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Old Yesterday, 06:19 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Animals don't give love. Animals respond to their environment and owners perceive that response as love in order to meet their emotional needs.
Bingo! I like pets, but it seems almost cruel to have so many animals just for the sole purpose of pleasing yourself. I agree with the smell as well some houses smell worse than a vet clinic, and animals are just rolling around in the funk
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Old Yesterday, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte FL
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personally, I prefer the company of my dog and cats over most people..
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Old Yesterday, 07:30 PM
 
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Why so many ANYthing?

pets, books, Beanie Babies....whatever.

we have too many books and we know it.
they are even stored under our bed.
but...it is our right to do so.
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Old Yesterday, 07:40 PM
 
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Why so many ANYthing?

pets, books, Beanie Babies....whatever.

we have too many books and we know it.
they are even stored under our bed.
but...it is our right to do so.
This is the psychology forum - the study of human behavior - so the question is why do you have "too many books" as you describe it and why are you perhaps excessively acquisitional to a great degree, rather than the question being your 'right to do so'.

There are both conscious and unconscious reasons why you have "too many books", as described by you.

One can easily guess what some of the psychological reasons are, but you could also provide them, but providing them is certainly not necessary. Having too many of anything has psychological motivations.
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Old Yesterday, 07:55 PM
 
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I'm not sure what kind of vet you are used to visiting that smells like anything other than a medical clinic. Good veterinarian offices don't stink.
I use good litter and clean the box daily so there's no cat smell. I only have one. I went to our awesome shelter and asked for the oldest, least likely to be adopted. And he loves me as evidenced by his desire to be on me every chance, his kneading, rubbing and purring.
I've had the same 2 dogs for about 13yrs. They're worth whatever I've spent on them.
Animals have always been a part of my life.
Okay I have a horse...did I mention that? He's at a retirement farm.
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Old Yesterday, 08:00 PM
 
Location: interior Alaska
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It is interesting to me because growing up everyone had "a" family pet. A well loved dog or a cat and the children might have a hamster or something. Then when people started working full time there might be two pets to keep each other company all day. Now four or five is not uncommon. Just wondering what may have changed.
There've always been people who had a lot of animals. You just didn't know them as a kid.

Various demographic pressures have shifted much of the US's formerly rural population into suburban and urban areas. Presumably fifty years ago (or whatever) the kind of people who enjoy having a pack of critters, or who find it useful to keep small livestock, would have been more likely to live on rural properties or hobby farms. Many of those properties have been swallowed up by suburban sprawl, and living wage employment opportunities have also become much scarcer farther from urban areas. So these menageries may be more visible now than they used to be.

Up until this most recent generation, discretionary household income had also been rising, meaning more money for hobbies than people had decades ago.
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Old Yesterday, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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I have had "mini-zoos" in my life, and five or six pets is not in any way a mini-zoo. If the animals are all well cared for and the environment clean, it's really no one's business. I have never even considered asking why some people feel the need to have so many children. Well...the Duggars, maybe...



I think you underestimate animals.
And I think you understand them.
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Old Yesterday, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Why so many ANYthing?

pets, books, Beanie Babies....whatever.

we have too many books and we know it.
they are even stored under our bed.
but...it is our right to do so.
Well for starters, the other t hings don't require $$$$ to keep them in good health.
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Old Yesterday, 09:21 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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I noticed that several people mentioned ferrets. Ferrets seem to be the new pet fad. A friend of mine got a ferret years ago, when she already had two big fluffy dog, some breed I'd never seen before. She also had a cat or two. But she said ferrets are very delicate and tricky to care for, and they're not very long-lived? I'm not sure wha the point is. I guess they're the New Age hamster, or something.

I don't like the way the pet industry pushes certain animals. Anything to make a buck. I remember the baby turtle phase, when I was a kid. Those poor turtles didn't stand a chance. Few kids were able to provide a proper environment and food, for them to be well, to say nothing of thriving. The pet purveyors didn't care if they all died, though; they'd just sell more. That really turned me off to the pet industry.
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Old Yesterday, 09:24 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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I'm not sure what kind of vet you are used to visiting that smells like anything other than a medical clinic. Good veterinarian offices don't stink.
I use good litter and clean the box daily so there's no cat smell. I only have one. I went to our awesome shelter and asked for the oldest, least likely to be adopted. And he loves me as evidenced by his desire to be on me every chance, his kneading, rubbing and purring.
I've had the same 2 dogs for about 13yrs. They're worth whatever I've spent on them.
Animals have always been a part of my life.
Okay I have a horse...did I mention that? He's at a retirement farm.
lol. Hard core, hunterseat!
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