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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
This is a strange/morbid question, but something that crossed my mind after I saw some pet rescues on TV.

First of all here's the scenario: Your home is on fire and you've escaped but your beloved cat(s) or other pet(s) are still inside. Also inside is a person whom you don't know very well ( not a relative or friend, and don't worry how they got into your home...you just don't know them very well...and no..they didn't light the fire)

You realize that you can save someone, pet or person, but it is fairly clear that you will get just one chance and you must choose.

What would you choose to do?
post #2 of 29
It hurts to even think about it..that's something that I can't honestly answer.
post #3 of 29
I would rescue my pets first.
post #4 of 29
I've known my cats longer so they would be the ones i'd save, but even if i knew the other people well i'd still save my cats first
post #5 of 29
My pets would come first...
post #6 of 29
I would save my cats first, but I think I'd feel really guilty about it.
post #7 of 29
Well, I have to differ. I would save the human first.

This does show a basic difference in philosphy. I do love my pets dearly, and I act to protect and care for them in almost all situations. But I could never look someone's Mom or son in the eye and say your loved one died so my cat could live.

Of course, in real life, hopefully the human visitor would help save the pets...

This is a very interesting question. I wonder if anyone else will agree with me?
post #8 of 29
Cats first I am there caretaker / Mom and another person can think how to get out..
post #9 of 29
Humans first. But I love my kitties soooo much! Still, I cannot let the death of another human eat away at my mind.
post #10 of 29
My kitties always come first in my life.
I would save them.
post #11 of 29
The visitor should have the wherewithall to help save him/herself. The cats don't have the same mental capacity as a human adult. As such, I feel a stronger obligation to assist the ones who cannot help themselves.

What would the answer be if you had to choose between an adult and a 3 year old child? That's how I think of it.
post #12 of 29
At my size, strength, and disaster training ability, I think *I* am the most likely to die in this scenario.
post #13 of 29
I wouldn't exit the home until all of my fur and non fur residents were evacuated. If that means tossing them out the window, then so be it. Two stories will not essentially kill.
post #14 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by valanhb
The visitor should have the wherewithall to help save him/herself. The cats don't have the same mental capacity as a human adult. As such, I feel a stronger obligation to assist the ones who cannot help themselves.

What would the answer be if you had to choose between an adult and a 3 year old child? That's how I think of it.

AND if the human was unconscious, in truth I don't have the strength to carry or drag him/her to safety.
post #15 of 29
Having been thru a fire at our store...I'd probably vote "neither".....would probably throw myself into the fire!
post #16 of 29
a three year old i could toss up on myshoulders while carrying the kitties..i would hope anyways...

never had this exact one happen but did have a barn fire...and i am proud to say didnt loose one life..although the fire man let me have a reaming about how dumb it was to go in and out of the barn
post #17 of 29
If the human hasnt already gotten out, then that means theyre probably trapped behind a wall of fire, and I wouldnt be able to readch them by going in the front way. If tehre was a window, they would have jumped out. If they are in a closet, fire on all sides, which is basically the scenario if the person isnt already out of the house, then they are gone anyways, there is nothing to do. But I would grab my cats first even w/o rational thinking. I love cats more than people. People I know die all the time. Heck. A couple of weeks ago, someone I graduated with died in a car accident.

And really I wouldnt leave the house w/o my cats in the first place. If I came home and the house was on fire, most likely the fire fighters would be there and wouldnt let me in anyways. But if I caught it first I would go on in.

But tahts just me being rational and thinking it out :P BUt yeah. Grab the cats, forget the person I dont know.
post #18 of 29
I would save my cats first. If there is someone in my house that I don't know well enough to worry about saving them first, they are an intruder and probably about to be shot anyway. I just don't let a lot of people in my house. It upsets my kitties, and my house is where I go to get away from people.
post #19 of 29
I would be sure rescue my pets first
post #20 of 29
I've thought about this before too. Weird, huh? If there was ever any situation where I could only save a person or my cat, I would save the person. A cat wouldn't be sitting there thinking about all the things they'd wish they'd have done when they had the chance, all the people that are going to be sad and miss them, all the people they didn't get to say goodbye to, and their entire life wouldn't be flashing before their eyes. A cat wouldn't spend their whole life grateful for being alive after having been so close to death, they would just go on as normal, obvlivious to the sacrifice of another person I made to save him.

The bottom line is a cat would be in pain for however long it took to die, but a human would be in misery mentally and physically, and a cat would go on like nothing happened but a human could take the experience and use it to make the world a little better.

Besides, I know if Cupid could comprehend the situation, he would want me to save the human. A human has more to live for.
post #21 of 29
No way would I be saving someone I don't know over someone I do.
post #22 of 29
In my house we have no possiblities of strangers. If someone that I did not know was in my house, I would immediately assume in the rush of the moment that they DID start the fire and meant me harm. Going towards a person that means me harm is not my idea of self preservations - so I would go with the cat.
post #23 of 29
My cats. I would think a person could get themselves out or help me with the cats.
post #24 of 29
I would save my cat first. A human being should have the intelligence to get themselves out while my cat would be frightened and not know what to do. I could never allow anything bad to happen to her. She is my family and would come first.
post #25 of 29
The human. I love our cats, but I value human life more, and I am not in a position to judge a human life as unworthy of saving. Also, I agree with what Purr said about the level of consciousness, suffering, etc.
post #26 of 29
My cats. I value life too - but not just human life. I think there are more than enough humans on the planet at over 6 billion, plenty enough cats too I'm sure. I figure I'll go with who I care about the most. And just 'cos someone's human doesn't mean they're more worthy than the cat. I've met plenty of people who would done the world a favour by not breathing any more. Can't say I've heard of any cats hell bent on harming people and making the world a more miserable place.
post #27 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for your interesting responses!

I posed this same question to my wife, who without blinking responded in a nano-second. "The cats of course." I also got the obligatory "You didn't know that already?" look.

I gave a bit more thought and I must agree with those of you that said your cats because they can't get out of the house on their own.
Our cats depend on us to make the all the right decisions for them concerning their care and health, so being their guardian as I am, it would be my duty to get them out of harms way.
Hopefully I will never be put in a position to test my convictions regarding this!
Thanks again for all your responses, I really enjoyed reading them!
post #28 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Beckiboo
Well, I have to differ. I would save the human first.

This does show a basic difference in philosphy. I do love my pets dearly, and I act to protect and care for them in almost all situations. But I could never look someone's Mom or son in the eye and say your loved one died so my cat could live.

Of course, in real life, hopefully the human visitor would help save the pets...

This is a very interesting question. I wonder if anyone else will agree with me?
Wow what a question... I think I would go for the human first too!
post #29 of 29
Absolutely my cats! That person got into my house, he can get himself out and has the knowledge to know what to do. My cats on the other hand, would not know to get outside, they would hide somewhere trying to escape the fire.
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