7 common habits of narcissistic pet lovers

Here’s a humorous look at the 7 ways narcissists can be AWESOME pet parents. This listicle from Getleashedmag.com isn’t intended to be taken TOO seriously, but there’s truth here too.

My malignant narcissist ASPD ex, who should be locked away and not allowed to get within 100 feet of any human, is actually the first person I would trust with my kitties should I ever have to leave them for a few days. He despises people (and admits it) but seems to genuinely love animals.

7 Common Habits of Narcissistic Pet Lovers
Wonder if it’s possible to love your pet and be a narcissist? Of course it is!
By Leslie Phelan


There is a misconception about narcissists that says they’re way too into themselves to properly love an animal companion, but there’s a special breed of narcissist whose condition includes room for animal love. Sound like you or someone you know? Read on:

Narcissists love two things: themselves, and anything that could be used as extensions of themselves. What better self-extension than a cute and adorable furry thing that will love you back unconditionally?

Do you express love for your pet in a way that might look to others like evidence of an overly narcissistic lean within your personality? Observe yourself (you know you want to); and see if any of these key narcissistic pet lover indicators point at gorgeous little you:

1. Is your appearance everything?
Do you try on three different jacket-hat combos before stepping out, even to the park? Do you color-coordinate the dog’s collar with your scarf?

2. Are you obsessed with your own reflection?
Do you hold your cat in your arms over the bathroom vanity and compare the flecks in your eyeball irises for extended periods? When you walk past windows with your dog on leash, are you always glancing sideways to admire how lovely and magazine-ready you two look?

3. Do you use your pet as a prop to justify yet another selfie?
You know the drill: scoop up the animal, pose pretty, take a few snaps, choose the best one and post it with a caption about the animal, when really it’s to show off how adorable you look WITH said animal. C’mon . . . we’ve all been here. And the pics are priceless.

4. Do you make everything about you?
Do you listen with the intent to respond, more than with the intent to understand? When someone is talking about a cute thing their pet does, are you bursting at the seams to trump their story with a better, cuter, more special story about your own?


5. Do you bring your pet along, even at less-than-appropriate times?
Most people will agree that it’s the more the merrier when it comes to dogs at parties, but do you ever find yourself purposefully ignoring hints that you maybe shouldn’t bring your pet along?
Of course you want to bring your pet because, well, attention! Plus, you don’t want to rush home if you had to leave your dog behind due to that person’s silly baby with the possible dander allergies. Pfft, the kid’s gotta get used to dog hair sooner or later . . .

6. Are you loud?
Are you constantly standing on a soapbox because you actually think people care about yours and your pets’ diets/favorite shows/the glowing review your yoga instructor gave you? Do you have loud, full conversations with your dog for all to hear? (Bonus points if you do it in another language, or in a sing-song voice.)

7. Is everyone a potential rival?
Do you get jealous if you hear another person in the park compliment someone’s dog before yours? Do you feel like you and your pet are in constant competition with your friends, relatives and their pets? Be honest: is no one safe from your sense of rivalry?


This is not a place of judgment; any honest pet owner wont pretend they haven’t teetered on the brink of most of these points a few times. A bit of narcissism can be good, it keeps us caring for ourselves and can make us our best selves! Embrace it, but try not to burn up too much of your energy trying to be the hottest, richest, cleverest, most stylish, most popular and successful person in the world…

Instead, focus on being the most humble, courteous, patient, kind and complimentary person you can be. Or, likewise, just be the person your pet thinks you are – that person is pretty exceptional.

14 thoughts on “7 common habits of narcissistic pet lovers

  1. I do love my dog but don’t fit any of these categories, nor did my narcissist, though he did love animals, and thought they were more trustworthy than humans, amusing post . still smiling.

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  2. I thought I had written something here. I said that birds are great pets for narcissists. They are beautiful and smart. Once a guest made a stupid boorish “joke” about eating our bird. The bird said, “ChiChi’s gonna peck you.”

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  3. Interesting that you wrote this. I was actually thinking of writing a post in the future about how I’ve noticed my narcissist treating the animals with more love and respect then any of the family, including his 10month old baby. He is a cerebral covert narcissist so selfies aren’t his thing BUT I think he gets off on the animals constantly wanting his attention. I think it makes him feel special and he uses it for his supply. I even asked him about it one day because it was really getting to me and he flat out said that the animals won’t abandon him and they love you no matter what, to which I quipped, “well yah, your the one feeding them”. It’s funny too that he “loves” them ever so dearly but only on his terms when it suits him AND he wants no part in the responsibility in caring for them. I have to be the one to feed them, bathe them, clip their nails, take them to the vet, scoop the litter boxes…etc. It pisses me off.

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    • It sounds like they just exist as supply to him–if he isn’t even taking care of their physical needs. I wonder if you weren’t around if he would just let them starve to death.
      That’s one thing about my ex. As bad as he is (and he is horrible to people, especially women) he has always taken good care of his pets. He spoils them. But he’s completely neglectful of his own kids.

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      • I’ve wondered that myself. Something tells me he would all a sudden take care of them albeit basic care if I wasn’t around. He sees me as his glorified maid and I think he doesn’t do things because he thinks I will or should.

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