Why You Should Not Have Pets?
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Why You Should Not Have Pets?

Many people keep pets at home for entertainment, companionship and protection. However, despite all the advantages one may get from keeping pets, there are also reasons why one should not keep pets at home. Having pets can also be a stressful experience for some, in terms of physical, emotional and financial stress. The facts mentioned in this article may force you to think in the other direction before adopting a pet.

Admittedly pets are cute. They make us laugh, give us company and keep us engaged. Several studies also show that human life is actually extended in the presence of pets due to the positive changes in life.  But is adopting and keeping a pet is as easy as it sounds? What are the downsides of keeping a pet?

Keeping the pets clean

Pets being animals do not follow the human norms of cleanliness. They are also not capable of cleaning their own mess, forcing the owner to do it for them. Cleaning the feces and urine could be a hard job sometimes, draining time and energy. If you have employed someone else to do this for you, you are also forced to pay for it. Fortunately, many pets can be trained not to relieve themselves inside your home. But this training whether given by you or a trainer takes time and is not full-proof. After cleaning the poop, you may also have to think of a way to dispose it properly. For people who get repulsed by the sight of fecal matter, cleaning pet poop could be an unpleasant experience. To make matters worse, some civic bodies have rules regarding the pets relieving themselves in public places. The owner could be fined or be forced to clean the mess himself/herself.

Danger of Infection

Pets need various preventive measures such as vaccines to keep them disease-free. For this, you need to take your pet to a vet which is again a time-consuming and in some cases expensive affair. Pets may carry specific animal pathogens which may or may not get transmitted to their human owners. Exposure to pet fur and saliva are the common ways to get infected. Common diseases that can get transmitted from your pets to you are salmonellosis, strep throat, ringworm, scabies, roundworm and cat scratch fever. Letting the pet get into your bed or other furniture or to lick your face are the usual ways to get exposed to animal pathogens. Apart from the passive mode of infection, pets may also infect you if they scratch or bite you either by accident or deliberately. Infections through pets are again an expensive affair both in terms of time and money spent.

Caring for the pets

Pets are like small kids, dependent on us for their food and care. Adopting a pet is not only about enjoying its cuteness; it is also about choosing the right food for them, feeding them, bathing them and grooming them. Though some pets need minimal care and can subsist on most human food, many require specialized food. Some human foods can even prove poisonous for pets owing to difference in physiology and biochemistry. Pet food stores can come in handy, letting you choose the right food type and brand for your pet. However, fetching food for your pet and feeding it regularly demands time and effort on your part. You may also have to take your pet out regularly to keep it physically and mentally healthy. Regular bathing and grooming is also required for the pets as it helps them keep clean and disease-free. As expected, all these activities take human effort to be accomplished.

Pet attacks and injury

Common pets that people keep are often harmless species owing to their long history of domestication and association with humans. Examples include cows, donkeys, goats, sheep, dogs, cats, monkeys, elephant, rabbits, parrots, fishes and Guinae pig. However, animals being animals are unpredictable and there is often little warning of an impending attack. Pet attacks occur due to various reasons and are often difficult to explain. The attack can result in infections, serious injuries and even death. Even a bite from a seemingly benign pet such as rabbit can leave you bleeding. Numerous cases of pet attacks involving dogs, cats, elephants and monkeys have been recorded. Apart from this, some people have the habit of keeping exotic animals such as tiger, leopard, chimpanzee and python as pets. This habit can get as dangerous as it can and often people suffer grievous, life-threatening injuries. An example is the Chimpanzee attack which left Charla Nash horribly injured and maimed for life.

Diseases and death

Animals though more resilient than human beings do fall ill quite regularly. Particularly, pets raised in hygienic human homes are susceptible to diseases owing to their reduced immunity. Animals unlike humans are unable to express, in case they are suffering from painful diseases. It takes careful observation before one can conclude that his/her pet is suffering from any disease. Pets may also suffer mentally due to separation from family, loneliness, physical stress and in many times due to captivity and lack of freedom. Watching one’s pet suffer is often a painful emotional experience for many people. Human life span is often longer than most of the animals people tend to keep at home. Hence, it is only natural that human owners often have to witness the death of several pets during their lifetime. Experiencing the death of one’s pet can be a traumatic and emotionally draining process for some. Not having pets saves you from such experiences and lets the animals enjoy their natural habitat.

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Comments (5)

I have another reason for not keeping pets in India. With 50% of the population subsisting on a dollar a day, it is not proper to keep pets in such an enviornment.

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You are very right, pets are not suitable for everyone.  A person must have time for their pet.  Getting a pet simply because you want one is wrong.   You must  have time and the finances to care for it properly.

As far as diseases go - you are more likely to get sick from being around people than from being around pets.

I have sheep, llama, donkey, cats (all spayed/netuered), hedgehog (daughter's), lizard, frog, birds.... and a wild skunk that lives someplace nearby and thinks I should feed it.

Excellent points! I wish everyone would read this before adopting a pet!

loved Brenda's answer. we have a dog but that is because we live in a farm in a rural area and need one.

There are pros and cons to adopting a pet, and not all humans are suitable for pets.I've owned pets for years and would never have a home without one.