The demand for pets determines the supply
Many people can see the use of keeping cattle: they serve as food for people. But what use are pets? The most common reasons for keeping pets are:
Many people have pets to substitute relationships with partners,
children or family members. Many elderly people for instance, like
having a dog instead of being all alone at home. This is usually
a lap dog, very affectionate and strokable.
Pets make socializing with others easier. People are more inclined to start a conversation when they can focus their attention on the animal in a moment of silence. Just like with any other hobby, it's nice to talk to people that have the same hobby.
Beautiful, nice and interesting
People find animals attractive. No matter what kind of animal it is, you can always find an interesting characteristic. Birds sing, dogs and cats are playful and funny, and there are animals that look uncommon.
Pets give status. When an animal looks dangerous, for instance, this reflects on its owner. Many people (sub) consciously pick animals that best suit them and most reflect their status.
Something to do
Preventing boredom is another important reason to keep pets.
An animal needs attention. It can need a lot of attention, as dogs
do, but there are also animals that don't need as much attention,
such as fish or turtles. Besides, you can look at them. Animal-watching
is a nice way to spend your time, just like people-watching.
This article is part of a series on pet adoption. Below the table of contents of this series. Below that even more articles about pets.
More articles on pets
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