At our house, we refer to the girls a lot. We have three different sets of “the girls.”
“The girls upstairs” are the dogs. I swear that most of the time they are bowling in tap shoes.
“The girls downstairs” are the cats. They are always starving, just ask them.
“The girls” are my daughters. They tend to feed themselves.
The funny thing is that we rarely get them confused when we talk about them. I guess it’s just how we use “the girls” in context. The cats bowling in tap shoes is a funny visual to me, anyhow.