This all started here.
The way I see it, to decide to adopt a pet is more than just taking in an animal, to me itâ€™s like adopting a furry child. Do they need to go to school or be taught to read or learn to socialize? No, which is one of the things I love about my cats. Do they thrive from love and attention, I believe they do.
If you want to adopt a kitten or a puppy because they are cute and you think it will be all cuddles and playing with little pet toys then you have a lot to learn. To have a pet requires feeding them daily, taking them for walks/cleaning their litter, dealing with their moods (they do have feelings), cleaning up any messes they make, playing with them, petting them, taking them to the vet when they are sick, finding ways around their behavior problems and in whatever way you have to you should make it work. If you want to adopt a little animal to live in your house you are taking on a real responsibility, not a responsibility until they are inconvenient.
Cats and dogs (and all other pets) are animals but when you bring them into your home and your family they become so much more than animals. Over time your home becomes their home and your family becomes their family. When they donâ€™t feel well they come to you for help and when they want love generally they let you know.
If they were just animals then they wouldnâ€™t be able to live in a house with other people, hell, try to adopt a raccoon, I dare ya. Not that a raccoon should be just put down when itâ€™s causing problems, hell we have raccoons that get into our garbage all the time no matter where we put it but I would never shoot it or poison it. Itâ€™s just trying to survive, like the rest of us.
My cats can be big pain in the asses. As you know Aurora (aka Lucy-fur) has been difficult from day one. She can be mean, aggressive and will swat at anything that moves but we love her anyway, with all our hearts. Pilot is the sweetest cat youâ€™ll ever meet but he used to vomit all the time and now that we changed their food he vomits a lot less. He also scratches the furniture. We bought our sofa set 3 1/2 years ago and itâ€™s basically destroyed, we tried to get him to stop but it never worked. We never thought of getting rid of him because of that, not for one second.
Pets are not human. We all know that. This does not mean they do not deserve to be adopted by someone who will take care of them, love them and treat them with compassion.