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Purr



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2004 11:34 pm    Post subject: Benefits & Drawbacks of Owning a Pet Reply with quote

What are the benefits of owning a pet? And the drawbacks?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2004 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

benefits: they make me happier, calmer, I know I always have somebody to go back to, they taught me responsibility and they are cute!

drawbacks: you have to adapt to them (cats are independent and not really trainable...) and you have to think about their needs.
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Genesius Redux



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Benefits: Dogs make you feel like a god, cats remind you of your humanity. Both are good.

Drawbacks: You've gone out with your SO, romantic dinner, dancing, and walking through the park. S/he invites you in! Looks up at you with eyes shining in the starlight--eyes that say, "I'm ready."

And you go, "Uh, I have to take care of my dog."

And the sad thing, the truly sad thing, is you really mean it!

Cheers,

Genesius
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Genesius Redux wrote:

Drawbacks: You've gone out with your SO, romantic dinner, dancing, and walking through the park. S/he invites you in! Looks up at you with eyes shining in the starlight--eyes that say, "I'm ready."

And you go, "Uh, I have to take care of my dog."

And the sad thing, the truly sad thing, is you really mean it!

Ahhh! The reason cats are so wonderful! Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2004 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jonathan wrote:
Genesius Redux wrote:

Drawbacks: You've gone out with your SO, romantic dinner, dancing, and walking through the park. S/he invites you in! Looks up at you with eyes shining in the starlight--eyes that say, "I'm ready."

And you go, "Uh, I have to take care of my dog."

And the sad thing, the truly sad thing, is you really mean it!

Ahhh! The reason cats are so wonderful! Cool


Very Happy Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can think of times when I was kissing my SO and the cat decided it was time to interfere! He either jumped in our laps begging for caresses or played with our clothing or started fighting the female cat all over the place, including our bodies! Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing
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Genesius Redux



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

squirrel wrote:
I can think of times when I was kissing my SO and the cat decided it was time to interfere! He either jumped in our laps begging for caresses or played with our clothing or started fighting the female cat all over the place, including our bodies! Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing


Try living with dogs who want to be with you all the time, who get to sleep on the bed, and when they're locked out of the bedroom for any length of time, wimper and paw at the door to get in....
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Purr



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2004 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Genesius Redux wrote:
squirrel wrote:
I can think of times when I was kissing my SO and the cat decided it was time to interfere! He either jumped in our laps begging for caresses or played with our clothing or started fighting the female cat all over the place, including our bodies! Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing


Try living with dogs who want to be with you all the time, who get to sleep on the bed, and when they're locked out of the bedroom for any length of time, wimper and paw at the door to get in....


Laughing Laughing Laughing

This reminds me of the first day when I brought Purr home from the animal shelter. I'd never had a cat before, and I remember holding Purr on the sofa, wondering what I had done, and what on earth was I going to do with this cat. So, I called my SO at the time, and asked him to come over. He did, and we had a good time playing with the kitten. When it was night time, we went in my room and shut the door. Purr stood outside the door, cried, wimpered, and pawed at the door so much I finally let her in. As I recall, that pretty much killed any romantic plans for the evening. I didn't get much sleep that night, though. Purr kept jumping on the bed, and crawling on top of me.

My SO dumped me a couple of weeks later. Maybe a small part of it was it's either me or the cat. I think the cat was the better choice! Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2004 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smile Purr... I can soooooo relate to that!
They cry, jump around and pick up fights with just about anything if they don't get the attention they want!
My male cat is meowing all the time when he craves attention... it's quite hard to ignore him!!!
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salsachinita



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2004 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jonathan wrote:
Genesius Redux wrote:

Drawbacks: You've gone out with your SO, romantic dinner, dancing, and walking through the park. S/he invites you in! Looks up at you with eyes shining in the starlight--eyes that say, "I'm ready."

And you go, "Uh, I have to take care of my dog."

And the sad thing, the truly sad thing, is you really mean it!

Ahhh! The reason cats are so wonderful! Cool


Or a really independent dog who sleeps through pretty much anything Cool !
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darskayairene



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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Benefits:
- feeling not so lonely when you stay alone at house
- having a devoted friend in the person of your pet
- watching your pet doing different funny things like a small child

Drawbacks:
- spoiled furniture, wallpaper, floor covering and s.o.
- anxiety about pet's health and life
- problem of finding somebody who will stay with your pet during you are away
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of the health benefits of having pets include the following:

Arrow decrease your blood pressure
Arrow decrease your cholesterol levels
Arrow decrease your triglyceride levels
Arrow decrease your feelings of loneliness
Arrow increase your opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities
Arrow increase your opportunities for socialization

Source: Center for Disease Control website
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darskayairene



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Purr wrote:
Some of the health benefits of having pets include the following:

Arrow decrease your blood pressure
Arrow decrease your cholesterol levels
Arrow decrease your triglyceride levels
Arrow decrease your feelings of loneliness
Arrow increase your opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities
Arrow increase your opportunities for socialization

Source: Center for Disease Control website


It's really great! I heard also that caressing your cat helps calming the nervous feelings.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2005 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The biggest drawback is their life span. The pet you love so much will only live, what 20 years at the most, and when they leave, it's devastating.

My dog died two months ago and I'm still reeling.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry randomysh... Sad
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