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It's nice to have a pet. Why? Because it is easy to believe a pet helps reawaken the doting tendency inherent in most humans with promise of it leading to more kindness to other human beings. But only if one can afford it plus a few other issues. And only if that belief is practiced.|
One of these issues is health. For that, you will need a broom and a pan. One, find a pet owner and go to his/her home early in the morning. Two, switch off the fans and aircond. Three, sweep the house clean; look at the light reflected from the windows onto the tables. Four, observe the following - the prodigious quantity of animal hair under the stand-fan that now amounts to a few metric tonnes in the broom pan; also, the streaks of animal hair on the tabletops, not to forget the patchiness of the marbled or tiled floors, perhaps the sofas. Five, draw your scientific conclusion on the origin of those animal hair. You can discount they could have originated from the austro-hungarian border but that's because the slimeball reading in now has scales not hair.
So if not dogs, what about cats? The WHO will be quick to declare their poo as one of the deadliest effluents on this planet so don't leave it on pavements or in the bathroom. That out of the way, imagine this: you're a well-groomed woman with a furry cat. You stroke the cat with your pedicured finger-nails, then go do your makeup before going out. The microbes from the cat fur which cannot be seen with the naked eye lodges onto the crevices of your fingernails, then jumps onto your eyebrows but they like the most the interstices between your eyelash hair. So you will look pretty after the makeup, just that you will also carry at least three dozen cat microbes on your curly eyelashes. Ten years later? you will start to look like that slimeball, an eyelashless hermaphrodite.
Apart from health concerns which are of course minor else pet owners would all be kaput by now, the other issue is economic. Is there enough money and time to dote on them? Will your financial circumstances change over time which will make it harder to afford and take care of your pet? Will you change faster than your pet and find it all a bit dreary after some time which would be unfair to the animal since it seems to be more constant in behavior?
But the biggest issue is this: in having a pet, will it make you a better person towards other human beings? Some people spend so much on their pets a small amount for the homeless on the same pavement they walk their pets would not be out of place. If one can't even do that, does one deserve the privilege of being kind to other animal species?