Most of us, as children, had a favorite teddy, blanket or pillow, and tiny puppies and cute kittens do just the same thing – oftentimes, the toy they played with when they were youngest will remain their favorite. These then-and-now photos show adorable pets growing up together with their very favorite chew toys.

But why do pets like certain toys and not others? Dogs prefer pet toys that either taste like food or can be torn apart, while cats like things that they can play with; both animals might like their owner to engage them. And once a pet starts to play with one toy, habit soon makes it their favorite.

The first tennis ball was invented in the 1870s, and the first rubber toys in the 1950s. Do you have a pet who has a favorite toy? Vote on the before-and-after photos below, or post your own cute pets!

h/t: The Dodo

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Eighteen Months Later And He Still Sleeps With His Duck

Eighteen Months Later And He Still Sleeps With His Duck

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One Year Later And He Still Loves To Cuddle With This Stuffed Polar Bear

One Year Later And He Still Loves To Cuddle With This Stuffed Polar Bear

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My Cat And His Favourite Box

My Cat And His Favourite Box

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Croc Battle: Then And Now

Croc Battle: Then And Now

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Eight Months Later, My Little Ball Of Fury

Eight Months Later, My Little Ball Of Fury

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SusanneToft
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love the 'grown-up' picture, such beauty and grace. The kitty picture is just to cute to handle! :-D

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Mayo, My Friend 's Dog, Then And Now

Mayo, My Friend 's Dog, Then And Now

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The Difference A Year And A Half Makes, For Both My Cat And His Toy Monkey

The Difference A Year And A Half Makes, For Both My Cat And His Toy Monkey

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HipChick
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Poor little monkey. Most of his face is missing.

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Four Years Later And It's Still His Favorite

Four Years Later And It's Still His Favorite

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My Dog Then & Now

My Dog Then & Now

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AnujSoni
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It took me a while to identify the dog and panda...

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Seven Years Later, He Still Loved His Duck

Seven Years Later, He Still Loved His Duck

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Six Months Later, She Still Loves It

Six Months Later, She Still Loves It

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Still Rocky’s Favorite Toy

Still Rocky’s Favorite Toy

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Hanna
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

LOL - loved the way the toy is so smooshed now :).. Rocky is beautiful

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#17

Gizmo And Pookie - Bff's

Gizmo And Pookie - Bff's

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#18

It's Old And Ragged And Has Seen Better Days But It's Her Favorite Toy

It's Old And Ragged And Has Seen Better Days But It's Her Favorite Toy

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Three Years Later, Still Spends Hours Trying To Get Into Coconuts

Three Years Later, Still Spends Hours Trying To Get Into Coconuts

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Benny And His Favorite Toy Nine Months Later

Benny And His Favorite Toy Nine Months Later

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Stevie The Kitty, The Day We Got Her, To Today. She Still Loves Her String

Stevie The Kitty, The Day We Got Her, To Today. She Still Loves Her String

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Love At First Sight - She Stole Mouse Attached To My Keys. Now She "kill" It Every Night. ;)

Love At First Sight - She Stole Mouse Attached To My Keys. Now She "kill" It Every Night. ;)

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Scott After 2 Years

Scott After 2 Years

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CrackrJax
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Haha, goes from cute basket, to box ;)

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8 Months Apart, Rupert The Bear Is Still Eric's Favourite Toy

8 Months Apart, Rupert The Bear Is Still Eric's Favourite Toy

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JessicaYocom
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Rupert the bear. Was he named after Stewie's bear from family guy?

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Bell And Her Goose

Bell And Her Goose

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SarahSilverstone
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is so sweet! It's my favorite on the list!!

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My Baby Boy Now Three Years Old And Still Loves His Mofumin-pillow

My Baby Boy Now Three Years Old And Still Loves His Mofumin-pillow

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My Dog Then And Now

My Dog Then And Now

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KanishkaRajawansha
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In the first photo, I thought both of them are stuffed toys

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Three Years Later And She Still Loves Stuffed Bears

Three Years Later And She Still Loves Stuffed Bears

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Growing Up With Favorite Toys

Growing Up With Favorite Toys

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Rita, The Cat, And Joana, The Little Bug - Months Apart

Rita, The Cat, And Joana, The Little Bug - Months Apart

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#33

Sid. Kangoo Is Always Near To Him, But.... You Have To Find It!!

Sid. Kangoo Is Always Near To Him, But.... You Have To Find It!!

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#34

A Year Ago Today I Met My Best Friend, And He Got His First Toy

A Year Ago Today I Met My Best Friend, And He Got His First Toy

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PennySchulze
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks like you adopted a senior...you are awesome!

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#35

He Loves His Toy So Much, He Ate His Head And Arms

He Loves His Toy So Much, He Ate His Head And Arms

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ErinArmstrong
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really hate seeing toys made for humans given to dogs. That plastic can cause real damage to their digestive tracts!

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Best Toy Ever

Best Toy Ever

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Miep With Her Bunsen Honeydew At Four Weeks And One Year

Miep With Her Bunsen Honeydew At Four Weeks And One Year

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She Can Be Very Angry If You Try To Take Her "toy"

She Can Be Very Angry If You Try To Take Her "toy"

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My Little Shih-tzu ,ivy And Her Best Friend - The Teddy Bear

My Little Shih-tzu ,ivy And Her Best Friend - The Teddy Bear

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PennySchulze
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lol...she will never get as big as the bear :)

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#40

Oscar - 5 Years

Oscar - 5 Years

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Clara & Foxy-fox 2m - 2yrs

Clara & Foxy-fox 2m - 2yrs

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Nine Months Apart

Nine Months Apart

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#43

Qwik N A Puppy Toy :-)

Qwik N A Puppy Toy :-)

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Pumpkin And His Owl. After 1 Year.

Pumpkin And His Owl. After 1 Year.

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KittyMeow
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A few of these pics kinda look like the photographer just put the toy next to the animal, but this kitty is holding on protectively! Cute!

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Tyler Still Prefers Grown Up Toys ~ 2 Years Later

Tyler Still Prefers Grown Up Toys ~ 2 Years Later

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Erin Ragnetti
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh, Tyler. You're a little trouble-maker! <3

#46

Tina And Her Wheel, Four Months Apart

Tina And Her Wheel, Four Months Apart

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#47

Leo: 5 Months – 5 Years

Leo: 5 Months – 5 Years

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#48

Havah Who Always Sleeps In Her Basket

Havah Who Always Sleeps In Her Basket

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centauri272
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hahaha! I'm wondering if it's comfortable!

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Zachary And His Plushy Rabbit

Zachary And His Plushy Rabbit

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The Size Of The Toy Did Not Change:)

The Size Of The Toy Did Not Change:)

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Willow And His Furry Feather Ball

Willow And His Furry Feather Ball

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This Was His First Toy And Four Years Later It Is Still His Favorite

This Was His First Toy And Four Years Later It Is Still His Favorite

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Tribute For Kitty, My Lovely Sister 6/2002-8/2014 :')

Tribute For Kitty, My Lovely Sister 6/2002-8/2014 :')

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Magnolia
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm so sorry. It's hard to lose our fur babies...

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#55

Olivia Sage And "her Sister".

Olivia Sage And "her Sister".

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#56

Troy And His Box 10 Months Apart!

Troy And His Box 10 Months Apart!

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TammyChapman
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh so precious....he misses being able to fit in there. This is my favorite.

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Belle, 10 Months Before.

Belle, 10 Months Before.

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Pippa Littleton And "pig" - 4 Years Apart.

Pippa Littleton And "pig" - 4 Years Apart.

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KellyRane
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pippa Littleton... 10 pts or the name play and infinity pts for cuteness!!

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Izzy And Chicken

Izzy And Chicken

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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Chicken helped Izzy through her surgery, they are still best buddies.

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"efe" Still Playing His Bear =)

"efe" Still Playing His Bear =)

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Tobyzza From Bucharest

Tobyzza From Bucharest

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Belle And Her Little Yellow Ball.

Belle And Her Little Yellow Ball.