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pashiaj

41 months ago

Is treating your pet like a human normal or do some people just go overboard?

I think that I might fall into the category of going overboard just a little. I catch myself spoiling my 4 inside dogs like crazie. I give them lots of treats. Every year for christmas they get a stocking full of brand new toys and a bag of their favorite treat. They basically have the run of the house. They sleep in their own room. They get to play outside whenever they want, I have a big fenced in yard so it's safe too. They don't get table scrapes though so I don't think i'm to far out there. What I believe is that our pets depend on us to take care of them and really there's no reason why we shouldn't. (even if it means spending a few dollars on them).
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mygalsal

  40 months ago
We have a cat and he is spoiled, too. He has the run of the house, except at night. Otherwise he would wake us up all night, jumping in bed with us, etc.
He gets treats. He had a problem in Aug. that cost us over $725. The vet put him on a raw chicken (or rabbit) diet. He is suppose to lose 5 lbs, too. She said not to give him grains. He gets a packaged cat treat every night when he goes to his room for the night.
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jackson29

  41 months ago
I think some people do go overboard but you get so attached to them and they are like a member of your family. We always had dogs and they ate dog food and doggie treats. Rarely anything from the table. We loved them and took good care of them. I never dressed my dogs up, just don't think that is the right thing to do. I can't believe that they really appreciate that. We did always have a gift wrapped under the tree. Our last doggie died at age 17 and we did grieve. Keep talking about getting another and maybe someday I will. They are time consuming and cost of the Vets. is a lot.
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snickers440

  41 months ago
What's wrong with trating a dog or cat like a family member. They are unending love, protection with a dog and a lot of love. A lot of joy, I love my dog, she loves me and entertains me. Keeps me company and snuggles up to me.
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smiles6

  41 months ago
I am guilty of once treating my dog better than people. I have learned my lesson and although I have 2 dogs now, I never treat them better than those I love. I would def. have to say treating your pet like a human is going overboard.
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veeceeo

  41 months ago
I would rather see people spoiling their pets than mistreating them or ignoring them. I have neighbors that do this and it disturbs me to see how they ignore them. Some just leave them to themselves when they go on vacation. Barely leaving food & water for them. Others kick & hit them to make them behave. I would never leave my cats unless there was someone here to take care of them & feed them. I spoil them but I give them a lot of time & attention. They were orphaned cats on their own in my neighborhood & lived off scraps, mice, lizards, bugs,and rats and were killing all the mice in my backyard until I finally gave them a place to live, food to eat and a warm bed for the winter in my garage. We were once over-run with rats & mice in our house but now I have been mouse-free ever since! If you treat them w/kindness & dignity there is nothing they won't do for you!
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whitewillow

  41 months ago
Although many animals are more sentient than humans, I do find that some folks are ridiculous when it comes to treating their pet above their spouse or family memebers
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oebandme

  41 months ago
i love my dog and i love people to i try my best to treat both with all the love i can
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trenrev1

  41 months ago
I believe we have a responsibility to treat animals as we would a member of our family. When it all comes down to it, we're just another form or species of animal.
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rachelle_mcalexander

  41 months ago
Mabe, just a little, but then I spoiled my kids too when they were growing up. Now that my kids are on thier own with thier own kids, I guess I just spoil my four buddies even more. But they return the love, and companionship unconditionally so it is well worth it to me.
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eteenn

  41 months ago
I have 3 dogs and believe that they are part of the family - they are treated fairly and with lots of love. But I wouldn't go overboard with treats or toys. I did with my first dog and it actually promoted obesity so over indulgence actually was causing more harm than good. I had to learn it the hard way!
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