I'd be more liable to go for a pet that doubles as a project, myself - like a reptile, or an aquarium full of tropical fish. The latter is basically like your own little world, painted in shades of neon purple, orange, blue, and yellow.
But, yea... You want to talk about expensive hobbies, that'd pretty much break the bank.
I do see J's point as well, however. I'd be reluctant to sink that kind of money on something with little utilitarian use.
Then again, though, as I already said, that's why I don't own pets right now.
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It is interesting. I've been teaching my friend how to understand my kitty (she's had much more experience with dogs). You really have to treat it like you have a tame and amicable, yet wild creature in your house. That's what cats really are, and that has to be your mindset if you actually want to be their friend. They aren't fully domestic. You have to meet them half-way.
They come to you, and they dictate how much contact is too much -- something that's hard for dog people to get, initially. They like humans, and they like affection, and some humans they even love (like territorial breeds of dogs, they tend to be one-human critters). But it must be on their terms or they will simply regard you as a lunatic that they should avoid.
But they're great to watch even when they don't want to snuggle. That's when the crazy comes out. They're wild-eyed daredevils when the mood takes them.
I've always thought reptiles and fish were fascinating, but I have always found myself gravitating towards the more interactive mammals who can free-roam in the house. Weird as it sounds, I've always found the maintenance to be daunting. I might still have a small fish tank someday. They are indeed beautiful.
For the record, I don't have anything against animals. I do think, however, that one should keep their affections for them in perspective.
The kind of person prone to say things along the lines of "I'd save my dog before a person in distress" annoys me to no end.
My mother had rather nasty allergies while I was growing up, so we were limited to pets that could be contained in one area, like hamsters, or gerbils. Frankly, even then, we tended not to keep them for very long.
Apart from that, the nearest comparable things to pets we had would probably be my younger siblings.
No offense intended but I'm not at all sure why you think you really have any say in what the proper "perspective" should be regarding their pets. If you don't have any affinity for animals, good for you. I really mean that. It probably makes your life easier to not give a ****. Sometimes I would prefer it if this wasn't a point of such strong sensitivity for me. At the same time, if you don't understand it you also don't get to credibly argue that everyone should be as indifferent as you or that that's the "right" way to be.For the record, I don't have anything against animals. I do think, however, that one should keep their affections for them in perspective.
Mmmmm ok (I probably would though).The kind of person prone to say things along the lines of "I'd save my dog before a person" annoys me to no end.
If I'm going to deliberately "post like a douche," however, it's probably because someone's pissed me off.
Well... Again, to each their own.No offense intended but I'm not at all sure why you think you really have any say in what the proper "perspective" should be regarding their pets. If you don't have any affinity for animals, good for you. I really mean that. It probably makes your life easier to not give a ****. Sometimes I would prefer it if this wasn't a point of such strong sensitivity for me. At the same time, if you don't understand it you also don't get to credibly argue that everyone should be as indifferent as you or that that's the "right" way to be.
Mmmmm ok (I probably would though).
Suffice to say, however, my reaction to someone who actually were to, say, allow my child (or, really, anyone's child, or even an adult, for that matter) to drown or burn to death in a fire because they were more concerned with their dog than a fellow human being would probably be rather negative. It would probably be severely negative, in point of fact, if not outright violent, depending on the circumstances.
I mean... Yea. I understand the affection. However, there's a difference between having an "affinity for animals," as you put it, and basically acting like that one spazzy stereotypically useless ultra-prissy, hysterical, or irrational guy/gal in most action, horror, or adventure movies that basically everyone in the audience desperately wants to see get shot.
The kind of behavior described above would rather squarely put a person in that latter category, IMO.
Then again, however, I'm not the most sensitive type anyway, and that part of my personality has probably only been exacerbated by my choice of career. As such, you can feel free to pay the grouchy guy in the corner no mind in this regard, if you so choose.
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Truthfully, it depends on the animal for me. I'm usually greatly disturbed by animals suffering though and I have a hard time killing bugs, unless they are those things with a thousand legs that live in the shower.
Tired of elections being between the lesser of two evils.When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. -Socrates
Why do ppl have kids and then abuse them? It's easy (for the male at least) to have kids, or take in some animal they found on the road, then take out their anger/psychotic aggression on them.
My dad did this with a pet, though i was too young to remember. He took in two cats he found, decided one of them was 'annoying', then deliberately ran it over with his car. He would later tell this story in a "this is what happens when someone messes with me" kind of way