this is your yearly reminder that animals are not toys. they are a huge commitment. even small pets like hamsters and fish can be expensive and require a lot of work. if you’re planning to get someone a pet as a gift this holiday season, please only do so if you’re 100% sure that they are willing and able to take responsibility for the well-being of a living thing, potentially for years or even decades.
I’m so tired of people getting pets without learning how to take care of them
Dogs are omnivorous, cats are carnivorous.
If you don’t feed your cat meat, it will die.
Dogs need exercise every single day, not just when you feel like it.
Betta fish need a MINIMUM of 2.5 gallons sized tank.
Most pet fish you’ll see are tropical and need heaters.
Most reptiles need a humid environment. Your living room is neither warm enough nor humid enough.
Rats and budgies are highly social animals and need to live with others of their kind. Read: always get more than one.
Rats like to climb and need a cage taller than it is wider.
Goldfish grow to be 10"-12" and live to be 10-20 years. Yes even that cheap $0.50 one. They’re pond fish. And yes, their bodies actually do stay small if they’re kept in a small environment but their organs will continue to grow and will eventually crush each other, killing the fish prematurely.
Some fish will fight, kill, or eat each other and it’s not “just a fact of nature” it’s you not doing your research and putting the wrong species together.
It takes a few google searches and maybe twenty minutes of link clicking to learn the basics.
It’s not the responsibility of the pet store employee to teach you everything you need to know. The pet store employee might not even need to know what you need to know. All it takes to be a pet store employee is to be more than 18 years old.
I’m just tired of seeing uninformed people put their pets in poor situations. Just. Research. Just a little bit. One google search. Please.
Signs that people are ignorant and neglective pet owners
• when you tell them they’re doing something wrong in a polite manner, their first response is to tell you to “fuck off” or “shut up”
• when you offer them resources or information that could help them, they tell you that they “know how to take care of their pet” and that they’re taking care of their pet “their way”
• they believe that any person that views the way they house their pet as less than ideal is unnecessarily targeting and attacking them
• when they start to wonder why their pet is ill and lethargic and a person tells them it’s because they’re living in an unhealthy environment, they ignore the other person’s (or people’s) facts and information, try to excuse the problems with the way their pet is living with stuff like “i don’t have enough room” or “i don’t have the time to do all that”, and try to solve the problem through methods that do not work unless the pet is in an environment where it is able to recover and heal
• their pet(s)’s health and environment are viewed as things that would inconvenience their lives if they were to improve for the better. i.e. them upgrading from a vase to an actual aquarium would take up to much room and make too much noise
• they see people who maintain their pet(s)’s happiness and health through keeping them in the proper environment as “extra” ✨
• they call neglecting their pet their own “style of pet-keeping”
feel free to reblog and add some signs you’ve seen before