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Pet ownership. Do you ever think about how arrogant it is of us to breed and enslave another species for our own personal enjoyment? We keep them locked up, behind fences, on leashes. We dictate what they eat, where they go, with whom they interact. We strip them from their mothers and siblings as infants to be raised as our own companion and servant. I make this observation as someone who has a dog (dachshund) and whose partner has two cats.

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Not me. I'm a dedicated servant to my two cats. They live a pampered life.

Deb57 Level 7 Apr 14, 2018

My 2 cats rule the roost here!

Yep, guess that's what I am for my 3 dogs... dedicated servant!


Yes. I doubt the morality of it.

But as long as there are animals in shelters, I will support the adoption of those into loving homes.

stinkeye_a Level 8 Apr 13, 2018

When I die, I want to come back as one of my pets. They live the life!

SheThatB Level 5 Apr 15, 2018

My thoughts exactly!


No. I have never had an unhappy pet

ollieberry Level 7 Apr 14, 2018

If it wasn't for humans and us breeding them they would have never existed in the first place. I don't think there is anything wrong with having cats or dogs. Pet birds on the other hand is a different story. People love their beauty and how graceful they are so they buy one take it home and throw it in a cage and clip their wings so they can't fly.

mebeb32 Level 5 Apr 13, 2018

I personally love birds. I would love to own a parrot. Birds are not domesticated animals. Birds also require constant companionship and interaction. Very few people would be able to satisfy those requirements. Most responsible bird owners will agree they are not the ideal pet for the majority of pet Seekers

My Sweetie doesn't have clipped wings and she's never caged. She picked me, not the other way around. She's not what I'd call a pet, she's more like a small person with feathers, who I love very much.

@JimGreenamyer I didn't mean to make it sound like I thought everyone that owns a bird treats them that way but I do think a lot of people that buy birds do clip their wings and put them in a cage for most of the time.


In fact, the opposite is true. Humans didn’t domesticate dogs and cats. They domesticated themselves—and us.



Benthoven Level 8 Apr 13, 2018

I think on this often. I am against breeding for pets. All of my animals are rescues.
We currently have a dog and cat, both over 10. Yard is secure for both, Kat has a secure outdoor area via a cat flap. To be honest, I think they have a better life in some ways than I do.

Rugglesby Level 8 Apr 13, 2018

@Jlangston70 That's what my son plans to do. He was in Amsterdam a few months back and went to the cat boat. I immediately was inundated with photos and his plans.

Mine have it made!


Do these two look like enslaved animals? Not sure where you have reached such a conclusion.

atsguy14 Level 3 Apr 13, 2018

I can see where you're coming from, but in an ideal circumstance, we complement each other. I love that they have distinct personalities or characters (just like people).

Philosopearl Level 6 Apr 13, 2018

Yeah... my cats totally got a rough life. If only I could trade places for a few days.

brandon-scott Level 4 Apr 13, 2018

@Jlangston70 the 50 dollar a bag food, expensive litter, meat scraps, spinach, cooked eggs, canned food, bottled water... they live better and eat better than most people. If one of them ever did complain.... haha


My dog, a rescue, and I are in a beneficial partnership for both of us. I supply him with proper nutrition, good health and love. He in return gives me love, emotional support, a friendly face to come home to and the Best darn tootin' alarm system in the world.
I am not his 'master', I am his human.

PickledRick Level 8 Apr 13, 2018

@Jlangston70 Have you ever considered that mills & the one off back yard breeder depends on this mentality when they dump dogs at shelters? Vs an ethical breeder who will screen a home first and won't just let anyone with cash in hand walk away with an animal?
Someone who backs their animals should anything happen to you that they never see the inside of a shelter?

@Qualia I don't understand what you are trying to convey, please explain

@buzz13 has the best answer on the page!


In our house we have cats. We dotn' enslave them, but they tned to try to enslave us.

snytiger6 Level 8 Apr 13, 2018

No. You're going full PETA with this argument.

jperlow Level 7 Apr 13, 2018

NO. Fences and leashes are for our pets well being, safety, both for them and others.
I own two purpose bred dogs, one a rescue, probably my last rescue, and a well bred one from a breeder of the highest ethic. I searched long and hard for him. He had plenty of time with his mother, we didn't pick him up until he was 14 weeks old.
Funny story I'll never forget. For the first time in my life I witnessed a family reuinion with his dam & siblings at a year old during a breed national convention. They all remembered each other. After a cordial Hello from Mom she was done with my boy, snarled as if to say "I remember you you little shit GTF away from me"... LOL

Dachshunds are purpose bred dogs, meant to be vermin control and companions.

My breed is one of the few created specifically to be a personal dog and protector.

And btw, even wild animals sometimes have companion animals of other species. There's nothing weird about it. I don't know what I'd do without mine. I love doting on them. They sleep with us. When they're doing well I'm happy.
Now is that to say that everyone who has one should own a pet? No. There are no shortage of people who shouldn't have so much as a pet rock. Furthermore I feel sorry for kids who aren't allowed to have pets and aren't taught good animal husbandry. There always seems to be something off about them. Case in point my MIL. She shouldn't be around anything living, period.

Qualia Level 8 Apr 13, 2018

My pomeranian wouldn't survive if I didn't tell him what to do. Anyone who owns cats knows they own you. I don't think of it as arrogance. It's a partnership


I evidently hoard/adopt cats ( 6 ). I also have 2 dogs (Husky and a hound.) They're family. My cats weren't stripped from anything, They were rescued from a crappy life in a cage at a no kill shelter. Now they all have a reliable food source, a safe house to call their own, acres to raom and rubs, pats, cuddles, toys, treats, etc., whenever they want. The hound dog was also a rescue. His future before I adopted him was a death sentence. He now has regular food, gets petted and played with every day, sleeps on a big ole bed, or anywhere else he wants. He's friends with all the cats... ok, there is that 'one," goes to Day Care once a week and plays with a dozen other dogs all day long. Has a kick @$$ Siberian Husky for a "sister" who plays with him all day long. Enslaved.... no way. At least, not them. I'm more of a slave to their whims at times. I love all my critters. They are my family.

Suffolkian Level 5 Apr 13, 2018

NOT my dogs! I only have rescues that have already been rejected and abandoned by others and live wonderful lives with me. Rarely on a leash, never behind a fence, eat a varied mix of fruits, veggies and meats, sleep where they want, have the run of the house at all times, go almost everywhere I go and get more medical care than I do. They run in the woods, ride in the car, swim in the rivers and pool and interact with people daily. Not a bad life.

mtnhome Level 7 Apr 20, 2018

I used watch a series called Life Without Humans. They made the reasonable claim that if humans vanished world wild, the first be eaten would be small dogs.


Interesting comment that I will think more on. But humans are animals too and I love that just as animals bring joy to us, we can bring joy to them. I watched a youtube clip about dog personalities. They were trained to sit still in an MRI. When their owner walked up to them, the parts of the brain that release dopamine (the feel good hormone) lit up in the brain. This was evidence that they felt joy to see their owner.

MsDemeanour Level 7 Apr 15, 2018

When I come home I get celebration and love! Barking, tail wagging love.


All of my pets (2 cats, 1 dog), including 17 chickens, are rescues. At 1 pointed i had rescued 3 goats & 18 ducks (all rehomed). Its been interesting.


I don't know about arrogant, I have pets that are like my family. Humans have been living with dogs since the stone age, and I don't know what I'd do without mine. They are small dogs, Poms, so they would die without my care. I really think our relationship is more symbiosis than slavery.

JimGreenamyer Level 3 Apr 20, 2018

When I retired and moved here , my plan for myself included , "No more pets." A female cat moved onto my side porch and had a litter of 6 kittens , before I discovered her . Approximately 6 weeks later , she was murdered . I had seen that at least one of the kittens had been eating some of the food I set out for Momma cat , so set out more and water and the little ones survived . I did not breed these , I did not enslave them . In fact , I think it was the other way around .

Cast1es Level 8 Apr 13, 2018

If you mean that it would have been better for humans to have left wild animals alone and never try to domesticate them, I agree.

These domesticated breeds couldn't survive in the wild, and feral dogs tend to form packs and attack livestock. We literally breed animals to be our companions, and the original wolf ancestors made their own decisions to trade freedom for free food.

Here in Thailand they have wild Thai Dingos that live amoung people are semi-tame, and fed by Thai people, but have no masters and breed and fight at will. I have my favorites, and they are excellent hunters.

Once they start seeing me around they tend to start following me at a short distance, pretending they're with me, and even drive game (wild birds) toward me to kill. I only take photos of the birds, but appreciate their help in flushing them from deep cover. I respect the dogs and never try to touch them.

birdingnut Level 8 Apr 13, 2018

Have you seen what happens to the dogs and cats, when people don't take care of them? we enslave them? You cause me to wonder how you treat your enslaved pets.

kenriley Level 8 Apr 13, 2018

@Jlangston70 Yes I was a little touchy. I'm happy you are spoiling your dog. I live in the country on a big farm, Sometimes assholes will drop a dog or cat out here, because they don't want it any more. every year i have found either a dog that is starving that i try to catch, sometimes I'm not able to because they are so scared. The lucky ones i'm able to get and help find them a good home. but sometimes what I find are pieces of them after the coyotes get done with them. I got lucky one time I took me three days trying to catch this grayhound dog. with the help of my dog we found her. She was so weak she couldn't run any more so i carried her home and with help from the vet and others helping feed her for days with a baby bottle, she lived and is well today and in a really good home with a fence in yard. So when I was reading your post about should we feel arrogant for having and caring for our pets. no I don't feel arrogant at all. I just wish people wouldn't dump them like garbage. And again I'm very happy that you take care of your dog.

I know that i didn't read the question the right way the first time. I reacted without thinking longer about it.


I love my pets. Sorry to disagree with you.

sassygirl3869 Level 9 Apr 13, 2018

Dogs give unconditional love I think all pets do that
in a way they comand us around if you notice we pick up thier poop when they have done, we give them water so that they do not get thirsty and we give them food on time so they do get hungry and we take them for walks and thanks to them we make more friend in the park then if you go out for a walk on our own.

Rosh Level 7 Apr 13, 2018
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