In a Throwaway Society, Companion Pets Are Forever

Seems, I am not the only one who is thinking about how little regard people give to caring for a ferret when they purchase one.  Ferret.org‘s recent article by Vickie McKimmey is titled, “In a Throwaway Society, Companion Pets Are Forever“.  As is always the case my exploration of my thoughts here does not compare to the expression of similar thoughts elsewhere.  Here’s a quick excerpt.

When you take on the responsibility of a pet, it should be for a lifetime. On average, that means 14 to 18 years for cats, though it’s not unheard of that some live well into their 20s. Dogs typically live into their mid- to late teens, as well, depending on the type. By comparison, ferrets live only 5 to 10 years. Tragically, however, they’re dumped just as often as cats and dogs.

Many people seem to have their own definition of a “lifetime commitment.” What does this term actually mean with respect to a pet? Until the newness wears off? Until it’s not cute anymore? Until the next fad comes along, which seems to suit you better? Or, until it becomes a hassle to feed your pet, or to walk it, or to take it to the vet, or to find someone or someplace to put it when you want to go on vacation?

Do click on the link above to read the rest of the article.

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