Welcome to our blog page “Living with pets”.
Why do people keep pets?
It’s maybe difficult to understand affection for a pet spider, but liking rabbits is easier to understand, when they aren’t chomping your vegetables. Cats and dogs want to interact with us, dogs more than cats, but fish aren’t usually bothered. We have some pets just because we like watching them. There are also fashionable and unfashionable pets. Many authors mention the rise of pet cat, dog and rabbit breeds in Victorian times, when posh folk wanted status symbols. Today, ‘designer dog breeds’ reflect the power of fashion.
What is a pet?
Roughly speaking, they’re animals whose company we enjoy, for their personalities, looks, and the little ways in which they can surprise us. It’s not always clear cut whether animals are pets, though. Both pet chicken owners and people with small backyard flocks can enjoy watching their chickens and getting to know them. Sometimes people feed and try to care for feral animals, like stray cats and dogs. We even encourage wild visitors to our gardens, like wild birds and hedgehogs. So keeping pets is part of a human trait of wanting to get to know non-human animals, and to be kind to those we feel a bond with.