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post #1 of 16
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Don't mind me but I need to vent...

Ya know what I really really hate?

When I tell people about my pets and they say " You have too many animals " - The only time some one ever has too many animals is if they cannot afford them, and their living space is too small for the amount. My pets are all healthy. They have lots of room.

What really irks me is when FAMILY says it. I wont say any names in case they ever find me here, but... I told them I was going to be getting a new cat ( Bengal ) and they rolled their eyes saying " you already have too many " - Says who? You? Who made you god? You have no right to tell me how many animals I can, or can't have as long as I am taking care of them as I do. It's none of your business. ( sorry kinda talking TO them here )


Oh well.. I just can't stand people like this!

That's my rant.
post #2 of 16
People are ridiculous. That would bug me too. Back when I was living at my mum's and I had a ferret, a parrot, and a quail people told me I had too many pets. Granted, I think a lot of people assumed my mum's poodle was also mine, I don't think 4 is anywhere near too many. To me, it's not even a lot.
post #3 of 16
Just tell them My house, my money, so mind your own business!!
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
Just tell them My house, my money, so mind your own business!!
As long as they are healthy too, I don't really see a problem. Forget about what they said.
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by DeeDeeMay View Post
As long as they are healthy too, I don't really see a problem. Forget about what they said.


You know what you're getting yourself into, and if you already "have enough", then that proves you know how to look after them properly

Have 10 more. See how they all like that!
post #6 of 16
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Exactly - I can do as I please, my money, my time & effort. Not theirs!

When they tell you this, do they expect you to change your mind? Do they expect you to go out and put all your pets in shelters and find them new homes? Seriously, why do they even open their mouths? Ugh.

Thanks for listening.
post #7 of 16
Our family can't understand why we spend money on pedigree cats and go to cat shows when you don't get any monitary rewards out of it.

I usually ignore the question or just say, "because we like the breed or like to show them" and change the subject.

As long as my bills are paid, I don't worry about it. Many of them are using "bills" money to gamble and losing their houses, etc.
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
Our family can't understand why we spend money on pedigree cats and go to cat shows when you don't get any monitary rewards out of it.

I usually ignore the question or just say, "because we like the breed or like to show them" and change the subject.

As long as my bills are paid, I don't worry about it. Many of them are using "bills" money to gamble and losing their houses, etc.
same here. One of them filed Bankruptcy....


My mom thinks I am silly to spend that much money on an animal, too - She likes hers FREE, lol! We've always had this argument - not just about animals though. I like expensive clothing, too She just goes to target and laughs at me cause she gets 8 shirts for the price I paid for 2.
post #9 of 16
Helloo =)

I think what it all boils down to is money and time...

For example.. you wouldnt have 15cats in a shared 1 bed flat whilst you worked all the time and couldnt afford vet bills or decent food/toys.

But .. if you have enough time , spend at least a decent amount of time a day with your animals , can afford emergancy vet bills and good food ect then you can have as many as you heart and situation desires!

We currently have

1 minature dachund - she gets fed decent food and my mum is a work from home lady so she is here 24/7 and im here at least 15hours a day! So the dog is never alone

4 Kittens - all 5 months , fed good food have good toys and a good safe enviroment.

4 rats , all in big cages , get time out the cage , have decent litter and good food ...

And we are getting our puppy this Sunday.. and again he will be around people be fed good food have money for jabs ect and also be walked everyday(once jabbed)

So i can keep going on..but i think we all know what we can handle

Just ignore you family lol or shrug it off

Your a good animal owner thats all u need to know
Jess xx
post #10 of 16
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I am a stay at home mom... I have lots of time to dedicate. lol.... My husband makes good money. I think I would be really bored at home if I didn't have my pets. My kids love them, teaches them responsibility. I have people compliment my children for knowing so much about pets - I've had people tell me how great my younger kids are with pets and how they would never trust their own like they do ours, lol.

Im really quite proud of my pet family.
post #11 of 16
Why we are on venting and talking about things we really really hate - I really hate backyard breeding. When people breed animals for really no reason other than their animals are cute, smart, or sweet (like most every animal in the shelter these things!), they don't spend time getting to know the breed, go to any shows, they breed without any titles or health testing, stuff like that. That is one of my all top pet peeves. Breeding IMO is about improving the breed as a whole as a collective effort, not just making more pets when perfect pets are already sitting in shelters and breed specific rescues! This is one reason why our shelters and rescues are full and so many dogs don't have homes. It is very sad and happens all the time. Hopefully someday it will become more commonplace to have people health test (not just take to the vet, but real breed specific tests) and show their animals and research their breed by doing things (shows, agility, anything) and do a lot with each animal before breeding and get to know lines really well and all the health problems and temperaments in those lines (not just the parents), instead of the "norm" which is backyard breeding two random animals together, mostly if they are nearby which seems to be easier for those type of people.

I could have bred my cat (who is purebred, healthy, sweet, pretty, registered, and has siblings that are Granded) but decided not too, as there are plently of people that are breeding the breed of cat I have, they are even becoming more common on petfinder. Plus, I wanted to do it the right way if I was going to do that, the right way for her and for her breed and the right way for the owners of the new kittens, and didn't have the time to devote to going to shows and networking with lots of breeders to learn all I could to find my cat the best match ever.

About your pet peeve, lol - I have several animals, but no one gives me a hard time about it! Good thing, I wouldn't listen if they did
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
Our family can't understand why we spend money on pedigree cats and go to cat shows when you don't get any monitary rewards out of it.
It's called a hobby. Lots of people have hobbies that they make no money from, the idea is to do something you enjoy.

I know I have too many pets, not that I can't take care of them it's just that sometimes it really is a task. The cats are the least of my trouble - they actually understand the concept of bowls holding food. I have a gecko that can't figure that out and it drives me crazy.


As for what I really really hate, it has nothing to do with pets but instead with people. Those that think you must completely live your life by their morals and values, if you're different you're d*mned though most never say it so directly. Well, I suppose that could influence how one with pets is treated - you have many and they can't understand it because that makes you different. So it's change you or treat you horribly for it.
post #13 of 16
haha i have 1 kitten well 2 come saturday and i have sixteen fish soon to be more think thats to many hehe

i hate it when people say you have to much of something they actually want, some people might as well say i want what you have.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post


As for what I really really hate, it has nothing to do with pets but instead with people. Those that think you must completely live your life by their morals and values, if you're different you're d*mned though most never say it so directly. Well, I suppose that could influence how one with pets is treated - you have many and they can't understand it because that makes you different. So it's change you or treat you horribly for it.

mmm-hmmm!!!! I totally agree and thank you. Although, I do hold my own ideas of what better is, I just try not to shove it in ones face. Not that "I" am better, just better ways, or ways I prefer... even...
post #15 of 16
^Ideas, as in how to do something easier or cheaper is a lot different. I have no problem telling a person "hey, you should try this as it will keep "X" from breaking and/or will be cheaper" . 9 times out of 10 I'm right just because of personal experience or having seen someone else make the mistake or fix the problem before.

Morals and values, aside from obvious major stuff is a very personal thing.
post #16 of 16
Nobody who knows me tells me I have too many pets..They see my pets often, and they know my pets and they know me. The people who usually assume I can't properly afford or take care of my pets are people who don't know me, and who have never met me but just assume that because they couldn't take care of 45 pets that I can't either.

I have:
24 cats. Sure, that is a lot. But not in the city I live in. Everyone I know who fosters cats, who rescues cats have JUST as much cats as me, some even more. Its not uncommon for people in my city to have a LOT of cats! The overpopulation is THE worst out of the U.S, and we know we have problems. We are overrun with strays, and feral colonies..and there are not enough people helping out and getting them spayed and neutered. So to anyone here 24 is not a lot of cats.

11 dogs. I guess that is a lot, but not to us. Our dogs are our children. They are not just some thing we got for our kids, or a "tool" used for hunting, etc. They are well loved members of our family. They are all small dogs, and 7 of them are dachshunds. Now, they have low energy, they don't have any coat requirements and not much grooming in general. They keep themselves entertained most of the time chasing squirrels and wrestling. I take them for long walks about 4 days a week, for about 45 minutes (We go in shifts obviously) and the rest of the time their exercise is playing with toys and fetching in the backyard. And my dogs are very healthy and active. And then we have a chihuahua who doesn't do much...shes old, and hangs out with my mom all day, plays sometimes. Isn't a toy lover. And then we have the mixed breeds, who have the most energy of the pack (One being a Jack Russel Terrier mix, Ones a Toy Aussie mix, and the other is a Rat terrier mix) So those three give me the most trouble, and I take them for much longer walks. We are lucky enough to be able to afford a premium food for ALL of our cats and dogs. We can afford vet care for EVERY single one of our pets (Including my rodents). And we have plenty of space in our very large house to accomodate them all (Including my own rodent room).

I also have 5 rats who live in the most recommended of all rat cages (The Ferret Nation). And they are also being fed THE best diet for them pegged by rat enthusiasts, 1 Syrian hamster who lives in a rabbit cage, 1 mouse who lives in an advertised "Rat cage", 2 rabbits who are free range and are being fed Oxbow and who get leafy green veggies..and who I must say I spoil rotten. Then I also have a Red eared slider who lives in a 2,000 gallon pond, and a three toed box turtle who has her own outdoor patio.

I think any animal would love living with me. I don't even know anyone (Personally, not online) who takes as good of care for their ONE dog then I do my 11.. Or their ONE cat then I do my 24. SO I think my pets are well off.

And I prefer a large pet household. And all of them are rescues, so its not like I went out and bought them (Which I personally prefer ALL my pets to be rescues.).
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