(Closed) where’s the line with pets?

posted 9 years ago in Pets
Post # 47
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Bumble bee

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@MrsRuby: Thats what ticks me off, there are other wonderful homes out there besides your own or your family. I get that there are many homeless happy dogs, but would you still take you pet if you knew there was a better home for him with someone else.

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@MissCallieJean: That is what I am saying though, people are grouping everyone into the same category saying that you are a horrible pet owner for getting rid of an animal, regardless of the circumstances or where the pet ends up.

Post # 48
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

If my animals ever posed a threat to my future children, that would be a line. I can’t think of any other reasons–unless there was some major life change in which I couldn’t properly provide for them. I’ve only given up an animal once, a cat. It was a few years back and my apartment was infested with beg bugs (blah!). I had to throw everything I owned away and move. Unfortunately, due to financial issues, the ONLY place I could find was not pet friendly. The kitty went to live with my parents. I would’ve taken her back when I got a new place, but she had bonded with them so much, so she still lives there quite happily. 

Post # 49
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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@Genuine513:

To say that everyone who gives away a pet is a horrible pet owner is just rude,

Maybe I missed something but did someone here say that? Or are you referring to something someone else IRL said to you?

Post # 50
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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@stardustintheeyes: I obviously can’t speak for @hotchildinthecity but for me, if my child had allergies that could be treated with medicine I probably would do that. For me, pets bring a lot of joy and 2 of my dogs are actually certified therapy dogs so I’ve seen first hand how much a pet can do to help people. I’d very much want my children to be around pets. 99% of our friends and families have pets so they’d always be around dogs/cats anyway where medication would probably be needed. 

Post # 51
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

My 14 year-old cat is my child.  I adopted him from a woman I knew whose son had become severely allergic– she was doing the best for the cat and he is so much happier living in my apartment without two toddlers roughing him up all day. 

As someone who’s worked in animal rescue, I would never give up an animal.

I can understand how some situations arise where a pet is better off elsewhere, like my cat’s previous living arrangements. However I also think there is a responsibility on an owner to not adopt a pet if they know situations like this may arise. 

Seeing as I want children in the next ten years, I’m not adopting another cat until I have children.  I don’t want to have a 4 year old cat and a toddler who is suddenly allergic– then I’d have to uproot the animal or compromise it’s quality of life by shutting it in one part of our house.  My current cat will stay with me until he’s gone, and then I’ll wait and play things by ear for a few years. 

My SO has a dog, and we’re going to hope that a future child doesn’t have allergies. As the dog will eventually be mine, too, we’ll exhaust all options if behavior issues or sickness comes up. With my elderly cat, medical issues would be determined on a case-by-case basis, as (at his age) I’d have to take his quality of life into account. 

Post # 52
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

My thing is why would you adopt a pet if you can’t take care of regardless of circumstances? From the OPs post- You know ticks live in your area.. why would you adopt a dog and not expect it to get ticks especially if a fence is not financially possible? This animal  is now used to you and loves you. I’m not trying to be mean, but people need to use their heads before bringing animals into their home.

 I can completely see if you have a child and there is an allergy issue, an animal begins biting (safety), etc..

 

Post # 53
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

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@floridabride12: I agree with trying to medicate children as well.  My SO is allergic to animals, but has lived with dogs his entire life.  He doesn’t let the dogs into his bedroom and he takes medicine every day– but he loves their company and has made the choice to do so.  I would try to do the same with my kids.

(I’ve also told him that when we live together, the dogs are getting fancy beds if they can’t sleep with us! I’m used to piling all the animals in the bed! Luckily, his dog has grown up thinking the bedroom is off-limits, so he won’t know what he’s missing.)

Post # 54
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

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@maureen9004: I agree. OP- did you try Frontline, Capstar, or anything medicated to prevent the bugs? If you medicate the dog, ticks won’t attach and come in your home.

Post # 55
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@sdrury89: Agreed.  I would definitely try medication first.  I was thinking an allergy that could not be controlled with medication.  I don’t even know if such an allergy exists because I’ve never had allergies.  *knock on wood*

Post # 56
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Buzzing Beekeeper

In the case of a severe allergy or repeated risk of injury (bite, repeated violent scatching), either to adult or especially child. Other than that we will try to work it out. There was a time I did genuinely worry if our older cat would be a danger to DD as he would strike out of nowhere and once came close to her eye. That really freaked me out. I did a LOT of cat behavior research, rented quite a few episodes of “My Cat From Hell” online, and made some changes. I made sure the cat had appropriate hide spaces and diet. I realized we had rushed into the introduction process and worked to correct that. Now that cat is her best friend. We knew there was an amazing cat under the scared exterior, we knew it the second he found DD at the shelter. We just had to play by his rules for awhile. I also know regardless of unfair reputation or not I would not bring a bully breed dog into our home. It’s just something we wouldn’t do.

Post # 57
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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@Genuine513: So if you’re making enough money and have the time/energy to love and support your dog, but someone else can do it better/spend more time with your dog you’d give your pet up because the pet would be happier with a different family?

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@bookworm88: Yeah, I have really bad allergies to cats, I take meds for them because I work at a kennel and cats come in all the time. I’m around them and I can control it with meds, and my life is wonderful with my dogs in my life.

Post # 60
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Just a funny note: My dog is allergic to….everything, seriously, dust, spores on grass, the air, change of weather. We’ve done two allergy tests on her much like you do with humans, so we know. She gets allergy shots now and benadryl does not help her.

I wonder if she is allergic to us! Does that mean we should give her up?

Please read in a joking tone.

Post # 61
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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@regberadaisy: This made me LOL because our puppy is the same way. I’m pretty sure he breaks out if we look at him the wrong way. Luckily, benedryl does seem to help him some. but good luck with the allergies. They suck big time. lol

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