Should pets be for (responsible) adults only? I know pets from animal shelters are particular about who takes home a pet. Pet stores are not. People giving away puppies, kittens and other young animals are not always concerned about where they wind up either. If people really are animal lovers how can they risk giving away that animal without some hope it will be taken care of and not end up feral, neglected or dead? Source: Flickr - Allison Giguere
Category: "Pet Free"
The Huffington Post says you can have a pet even if you're allergic to them. It's just a matter of:
- Cleaning more often.
- Using pet-free zones.
- Taking more drugs.
Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic disease in the U.S. and approximately half of all Americans test positive for at least one of the 10 most common allergens, including cat allergies, according to a profile from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) reports that about 15-30 percent of people with allergies have allergic reactions to cats and dogs. With more than 100 million pets in the United States this leads to high allergy morbidity as people are exposed to animal allergens when visiting friends and family or even in public spaces like schools and offices.Source: How to Live With a Pet Allergy Without Getting Rid of Your Pet There is another option which the people at the Huffington Post missed. Maybe they've been taking too many allergy pills.
Try a pet which does not cause allergies.There are even fluffy pet options.
- Allergy & Air - The Best Pets for Allergy Sufferers
- Mother Nature Network - 10 of the best pets for allergy sufferers
- Health - 15 Hypoallergenic Dogs and Cats
In the end, how do you live with a pet allergy without getting rid of your pet? ...
- Give it to someone else and visit now and then.
- Buy a second home for your pet to live in.
- Or the even less popular option, taxidermy.
- Or, you could just take all those drugs and hope your pet doesn't out live you.
Probably a good idea. If you look at it from the perspective of the cat, a living cat I mean, this is better. A stuffed cat just needs to go through the washing machine now and then. It has no other needs and can give people all the time they want. Expensive to buy the companion pet but... consider all the expenses of owning a real animal. The companion pet is far less expensive over time. Consider just the first week of supplies for a new pet. Another great thing is never having to worry about finding pet friendly places when moving or travelling. Source: Hasbro - Companion Pets
Designating “Pet- Free Zones” Which areas at work should be pet-free zones? We recommend making fitness centers, daycares, meeting spaces, food preparation spaces, dining areas, data centers, medical departments, mother’s lounges, and restrooms pet-free. Employees can also use leashes and child gates to keep pets constrained in smaller areas.Source: Purina » Designating “Pet- Free Zones” Even the pet food company believes in pet free zones. It is just a respect for other people. Pet owners who want to bring their animals everywhere are unfair to their animals and the other people around them. Do you really think the animals can't tell when people are upset or angry? Why bring the pet you claim to love into a situation where they are going to feel that way? Even if you can't respect other people - how about thinking of your pet instead of yourself? Myself, I do not think any workplace is a place for pets. As I have written before, I have allergies to animals which causes me to have asthma attacks. For those who don't know what asthma is - an attack is like drowning in the open air. So I would rather not have pets in any public, indoor area. Workplace, shopping centres, doctor's offices and all other places people should be able to go and not need to have health issues due to someone bringing their pet. The only place I can understand bringing a pet to is a veterinarian office or pet food store. A place which does not cater to pets should be a people place and pet free. This is not against animals or pet owners - it's just common sense. For all those who want to bring their pets everywhere... why? Are they your security blanket? Do you really think the animal can't do without you for any amount of time? I wonder how many pet owners are smothering their pets instead of giving them some space? Even Purina believes in pet free zones where people don't cart around pets or hide or smuggle them in. Seriously, why do some people seem so unable to leave their pet some freedom?
The more you think about it the more you do wonder... Is this the real reason the family dog snaps and fights back - surprising everyone? This is one thing that has always bothered me about keeping animals as pets. There should be a standard about how pets are kept and treated while being kept. Beyond violent abuse there is the "too much of a good thing" abuse which leaves pets obese, babied and never allowed outdoors. Don't assume pets love being treated like your personal zoo baby. Source: 25 Things That Keep Getting Weirder The More You Think About Them