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Our Pets Are People Too

Mar 11, 2008
Yes, pets are people too. At least they are at our house. We treat our pets just like members of the family and they respond with unconditional love, and the occasional chewed up slipper. Sharing our home with several cats and dogs gives us a chance to observe how their individual personalities.

Like people, animals do display emotions and behaviors that closely mimic those of humans. Some so called experts downplay the notion that animals possess a level of emotional self awareness and that they act purely on instinct. While it is true that many species of animals imprint on their humans, the emotions displayed by our pets go beyond mere instinct.

Dogs Are from Mars and Cats are From Venus

Like the age old battle of the sexes, dogs and cats could not be more different. The commonly accepted stereotype is that cats are aloof, self centered and finicky. On the other hand, dogs are affable and willing to please, wearing their emotions on their fore paw if you will. Like some sort of weird permutation, I have had dogs who acted like cats and cats who acted like dogs. So much for the practice of applying stereotypes to animal behavior.

Now before I go too far off the deep end, I must confess to not being an expert in animal behavior. My conclusions are solely based on observing our pets. The loyalty and love that our pets give us must certainly come from a place that transcends mere instinct. One cat that is too cool for school while the other talks up storm, and dogs who display emotions ranging from deep sadness to sheer joy. Yes, animals are people too.

We Pamper Our Pets

The market for pet care products has grown right along side the increase in pet ownership. Thinking of pet care products, most of us naturally think about the basics of food, grooming supplies and those very important treats. More than just the basics, there are more pet related products available than ever before. When I say beyond the basics, I mean way beyond the basics.

For our four legged friends, there is a variety of products that reflect the level to which we pamper them. Heated beds, air conditioned doghouses and clothing are just a few ways we can pamper out four legged companions. Now in our house, a heated doggie bed would not get much use. Despite my weak protests, the dogs, and the cats, find their way into our bed. For other folks, a heated pet bed makes a perfect addition to their home. Older dogs and cats, especially ones with a touch of arthritis or other medical conditions may benefit from a heated bed.

We keep several barn cats fed and well cared for, including giving them a warm place to sleep. Imagine my surprise when I discovered a heated cat bed designed for outdoor use. Now by outdoor I mean it is designed for a location that is out of the weather. Feral cats can be pretty resourceful when it comes to finding a cozy place to sleep. Our hay loft is favorite spot for one of our outdoor cats. But I think he would quickly abandon the hay bales in favor of a heated cat cozy.

Our Fish Friends

Even our fish are enjoying the benefits of the new novelty aquariums. Decorative and functional, novelty aquariums are easy to setup and maintain. I would not look for your tetra to sit up and beg, but these new aquariums can bring a smile to your face.

There are literally thousands of new products for our pets. Most of all, the emphasis on pet care and pet ownership can not help but bring humans and animals closer together. The greater the understanding humans have about the animal kingdom, the more inclined humans will be to protect animal habitats and animal rights.
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Mitch Endick is a staff writer for the quality online store FineWebStores.com.
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