Pets contribute to our lives in many ways, some ways are better than others. Many people just look at the good, a few only think of the bad. Of course its best to look at both, and before getting any pet it is always a wise idea to look at the negative points of pet ownership rather than only the good.
Pets are not cheap. They require constant feeding and other care expenses. When they get ill veterinary prices can be high. Even the basic needs such as spay or neutering, and vaccinations, are often a sore spot for some owners who neglect them. In some places failure to pay for a pets expenses is considered as neglect and punishable under law.
Pets are a lot of work, most are a daily responsibility. This includes times when their owner is sick or tired. Some people forget how much time they spend on themselves, brushing their own hair, or cleaning their room, and then complain about spending a fraction of that time brushing their pet, or cleaning its cage. Some pets may be more of a burden than others. Lifespan must also be considered, as a pet is a lifetime responsibility.
Hair and Mess
This sort of links in with responsibility. People often forgive the messes they make themselves, pop cans left on the table, a newspaper left on a chair, but are unforgiving if their pet happens to shed. Further messes may include those left by the dog in the back yard, or the cat in its litter box (or yard if let outside). For people who find this too big of a burden to deal with, it can become a real problem as the waste becomes odorous and unsightly, or attracts insects.
Although a well cared for, and properly selected, pet is not destructive, many people who fail to meet their pets mental or physical needs, soon find the pet becomes destructive. Kittens are known for being claw aggressive so nobody should complain when a kitten scratches things. Many dogs are bred to be active, hunting or herding, so when left alone they become bored and destructive. While all of this is owner error, these reasons are common ones used when pets are unwanted.
A pet is a long term commitment, holidays must be planned around the pet, even day trips must be coordinated to allow the pet to remain on its proper feeding schedule. For some people the commitment becomes and overwhelming burden.
In families where the owner has not been clearly established as the parent (who indeed is the one who should be providing financially for the pet and has accepted the responsibility of such an animal) there are bound to be fights. The most common argument is when a child is bored of the pet and the adult also does not want to care for it. Other arguments occur when kids want to be involved with pets when the pet wants to be alone, or if both kids want the pet to sleep in their room, and so on. Whose turn is it to do what, can also cause fights.
Pets get sick. This can pose a financial burden to some people, and an emotional one for other. The ailing pet might require daily medical care, or might simply cause their owner to worry. Pets are not like machines, easily fixed, or replaced. For many people the emotional strain of having an ill pet is an exhausting one.
This lamb was nearly dead when we found her outside on a January Day. Read her Story.
The fact is most pets will die before we do. For most loving owners this is the biggest, and only, problem with owing a pet. This is something that owners will have to deal with one day, hopefully the result of old age, rather than accident, or illness.
Of course, myself, I am a total pet lover. I find their good points outweigh their bad, but most of all I own pets for their sake rather than my own. I have rescued cats because if I had not… their lives would have been cut short. I don’t own a dog because although I love them they are a time commitment I cannot make, yet I have nursed bottle baby lambs when their mothers could not care for them… I too, have seen many wonderful pets die.. leaving a hole in my heart.
Pets are well noted for lowering stress in a home, BUT it should be noted that this is generally only true when they are planned for, carefully selected, cared for, and loved.
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