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Expenses of caring for pets
« on: June 15, 2021, 01:26:47 PM »
I was intellectually aware that the expense of caring for pets could end up being a lot, but now that I have a dog I am experiencing it.  I expect to face more decisions of this sort as time goes on and I'm wondering what other pet owners here do/think.

What sort of Catholic principles do people use to decide how much is reasonable to spend on pets and what expenses are justified? 
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Re: Expenses of caring for pets
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2021, 01:54:02 PM »
What expenses would depend upon your means.   For me, beyond the initial cost of getting a pet, anything that costs more than a couple hundred would mean the axe.
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Re: Expenses of caring for pets
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2021, 02:08:47 PM »
At another web community I visit, people are by and large on the left.  I go there mostly to read about movies as some of them have good taste.

One section of the site is Q and A and there are a lot of questions about pets and how to handle things.  In the absence of children, these people are willing to fork over thousands and tens of thousands of dollars for their pets' care as they deal with everything from getting hit by a car to pet cancer.  I've even seen commercials on TV for pet funerals, honest to goodness funerals at funeral homes.

In the end, there is no upper limit on what people are willing to spend.  So you need to make a decision.  You love your dog, but are you going to be one of those people?
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Re: Expenses of caring for pets
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2021, 03:18:00 PM »
Something else to think about:  if the cost of caring for an old pet becomes more than that of obtaining a new one, just get a new one.  This will mean (generally) an animal that is less grumpy, an animal that is less likely to mess on the floor, and an animal that is much more likely to be useful (watchdog, mouser, etc.).
The royal feast was done; the King
Sought some new sport to banish care,
And to his jester cried: "Sir Fool,
Kneel now, and make for us a prayer!"

The jester doffed his cap and bells,
And stood the mocking court before;
They could not see the bitter smile
Behind the painted grin he wore.

He bowed his head, and bent his knee
Upon the Monarch's silken stool;
His pleading voice arose: "O Lord,
Be merciful to me, a fool!"
 
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Re: Expenses of caring for pets
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2021, 08:41:48 PM »
I can't remember his name but there is a poster on here who once said that the only way to justify the cost of pet food was if one planned one day to eat the afore mentioned pet. I think he may have once lived out in the Atlantic.
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Re: Expenses of caring for pets
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2021, 09:40:02 PM »
I love dogs; always had a dog in my life; but they are not for everyone, since they require lots of care; time and money. If you don't love the animal, then it isn't worth the time or the money.
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Re: Expenses of caring for pets
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2021, 08:04:01 PM »
We have a lot of animals (cat, dog, snake, fish) and take good care of them but if they were to become seriously sick we’d euthanize. We cannot afford a huge vet bill so we try to use preventative care as much as possible. We raw feed the new puppy and use flea and tick meds and my old dog is on a glucosamine supplement. Frozen rats are pricey for the snake but oh well, especially when it decides it doesn’t want to eat the rat we thawed.. We feed a good quality kibble for the senior dog. The animals give our family a lot of entertainment so it’s worth it for us.

I grew up with horses and THAT is an expensive pet.
 
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