Why I Will Never Call My Dog My Furbaby

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Don’t get me wrong- I have nothing against pet names for pets.  I probably only call Mac by his given name 1 out of 10 times.  He has gotten pretty good at answering to Macaroni, Macaroon, MacAttack, Mr. Bates, Pup… the list could on.

I even find it cute when older people talk about their “granddogs”.  My parents told me they will only call Mac their granddog once we get our lazy butts out of their house.

No, I do not have a problem with calling pets funny names, I just cringe when I hear the word "furbaby."  If you call your pets this or if you ever plan to, I would stop reading here.  I'm not worried about offending you, I'm more worried about disgusting you and ruining the word for you forever.

Have you ever heard of a Teratoma?  That is what I think of when I hear "furbaby".  If you want an in depth (and truly disgusting) explanation you can go here, but it is basically a growth or a tumor that can often times contain hair, teeth, bones, and even eyeballs and organs.  They can grow in any part of your body and they can even appear to look like a fetus (a hairy teeth-filled fetus).  Essentially, in my mind, they are a furbabies.  Nothing cute or playful about that.  At all.  In fact just thinking about it I want to throw up.  

Showed Mac a picture of a teratoma.  He is not amused. 
So don't worry, I won't judge you for calling your pets furbabies. Just be aware that before I think of your playful puppy or cuddly cat, I will be picturing a growing ball of rouge hair and teeth... a teratoma.  Shudder. 


  1. I had never heard the word furbaby until today and it cracked me up. Thanks for sharing!


  2. i will never call my pet furbaby. i never have. haha,,
    yikes! teracoma looks disgusting.

  3. lolol. i just plainly call chimmy my son. not baby, but son. Fur Son? ahahhahahaha no.

  4. I've heard of this Teratoma nastiness before. And that's a perfect comparison for a furbaby.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who hates that term. I have cats. Are they like my babies? Sure. But I don't call them that. Actually, I call them things like Moosh the Douche.

  5. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! I just got a dog in January, and the amount of people that commented on my blog/Twitter to congratulate me on my "furbaby" made me cringe. I almost deleted half of the comments!