Who doesn’t love animals? They’re almost like people—except cuter and funnier and better in pretty much every way. However, just because we think of them as cute and funny, don’t ever underestimate them—they are a lot more than that as well. Some animals are so smart, we should all be thankful that they aren’t human. Otherwise, they would probably be controlling the world! And when a particular animal is smarter than it seems, it usually isn’t too shy about showing it. Here are 42 stories of some of the boldest power moves that people’s pets have ever made.
1. Doesn’t Ring a Bell
I have a bell hanging on my front door that my dogs ring whenever it’s time to take them out. My husky once started ringing it, so I went to get ready to take her for a walk. As soon as I had finished getting dressed and putting my shoes on, she immediately went to go lay in my spot on the bed—and refused to go out. Absolute power move.
2. Movin’ On Up
One of my dogs used the other dog as a stepping stool to climb up on the couch. He straight up walked right on top of the one laying next to the couch to get up to where he wanted to go. Just blatant disrespect.
3. Keep Your Friends Close, and Your Hamsters Closer
While I was showing my new hamster to my best friend, he started pulling his own poop out of his butt with his teeth and throwing it at us. The hamster. Not the friend.
4. Feeling Crabby
I used to have these three fiddler crabs in a 20-gallon tank. One was a boy and the other two were girls. After three happy months together, I was watching them hang out one day when, all of a sudden, I saw the boy grab one of the girls and rip her arm off. He then grabbed her by the other arm, picked her up, and then smashed her against the ground repeatedly until I caught him with a net.
She died, and the other girl lived in constant fear until he himself died of natural causes.
5. Eight for the Price of One
My neighbor was talking about getting a second dog. Then my dog got out one night and slept with their dog. Now, my neighbor has eight new dogs!
6. Fly by Night
One time, my bird was really mad about bedtime. She flew over to the curtain, peeped loudly until I looked over, and then pooped on the curtain while looking straight at me. She was potty trained and definitely knew what she was doing.
7. I’m Onto You…
My cat will just flop over and stare at me angrily before I go to work every morning. I know this sounds crazy, but I swear she knows exactly what she’s doing…
8. Bed Time
I adopted this feral calico cat, and she just barely tolerated me for 19 years. She was a real pain in the butt, especially medically, and cost me a small fortune. But hey, I made the commitment. I used to say, “Any day now, it’s gonna happen! We’re gonna bond!” Then, she was suddenly hanging out ON my bed. I looked around one night and was like, “Wait… what?? There’s no food or water, no toys. There’s nothing up here for you…unless…is it ME?”
Turns out climbing on the bed was, in fact, her very direct way of telling me that she finally liked me. A week later, she died. That one moment made the entire 19 years worth it.
9. Jumpin’ Cat Flash
My cat tried to jump the entire distance of my swimming pool in one leap. She fell in it. Unfortunately, she hates water—but she still handled the whole thing like a champ.
10. Bark Versus Bite
My dog hardly ever barks and is very well-behaved. When we go for walks, some dogs that we walk past in my neighborhood bark ferociously at him. He remembers which ones they are, and pees in their yards. Only in their yards…
11. Special Tree-tment
My Great Dane ripped the bark off a tree and expected me to play fetch with it.
12. Who Runs the House Again?
I once fell asleep with my phone in my hand. The security camera in my room later showed that my dog had come in, seen me lying there fast asleep, moved my phone away with his mouth, and pulled my blanket over me as I slept.
13. Anyone for Tennis?
One time, my dog managed to get three tennis balls in his mouth at the dog park. He hasn’t been able to do it again since that one time, but he routinely walks around with two in his mouth and looks at the other dogs like, “check me out!”
14. A Game of Cat and Mouse
My dad once called our cat a lazy, useless son of a you-know-what. The cat immediately popped into the front lawn, caught a mouse, and dropped it on my dad’s foot all in the span of less than a few minutes. The mouse was still alive and, I swear, the cat made sure to stare my dad down before eating it.
15. One-Upping You
One time, I farted in the living room—so Buster decided to diarrhea all over the rug…
16. Blaming the Victim
When I was a kid, I had a basset hound named Fred. He was the best dog ever. I also had a cat named Patches. Patches was a bit of a troublemaker. Patches would sit on the kitchen table and swat at the dog whenever we weren’t looking. She would pester him mercilessly until he started barking and chasing her across the house—causing us to think that he was to blame for the commotion.
So, we would yell at the dog, and the cat would just prance on by as if she wasn’t at all responsible. It took us many years to finally catch on to what had really been going on. That poor dog! He was the best, and that cat just pestered the heck out of him!
17. Getting Better All the Time
My family was once talking about how proud they were the day that our cat stopped bringing mice in the house and instead brought in a full-sized rat.
18. What’s for Supper?
My sand boa, who was thinner than my pinky finger at the time, wrapped himself around my wrist as tight as he possibly could—and then attempted to eat me. I pulled him off, patted him on the head, and put him back in his enclosure. Nice try, bud!
19. Sink-ing That Idea
My cat was acting up one day, so I decided to put him in the—very large—bathroom with food, water, toys, a bed, and a litter box to keep him entertained and out of trouble. Poblano then proceeded to take the fattest cat poop I have ever seen in my life—in my SINK!
20. It’s Getting Stuffy in Here!
I have a blue heeler dog. I was moving to Germany, and selling things on the internet. She did not like the idea of people taking our stuff, so she started getting aggressive. When I saw this reaction starting to happen, I began to put her in a bedroom every day before the next customer arrived. The next time a customer was about to arrive and I was about to put her in the bedroom, she grabbed a stuffed animal and put it in her mouth as if to say, “No one will be taking this from us.”
For the next two weeks, as I sold stuff, there was not a single time when someone came over where she did not have a stuffed animal in her mouth.
Every time I’m cleaning up dog poop, my dog will squat down right next to me and drop a giant steaming load of more poop.
22. Clean as a Whisker
I have five cats. The youngest will always wait until I’ve cleaned every litter box in the house and thrown every bag in the trash to decide that she wants to poop in one box, and then pee in another. This happens literally every time I clean their boxes. She’ll sit and watch me as I’m cleaning them, too.
23. Ride ‘Em, Cow-dog!
I once saw my two dogs herd a small rodent under a tree. After they had it cornered, the first dog faked an attack and chased the animal straight into the mouth of the second dog.
24. I’m an Innocent Dog!
My roommate’s dog constantly steals your spot whenever you get up, and then gives you the look of “What did I do?” with puppy eyes.
25. Put Your Paws in the Air Like You Just Don’t Care
When my dog was little, we were once out for a walk with two female dogs. He tried to be all alpha and pee with his leg up to impress them, but he lost his balance. So, without hesitation, he lifted his paw up in the air—as if to say “I meant to do that! Nothing to see here, ladies!”
26. Climb Every Mountain
I put my pet mouse in a tall wooden box without a lid on it, because I thought that he couldn’t climb that high. He pooped in the box and covered his paws in it, which I think provided him with the friction required to climb. He made it to the top and I had to put him back into the box. It was quite impressive.
27. A Draining Experience
I once dropped a piece of my cat’s food into the sink by mistake and didn’t even notice. Next thing I know, my cat is sticking her paws down the drain to dig it back up.
28. All’s Well That Oinks Well
I have a potbellied pig named Luau. One time, I was outside on my patio working on a craft project while I let him run freely around the yard. He kept coming up to me and bumping against the table to see if I had a treat or would pet him. This was messing up my ability to work, so I put a spray bottle of water next to me.
He knows what the bottle is for and doesn’t like getting sprayed, so he stayed away from that point on and just ran around the yard instead of bothering me. A little while later, I went inside for a minute to get something I had forgotten. When I came back out, the spray bottle was all the way on the other side of the yard.
Meanwhile, Luau had climbed into my seat and was standing there happily wagging his little pig tail.
29. Thinking Outside the Box
My cat walked up to the litter box, looked right at me, and then pooped on the floor. Once she was done, she went and sat inside the litter box—almost as if to say she doesn’t play by my rules.
30. You Know When It’s Coming
My girlfriend’s dog turns over her food bowl every single time that she’s left by herself. She’ll even do it when she knows you’re leaving but haven’t left quite yet.
31. TV or Not TV—That Is the Question
I used to have a foster dog. One day, while we weren’t home, she somehow managed to scoot her crate all the way into the living room—and managed to stick her entire head far enough through the bars to successfully chew apart one of the important cords on our TV. We were left without sound for the next two months.
32. The Traveling Business
One time, I was cleaning the kitty litter and carrying it back to its spot. My cat jumped up into it while I was carrying it down the hall—and went to the bathroom while on the move.
33. A Hare-Raising Adventure
I once went out of town for the weekend, and I lined up someone to babysit my rabbit while I was gone. I was just heading back to my house when I got a call urging me to get home RIGHT AWAY because the rabbit was acting weird—listless, turning down treats, not really moving too much. I got very nervous and rushed her to the emergency vet the second I got home.
I paid $300 for the vet to tell me her diagnosis: drama queen. The rabbit was completely fine; she was just upset that I wasn’t home.
34. Dry Bones
Every time a guest comes over to my house, my dog runs to the backyard to get a big bone that he has stored out there and parades around in front of the visitors, holding it up high.
35. Look What You Made Me Do!
My dog sometimes likes to climb into my bed and sleep in my spot. One time, I was taking a nap and she showed up, clearly hoping that I would move so that she could get the spot for a while. However, I was really tired and did not feel like giving it up—so I continued to lie there and didn’t get up. My dog then proceeded to poop on my floor.
My rabbit once came up to me and my friends while we were playing soccer, and attempted to snag the ball and join our game. Keyword: attempted!
37. Morning Routine
My cat likes to wake me up every morning at precisely 4 AM, meowing loudly and knocking whatever he can find off my countertop.
38. Up, Up and Away!
I thought that my dog couldn’t jump all the way onto my bed because of how small he was. Nevertheless, one day I was sitting on my bed eating some food when, out of nowhere, he jumped up beside me and ate my food.
39. Come Fly With Me
My cat once jumped from the highest point of the cat tree (about 8 feet high) halfway across the kitchen trying to snag a fly out of midair. Poor Albus missed it entirely, fell onto the kitchen table, hit his midsection on the edge of the table, bounced backward against the chair, and finally landed directly on his feet and walked away as if nothing ever happened.
Without missing a beat, he continued chasing the fly and ended up eventually catching it.
40. Hate Thy Neighbor
My dog hates other dogs and especially hates the neighbor’s happy fluffy husky. So, she keeps on barking at the husky, in a tone that seems to say “SCREW YOU, I’M BETTER THAN YOU! STOP TAKING MY FAMILY’S ATTENTION!!!”
41. The Shove of Approval
Every time I feed my beagle some meat, he always comes up to me and shoves his mouth next to my nose to let me know that he feels he just ate something awesome.
42. Yes, You!
My little jerk of a dog swats my paintings and posters off of the wall every morning, then runs away and flops over like “Who, me??” when I get out of bed to make him stop.