You are a pet owner.
I have lately been getting a lot of questions. While I don’t mind answering questions from new owners or other questions about health/setup/etc., I have been receiving a lot of messages which have rubbed me in all the wrong ways.
Pet ownership means RESPONSIBILITY.
Owning a fish, bird, dog, or any other animal, means you are a pet owner. When you become a pet owner you are taking on the RESPONSIBILITY of their care.
You are to provide for it, to house it, and to look after its well being. This is a job you have taken on VOLUNTARILY. That fish did not ask for you to put it in a .5 gallon vase and choke on its own waste. You decided you wanted a fish and put it in that vase. In doing so, you stated in NO UNCLEAR TERMS, that this animal’s life, health, happiness, suffering, and death are entirely your own.
You. Are. Responsible.
Part of responsibility is putting your wants below your pet’s needs. Choosing to do something that will make an animal suffer when it is completely unnecessary is animal cruelty or neglect. That’s not okay. It will never be okay. I’m not here to be some pardon for your behavior.
So Act Like a Pet Owner or Don’t be a Pet Owner
If you can’t put your animal’s needs before your wants, do not own that animal. You can and will make mistakes. But that’s what they are. Unintentional mistakes. Correcting them is part of being responsible. If you can’t afford to correct those mistakes or for it’s health, well-being, or needs, then please re-home the animal.