Cats are a pet of humans.
Or are they?
The word “pet” implies ownership.
But when it comes to cats…who owns whom?
Are cats our pets?
Or are we theirs?
It’s an interesting question.
Especially when it comes to the interactive and tactile creatures that are cats.
Ownership is a hazy concept at best when it comes to cats.
Even if you say, “the ones who do the petting are the ones who aren’t ‘pets'” doesn’t work. Kylie regularly pets humans by patting them on the head. So the one doing the petting isn’t the default “owner.”
So, am I Jacoby’s pet? Or is he my pet? Or…are we each other’s pet? It’s hard to say.