There are plenty of people out there who absolutely adore animals and may even potentially prefer them to humans. On the flip side, there are people who aren’t so fussed about animals, and they couldn’t care less about a gorgeous chocolate Labrador even if it looked at them with the sweetest puppy dog eyes. And then, on the other end of the spectrum, there are people who absolutely abhor animals altogether.
Why do some people love animals more than others?
While there are plenty of people out there who feel no love for animals, there are others who could never imagine having a pet-free home. Recent research has proven that there’s a genetic basis to wanting a pet, while other studies have shown that the desire to have a pet is credited to grown-up children wanting to imitate their childhood home. Essentially, if you had a pet growing up, you’ll want to create those memories in your own adult life and with your own children too.
But what about those people who never had a childhood pet, yet would love nothing more than bringing a puppy or kitten into their adult home? Some studies have suggested that today, affection for pets goes together with a concern for the natural world. The thought process is that pets help us reconnect with our natural environment, which some people simply have an affinity for, and others don’t.
A little too much love?
Of course, there are signs that you may love your pet a little bit too much. While many humans will consider their pets part of the family (and they very much are), treating them like humans may be a sign that you’re a little bit too obsessed. Some other examples that may point to a little too much love include:
Getting a pet
All jokes aside, a pet can be the most wonderful addition to your home. Of course, this is a lifelong commitment, and when deciding whether to get a pet, you need to consider how it will affect your lifestyle and whether you can give it the love and attention it deserves. Remember, while there are loads of rewards, there are also sacrifices too.
When deciding whether to get a pet, ask yourself two important questions:
Once you’ve made the decision, here are some things to consider.
Working with animals
If you can’t commit to owning a pet, perhaps it’s best to work with them. Or alternatively, you may have your own animals and you simply love them so much you wish to be surrounded by furry friends all day. Either way, there are some animal-friendly occupations that will suit you perfectly.
There’s no denying that there are some people who simply adore animals and others who don’t. But for those who love pets, there are options galore when it comes to ensuring you have lots of time to enjoy some cuddly companions.