Stop Calling Yourself a 'Pet Parent'
Slate's Torie Bosch: If you've got pets, you're a 'pet owner'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2013 1:32 PM CST

(Newser) – Torie Bosch loves her two cats, don't get her wrong. But don't call her a "pet parent," as the ever-growing pet care industry thinks you should. "Pet owner" is just fine, thanks, she writes at Slate. Bosch thinks those who have bought into the marketing campaign and adopted the phrase—yes, there's now even a Pet Parent's Day brought to you by Veterinary Pet Insurance—"have been indoctrinated."

While she and her husband dote on their cats and make sure they're happy, "that isn't parenting," Bosch writes. "Parenting prepares a human being to live and thrive in the real world without the constant guidance of a mother or father." She doesn't expect her cats to be moving into their own place anytime soon. They give her "affection, comfort, and warmth" when she needs it, and she indulges them in return, "but that isn’t a parent-child relationship. It’s a pet-pet owner relationship." Click for her full column.

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Mar 16, 2014 9:42 PM CDT
There's a reason it's called "ADOPTION"! Animals are living beings, we raise them, we feed them, we provide medical care, we love them, and we miss them when they die...
Dec 30, 2013 9:13 AM CST
Another liberal trying to tell people what to do and say.
Dec 29, 2013 7:00 PM CST
I don't believe Torie Bosch has cats. She talks like a dog person. Everyone knows you own a dog, but a cat owns you.