Are you a pet lover? Are you obsessed with animals? Do people think you’re crazy because of your devotion to creatures who have more than two legs? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you’re in good company! While many people claim to love animals, only pet owners truly understand the impact that non-human companions can have on your life. Not saying that we are better than people who don’t own pets , but here are some ways that pet owners are awesome people (DISCLAIMER: this article may be slightly biased since I myself am a devoted pet lover):
- They Understand and Embrace Messiness: Let’s be honest – although you try your hardest, you just cannot for the life of you keep your room, car, house, yard, etc. as clean as you want them to be. This impossible task’s difficulty multiplies by a hundred if you own at least one house pet. Even if you sweep, vacuum, mop, and scrub your floors daily, there will inevitably be pet hair, dirt, or dust left behind, not to mention even more accumulated a very short while later. Most pet owners have just come to accept this as their status quo, because that isn’t even a true mess to them compared to other situations. An actual mess for instance, involves a dog getting into the garbage can, eating said garbage and flinging it everywhere, then possibly throwing up the garbage in a different room, and leaving trails of vomit and trash all over the house. THAT is a mess, not just some dirty footprints on the kitchen tile, or a nasty tennis ball that made its way into your bed somehow. Nope, a REAL mess is your cat deciding that its litter box is too full to relieve itself in, and then choosing to pee all over your clothes that you absent-mindedly left scattered on your bedroom floor. Needless to say, things that non-pet-owners consider “dirty” or “messy” does not faze you in the slightest. For those who have pets in aquariums and/or cages, your mess is contained, but you still can relate to this on some level!
- They Have Stronger Stomachs for “Gross” Stuff: Parents of human children can probably relate to this on some level, but pet owners deal with literally every possible bodily-fluid-related issue you can think of. Whether it is your cat puking on your bed, your dog hurting itself and bleeding all over your couch, or your bird peeing and/or pooping on your furniture, pet owners usually become desensitized to bodily fluids. Not to say that they DON’T think they are gross (especially when in the house), but there is definitely a point at which the shock value of such occurrences drastically decreases. Not to say that coming home to find diarrhea all over your kitchen floor is a regular occurrence, but let’s just say that there are several different ways that your pet can express its health issues to you. Especially those who have senior or special needs animals that are incontinent (not able to control their bodily functions) or just straight-up stubborn – these people almost forget what it means to be “grossed out” by any such excrement or discharge. Pet owners as a result usually have stronger stomachs, which could prove to be helpful in future emergencies involving animals OR humans!
- They Have More Compassion for All Animals: Not to say that non-pet-lovers don’t have compassion, but there is something that comes with the experience of having animal companionship that opens your heart in an amazing way. When you make friends with your animal(s), you realize that although they aren’t human, they certainly provide a love and friendship that is in a league of its own; unconditional, unlimited, and untainted in all regards. That being said, true animal lovers know that non-human creatures are just as deserving of a life of love, hope, and enjoyment as we are! In fact, some extreme animal lovers could even argue that animals are MORE deserving of life than humans, because they are not capable of the evils that mankind has repeatedly created and inflicted on our Earth. Before I get too philosophical though, I would like to point out that experiencing this special bond between your pet(s), growing with them/their personality, and feeling their love first-hand, flicks a switch on in your brain that all animals deserve respect and the right to life as well. This could (and very often does) lead to you becoming a vegetarian or vegan, and/or an animal activist, campaigning for the humane treatment of animals everywhere. At the very least, it will lead to you helping animal rescues, sanctuaries, or shelters!
- They Are More Responsible, Loyal, and Dependable: Obviously if someone is taking care of one or more living things, they are responsible enough to handle another organism’s survival, health, and life in general. Obviously there are irresponsible pet owners out there, but for the most part it seems that that those who own animals at least have the ability to care for another living thing, and ensure that it has the highest quality of life possible. Most pet owners have the understanding that when they decided to “own” a pet, they agreed to a lifelong commitment to feed, house, and care for their furry friend. Most importantly, they committed to a lifelong bond and love that should not be broken (although in reality it does happen) under any circumstances. In fact, lots of pet owners would put their animals’ needs above their own, and spend their last dollar on them whether it is on a vet bill, food, or anything else. Therefore, pet ownership says a lot about someone’s character – if they are a good owner, they are dependable and responsible; if they aren’t, then they are either absent-minded, ignorant, or just not a good person in general.
- They Are Generally More Spontaneous: Partly due to the spontaneous nature of animals and also partly because of the spontaneous trouble/problems they create (that we then have to deal with), pet owners are usually more spontaneous as a result. Having to make spur-of-the-moment decisions such as, “Where would I run off to if I was my cat?” or “I guess I’ll go around the neighborhood and ask if anyone has seen my dog,” or “My rabbit chewed through my internet cord so now I have to go get a new one,” prepare a person to be ready in a multitude of situations. Whether your pet ran off somewhere, ate something it shouldn’t have, climbed into a hard-to-reach place and got caught or lost, or destroyed something important, you always need to be able to think on your toes. Also, animals in general just have a care-free, adventurous attitude when it comes to doing what they want when they want. If your dog is acting particularly restless, you may just suddenly decide to take him or her on a walk. If your cat is meowing repeatedly to be let outside, then you might let them out and explore whatever they feel like exploring with them!
I’m sure there are a lot of other ways that pet owners are way more awesome than “normal people” (what is normal, anyway?), but we’ll keep this list strictly fact-based. Well, maybe not fact-based, but experience-based. In all, it seems as though these attributes are gained by not only being with pets and animals a lot, but by sort of becoming like them and adopting their characteristics. Feel free to comment with other ways that pet owners are more amazing than their counterparts!