If it’s outside dog/cat/bird/goldfish territory, people will be dicks about it in some way. I couldn’t have a pet crawfish as a kid without every relative telling me in detail how they’re eaten, as if I didn’t already know that and would find it funny or interesting somehow.
I get so many quips about people eating Kaiju. As if I wasn’t already aware that crayfish are edible?
People used to constantly joke “When your fox dies, can I have it’s pelt” or “that looks like something I’d have shot, trapped, etc.”. It’s really annoying. And hurtful. Once a relative texted me a picture of a fox dead on the side of the road and said “Vader’s cousin didn’t make it” like what the fuck.
This goes for birds and goldfish, too, though. Not exactly the same kind of hate, not the “id like to kill and eat that,” (though I have actually gotten a few “jokes” along the lines of “tastes like chicken!” Or what have you) but I cannot TELL you how many times I’ve gotten “oh you have/like birds? I used to have a bird, until one day it flew away/flew into a wall and broke its neck/got stepped on/died in some other horrific way HAHAHA ISNT THAT FUNNY??” ….no. It is not funny and now I kind of want to go cry in a corner somewhere. Or even, less dramatic but still super irritating, people who are like “oh yeah my cousin/roommate/friend had a bird. I fucking hated that thing.” Really? That’s the way you chose to progress this conversation?
And I know fish people get a TON of “it’s just a fish why do you care?” “Who cares if it’s in a bowl with no filter and it’s dying a slow painful death omg it’s just a fish. Let me abuse my animal in peace you crazy.”
Really anything that’s not a cat or dog or horse or something people feel no need to respect at all.
I think all us rat people are sadly used to the ridiculously gross comments people make about rats in front of us. Like yes hi this is my cute fluffy animal thanks for telling me about how you once clubbed a rat to death (and enjoyed it because fuck rats right?) That’s a beautiful story…
Pretty much everyone has a rat or mouse story. And not that I don’t too- we all deal with wild mice and rats at some point. But it seems like that should be a separate conversation from me talking about how much I love my pets. People are the worst.
Try having hissing roaches and spiders .
Fuck. People can be such dicks to those with pets. I used to have a snake (He got adopted by a wonderful couple when I had to give him up because the place I moved didn’t want snakes in their buildings and as far as I know he’s still doing great.) and I had a few classmates joke about making him into a belt. Or even about how you could kill and eat snakes.
I had fish, too. I hate all the fish stereotypes. I had a fish that was wicked smart. He could tell different people apart (or would at least react differently around them) and all some people could do was tell me how weird it was that I liked keeping fish, but also ate seafood.
I also want to point out that a lot of people are awful to cats, too. You can’t let your cat outside (if your cat is an outdoor cat) near Halloween because people will sometimes kill and mutilate them (especially if they’re a black cat). Most of my family hates cats because they have allergies and have never had the pleasure of having one as a pet, and they constantly make jokes about cats getting hit by cars and the like. “The only good cat is a dead cat” is a pretty commonly heard phrase when you get all of my family together.
Heck, people are even awful about dogs. Honestly, there are people out there that can find something wrong with everything. Thankfully, that isn’t most people.