By Rachel Comish
Like most people, I enjoy watching funny videos featuring animals doing silly things. Since getting two cats last year, I have had an up close view of animals being silly. My husband and I initially planned to get one kitten, but decided on two brothers so we could watch them play together. As someone who grew up with dogs, this was a big step.
Animals are cute and funny and adorable. I’ve been thoroughly entertained by having pets, but I’ve also been thoroughly frazzled.
So here are some pros and cons of having pets.
First of all, pets are hilarious. My cats will spend hours chasing balloons like circus animals, hunting lasers, and wrestling each other. They love getting hyped up on Catnip and tackling each other, racing around the apartment, and rolling around.
Pets are also cute and snuggly. My fat yellow lab loves to snuggle and hold hands, and my cats love to by scratched and adored.
Pets are a good excuse for exercise. Take the dog for a walk or swim, or just play with the cats. Dogs love to wrestle and get all riled up, so it’s fun to chase them around the yard. Cats tend to entertain themselves more, but they like climbing and conquering various pieces of furniture.
Animals have a knack for finding tiny critters. My cats are pretty consistent with eating all the crickets that worm their way into my apartment. They also find tiny spiders to play with. Dogs are good about sniffing out other animals, which is especially comforting around snake season.
Animals are comforting. They can sense pain, unease, and sadness. Pets are often recommended by doctors to boost self-esteem and fight depression. When I came home from the hospital after messing up my back and being heavily medicated, my cat jumped in my lap and purred until I fell asleep. He didn’t do this because he loves me. We were in the middle of a big fight that week over whether or not he was allowed to scale the fridge. But he knew something was wrong and he comforted me with snuggles.
Having pets also comes with risks. They can be expensive, especially if you want a puppy or kitten from a breeder.
Animals shed. Sometimes you come away with handfuls of fur after petting your beloved little snuggle buddy. Pretty soon, your whole bed resembles a fur coat. My cats actually shed more than my dogs ever did, but they’re an unusual breed. It can be funny to see a cloud of fur puff off of them when they jump around, but it’s not so entertaining to scrape fur off the couch and my clothes every day.
Pets have accidents. It’s not just dogs who lose control in the house, it’s cats too. They may get overenthusiastic when digging in the litter box and accidently send nasty stuff flying. And they lose control of their bladders if they are angry, afraid, or traumatized.
If you want a pet, don’t get super attached to anything else you own because they will destroy it. Claws can get sharp. Dogs may scratch up the floors when running around, cats may leave dents on the walls when chasing lasers. They chew on shoes and dig up carpet. They certainly leave their mark.
All in all, I like having pets. They may be stinky and messy, but they’re fun and lovable. I definitely prefer animals to be outside and having cats sit on my couch still weirds me out, but they make me laugh.
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