I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

~ Confucius ~

The Real Truth About Cats and Dogs

November 22nd, 2011 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 18 secs

You know we love you, don't you?

There are so many reasons why having a pet is such a satisfying experience.

Not always of course. Sure, they look good lolling around and cats and dogs certainly make a house feel more homey. But, as every proud dog and cat  owner knows, pets can also be a hassle too.

Think meat. Yes they love the stuff. But I have to say handling cat and dog food can be a gross feeling. No matter how you slice it, the liver and gizzards that pets so keenly love are hardly pleasant to play with. Then there’s the oh so sophisticated cat food in a can that advertises using a gorgeously fluffy white cat dining at a table with soft mood lighting and candles. But crack open a can and what’s in it? Nothing but grey sloppy sludge or gelatinous gunk. What a con job!

But the proof of the pudding, err gloop, is in the eating. Which is where your puss or pup does the deciding.

Secret Truth #1: Your pet decides what they eat, not you.

Now I know you think you will choose what’s best for your pets and your budget. But seriously, do you think they are going to put up with that human nonsense? After all, cats have staff, remember? They aren’t going to eat plain label unless it meets their approval. Just as no self-respecting dog will touch what hasn’t been properly aged underground for a few days. It’s simply a matter of taste.

So that’s one thing. Then there’s that small issue about accidents. You know what I mean. Those trips, slips, and falls courtesy of your cat’s desire to steer you somewhere; or your dog trying to trip you up for fun.

Secret Truth #2: Cats and Dogs know nothing about health and safety, or insurance.

The trick is to walk around your home deliberately, slowly, and preferably with someone ahead of you waving a red flag and carrying a flashing blue light on their head. Simple.

Finally, there’s possessions. The really good ones that you prize. Like children, dogs and cats love to play with these, jump on them, or otherwise road test them for you.

Secret Truth #3: Pets don’t respect your furniture, clothes, or anything else you’re thinking of taking with you for the afterlife.

Okay, if you’re not a pet owner, I can guess what you’re thinking. Why on Earth would you bother with these sludge eating, furniture wrecking tripping hazards?

That would be a fair question. Except that cats and dogs have the most marvellous redeeming qualities.

Whatever you are like, providing you are even slightly nice to them, pets will readily accept you completely. Now that’s a lovely thing to experience every day. Not only that, but they enjoy you. Just for being the way you are.

For many of us, that’s worth the odd broken limb, ruined clothing, and regular gut-wrenching meat ritual. In fact, it tells you something vitally important about us. We all need to be wanted, appreciated, and approved of more than anything else we could possibly buy or try.

That’s the special message of companionship that cats and dogs can teach us. It’s their furry secret weapon and the truth behind why we love them so much.

  1. Anne says:

    Dogs are bad pets because they eat your homework and chew up your slippers.