9 Funny Things Our Pets Do Just Like Humans

Editor’s note: This Care2 favorite was originally posted on January 9, 2014. Enjoy!

Most people consider their pets to be part of the family, and it turns out that those we choose to share our homes with resemble us in more ways than you could ever imagine.

From watching TV to practicing yoga, if you’re a big animal lover, chances are you’ve watched your pet do at least one of the following:

1. Let Themselves In

dog door

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Forget about doggy doors and cat flaps to help your furry companions access the outside world, as many of them know how to come and go as they please. Both dogs and cats are smart, adaptive creatures that know exactly how to use their natural intelligence to get to and from wherever they want to be. While door opening skills may have their disadvantages, they can also be lifesaving — as proven by the incredible dog Mia who opened four doors to escape a fire that destroyed her family home in South Carolina.

2. Get Snuggly Under The Duvet


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From cats on pillows to dogs under duvets, most pet owners are guilty of curling up with their blanket-loving pets. Theories behind why they love the cavelike comfort of sleeping beneath the sheets point to the need for warmth and companionship with their human pack members, along with instinctive traits leftover from their ancestors who would have reared them in small, dark dens.

3. Help Themselves From The Kitchen

dog in kitchen

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One minute you’re watching TV and the next your pup walks into the room wearing a cereal box on his head. And when you remove it, he looks at you like he has absolutely no idea how it got there. Whether they’re sneaking food right off your plate or helping themselves from the cupboards, somehow pets are always hungry!

4. Watch TV

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Yes, cats can be couch potatoes too! While most cats prefer to watch the real life soap opera going on outside the window, some kitties just can’t get enough of the Discovery Chanel. Wildlife programs in particular go down as a real treat — especially footage of birds, rodents and fish. If your cat is intent on hunting the TV, just make sure that you don’t leave him unsupervised.

5. Use the Toilet

cat toilet

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No need for a litter box, some kitties are just too civilized for that — and pups too! It might sound gross when you first hear about it, but it sure beats searching for the source of that foul smell after you catch your kitty playing poo hockey with the contents of her litter box. Let’s just hope they remember to put the seat down when they’ve finished.

6. Drink From a Glass

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Some cats drink from everywhere but their water bowls. The bathroom sink, the glass on the nightstand — even the condensation on the window. Wanna know why your cat avoids his water bowl like the plague? The truth is that he might just not like that bowl, thank you very much.

7. Practice Yoga

dog yoga

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Who needs yoga classes when we can learn from our cute animal companions instead? Dogs and yoga might seem like a strange combination, but our canine friends actually do plenty of common yoga poses in their everyday lives. Their favorite pose of all though has got to be savasana, where they lie on their back while someone rubs their belly…

8. Timeshare Their Turf

cat yard

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People were first sold on the idea of timeshares back in the 1960s. Collective property rights to a piece of real estate sounds pretty sweet, and cats have gotten on board too using timeshares to avoid territorial conflicts. The BBC recently ran an experiment that monitored 50 cats in the same village using GPS trackers and cat cams. Findings revealed that although each cat claimed a small amount of territory as their own, they would allow other kitties to momentarily move in on their turf.

9. Pretend They Didn’t Hear You

cat back

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Cats may play dumb, but they’re only pretending to ignore you. Studies show that cats can easily distinguish their owner’s voice from those of other people. And when a familiar voice is detected, they move their heads and ears implying that they pay attention when spoken to — even if they act completely aloof.

In what ways do your furry friends act like little humans? Apart from using the toilet, mine do all of the above!

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Angel W
Past Member 3 months ago

litter box not toliet

Cate S
Cate S3 months ago

Interesting. Don't think my doggie friend is up to yoga. He certainly likes to snuggle - and watch TV.

Peggy B
Peggy B3 months ago


Chrissie R
Chrissie R3 months ago

Thank you for posting.

Nena C
Nena C4 months ago

having 2 outside fur babes think they are dogs, if they ever begin to 'bark' will know they are in disguise...either follow or lead even stalk for the next journey, too fun to have esp watch, they got it all down pat to not be denied as company

Linda D
Linda D4 months ago

It is just a pity that so many pets are not looked after properly, spending so many hours of the day locked up in a house or backyard when all they want is companionship.

Ellie M
Ellie M4 months ago


Mia G
Mia G4 months ago

Thank you

Naomi Dreyer
Naomi Dreyer4 months ago

Nice article. I like Maggie Davey's comment.

Amanda M
Amanda M4 months ago

Maggie D, or the saying "Dogs have owners. Cats have STAFF."