Owning a pet

Have you ever wondered what owning a pet really is? Sometimes I feel that people don’t understand how big of a deal it is.

I feel that owning a pet is such a huge responsibility and it’s a decision that should not be taken lightly. If you think about it, you are taking care of a living thing. And the reason why I feel people don’t actually get it is because I hear comments like ‘Since I’m never in the house I will get a cat, they don’t care if you are there or not’ or ‘I want a fish and I don’t want to spend that much on a fish, so I’m going to get a Betta; I heard they can live in a glass full of water’. Nooooo! Let’s just say this is a huge no no!

Please, if you’re reading this and these thoughts ever occur to you, keep reading.img_20170127_123228327

You can’t get a cat because you can’t have a dog. They are not the same. Yes, cats are independent but it doesn’t  mean they don’t care to be alone. I guess you can be on your own for a few days but eventually you’ll miss the company, right? Well, the same way goes for cats. People think that cats don’t give a f**k about them, but that is not true. They actually enjoy the company! And that’s why you end up having so many lonely and aggressive cats: just because people think “they like to be alone or they don’t care about being alone”. The fact that they can survive for a few days by themselves doesn’t mean they like it!

And why does this misconception happen so often? Because people don’t tend to inform themselves about the pet they are about to get. Having a pet is not just giving them food and cleaning their waste, it’s about caring, spending time with them, loving them, doing what’s good for them and trying not to be selfish. You want a fish but you don’t want to spend a lot money on it? Then don’t have it. Fish are expensive if you want to have them under the proper conditions. Do not buy one because you are selfish and you want to fulfill your whim, think about your pet. The fact that they are animals does not mean they don’t feel or the fact that you’re feeding them does not give you the right to have them under bad conditions. I know someone could get lonely and want a new pet but… I think that having a pet because ‘you feel lonely’ it’s a little bit selfish. You have to be aware of all the things “owning a pet” actually mean: It’s a long term commitment. If you have a pet you can’t be lazy: if you have a dog you have to walk it and you have to train it, if you have a cat you have to play with it and spend time with it, if you have fish you have to clean their tank once a week, feed them… And you can’t expect your pet to behave as a human would, they are animals and you have to be aware of that. They have an instinct that goes beyond your rules. If they don’t like to be petted then don’t get mad at them. They are your friends, not your servants.

And I know what you are thinking “But there are so many stray dogs and cats, isn’t it better if they are at a home, even if they are not properly taken care of?”. Well, this one is a though one. But I actually think that the reason why there are so many stray animals is because people don’t actually get what owning a pet is. If you can’t take care of the pups or the kittens then neuter your pet. And if you can’t neuter them, then assume the responsibility and try to find them a new home where they are going to be properly taken care of. Do not leave them on the street because it’s too much of a responsibility!

Like Taylor N. Dean once said in one of her videos, “No animal is cheap … No matter how cute an animal is […] are you ready for everything that’s gonna come? It could get sick […] It’s not all just fun, there are some serious side effects of owning animals […] The main thing is they don’t live anywhere near as long as you do. […] Although they are just a part of your life, you were their whole lives. The things you do for them is all they got to experience. The world you make for them  is their life. You want to give them the best life you can during that time. You don’t want to deprive them of giving them the best they can have for the time they’re here because you chose to take that animal in, you chose to make it yours so now it’s time to give them the best life you can”

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And with this I hope I raised awareness of how important is to own a pet and to inform yourself before going and getting one. It’s a beautiful thing and I love it, but if you are considering to have one, you have to be aware that it’s a responsibility and a long term commitment.

What do you think about this? Do you have any pets? I would love to know your point of view regarding this issue. And if you feel the same way about this please share this post with your friends and family! Let me know what you think
in the comment section below! I hope I see you next time… bye!

 

 

68 thoughts on “Owning a pet”

  1. I have a cat and a dog and they are like our children. I can honestly say that I love them more than I love some people in my life! They give me so much love and I love loving them back. My cat isn’t very well and I’m not looking forward to the day he passes on, but I will cherish him while he’s here. I certainly think people should think long and hard before getting a pet to ensure they can take care of it properly and give it the love it needs.

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  2. I think you are absolutely right here. If you want to have a pet you need to be prepared to make the commitment that it takes to be able to give it everything it needs in order to have the best life it can have. You have to be able to take care of that animal come what may.

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  3. I have two cats and you’re right: they are sweet. At times. One cat can be mean. But the other loves attention and being with people. I love having pets.

    My daughter will be getting a hamster soon so that’ll be fun.

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    1. My cat Kirara gets a little crazy and anxious some times. My cat Peach loves to be around people so much that she’ll open my bathroom door while I’m showering just so she can be with me. Having pets is awesome, but it’s such a commitment.

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  4. I agree with everything you said here. It’s so important to educate yourself about animals before you commit to taking one in, and it’s equally important to take that commitment seriously. They aren’t paper plates, you don’t just get one and use it for a while and throw it away. They deserve better – everyone does.

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    1. That’s right! I’m so sad when I hear someone say that after a week they are “giving the dog back” because it’s not what they wanted. I mean, c’mon, it’s a dog, not a pair of shoes! They are breathing living beings and they deserve better! ❤

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  5. I agree with you, so many people don’t seem to understand what’s involved in having a pet. I get so aggravated when I hear about people getting a dog just to find out their land lord doesn’t allow pets! I don’t know why people wouldn’t check first!

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  6. I had a dog for most of my life, until I moved to the city and then didn’t want to hurt my dog by stuffing her in a tiny apartment. I didn’t think it was fair to her, so I found her a loving home with lots of room to run around! People don’t know what they are getting into when they get a pet, no matter what kind of pet it is.

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  7. OMG yes, thank you for this. I always have these moments where I’m like, “Oh I so want a dog, it’d be so great.” Then thank God reality kicks in and I never go through with it. I’m sure one day I will commit and make the very serious decision. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It´s so nice of you to do that! I know sometimes it could be hard to think about something when we see a beautiful dog or we imagine ourselves with dogs as pets, but that’s what this post is about: To stop for a minute and think! I’m pretty sure that when the day comes and you choose to commit, it’ll be amazing <3!

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  8. I’ve had dogs and I’ve had cats and they are most certainly different. But I agree that they both need love so you need to be able to invest time and energy into whatever pet you may get.

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  9. This makes so much sense. Owning a pet, regardless if it’s a cat or a dog means you have an extra form life depending on you. You should learn how to be responsible. We have a cat at the moment and he’s really clingy. Cats also need the company that dogs need.

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  10. I am in absolute agreement with what you tried to highlight. Getting a pet is an important decision and should never be taken on an idle impulse. It is almost the same as deciding on having a baby. They come with a lot of responsibility and if you don’t think you are up for it, don’t do it. You can’t fool around with someone’s life.

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  11. thank you for putting this out there. I know of some people who actually get pets when it is convenient for them and then turn their backs on them as soon as the tide has turned. they are not things but life.

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    1. That´s what breaks my heart every time and makes me really mad: when I hear people talking about animals as if they were things. They need our love and dedication. If we decided to take an animal in, it´s our responsability. We can´t walk away as soon as we are bored/tired or even stressed.

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  12. I love having a pet! We had gotten hermit crabs after seeing them at the beach in North Carolina. After a lot of research that said they only live a year or two, my kids decided they would like one. We wound up getting two, and they lasted about 7 years!! But, they were fun to have!

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  13. We have a dog and truly love him to death! Shannon grew up with cats as pets and has turned heart to dogs once we were together. I always wanted a cat but wasn’t lucky to have one growing up but we’re considering one now.

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  14. Living with an animal is a huge responsibility. I think there should be a screening process for people to be able to ‘get’ a ‘pet’. The reason we have so many animals in the streets and in shelters is because people who don’t understand how much work having an animal in their home is.

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  15. My hubby and I have 2 dogs and we love them so much (coz our baby dogs love us too). I actually love your idea of doing an awareness of having your own pet. People dont really understand all things in the world.

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    1. Having a pet is awesome! And thank you, I’m glad you like this idea. I think people tend to think that having a pet is really easy because if the animal is still alive you are doing a great job and it’s not just that. It means so much more! And that’s why we need to raise awareness.

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  16. We don’t really have any pets in our family. We have tried having a fish a few times, but I think we have just been doing something completely wrong with it so it has never been able to survive in our house. Some day maybe we’ll get a pet. I hope so.

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    1. I hope so too! I’ll recommend to google the pet you want to get before getting it and making sure you have everything you need. Having a pet is awesome and I’m sure if you want one and you are ready to commit it’ll be awesome for you, your family and your pet!

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  17. This was so sweet. I don’t have any animals. I am guilty if saying that cats were for lonely people lol sorry. This post has changed my mind. You have really take care of your pets not just for yur loneliness.!!

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