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Old Today, 12:27 PM
 
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This is not about animal hoarding, or neglect cases. But lately when I read about a fire, there are always casualties of multiple pets. Not two dogs or a dog and cat but five or six animals, and many of these are small houses or apartments (probably illegally kept number of animals). Now when there is a story of a house fire I know there will probably sadly be multiple animal casualties.

Why do people feel they want or need to keep such numbers of pets, particularly if it is in small homes, and it is not questioned. It seems like a lot of work, expense, mess and most people are at work all day. There has to be a psychological reason people are now keeping mini-zoos, certainly beyond "animal loving", it seems like not an ideal situation for anyone.
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This is not about animal hoarding, or neglect cases. But lately when I read about a fire, there are always casualties of multiple pets. Not two dogs or a dog and cat but five or six animals, and many of these are small houses or apartments (probably illegally kept number of animals). Now when there is a story of a house fire I know there will probably sadly be multiple animal casualties.

Why do people feel they want or need to keep such numbers of pets, particularly if it is in small homes, and it is not questioned. It seems like a lot of work, expense, mess and most people are at work all day. There has to be a psychological reason people are now keeping mini-zoos, certainly beyond "animal loving", it seems like not an ideal situation for anyone.
For some people, it's a hobby, so the care-and-feeding is part of the hobby. And some people truly are animal-lovers.

There was a profile of one of the people who survived the Paradise fire in CA, without evacuating. He said he couldn't evacuate, because he had too many pets, some being unusual (birds, etc.) He could never get them all into his car, he said, and besides, his car wasn't functional. He holed up with his animals, and hosed down his house, roof and all. The house (and residents) survived unscathed. Not everyone's so lucky, in the case of fire.
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Old Today, 01:57 PM
 
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OP, for love. Animals give love. Sometimes to assuage and alleviate loneliness or emptiness. (speaking from psychology, I have no pets)
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OP, for love. Animals give love. Sometimes to assuage and alleviate loneliness or emptiness. (speaking from observation, I have no pets)
Animals don't give love. Animals respond to their environment and owners perceive that response as love in order to meet their emotional needs.
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Old Today, 02:07 PM
 
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Also, some people like having animals dependent upon them, so that they feel needed in life. It adds meaning to their life and emotional life/needs.
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Old Today, 02:16 PM
 
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I don't have any pets and no desire. Taking care of myself is enough.

I can wonder why people have so many animals but why bother...not for me. So many of the animals are neglected too I would think, taking care of them can be costly, not can be, is.
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I can wonder why people have so many animals but why bother.
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Because this is the psychology forum, and psychology is the study of and examination of human behavior.
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Old Today, 02:29 PM
 
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Because this is the psychology forum, and psychology is the study of and examination of human behavior.
I'm talking in general terms about the subject. But then I wonder about a lot of behaviors of people but don't get lost in my wonder. Like why people need guns -- I know another topic.
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Old Today, 02:34 PM
 
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I don't have any pets and no desire. Taking care of myself is enough.

I can wonder why people have so many animals but why bother...not for me. So many of the animals are neglected too I would think, taking care of them can be costly, not can be, is.

My best friend, and her husband, have 4 dogs. All of them Bichon Frise. They also dog sit sometimes for extra money, AND they volunteer at a local shelter sometimes, AND last but not least, before my friend went back to work full time, twice a week, she and another volunteer would take the rescue bus to Atlanta to bring back to Chattanooga rescue dogs.


They have no human children. They have 4, 4-legged children. One male dog and 3 females makes for a happy little pack.
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This is not about animal hoarding, or neglect cases. But lately when I read about a fire, there are always casualties of multiple pets. Not two dogs or a dog and cat but five or six animals, and many of these are small houses or apartments (probably illegally kept number of animals). Now when there is a story of a house fire I know there will probably sadly be multiple animal casualties.

Why do people feel they want or need to keep such numbers of pets, particularly if it is in small homes, and it is not questioned. It seems like a lot of work, expense, mess and most people are at work all day. There has to be a psychological reason people are now keeping mini-zoos, certainly beyond "animal loving", it seems like not an ideal situation for anyone.
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...

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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.
I think you underestimate animals.
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