Many people like to have an animal as their pet. Humans and the pets are living together under the same roof. Have you ever questioned whether the living place is good enough for your pets? Good here means comfortable and safe. Many pet owners apply the human standard that often underestimates the real situation. Here are four cases for illustration. All images are come from Google Search.
(Dogs at home)
Many people like to raise a dog. The home is comfortable for people, but may not be spacious enough for a dog to move around. Some dog owners manage to fix this inadequacy by arranging to walk with the dog near the apartment or to some gardens every day. However, more dog owners find themselves too busy to go out. Unlike a stray dog that is likely to suffer from hunger, disease and human attacks, pet dog is considerably safe, but may not be comfortable in the small and lonely confinement.
Little chicken always give people cute feeling. It is too weak to attack and will not take up too much space. Hence, many parents like to offer it as a pet to their children. A real case was two chickens living at the 5th floor of a long balcony that was their living place. While playing, a chicken was pushed through the bars and fell down. The bars can keep humans from falling down, but not the little chicken. So, the living place is comfortable, but not safe for the poor pet.
Small tortoise is many people’s favorite pet. Again, harmless and take up little space, many children will get a baby tortoise as their pet. The bond between the children and the pet is so strong that they may share the same bed. A sad case was a baby red-eared slider crushed to death under the pillow during a sleep. Its shell is not as hard as people think and the relatively large bed is definitely not a safe place for the baby red-eared slider.
(Bird in Cage)
Bird as a pet is often kept into a cage. The bird may not be comfortable in the small cage, but is it safe? The answer is “may not”. A few years ago, H5N1 was prevailing and it became so life-threatening that many bird owners aborted the adoption to avoid risking their own lives. Those bird owners were uncertain on whether their pets had any contact with other birds behind the scene, especially when the cage was hanged in an open space or even indoors close to an open window.
Under the same roof, even sharing the same or similar living condition as humans may not be enough for pets. The pet owners have to be more considerate, think from the perspective of their pets to provide them with a more comfortable and safer living place.
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