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I don't like it.
Buying a living thing and training it's behavior to be different to what comes naturally like toilet training or 'tricks'. It seems too much like kidnapping/trafficking and brainwashing and I can't help but think Stockholm syndrome plays a key part of the process.

And the idea of a useless lump stinking up the house doesn't appeal to me much either.


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Don't like them, don't want them and definitely don't want to have to deal with the whole vet bills situation. A lot of money saved by not getting a pet. I just don't see the logic in getting one.
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Yeah I'm not a pet person either *ducks head*
I can't stand how dogs/cats shed everywhere, they can really stink up a house too.
I shed skin and hair and I don't smell like flowers, so in that regard I'm really no different...
still, I could not ever stand to have pets in the house. Sorry.

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I like pets, I can deal with the vet bills and bills of just owning a pet, pets have been around for ages so its not like its us just grabbing a wolf straight from the wild and training it to be a house dog, and no pet I have owned at least is useless nor do they stink.

But pets like to shed, and I tend to wear colors where my dogs fur likes to show easily, and that is the only thing I hate.
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They do stink, you're just used to it...
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Or his own stink overpowers the pet's hahaha
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I like pets. There are pros and cons depending on the type of person you are. But addressing some of your points...

First of all, many modern breeds don't come directly from the wild. Heck, I doubt they could even survive in the wild. I'm thinking about my parent's dog right now, who is a Maltese, and I don't think she would last 3 days in the wild. Not because they trained her natural instincts out of her, but just because of the type of breed she is.

Secondly, not all people have pets for the purpose of training them. Many have them for companionship (as I do with my cat). In this sense, they are not useless. But that's just me. I don't like to judge something's value by its utility. Especially if its alive.

Thirdly, some animals would die if they weren't adopted by people looking for a pet. Think shelter animals, here.

Pets do stink, though. Not really anything I can do to argue that. You just have to keep them and their areas clean, though, and its really not that bad.
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They're tasty.

OK, I had to say it. In reality, all you really have to do is check my avatar to see my preference.
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Sir, You have problems.
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The greatest thing I could ever possibly have in my life.
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Jonoha wrote:

Sir, You have problems.


Couldn't have said it better myself lol
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I love my cat, and my cat loves me. There is no training, and those thinking stockholm syndrome, story of my cat.

6 years ago, -40 blizzard, I come home and find a tiny, black, emaciated fluffball curled in my doorway trying to get out of wind. I let her in, gave a small amount of tuna and water.

Next day, I took to shelter to see if was missing, nobody came by, so I took her to vet, and took her home. Has been stuck to my side and a good buddy ever since.


seekerperson7 wrote:

First of all, many modern breeds don't come directly from the wild. Heck, I doubt they could even survive in the wild. I'm thinking about my parent's dog right now, who is a Maltese, and I don't think she would last 3 days in the wild. Not because they trained her natural instincts out of her, but just because of the type of breed she is.

Secondly, not all people have pets for the purpose of training them. Many have them for companionship (as I do with my cat). In this sense, they are not useless. But that's just me. I don't like to judge something's value by its utility. Especially if its alive.

Thirdly, some animals would die if they weren't adopted by people looking for a pet. Think shelter animals, here.



All three, good points.

For your first, there are very few pets that can actually survive in the wild. Purebreds mostly all are just walking buffets for the feral. Exception for dogs are certain breeds that have high levels of intelligence and have maintained their wild brethren traits. German shepards and huskies primarily match this role and why they do not actually make good pets without raising properly.

This leads to the second point. Some people train animals, pretty much same way military trains soldiers. Others raise their pets. Same things you use on children. A stern voice, and gesture, they learn what is not acceptable. Doesn't matter if cat, dog or the neighbours kid. I had a Maine Coon years ago. She knew what NO and a point meant. If she did something and heard NO. She didn't do it again. Not because it was out of conditioned response, but whenever she did something wrong as a kitten, we said No and stopped her. Fabulous cat she was.... They become part of the family.

Thirdly, that is the case for my other cat. When I started reno's on the house, my above cat went to live with my folks. While doing reno, their cat passed away from old age. My cat grew attached to my parents, and they had a bigger house, so I felt it wasn't proper to bring her home. I went to the humane society here and adopted a special needs kitty. Tiny thing I named mouse. Psychological issues, I honestly think the cat is bi-polar. Will be sleeping or chilling, then suddenly just get ANGRY which is why she had to have special conditions for adoption.
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I like cats 'cause they're cute I have to agree with the smell though...
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I HAVE 2 CATS AND IM HAVING THE TIME OF MY LIFE YOU BROKE ASS NIGGAS
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I love pets!... outside.

I've loved my cats, petted and played with them any time I had one, loved medium to big sized dogs (I HATE small dogs, idk why they're even considered dogs), and above all I love my horse, which serves as more than a "pet" lol.

But..... I can't stand having pet hair in the house, the furniture, and my clothes. Can't stand cleaning up "accidents". I'm not dealing with chewed up stuff, dirty paws, bad smells, and trash digging. IMO all animals belong outside.
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