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Posted 1/23/14 , edited 1/23/14
I find the "don't want to deal with bills" reason to not like pets pretty upsetting. The love and companionship is worth it. If you are incapable of giving it care/paying bills then I understand. My 2nd cat is a rescue and he loves me every day for it. He was in the shelter I volunteer at for over a year, and I built a bond with him over that time. He remembers where he came from and isn't spoiled. He appreciates any little treats or food he gets and he tries to take care of me in return (tries to groom my hair or my face).
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Pets are great. I personally don't care for cats....calm down, I'm not a cat-hater....I just have no desire to own one. They're cool when they belong to someone else. I like dogs, but I had to put down my Boxer last year. Mr. Balls was getting old and he had cancer with virtually no hope of recovery. He was a great friend.
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I like pets, but I'm not keen on having any of my own. Granted, there are animals that I have trouble making connections with, but I don't like the near-guarantee of outliving those that I grow attached to. It's like having some rare disease that causes friends and family to die after knowing me for about a decade, if even that long.
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Too much hassle.
Forced to get out in bad weather to make sure they get their business done.
They shed and cost too much money.
I'd feel bad for them if they were outside. I feel bad that they're alone so I would have to get two.
Nope.
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Pets are an amazing, I don't know where Id be without my dog =)
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ive been living with pets my whole life & now as well as my son so far. he's the only 11 1/2 month old who LOVES cats & dog. he dont care how small or big they are he'll be chasing them around for a hug! its sooo cute.

i love animals, i've own a rat, hamsters, mice and now currently own a dog. i dont plan on ever giving her up no matter what i'm told. esp when it comes to apartments, who are they to say either i can have my pup or not.
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Amazing and my companion for life XD
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ayane_94 wrote:

Amazing and my companion for life XD



Boxers rock.
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:I I like animals, but just like a baby, I don't really think I'm capable of taking care of a living thing yet.
I tried when I was younger.
After the first two years, I got bored, and the duty was passed onto my parents. It was shameful, but...

I like to pet other people's pets though. *-*
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I really like animals and would not mind taking care of a few. The food and vet expenses would be no problem. The problem however is almost all animals dislike me except for cats.
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I have a dog and he's the cutest alive!


I don't have a problem with raising pets, we have been breeding these animals for a long long time now, and I don't see why we should stop if it were to cause them to be unable to survive in nature. T^T We have kept breeding these animals for our benefit, cows, chicks, pigs, dogs, cats(cats actually since the pyramids) While I think that it is pretty selfish to be doing this, but since it isn't really hurting them in anyway, I don't see why there should be a problem :P
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The greatest thing I could ever possibly have in my life.


Agreed. And also they're the best creation God ever made.
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I understand where you're coming from, OP. I don't really like calling the animals that I share a home with "pets", nor do I like calling myself their "owner". It sounds too constricting to me. However, the animals that people keep as pets are domesticated - they are not wild. They have been bred for hundreds of years specifically to live with humans. Many of them simply cannot survive without humans. It's like an animal born and raised in a zoo. You can't let it go out in its natural habitat, because it was not raised in its natural habitat. It wouldn't know how to properly feed itself, or defend itself - at least, not right away. But before its instincts would get a chance to kick in, it might already be another wild animal's prey.

Do I dislike that humans domesticated animals? Well, I don't know. It was a necessity at the time. I wouldn't advocate trying to domesticate anything now, because it isn't necessary, and nothing has been newly domesticated in the past dozen centuries or so, anyway. I also dislike people who keep wild animals as pets because more often than not, those people have absolutely no idea how to properly care for a wild animal and can unintentionally cause serious harm to that animal. I am not going to hate pets for being domesticated, or hate wild animals for being kept as pets. That is not their fault at all.

Now, personally, I live with a dog, a cat, and a lizard. Two of those are domestic animals, the other was bred in captivity. My lizard is a bearded dragon, a species that has been captive bred for the pet trade for some time, but they aren't truly domesticated. I don't really approve of captive breeding lizards and the like for the sole purpose of being pets. I'd much rather they be in their natural habitat, but I can't just fly over to the deserts of Australia and release my beardie for previously mentioned reasons. I bought her from a pet store when I was younger and totally ignorant of such things. Beardies are very docile and don't pose the danger that keeping a truly wild animal does, which is why they are popular pets, but that doesn't mean they should be bred as pets. I won't purchase any reptiles again, because I don't want to contribute to the trade, but I don't hate people who do keep reptiles. They are very intriguing animals.

By the way, pets aren't useless at all. Even if you don't train them for a purpose, many people benefit from their companionship. I love all the animals who share my home, and I like to think that they love me. Whenever I am away from them for an extended period of time, I get a bit anxious and lonely. To me, they are important members of my family, and I can't imagine what I would do without them.
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I kind of agree with the trick thing, as long as it isn't overdone, like teaching it to sit is a basic function that it does naturally anyway as opposed to rolling over and playing dead.

Keep in mind that they're called pets for a reason, and they aren't just a wild animal that you grabbed out of the forest. Dogs have been bred for hundreds of years. They're related to wolves but definitely are NOT wolves. If you put a little chihuahua out in the wild it would not last long, they've already lost a lot of their instincts that wolves have through the genetics.

Owning a pet can be a very good thing depending on where you get it from. You could save a stray dog's life by bringing it in and rehabilitating it.

Also, animals may smell but we're animals too and we kind of stink.

I think as long as a pet is properly cared for and not neglected or abused, then it's perfectly okay. If you can't take care of an animal do not keep it, give it away to someone who will.
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I like cats but for now-- I don't want to waste money.
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