Single people with pets have a special bond with their companions which can be all types of animals—whether they are feathered, scaly, finned or furry.
They are, in a sense, their own family unit.
But when a person romantically bonds with a human, things could get complicated.
Redditor Rabbit_Hopps is a 25-year-old female with pets who faced a dilemma when her relationship with her 31-year-old boyfriend was ready for the next step.
She visited the “Am I the A**hole” (AITA) subReddit and asked:
“AITA for refusing to give away my pet rabbits to move in with my boyfriend?”
The Original Poster (OP) cheerfully began:
“Hi! Hope you’re all staying safe!”
“I don’t have many people to ask about this, and my mum and dad both said I’m being childish in this situation. And I might just be being ridiculous, so I need some more perspective.”
“I have had two of my pet rabbits for about 4 years, I love them dearly and they’re really awesome pets. I’ve really bonded with them.”
“Issue is, my boyfriend is one of those guys that doesn’t like any animal apart from dogs.”
“Since we’ve been dating for nearly 3 years, we have finally started speaking about moving in together. We decided it would be best for me to move in with him as he owns a nice house and I’m in a flat at the moment.”
“Everything was fine and dandy until he brought up a set of rules and in it mentioned that he does not want the rabbits coming with me. I asked why, and he said he doesn’t like rabbits, and that they’re too noisy and smelly.”
“I didn’t put up much of a fight, and said I will not be moving in with him if my rabbits can’t come with me. He didn’t like that answer and has been cold to me since.”
“He has said he will only speak to me about moving out once I decide to stop being so immature. And since my parents agree with him, I feel like an a**hole.”
“AITA for not giving up my rabbits to move in with my boyfriend?”
Strangers on the internet were asked to declare one of the following:
- NTA – Not The A**hole
- YTA – You’re The A**hole
- ESH – Everyone Sucks Here
- NAH – No A**holes Here
Many Redditors thought the OP was NTA.
“Never give up something as cherished as a pet for anyone unless there is absolutely no other choice. He’s the one that sounds immature, keep your babies. NTA.” – fatolderlady2
“Yup. Like if he was allergic to rabbits and that’s why he didn’t want them, I could understand that. Living on allergy meds can be expensive and seriously impact quality of life.”
“But the whole ‘nah I don’t like them’ without even discussing a possible hutch situation or something (also, is there a basement? A spare room? ) makes him TA.” – beltacular
“absolutely NTA!! If anything HE is being a controlling A**. If this is what being in a relationship with him is going to be like…i’d run a mile… plus he has known you have had the rabbits since he started dating but said nothing then?”
“and now all of a sudden he decides to drop that bombshell on you?”