them to sleep

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u/Endorenna 7d ago

Funny enough, one of my cats prefers to sleep with her head lying on my chest, very close to my heart, often with her ear turned towards me. I’ve wondered if it’s a similar soothing effect.

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u/independentchickpea 7d ago

I raised my cat by hand and she does this. She also still “nurses” on my hands and arms when soothing herself to sleep.

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u/MacDegger 7d ago

A Balinese! They're amazing with kids.

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u/joxy1999 7d ago

I think this is actually a Lynx Point!

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u/ankh0137 7d ago

This is the kind of Reddit post I needed today.

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u/Choice_Ad6875 7d ago

My brothers cats are really protective of his baby daughter(my niece). Sometimes when she starts to cry when she is laying in bed, my brother waits a few minutes to see if she will stop or if he has to comfort her. But one of the cats interferes by starting to loudly miauw in front of the door of the baby room because she worries about the baby. And if my brother tries to take the cat to the other room to wait together for a few minutes the cat puts on a fight. My sil saved this cat when the cat was pregnant and nursed her and her kittens to health.

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u/sofa_king_ugly 7d ago

My dog does that to my belly but I'm not pregnant. I'm not even a woman. Actually, it's not even my dog

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u/Campin_Corners 7d ago

Friend visits and cat slowly sticks paws out to the belly. Why is your cat doing this? You’re pregnant. Whaaaaat?

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u/resUemiTtsriF 7d ago

I had a big chocolate lab, I put my new born on the ground, he came over sniffed and just layed down and looked at the baby. knew right away it was fragile.

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u/guinness_dublin 7d ago

Mini slave is on the way for King 👑 :)

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u/Tebaltos 7d ago

Oh, how I hope our sweet soul would do the same...

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u/Tesslafon 7d ago

Your babies are beautiful

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u/Fazukii 7d ago

They're so adorable ❤️

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u/AgentThin7336 7d ago

That was ADORABLE!!

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u/LesFleursduMals 7d ago

Awww both of them have a beautiful eyes ❤️❤️❤️

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u/falble 7d ago

Ok this is the most adorable shit I’ve seen. Great start to the weekend 10/10.

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u/Upstairs_Usual_4841 7d ago

Our Chihuahua did this with me when I was pregnant with my son. I was put on bed rest for 10 weeks, and he took full advantage of that lol

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u/PM_UR__BUBBLE_BUTTS 7d ago

My wife is pregnant with our first and we have two dogs and she wanted them to do stuff like this. The 3 year old pup has been specifically jumping up to punch my wife in the belly frequently lately. I think she doesn’t want a baby to steal attention from her cause she’s superrr needy. Lol

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u/tealovingidiot 7d ago

Best friends from the start. ❤