I have no pets for one reason..

India
November 10, 2012 8:22am CST
Hey guys, i have always fancied pets and find them extremely cute and lovely. But i have never contemplated having one for me because i have a strong reason for it. I want to give them freedom in all respects and also cannot accept it when they leave us forever. I have heard of many saying how they find it difficult to see their pets dying and hence they do not get any pets to their home after that. This is the only reason i have never kept any pets at home. What are your thoughts regarding this? Please do share with all of us!
8 responses
@mzz663 (2776)
• United States
11 Nov 12
I have had pets and when it is time for them 'to go' I do miss them terribly but there are things that make the memories of them great! Right now I have two dogs and love the heck out of them. I wasn't planning on a third, but my son needed a doggy sitter for a few weeks and now he can't take him with him to his new house so I think I just might adopt this one. I know losing them is sad, it's not something that is easy to deal with, but the benefits outweigh not having a pet at all. Having company when no one else is around, keeping us entertained. There have actually been studies that pets keep us healthy and help us live longer.
1 person likes this
• India
19 Nov 12
Thanks a ton for your response. Well i am glad to know that u love to own pets so much and it was great to hear that u are about to adopt a new doggy also. Yes u are absolutely right, they keep us engaged most of the time with their playful and varied moods and mannerisms. I am happy to know that they keep us healthy and help us live longer and wish they could have spent some more with us. I know it is very hard to accept the fact when they leave us forever as there memories etch deep into our mind forever. What say?
@lacieice (2065)
• United States
10 Nov 12
I love having pets, and have had them all my life until recently. We've had dogs and cats, sometimes at the same time. We've had to put two dogs down because they were in bad health, and that was a very hard thing to do. We stopped having pets after that...it was too heart breaking to lose them. We have a cat now, but we really wanted a dog. However, cats are easier to take care of. Another aspect of owning a pet is having the money to take care of them properly. You need to have the money to take them to a vet when necessary, among other things they need.
• India
19 Nov 12
Thanks a ton for your response. Well glad to know that u have owned pet till now and i agree to you that it is easier to take care of cats than dogs. And yes money is also one of the most important factor that one must look into while having a pet at home. As u said that it is very hard to digest when pets are in bad health as the fear of loosing them looms over our head very large and that is the only reason i have never owned a pet yet as i am have mentioned earlier. I hope u are taking care of your cat properly now. How is her name? What say?
@lacieice (2065)
• United States
19 Nov 12
His name is Pumpkin...not a name we would have chosen, but that is what the shelter named him. He's a tiger cat, and he has a few behavioral problems due to his life before he was rescued. He has a good home now, and be behaves most of the time.
• India
19 Nov 12
Thanks a ton for your response again. Glad to know that his name is Pumpkin and i am very much in love with this name. I am curious to know about why u chose such a cute name for your cat? Is it because it looks cute and is round like a pumpkin or it was just a random name that i have him? I know since he is having a good home now, he must be feeling safe and secured in your company and that is the most vital part for a pet to have around them. I hope it will have a good life ahead unlike his past life. What say?
@adforme (2116)
11 Nov 12
I love animals. But, they live and die just like people do. If you love someone or an animal at times there will be grief for the loss. It is natural. If you choose to get an animal, this (grief) is part of having one. Animals need to be cared for by those that will love them and accept their ways of being. If you can do this, you may be a good candidate for pet ownership. Getting educated on certain breeds of animals, their illnesses, and care is a must. Also, you will find joy in discovering its abilities to connect with you. Animals die, but if you can let one share its life with you, you both can discover just how good life can be when you love unconditionally.
@adforme (2116)
19 Nov 12
I agree. An animal can grow to love the human that you are, and you can love your pet when you choose to understand it and allow it to be the animal that it is without neglect. The only thing immortal, are the wonderful memories you have with your pet.
• India
23 Nov 12
Thanks a ton for your valuable response again. Yes u are right, the bond between a pet and its master grows gradually with time that becomes so stronger and sharper that it becomes very tough to leave them at any point of time. While our relationship and bonding with them might be mortal but the memories spent with them will always stay in our mind till the end of our life. This is the ultimate reality that has to be accepted by every one. What say?
@Asylum (48096)
• Manchester, England
22 Nov 12
I cannot deny that it is always a sad occasion when you lose a pet, but I would not consider that sufficient reason to not have a pet myself. I have several pets as a child and felt that the benefits far outweighed the downside. I have not had a pet for a long time now, but it is fir a different reason than yours. I work full time and therefore spend around 10 hours a day out of my home. It would certainly not be fair to the animal to leave it alone for such long periods on a regular basis. I would see the pet for one hour in the morning, then maybe 4 or 5 hours in the evening before retiring to bed, which I would consider quite unacceptable.
• India
23 Nov 12
Thanks a ton for your valuable response again. Yes u are absolutely right, that was my way of interpreting things and you have mentioned yours. Since i am very emotional by nature such incidents would never go well with me if it ever happens. Besides what is the benefit of owning a pet when u cannot spend quality time with them and it is also risky to leave them alone at home as there would be no one to look after it as u have mentioned. What say?
• India
19 Nov 12
Hi friend, good to hear about your reason and i agree with it fully. I too don't have any pets and not interested in spoiling their freedom. We must give freedom to animals and don't keep them in a cage or tie it with a chain
• India
22 Nov 12
Thanks a ton for your response. Yeah u are absolutely correct, it is not that by owning them we are spoiling their freedom but the moment they leave us forever our life becomes terrible. I know many of my friends who still now remember their beloved pets and they find it hard to forget their companionship with their pets. so that is the reason i have not owned any pet yet and love them watching being playful otherwise. What say?
@Shavkat (49627)
• Philippines
11 Nov 12
I think it is the choice for not having it. It will really take all your time for having pets at home, an additional responsibility to have one. You can not go out of town if your pet will be left alone.
• India
19 Nov 12
Thanks a ton for your response. Well yes u are absolutely right, our responsibility increases manifold when we are having a pet at home because as u have said that they cannot be left alone at home and have to be taken utmost care of them so that they do not feel left out and so that they do not fell sick frequently. Besides it is too difficult to see them suffering and then leaving us forever. That is the only reason i have never owned a pet so far. It is advisable to better not to have one and even if u have take good care of it. What say?
@lizlee (208)
• Philippines
11 Nov 12
Hi there! I'm actually a pet lover and have pets at home. I think if a person wants to have pets, they should be responsible. You have a point when you said that you like to see animals or pets free. But for me, if you really wanted to have a pet, treat them right. Keeping them doesn't necessarily taking away their freedom. We have domesticated animals that are really meant for " as pets ". But of course, it should be properly be taken care of. :)
• India
19 Nov 12
Thanks a ton for your response. Yes u are absolutely right and i am glad to know that u are a pet lover and loves to have pet and to take care of them u need to be prepared in all senses. Just by owning them is not done but our responsibility should also be to take full care of them just as we are taking care of ourselves. Just like human beings they also crave for some love and affection from others. I can see a point when u said that owning them does not mean taking away their freedom. What say?
@prashu228 (23316)
• India
10 Nov 12
yes, its very difficult to see the pets suffering and leaving us. unexplainable pain which will be with us for life long. Better not to have one. yes i agree, they should be left with their freedom in all respects.
• India
19 Nov 12
Thanks a ton for your response. Yeah of course, u are also of the same view as me. I know how difficult it is to lose a pet and many of my friends have expressed the same feelings also. They find it extremely hard to get one after loosing the previous one. Many of my friends have even stopped looking at the pet animals as it reminds them of their lost pets. Besides i feel it takes a lot of courage to fight for them till the end. Just as u said they should be left with all their freedom so that we never have to repent for their loss. What say?