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post #1 of 26
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Do you find that people who do not own cats or people who do not like cats are not happy? (just cats now, never mind dogs and other pets)

I have been taking a personal poll of my own and I have found people who do not like cats or do now own one would fare much better in life if they owned a cat.

I have noticed cat owners are MUCH happier than non-cat owners.
post #2 of 26
Well theres lots of proof that having a pet is very good for you
post #3 of 26
My grandmother hasn't had a cat in probably 30 or more years, since mum was a teen, and she is a very happy person. But she's changed alot since my grandfather passed away as she was sort of opressed. My dads parents i remember them having a jack russell and she passed away when i was little, maybe 18 years ago. They aren't always happy. But mainly papa has health problems so i think a pet would take their mind off it, but my nana had never seemed like a pet person. Tristans family is very eclectic and bright and theyve always had cats/dogs/ducks/chickens/rat etc so i think the animals make them much brighter than alot of non pet owners.

It depends on the person as well i suppose. My aunt and uncle had two malimutes for most of my life, they passed on, then last year they got two new big puppies to fill the void, theyve never had and never will have kids (i am the ONLY grandchild on mums side) and they are really snobby and care alot about the decor of their house and if someone gives them towels or something that is the wrong colour (true story) they will return them.

No, pets do not always make them happy.
post #4 of 26
I think it has to do with the person, NOT the pets. I know a woman with 3 cats who is always miserable. She loves her cats to pieces, but SHE is the only one that can make her life better.
post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by ddcats View Post
Do you find that people who do not own cats or people who do not like cats are not happy? (just cats now, never mind dogs and other pets)

I have been taking a personal poll of my own and I have found people who do not like cats or do now own one would fare much better in life if they owned a cat.

I have noticed cat owners are MUCH happier than non-cat owners.
I have not found this to be true at all in my own personal experience.
post #6 of 26
I don't know about that..But I do know that people without pets think that I am crazy for having so many...They tend to think there is something wrong with my head..
post #7 of 26
I believe pet owners in general would be happier then non pet owners but of course there are always gonna be the few that are miserable no matter what ya do.
post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by Dragoriana View Post
and they are really snobby and care alot about the decor of their house and if someone gives them towels or something that is the wrong colour (true story) they will return them.

No, pets do not always make them happy.

Maybe the question should have been: Do you think people are more materialistic who do not own any pets?

Yes, that's it. I know some people like that! I have been to their homes and their homes look like they belong on the cover of Better Homes & Gardens, but, somehow it seems so empty without a pet inside.

Martha Stewart does not live at my house.
post #9 of 26
I wouldn't say that people who don't own cats are unhappy, but they are definitely missing out on something wonderful
post #10 of 26
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Originally Posted by ddcats View Post
Maybe the question should have been: Do you think people are more materialistic who do not own any pets?

Yes, that's it. I know some people like that! I have been to their homes and their homes look like they belong on the cover of Better Homes & Gardens, but, somehow it seems so empty without a pet inside.

Martha Stewart does not live at my house.
LOL...it IS in my experience, myself included, that pet owners are sloppier housekeepers than non-pet owners. If you can call that materialistic?

I've learned to live with a fine layer of cat hair all over everything.
post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
LOL...it IS in my experience, myself included, that pet owners are sloppier housekeepers than non-pet owners. If you can call that materialistic?

I've learned to live with a fine layer of cat hair all over everything.
hey me too!!!
post #12 of 26
Well I know I would be pretty miserable and unhappy if I didn't have my cats. All 8 of them.

I can't fathom a household without pets.

I have known people who have wonderful cats, and yet who were miserly beings.

I have also known people who do NOT have cats and who are happy.

It's all a matter of preference.

Some peeps who don't have ANY pets or any kids, it's just them and another adult or just THEM ALONE, they don't know what it's like to cuddle & snuggle with a sweet lil furball or walk the dog on a pretty day. So yah, they might miss out on those finer moments of life; like, watching your cat run madly through the house, huffing and puffing, and ending up beating up a sock just because he felt like it. Funny (and loving) moments galore are missed by people who don't have pets.

But it's all a preference of course! People who don't have kids miss out on a lot, too. I can say that cuz I have 2 kids.

Re: that fine layer of cat hair... yup... I would feel real weird and useless if I came home to a spotless, clean home. I like the madness, and my babies provide that for me. I would be awfully BORED with life without all of them!
post #13 of 26
I think it's the person. I love Reeses to death but I can't say that I'm more happy now than before I got her. She can definately put a smile on my face, but she doesn't change things that are making me unhappy in my life.

I could see it I suppose if the reason why I was unhappy (or anyone who felt that way) was because I was lonely, because they make great companions. Any pet does...except fish. They just float there
post #14 of 26
I know I would be miserable if I didn't have my dogs and cats that I have now or be without animals. Some people may not be able to have animals and they don't like animals and that's fine..but I tend to like people more that love animals. since it's easier to talk to them IMO.. some people shouldn't be allowed to own animals, period. this quote says it all and is my favorite quote ever and it's so true!!

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~ Anatole France
post #15 of 26
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Yes, I have been in the most beautiful homes, really, I felt like I were in a museum, well an empty museum.

Through the years I am finding myself slipping with the dusting and the nit-pick stuff. I keep the floors, bathrooms, and heavy living areas clean. But no more nit-picking, I need to save my energy for my precious cats.

My mil always compares houses , (whose is more well kept, who has better curtains) (by the way, no pets in her house) (and she brags in front of me) she has many daughters and she is always comparing, well, I can tell you I am not at the top of the list, and I really don't care, I have my cats and she does not.
post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
LOL...it IS in my experience, myself included, that pet owners are sloppier housekeepers than non-pet owners. If you can call that materialistic?

I've learned to live with a fine layer of cat hair all over everything.


Well they are pet owners, but snobs.


It's not that most of us are sloppy, but our kitties drool, sleep, claw and shed on everything :P It's hard to keep up! Lol
post #17 of 26
Not necessarily- i think it just depends on the individual. I've known several people who owned kitties to be sad/depressed....so it just depends. And on the other hand i've known other s who own dogs/other animals to be just as happy as can be. I think it just depends on the individual But there have been studies linking animal owners living longer lives because petting animals/living with them can help reduce stress. I guess it just depends!
post #18 of 26
I don't think it's just cat's necessarily. I think people with any kind of pets are generally happier people.
post #19 of 26
All I can speak for is myself and when I am not with my pets and when I went through a short spell without them I am empty without pets in my life.
post #20 of 26
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Martha Stewart does not live at my house.
Doesn't she have 2 fancy-pants cats (I think they're Himmies) and a fancy-pants dog (A maltese maybe?)??
post #21 of 26
I too believe it depends on the person....my grandparents don't have any pets, and haven't since their kids were small. They don't because they are farmers, and are in Missouri from Feb - June and in WI June-Feb. They have 2 houses. They remember the cats (and 1 dog) having a hard time adjusting to each trip. After they passed on (around the time they no longer had children living at home) they decided not to put any other animal through it. They found a kitten a few years ago and gave it to my uncle, his wife, and girls when they had to go back to Missouri. They love pets and plan to get 1 cat and 1 dog when they retire and stay in one place. They are happy people.

I've known people who don't like cats aren't well-liked by humans because of their attitude in general. Pets sense this too. My parents german shepard is VERY good at detecting fear in people.

I've also known people who are very sad and feel like sthey can only relate to their animals.
post #22 of 26
I wasted a lot of years of my life completely absorbed in my job -- I had no in-town friends, I did not date, and I was so exhausted from work that I didn't see nearly as much of my parents and brother as I would have liked to.

During that time, I often stared up at the light fixture above my bed and wondered Where is the purpose in my life?

After I was laid off from that 18-year job in the most brutal way, I started volunteering at the shelter, and within a couple of months, I'd fallen in love with little eight-week-old Clyde. And I have never once wondered about my "purpose" since. Not because I'm doing anything great with my life now -- but just because I have someone who accepts my love. That's all the purpose I need.

Not that I wouldn't welcome a fuller life -- I hope someday Mr. Right will come along for me, and I even hope he'll have some kids from a previous marriage, so I can kinda be a mom. But Clyde and Pearl have given me a chance to lavish love on them, and that has taught me how to sneak a little more love into all my other relationships, too.

So in my case, at least, having cats has drastically increased my happiness level! And yes, I think it has done the same for many other people I know, including my mom and dad.

The most unhappy person I know... she hates cats. She has a dog, but her relationship with the poor dog is all about discipline, training, control... not love.

She needs a cat!
post #23 of 26
Well I am not sure about this one. I think that having any pet makes a person happy and adds to the persons life. I don't think that it just has to be a cat. I love all animals and I know that I wouldn't be happy if I didn't have any pets in my life.

I don't understand why some people don't like cats. But I really don't understand how some people just don't like animals period. I think they are missing out on alot. I don't know what I would do without my babies.
post #24 of 26
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Doesn't she have 2 fancy-pants cats (I think they're Himmies) and a fancy-pants dog (A maltese maybe?)??
I don't know, you know more than me, I don't keep up with Martha, she is out of my league.

If she does have fancy-pants pets, she must have a fancy-pant maid to clean the house!!!!!!!!
post #25 of 26
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Your stories are so touching, pets do bring fulfillment to life when everything else fails.

I personally DO NOT like people who DO NOT like pets.

God FIRST made the animals.
post #26 of 26
I don't necessarily think it's a matter of people who have pets are happier. I have noticed that a lot of times when people have pets, they love them to pieces, so they talk about them, or mention them from time to time at work or whatever...so I guess it could seem that way. Personally I don't know what I would do with my pets, here and in the past...
My grandmother doesn't really like having pets, but I still love her, and she's happier than a lot of people I know with pets. But she will buy my cat presents when she's out shopping, or if she sees a sale on bird stuff (which seems to run pricy, compared to dog/cat stuff when you need it!) she'll pick stuff up. So whenever I send a thank you note, I include an up to date picture of said pet. She puts them up and says she loves them to pieces- while I still know that she just doesn't ever want to cuddle them when she's visiting. Anyway, God also made the people who don't like pets, lol, so if it's good enough for Him, who am I to argue?
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