Jealousy is a heck of a thing. You see them cozying up to your partner, grabbing their attention, getting tons of cuddles, and making them smile far wider than you ever made them. When it comes to pets, you just can’t compete—they’ll shamelessly steal your significant other’s heart and act all cute and smug about it!

Don’t believe us? Well, our team here at Bored Panda has all the proof you’ll ever need. We’ve collected some of the best photos that prove how unabashedly pets (from dorky doggos to cute cattos) monopolize the attention that our loved ones should be lavishing us with!

Get ready to have your mood improved and to go ‘aww’ so hard, you’ll consider adopting a new pet. Don’t forget to upvote the pics that you loved the most as you scroll down. You’ll find our previous wholesome post about those cute but dastardly pets stealing our significant others right over here.

Bored Panda was interested to learn more about animal empathy, consciousness, and their world of emotions, so we reached out to the PDSA, the UK's leading vet charity. PDSA vet Lynne James told us that animals lead lives that can be as rich and complex as our own. Read on for the full interview.

#1

My Cat Absolutely Adores My Boyfriend

My Cat Absolutely Adores My Boyfriend

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Brigs
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3 months ago

So in love and proud of it

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#2

I Heard My BF Explaining A Game To Someone, He Was Really Excited About It. When I Went Back To The Room, This Is What I Saw

I Heard My BF Explaining A Game To Someone, He Was Really Excited About It. When I Went Back To The Room, This Is What I Saw

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

He'd make a great dad.

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#3

My Boyfriend And My Cat Have A Special Bond. I Feel Like The Third Wheel

My Boyfriend And My Cat Have A Special Bond. I Feel Like The Third Wheel

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Carole Reid
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3 months ago

That's cute.

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"Anyone who has ever owned a pet will recognize their ability to understand their owner’s moods. Who hasn’t sat down in misery and found their dog has hopped up next to them nudging their arm, wanting to be there for them, or their cat has jumped up on the seat next to them in a comforting way? This doesn’t happen by accident," PDSA vet James told Bored Panda.

According to the vet, research has found that many animals experience consciousness and emotions comparable to human beings. "They pick up on moods, emotions, and pheromones produced by people and other animals. By responding to these and acting accordingly, they are reacting with empathy, but this will definitely apply to some pets more than others."

#4

When Your Boy Is Stealing Your Girl

When Your Boy Is Stealing Your Girl

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Ginny Weasly
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3 months ago

He knows if

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#5

This Is How My Cat Waits For My Boyfriend To Come Home

This Is How My Cat Waits For My Boyfriend To Come Home

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

Daddy, Daddy, Daddy!

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#6

I Went Away For 3 Weeks, And Now My Cat Is In Love With My Husband

I Went Away For 3 Weeks, And Now My Cat Is In Love With My Husband

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3 months ago

I wanna scratch that belly so much!!!!!

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Vet James pointed out that mammals feel a wide range of emotions, from love, happiness, and excitement to fear, distress, and others. "It’s incredibly important that we respect and nurture our pets so that they can enjoy a happy life with us. Our pets have individual needs; some pets may be very sociable while others less so. As a pet owner, it’s your responsibility to provide for your pet’s five welfare needs, including their need for love and attention, and you can’t do that unless you learn about the species you’re planning to share your life with."

The PDSA vet continued, stressing that socializing with our pets is a must: "A sociable animal won’t thrive in life if their need for companionship isn’t met. How many of us humans have struggled with lockdown? We’re sociable creatures and the lack of social interaction has meant that lots of us are finding things hard, but can you imagine if we had to live like this permanently? We wouldn’t want to inflict that on our sociable pets either."

#7

My GF And I Usually Hold Hands When We're Watching TV. Tonight Felt A Little Furrier Than Normal. Looked Down To Find This

My GF And I Usually Hold Hands When We're Watching TV. Tonight Felt A Little Furrier Than Normal. Looked Down To Find This

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engineer_nope.avi
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3 months ago

Awwww, that's so sweet

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#8

My Girlfriends Cat Has Decided He Is Obsessed With Me And Now We Wake Up Like This Every Morning

My Girlfriends Cat Has Decided He Is Obsessed With Me And Now We Wake Up Like This Every Morning

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

You're bonded for life.

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#9

Woke Up To Find My Boyfriend And Our Dog Sound Asleep Like This

Woke Up To Find My Boyfriend And Our Dog Sound Asleep Like This

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Doggo Froggo
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3 months ago

Aaaawwwwww - too cute.

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However, some pets find that sharing their homes with other animals (whether of their own species or nto) to be stressful. This can impact their mental and even physical health. "It’s really important to research your pets so that you know you’re providing the right kind of environment for them so you can share a happy life together," the vet said.

The PDSA has lots of wonderful advice for all of you Pandas who have pets at home. You can find some information about how to socialize your puppies during the lockdown here, how to socialize your kittens right here, and how to stop your dogs from getting separation anxiety right over here.

It won’t surprise any pet owner to learn that animals have a highly-developed sense of empathy toward their owners, as well as their own kind. (I mean, who doesn’t like getting and giving hugs?) However, this doesn’t mean that everyone’s always lovey-dovey and super-cuddlesome. Sometimes, there’s some calculation on our pets’ part involved, too!

#10

You All Deserve Someone In Your Lives Who Looks At You The Same Way My Cat Looks At My Boyfriend

You All Deserve Someone In Your Lives Who Looks At You The Same Way My Cat Looks At My Boyfriend

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Flowers
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3 months ago

Pure adoration! How cute!

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#11

“Back Off, He’s Mine Now”

“Back Off, He’s Mine Now”

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Neon
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3 months ago

She knows

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#12

Caught My GF Taking Selfies With My Dog. The Shade He Throws Me At The End Hurt Me

Caught My GF Taking Selfies With My Dog. The Shade He Throws Me At The End Hurt Me

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Doggo Froggo
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3 months ago

Wow - that look.....

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For an earlier article that we wrote about pet intelligence, we’d reached out to Dr. Suzanne MacDonald from the Department of Psychology at York University in Toronto. She helped us get a deeper glimpse into pet intelligence as a whole.

Dr. MacDonald explained that, based on her experience with pet owners, they “tend to overestimate” just how intelligent, smart, and clever their adorable animals are. This is pretty natural because we love our pets just so very much.

#13

My BF And Dog When They Play A Video Game

My BF And Dog When They Play A Video Game

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

You certainly have a type.

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#14

BF: "You’re Paranoid, The Cat Definitely Doesn’t Love Me More." BF: Closes Door. Cat:

BF: "You’re Paranoid, The Cat Definitely Doesn’t Love Me More." BF: Closes Door. Cat:

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Marette
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3 months ago

Let me iiiiiiiinnnn!

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#15

We Have This One Mare That's Always Trying To Steal My Man

We Have This One Mare That's Always Trying To Steal My Man

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Pernille Dyre
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3 months ago

Wow.... thats a good picture....

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According to Dr. Macdonald, it’s dog owners in particular that tend to overestimate their pets’ intelligence. “Dog owners tend to overestimate their intelligence because dogs and humans co-evolved so we can read each other’s cues very well. Dogs are super great at picking up small cues from us, and they look to us when they need help... so they have learned to do things—like have a 'guilty' face, for example—that make us think they have the same intentions and understanding that humans do... even if the research shows that they don’t."

Dr. Macdonald added that pet owners generally tend to attribute a lot more cognitive complexity to their animals than research shows that they have in reality. Now, this doesn’t mean that our pets are ‘dumb.’ Not by a long shot. But it does mean that we should be realistic about how smart and capable our best buddies are… and what dogs are willing to do to get a snack or an extra belly rub.

#16

My Beautiful GF Has Never Looked At Me This Way

My Beautiful GF Has Never Looked At Me This Way

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

Have you tried licking her face?

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#17

Here's My Shoulder Kitten Watching The Mandalorian With My BF

Here's My Shoulder Kitten Watching The Mandalorian With My BF

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jevais
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3 months ago

Such a lovely fluffy kitty. I'm in love with this little baby.

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#18

GF And I Adopted This Dude From The Shelter Yesterday. He Follows Her Everywhere And Does This When She Sits Down

GF And I Adopted This Dude From The Shelter Yesterday. He Follows Her Everywhere And Does This When She Sits Down

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Brigs
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3 months ago

What a beautiful baby!

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We also previously spoke to scientist Inbal Ben-Ami Bartal about rat empathy. She explained that empathy is a very complex subject. “The definition of empathy, how can we say that animals really feel empathy the same way we do. But empathy is a construct. We don’t even know what it is in humans really!”

Bartal continued: “I operate on the assumption that there is an evolutionary continuum between species, and that the basic building blocks of our responses are shared. Being sensitive to distress in others and motivated to care about their suffering is as old as the moment mother and child became connected for survival after birth.”

#19

Maybe I'm Being Paranoid But I Think She's Flirting With My Boyfriend

Maybe I'm Being Paranoid But I Think She's Flirting With My Boyfriend

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Brigs
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3 months ago

Oh my goodness, she looks exactly like my cat!!!

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#20

Daisy Adores My Boyfriend. I’m Pretty Sure He’s Her Boyfriend Now

Daisy Adores My Boyfriend. I’m Pretty Sure He’s Her Boyfriend Now

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MagicalUnicorn
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3 months ago

she knows it!

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#21

I Just Woke Up And Realized That I'm The Third Wheel

I Just Woke Up And Realized That I'm The Third Wheel

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

No, just the biggest spoon.

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In other words, Bartal assumes that there’s a sense of empathy that all conscious animals share (even though the exact extent and the way it’s expressed might differ). Looking at the capacity for empathy as a continuum instead of something that’s binary opens up a lot of questions about morality and how we treat animals.

Bartal and other scientists’ research found that socialization was a vital aspect of empathy. To put it bluntly, the more we socialize with someone, the more quality time we spend with them, the more we’ll become emotionally attached to them and willing to make sacrifices for them.

#22

My Girlfriend's Dog And I The First Night We Met

My Girlfriend's Dog And I The First Night We Met

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

May as well marry them.

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#23

This Girl Has Been Trying To Steal My Husband Since Day One

This Girl Has Been Trying To Steal My Husband Since Day One

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
3 months ago

So tender. Good man.

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#24

I Turn My Back For 2 Seconds And He's Trying To Steal My Girl And My Food

I Turn My Back For 2 Seconds And He's Trying To Steal My Girl And My Food

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River Webb
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3 months ago

what a majestic floof

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Not to get too ahead of ourselves, but this sort of research sounds a lot like the scientists finding the building blocks of love, affection, and whatever else you might want to call the starry-eyed look on your pets’ faces as they’re hugging you while your partner looks on in envy.

#25

When He Steals Yo Man Successfully

When He Steals Yo Man Successfully

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Sian Edwards
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3 months ago

That look! Back off b*tch, he's mine now!

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#26

My Wife And Our Dog Marty As I Was Leaving For Work This Morning

My Wife And Our Dog Marty As I Was Leaving For Work This Morning

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giovanna
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3 months ago

What a beautiful picture!

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#27

Every Time Husband Comes Home And Sits Down, The Girls Are Like This Within Minutes

Every Time Husband Comes Home And Sits Down, The Girls Are Like This Within Minutes

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Bill
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3 months ago

Could be the origins story of a super villain.

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#28

My Girlfriend Decorated Our Tree With My Dog Last Week

My Girlfriend Decorated Our Tree With My Dog Last Week

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Premislaus de Colo
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3 months ago

This looks like a romantic comedy ad

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#29

My Dog Showing My Girlfriend That I’m His

My Dog Showing My Girlfriend That I’m His

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Sabse
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3 months ago

Buddies!

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#30

Caught My GF Sleeping With My Best Friend. Decided A Picture Was Better Than Waking Them Up

Caught My GF Sleeping With My Best Friend. Decided A Picture Was Better Than Waking Them Up

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jevais
Community Member
3 months ago

So sweet.

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What did you think of this post? Which photos got your hearts beating the fastest with how adorable they were, dear Pandas? Got any similar photos of your pets stealing your significant others’ hearts? Drop us a line or a photo in the comment section. And, before you go, you might want to check our old post about a woman who documented how her cat stole her husband in hilarious and over-the-top cutesy photos right over here.

#31

My Dog Stole My Girlfriend And He Knows It

My Dog Stole My Girlfriend And He Knows It

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Doggo Froggo
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3 months ago

You snooze you loose?

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#32

My Dad Texted Me This Morning And Said He Was Replaced On Valentine's Day

My Dad Texted Me This Morning And Said He Was Replaced On Valentine's Day

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Stephanie
Community Member
3 months ago

Mommy must not be feeling too good. That look in the doggo's eyes says a lot.

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#33

Good Girl Always Stealing My Spot

Good Girl Always Stealing My Spot

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

She doesn't look like a Spot.

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#34

This Is His "I Stole Your Girl" Face

This Is His "I Stole Your Girl" Face

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Canadian in Cornwall
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3 months ago

What big, gorgeous boy !

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#35

Can We All Just Appreciate This Photo Of My Dog's Reaction To A Hug From My Boyfriend

Can We All Just Appreciate This Photo Of My Dog's Reaction To A Hug From My Boyfriend

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Doggo Froggo
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3 months ago

The pure happiness!

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#36

My Girlfriend’s Dog And I Had A Moment

My Girlfriend’s Dog And I Had A Moment

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Lydia Dean-Melchior
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3 months ago

Awwww... geeezzz.

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#37

My Chonk Is Trying To Steal My Man

My Chonk Is Trying To Steal My Man

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Ginny Weasly
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3 months ago

That expression is pure evil

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#38

Never Thought I'd Have To Share My Boyfriend With My Cat, But She's Been In Love Since Day One

Never Thought I'd Have To Share My Boyfriend With My Cat, But She's Been In Love Since Day One

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

That face. She's doing this for you.

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#39

My Puppy Stole My Girlfriend

My Puppy Stole My Girlfriend

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
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3 months ago

Guinness Book of World Records: first dog to intentionally blow a raspberry.

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#40

My Cat Trying To Seduce My Boyfriend

My Cat Trying To Seduce My Boyfriend

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Monica Sargent
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3 months ago

I hate cat porn. It's so destructive.

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#41

She Steals My Girl And Then Gloats About It

She Steals My Girl And Then Gloats About It

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Znaya
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3 months ago

Super happy and content

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#42

My Boyfriend And His Dog Give Each Other A Hug Every Morning And I Happened To Be Behind Him On The Stairs This Time

My Boyfriend And His Dog Give Each Other A Hug Every Morning And I Happened To Be Behind Him On The Stairs This Time

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

Caught!

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#43

My Girlfriend Went To Get A Drink, And Her Cat Wanted To Skype Me Too

My Girlfriend Went To Get A Drink, And Her Cat Wanted To Skype Me Too

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VolkswagenPanda
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3 months ago

I remember skype...good times

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#44

Every Morning Husband Sneaks Out Of Bed To Cuddle Mistress

Every Morning Husband Sneaks Out Of Bed To Cuddle Mistress

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

No! That can't be her nwme!

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#45

GF And I Were Holding Hands. Then This Happened

GF And I Were Holding Hands. Then This Happened

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Premislaus de Colo
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3 months ago

Cats show their affection by imitating

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#46

My Boyfriend With His Girlfriend, Toaster

My Boyfriend With His Girlfriend, Toaster

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urszulat
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3 months ago

Toaster is clearly your boyfriend's main girlfriend.

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#47

I Just Tried To Hold My Husband's Hand And My Cat Was Not Pleased About It

I Just Tried To Hold My Husband's Hand And My Cat Was Not Pleased About It

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River Webb
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3 months ago

hands off, he's mine

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#48

Buddy Went To The Bathroom And Our Friend's 180lb Dog Claimed His Wife As His Own

Buddy Went To The Bathroom And Our Friend's 180lb Dog Claimed His Wife As His Own

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Just standing guard in his absence. What a good boy.

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#49

Little Boi Blep Stole My Girlfriend

Little Boi Blep Stole My Girlfriend

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River Webb
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3 months ago

that blep probably swept her off her feet

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#50

Came Home And Found My Girl In Bed With Another Man

Came Home And Found My Girl In Bed With Another Man

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Efaye Liu
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3 months ago

A furry man.

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