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* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels featuring Gaspode, this happens ''inside his head''. He is proud of being a stray, except when he lies and says he ''has'' an owner but is allowed his independence. Some part of him dreams of this being true, but when it actually happens he lasts less than an hour before running away. Another part dreams of being a wolf, but he knows he wouldn't survive outside the city. According to the books, all dogs are like this, but Gaspode's tragedy is being intelligent enough to ''understand'' it.


* In ''Disney/LadyAndTheTrampIIScampsAdventure'' the Junkyard Dogs (except Angel) look down on pets and feel it's best to live on your own. Tramp and Lady's son Scamp tires of being a pet and runs off, but he soon finds out being a stray dog has many downsides and ends up returning home.

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* In ''Disney/LadyAndTheTrampIIScampsAdventure'' ''WesternAnimation/LadyAndTheTrampIIScampsAdventure'' the Junkyard Dogs (except Angel) look down on pets and feel it's best to live on your own. Tramp and Lady's son Scamp tires of being a pet and runs off, but he soon finds out being a stray dog has many downsides and ends up returning home.



* ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'': Mittens is a stray cat who acts like that makes her superior to the pet dog Bolt. [[spoiler: She was a housecat who was abandoned by her owners.]]
* In ''Disney/TheAristocats'', alley cat Thomas and pampered pet Duchess have a conflicting points of view on being housepets. Thomas believes that humans don't truly care for their pets and doesn't see the issue in cats [[APetIntoTheWild running off]], while Duchess is very devoted to her owner and can't imagine leaving her. [[spoiler:In the end Thomas is [[FromStrayToPet taken in]] by Duchess' owner]].

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* ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Bolt}}'': Mittens is a stray cat who acts like that makes her superior to the pet dog Bolt. [[spoiler: She was a housecat who was abandoned by her owners.]]
* In ''Disney/TheAristocats'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAristocats'', alley cat Thomas and pampered pet Duchess have a conflicting points of view on being housepets. Thomas believes that humans don't truly care for their pets and doesn't see the issue in cats [[APetIntoTheWild running off]], while Duchess is very devoted to her owner and can't imagine leaving her. [[spoiler:In the end Thomas is [[FromStrayToPet taken in]] by Duchess' owner]].


* The titular character of the Disney short ''WesternAnimation/{{Lorenzo}}'' is a FatCat pet Persian who mocks strays from the comfort of his window.

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* The titular character of the Disney short ''WesternAnimation/{{Lorenzo}}'' is a FatCat pet Persian who mocks strays from the comfort of his window.


* In ''Disney/LadyAndTheTrampIIScampsAdventure'' the Junkyard Dogs (except Angel) look down amongst pets and feel it's best to live on your own. Tramp and Lady's son Scamp tires of being a pet and runs off, but he soon finds out being a stray dog has many downsides and ends up returning home.

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* In ''Disney/LadyAndTheTrampIIScampsAdventure'' the Junkyard Dogs (except Angel) look down amongst on pets and feel it's best to live on your own. Tramp and Lady's son Scamp tires of being a pet and runs off, but he soon finds out being a stray dog has many downsides and ends up returning home.


* Pufftail from ''Literature/{{Stray}}'' was born a pet but has spent much of his life on the streets. He prefers the streets to the demeaning, lazy life of being a pet. He enjoys his independence and isn't too fond of humans. In his minds, cats should be independence. He tells his grandson, who lives as a pet with his mother, "If this is civilization, you can have it. Why your mother submits to it I do not know".

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* Pufftail from ''Literature/{{Stray}}'' was born a pet but has spent much of his life on the streets. He prefers the streets to the demeaning, lazy life of being a pet. He enjoys his independence and isn't too fond of humans. In his minds, cats should be independence.independent. He tells his grandson, who lives as a pet with his mother, "If this is civilization, you can have it. Why your mother submits to it I do not know".



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Figaro}}'' short ''Bath Day'', WesternAnimation/MinnieMouse's pampered kitten Figaro gets into a "fight" with a scruffy alley cat.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Figaro}}'' short ''Bath Day'', WesternAnimation/MinnieMouse's pampered kitten Figaro gets into a one-sided "fight" with a scruffy alley cat.


->I should think that my sister is very comfortable and very genteel. Probably if she met me she would turn up her nose with the utmost disgust and rush indoors to her spinster-mistress with squeals of indignation. "Squeak-squeak", she might say, "I very ''nearly'' came face to face with an alley-cat." So you did, my darling, so you did. For an "alley-cat" is what I am and proud of it -- as you shall hear. Not for me the comfortable parlour where my sister probably, at this very moment, snoozes while her mistress watches a boring programme on the electrical picture box.
-->-- ''Literature/{{Stray}}''




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* Pufftail from ''Literature/{{Stray}}'' was born a pet but has spent much of his life on the streets. He prefers the streets to the demeaning, lazy life of being a pet. He enjoys his independence and isn't too fond of humans. In his minds, cats should be independence. He tells his grandson, who lives as a pet with his mother, "If this is civilization, you can have it. Why your mother submits to it I do not know".


** In ''Literature/{{Warrior|Cats}}s'' Clan cats look down upon almost any cat not in the four Clans. Pet cats, or "kittypets" as they're called, are especially looked down upon by a large number of cats as fat, lazy, and inferior. The first lead, Firestar, has to deal with a lot of teasing for having been born a pet. Even his nephew Cloudtail, who was only a kitten when he joined [=ThunderClan=] and didn't even know he was born a pet until he was five months old, suffered discrimination from even adults. On the opposite side, most kittypets are either scared of warriors or at the very least pity them for living in the forest.

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** In ''Literature/{{Warrior|Cats}}s'' Clan cats look down upon almost any cat not in the four Clans. Pet cats, or "kittypets" as they're called, are especially looked down upon by a large number of cats as fat, lazy, and inferior. The first lead, Firestar, has to deal with a lot of teasing for having been born a pet. Even his nephew Cloudtail, who was only a 1-month old kitten when he joined [=ThunderClan=] and didn't even know he was born a pet until he was five months old, suffered discrimination from even adults. On the opposite side, most kittypets are either scared of warriors or at the very least pity them for living in the forest.



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* TheMovie of ''Literature/LittleBear'' milks the series' FurryConfusion to the max when Little Bear befriends a wild bear named Cub. Cub lives in the woods and eats raw meat. He's astonished by Little Bear's tame life of living in a house and hanging out with humans.


* Cats in ''Literature/TailchasersSong'' see humans as [[ThisIsMyHuman their servants]]. Many live amongst them but this is a point of contention amongst non-pets, especially because humans tend to [[AnimalsFearNeutering neuter their cats]] (which turns them fat, lazy, and can make it so a [[DudeLooksLikeALady male can be mistaken for a female]]). Near the end, [[spoiler:after finally finding Hushpad]], Tailchaser temporarily lives with humans He, however, finds it suffocating and boring, so he runs off and [[TheAdventureContinues that is that]].

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* Cats in ''Literature/TailchasersSong'' see humans as [[ThisIsMyHuman their servants]]. Many live amongst them but this is a point of contention amongst non-pets, especially because humans tend to [[AnimalsFearNeutering neuter their cats]] (which turns them fat, lazy, and can make it so a [[DudeLooksLikeALady male can be mistaken for a female]]). Near the end, [[spoiler:after finally finding Hushpad]], Tailchaser temporarily lives with humans humans. He, however, finds it suffocating and boring, so he runs off and [[TheAdventureContinues that is that]].


* In ''Disney/TheAristocats'', alley cat Thomas and pampered petDuchess have a conflicting points of view on being housepets. Thomas believes that humans don't truly care for their pets and doesn't see the issue in cats [[APetIntoTheWild running off]], while Duchess is very devoted to her owner and can't imagine leaving her. [[spoiler:In the end Thomas is [[FromStrayToPet taken in]] by Duchess' owner]].

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* In ''Disney/TheAristocats'', alley cat Thomas and pampered petDuchess pet Duchess have a conflicting points of view on being housepets. Thomas believes that humans don't truly care for their pets and doesn't see the issue in cats [[APetIntoTheWild running off]], while Duchess is very devoted to her owner and can't imagine leaving her. [[spoiler:In the end Thomas is [[FromStrayToPet taken in]] by Duchess' owner]].




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* Varjak's family (minus Varjak himself) in ''Literature/VarjakPaw'' look down upon stray cats for not being purebred Mesopotamian Blue's like them.



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* In ''Disney/TheAristocats'', alley cat Thomas and pampered petDuchess have a conflicting points of view on being housepets. Thomas believes that humans don't truly care for their pets and doesn't see the issue in cats [[APetIntoTheWild running off]], while Duchess is very devoted to her owner and can't imagine leaving her. [[spoiler:In the end Thomas is [[FromStrayToPet taken in]] by Duchess' owner]].


* The titular character of the Disney short ''WesternAnimation/{{Lorenzo}}'' is a FatCat pet Persian who mocks strays from the comfort of his window.

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* The titular character of the Disney short ''WesternAnimation/{{Lorenzo}}'' is a FatCat pet Persian who mocks strays from the comfort of his window.window.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Figaro}}'' short ''Bath Day'', WesternAnimation/MinnieMouse's pampered kitten Figaro gets into a "fight" with a scruffy alley cat.


** Leashed Dogs in ''Literature/{{Survivor|Dogs}}s'' are often looked down upon by wolves, Lone Dogs, and Wild Dogs.

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** Leashed Dogs in ''Literature/{{Survivor|Dogs}}s'' are often looked down upon by wolves, Lone Dogs, and Wild Dogs.Dogs as "soft". Some dogs, like Alpha, openly detest Leashed Dogs to the point where they think they're better off dead. Lucky was born a pet but became a stray after he escaped an abusive owner. As a result of his past, he doesn't like longpaws much and doesn't get why a dog would want to wear a collar and be pet. In contrast, his sister Bella doesn't get why Lucky prefers being on his own and thinks that dogs should be with people.


In a world of {{Talking Animal}}s, one commonplace issue amongst them is whether animals should live amongst humans or not. On one side are pets who tend to think stray animals are unmannered, disgusting, and/or pity cases who don't have the luxury of living amongst humans. On the other side, stray animals will often mock pets for being overly pampered playthings who are ''owned'' by humans (who might themselves be either [[FantasticRacism looked down upon]] or [[HumansAreCthulhu feared]] by strays, especially if they weere abandoned or abused in their past).

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In a world of {{Talking Animal}}s, one commonplace issue amongst them is whether animals should live amongst humans or not. On one side are pets who tend to think stray animals are unmannered, disgusting, and/or pity cases who don't have the luxury of living amongst humans. On the other side, stray animals will often mock pets for being overly pampered playthings who are ''owned'' by humans (who might themselves be either [[FantasticRacism looked down upon]] or [[HumansAreCthulhu feared]] by strays, especially if they weere were abandoned or abused in their past).


* One of [=LaFontaine=]'s fables has a starving wolf ask a well-fed guard dog what he does. The dog responds that his duties aren't that difficult and the food delicious, but for the wolf, the fact that the dog is chained up, unable to go wherever he wnts whenever he wants is a dealbreaker.

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* One of [=LaFontaine=]'s fables has a starving wolf ask a well-fed guard dog what he does. The dog responds that his duties aren't that difficult and the food delicious, but for the wolf, the fact that the dog is chained up, unable to go wherever he wnts wants whenever he wants is a dealbreaker.

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