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


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But why do pets like certain toys and not others? Dogs prefer 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 1870's, and the first rubber toys in the 1950's. Do you have a pet who has a favorite toy? Vote on the before-and-after photos below, or post your own!

h/t: The Dodo

#1 Still Sleeps With A Friend

Still Sleeps With A Friend

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#2 Eighteen Months Later And He Still Sleeps With His Duck

Eighteen Months Later And He Still Sleeps With His Duck

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JudyTyni 3 years ago

Big, Orange and beautiful!

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#3 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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JoanneCheung 3 years ago

BIG dog after just one year

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#4 Then And Now

Then And Now

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TamraSmith 3 years ago

So cute!

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#5 My Cat And His Favourite Box

My Cat And His Favourite Box

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JoanneCheung 3 years ago

the kitty cat who doesn't need much

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#6 Croc Battle: Then And Now

Croc Battle: Then And Now

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CCforever3 3 years ago

To the DEATH!!!

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#7 Eight Months Later, My Little Ball Of Fury

Eight Months Later, My Little Ball Of Fury

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SusanneToft 3 years ago

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

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#8 Mayo, My Friend 's Dog, Then And Now

Mayo, My Friend 's Dog, Then And Now

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SheriMayo 3 years ago

What a great name for a dog...

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#9 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 3 years ago

Poor little monkey. Most of his face is missing.

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#10 Years Apart

Years Apart

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КристинаКойчева 3 years ago

The toy is not smiling any more :D

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