Internet commentators were outraged after a cat owner revealed why her 14-year-old boyfriend suddenly demanded they get rid of their beloved pet.
In a viral Reddit post published on the popular AmITeA**hole forum, Redditor u/cathaircomputer (aka the original poster or OP) said her cat’s fur routinely swims in her boyfriend’s expensive gaming computer , but scoffed at the idea of exiling the beast to accommodate its video game habit.
Captioned: “[Am I the a**hole] because I refused to put my cat over my friend’s PC?” The post received more than 4,000 upvotes and 1,600 comments in the last day.
“My boyfriend and I have been together for almost as long as my cat has lived (she’s 14),” OP began. “The issue at hand is that my friend wants me to find my old cat back home because her fur keeps getting in/around his gaming PC.”
The original poster went on to explain that her boyfriend’s new gaming PC was an expensive purchase and said they tried everything they could to keep their cat’s hair off the computer, including fans, an air purifier, spray cans and a cloth case.
Despite numerous precautions, the original poster said her partner was determined to find a new home for the pet they’ve had for the past decade and a half.
“He claims that he has to open the pc to keep it from overheating during anything and that he’s sick of the cat fur ‘swimming in’ while he’s playing,” the OP wrote.
“My friend tried to keep my cat in our room and locked her out, but she meows and scratches the door all night,” OP continued. “She’s used to sleeping next to me and honestly, I enjoy having her there.”
“I don’t like the comments from him telling me she ‘has to go,'” OP added.
Pets & Relationships
For some couples, living together can be fulfilling and help cement long-term relationships. For others, it can be just the opposite, stopping budding relationships right in their tracks.
But even in the most harmonious forms of life there are arguments, differences of opinion and small points of contention.
Pets are a prime example.
When the members of the household can’t agree on which pet to have, which pet not to have, or whether to get a pet at all, looming tensions are all but guaranteed and more serious consequences are often lurking around the corner – especially if the pet is there question has been around for as long, if not longer, than the relationship itself.
“Pets are part of the family, so if you have a significant other [other] If your pet doesn’t like or approve, he or she is basically saying they don’t like and/or approve of your family,” Heidi McBain, a licensed marriage and family therapist, told WeddingWire in 2018.
“That narrow-mindedness can be very damaging to your relationship,” McBain added.
And while serious allergies and other medical issues require more thought than simple contempt, requiring a partner to get rid of their longtime pet because their fur interferes with a computer seems seemingly not.
Across the comments section of the viral Reddit post, Redditors responding to the original poster were up in arms over the friend’s repeated calls for the elderly cat to be rehomed, and offered suggestions on how they could do without it.
“Keep the cat, give it a new home,” joked Redditor u/Significant_Pea_2852 in the top comment of the post, which received more than 11,000 upvotes.
“Keep the kitty, abandon the friend,” Redditor repeated to u/alternative-pool-607, receiving more than 3,000 upvotes.
Redditor u/erciauh, whose comment has garnered nearly 3,500 upvotes, reassured the original poster that keeping her cat is justified and shifted the focus to her boyfriend.
“Anyone who asks you to ‘get rid of’ a being you have an emotional connection with is an asshole,” they wrote. “You are [not the a**hole].”
“SPECIAL for a PC,” chimed in Redditor u/cpt_kaddywhak, receiving more than 1,200 upvotes. “If he suddenly developed a severe allergy, or they had a baby…or even if he had a medical device that was compromised, but it’s a computer!”
“Bro has to get over himself,” they added.
news week contacted u/cathaircomputer for comment.
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