Woman Kicks Boyfriend Out After Overhearing Him Call Her Cat 'F***ing Worthless'

It was 18th-century German philosopher Immanuel Kant who once said: "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."

That sentiment rings true for many pet owners today, who would argue the way a prospective partner treats an inherited domesticated animal says a lot about them as a person.

For one cat owner, it ended up being a relationship deal-breaker.

The woman, who asked not to be named, told Newsweek she has been left with a lot to think about after detailing an incident on Reddit in which she caught her boyfriend, who had only just moved in, verbally abusing her beloved cat.

Writing under the username catwoesthrowaway, the woman offered up a detailed account of what unfolded in a post that went viral, racking up more than 10,000 upvotes, with cat lovers flocking to warn her off her boyfriend.

"The comments have all been really eye-opening and scary," she said.

The woman said she had been happily living with her beloved cat Millie for five years, having first taken her in as a kitten, and considers her to be her "best friend."

However, their relationship was put to the ultimate test after her boyfriend moved in.

According to the Reddit post, she says that when they first started dating "he made the joke that if we were ever going to live together, he'd have to 'get rid of that cat,'" which she dismissed at the time.

"When he would come over he would ignore Millie, making jokes about how cats are stuck up, how much he's a dog person. Again, I dismissed this...I figured it was just a preference."

After a while they began to seriously discuss moving in together, at which point "he asked if I would consider giving [Millie] away" because "he didn't like the idea of living with a cat."

"I almost laughed before realizing he was serious. I told him that under no circumstances would I get rid of my cat," she writes.

The woman says her boyfriend "took it well" and sought to reassure her that "if she was this important to me, he'd get over it."

Fast forward a few months and one night her boyfriend came home and, without realizing his partner was there, told her cat: "you're so fucking worthless."

"It terrified me, because I've never ever heard him speak with such malice. He sounded like a different person. It was just so cold and hostile that I panicked, and rushed out there to see him looking at Millie."

The woman says she "completely freaked out" and began yelling at the man and told him to leave her apartment right there and then.

A few hours later, after things had calmed down, she says he returned claiming he was simply trying to be "playfully mean" while acknowledging he "misjudged his tone."

However, the boyfriend also told her it "felt awful" that he would choose the cat over him and that he was "constantly feeling second best to Millie."

The woman told Newsweek she has not brought it up with her boyfriend again, but the flurry of comments accompanying her post urging her to break things off have been playing on her mind.

ScienceNotForKids urged her to not "let him gaslight you" while Enby_avalon warned the woman that her cat "will end up on the streets or dropped off at a shelter" if she stays with him.

DragonCelica said that her cat's "entire demeanor will change" as a result of her boyfriend's abuse, which could also "shorten her lifespan" and Gaiasdotter suggested her boyfriend's behavior could be a taste of what is to come, writing: "Just imagine having kids with someone like this."

The woman told Newsweek: "I'm going to speak with him again soon and post an update."

Her story is the latest example of how pets can often end up caught in the crossfire of a relationship. Last week a woman in Florida was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after tossing a pet crate containing her ex-boyfriend's cat into a local waterway.

According to the police, the incident occurred after the former couple began arguing "over him not moving out fast enough" from an RV they shared.

A woman holding a pet cat.
Stock photo of a woman and her cat - a cat owner on Reddit has detailed how she threw her boyfriend out after catching him speaking to her pet feline in a sinister way. Bogdan Kurylo/Getty