Members of a popular internet forum were shocked after one devastated pet owner revealed how their beloved cat ended up in the possession of a stranger on the internet.
In a viral Reddit post published on r/AmITheA**hole, Redditor u/famousfiend9595 (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) said their husband recently became enraged by the cat’s presence and revealed how his hasty actions left him without a home—and without a spouse.
Titled, “[Am I the a**hole] for kicking my husband out after he sold my cat?” the post has received more than 10,000 upvotes in the last day.
“My husband and I have been together for 2 years,” OP began. “We had a beautiful cat named Molly whom he didn’t have any issues with until recently.”
Continuing to explain that their husband was suddenly annoyed by the mere presence of the cat, the original poster said they were perplexed by the sudden shift in opinion and couldn’t help but ask why it had happened.
The original poster also said that, after learning their husband’s true feelings towards cats, it was clear that something—or someone—had to go.
“I replied to his complaints asking why he was just bringing it up now when we’ve had the cat for a year now,” OP wrote. “He went off [and] started yelling about how he ‘put up’ with the cat because he loved me, and that he couldn’t bear to break it to me that he hated cats.
“So, I agreed to give [the cat] to my cousins, as I knew they would take great care of her…he seemed on board, and I trusted him,” OP continued. “The next morning [the cat] was gone.
“I originally thought she had escaped or ran away until my husband told me that he sold her…to a random person on Gumtree,” OP added. “I was furious and kicked him out.”
Pets are an important part of life for people all over the world, and in some cases, are treated like an extra family member.
But not everyone is as adoring and for some, an animal in the house is just that, and nothing more.
And while there is nothing inherently wrong with an aversion to pets, issues often arise when romantic partners and their feelings towards animals fail to align.
Disagreements over pets are capable of ending relationships, especially when partners already live together, or plan to in the future. Even when one partner comes with a pet, there is no guarantee that their furry friend will be accepted with open arms, immediately jeopardizing the relationship.
“For many people, not getting along with a pet is a deal breaker,” Jessica Cline, owner of Cline Counseling and Consulting, told WeddingWire in 2018. “And if your partner does not value what is really important to you, it may be best to free up space in your life for someone who does.”
Not getting along with a partner’s pet, however, is much different than feigning interest for a year before ultimately deciding to sell that pet on Gumtree, a British classified advertisement website, without so much as a conversation beforehand.
Throughout the comment section of the viral Reddit post, Redditors were appalled by the original poster’s husband and his harsh, insensitive behavior and strongly advised OP to reconsider spending another second marriage to him.
“Don’t let your husband back in,” Redditor u/mjanne wrote in the post’s top comment, which has received nearly 11,000 upvotes. “Ever.
“He had no right to sell something that belonged to you,” they continued. “If someone is capable of doing this, knowing how much they will hurt you, who knows what else they might do.”
Redditor u/Mehitabel9, whose comment has received nearly 4,000 upvotes, echoed that sentiment.
“That’s solid ground for divorce,” they asserted. “Throw his s**t out onto the street and change the locks.”
“If my husband sold my cat, after I already set up a place for the cat to go,” Redditor u/Charliekat1130 added, receiving nearly 1,500 upvotes. “I’m going to jail because that’s extremely cruel, not only to the human but the cat itself.”
“Get your cat back,” Redditor u/Here_for_tea_ chimed in. “Sell the husband.”
In a recent update to the viral post, the original poster informed Redditors that they located their sold cat and are in the process of getting it back from an animal shelter. The original poster also informed Redditors that they heeded their advice.
“As for my ex-husband,” OP wrote. “I’ve filed for a divorce.
“He’s never coming back into my life,” OP added.
Newsweek has reached out to u/famousfiend9595 for comment.