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What are some examples of an irresponsible pet owner?

AustinB

Professional loser
Off the top of my head, I can think of:
-Someone who constantly brags about owning their pet(s)
-Someone who forces their pet(s) to eat a vegan or vegetarian based diet even if they aren’t omnivores (like snakes and cats, for example)
-Someone who has the constant need to baby their pet(s)
-Someone that is just too lazy to properly train their pet(s) or play with them

Any more examples?
 

Zhalo

Rez the Wolfdog
People who buy pets that require lots of sociliazation or exercise, when they never actually intended to give the proper amount of attention. That seems to happen alot with birds where for whatever reason people think it is okay for the bird to sit in its cage all-day everyday. Then the birds starts fether plucking usually and starts to look like this:
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Then they precede to say the bird has something wrong with it. When the bird is just doing it out of boredom.
 

Inkblooded

Him...
Banned
People who buy pets because they think theyre pretty or for decoration instead of seeing them as living sentient beings with their own needs.
unfortunately that seems to be the case for a lot of bird and snake owners these days. they just want an exotic pet but dont realize how much of a responsibility owning a snake or bird is.
 
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lupi900

Guest
Buying pet's knowing full well they have no clue how to raise them, Putting more effort in dodging blame than making any effort. Like why did you get one if its so hard?.

Going on how only humans can feel emotions & pain.
 

Sgt. Kai

Sgt. Kai the German Shepherd Police Dog
Hmmmmm.... Where should I begin?
People who get dog breeds that they know nothing about, other than they like the look of the breed.

And of course people who get said breed and get pissed because the dog does what it was genetically programmed to do... Herding breeds are a prime example.

And one more... People who don't properly socialize their puppy/dog and then wonder why it doesn't behave.
 

Pipistrele

Smart batto!
People who adopt bats. Don't adopt freaking bats. I mean, seriously, I'll pay someone to punch you in the face if you do that.

Same goes for other exotic, undomesticated animals - foxes, kinkajous, monkeys, etc. Bats are probably the best (worst) example since they're not as aggressive or problematic to the owner, but keeping them in your appartment (which is a polar opposite to their natural habitat in almost every way) is basically torturing them to death over the course of several months.
 
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Sagt

Guest
People who bring dangerous breeds of dogs on walks in public areas, without keeping a leash them.
 

Stadt

Eeriee the Wendigo
I've worked at a vet office and a pet store/groomers and I could write a fucking book, let me tell ya.

When people buy breeds of dogs that require regular grooming, but they don't put in the effort. Then when they finally do bring the dog in to get groomed, they bitch that they have to be shaved all the way down. If you cared about their coat so much, why didn't you take care of it in the first place? Not to mention the pain and discomfort that they're putting the dog in.

Also, people who bitch about the price of quality pet food and buy shit foods. You knew your pet was going to have to eat when you got it. If you can't afford to give them a decent diet, then you shouldn't get them in the first place. Same with vet care.
 
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dogryme6

Duality Fluff Dragon
Anyways...
A really irresponsible pet owner? Me, of course. But that aside, I have heard countless news stories of people who never handled snakes properly. It happens so often that I wonder how we even survived past the stone age.
Like seriously. Put a lockable lid on the snake tank, get a lock and key, and then lock the freaking tank up! It's not that hard, if you need it kept inside so bad. But no, idiots just had to try obstructing the lid of the tank with something the snake could probably knock off with enough force against the ceiling. AND THEN THEY LEFT A BABY IN THE ROOM WITH THE SNAKE! I'm pretty sure you can guess what happened next...
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And that's not all. There are people that don't understand that even if a snake is not venomous it will still be a constrictor. If that snake grows big enough? The owner will have to take great care in not allowing the snake to literally squeeze the life out of them. Plus they have teeth that go inwards? So if they bite you, say, on the face, it's gonna be really hard to pull them off. At that point I'd just go get a knife...
This isn't even taking into consideration people who buy and own VENOMOUS snakes. Needless to say, if they can't handle them responsibly, they can kiss the world goodnight.
 

Astus

Well Known Foxxo
Also, people who bitch about the price of quality pet food and buy shit foods. You knew your pet was going to have to eat when you got it. If you can't afford to give them a decent diet, then you shouldn't get them in the first place. Same with vet care.

Holy crap this right here. I currently work at a pet shop and being a bio major, and having training through the UC Davis extension school for vetinary medicine.... I will literally give the talk to people about why you should be buying your pet good food... going through the physiology of it and everything... and then almost 9/10 times you get this

customer - oh please that’s all bull, i fed all my pets beneful and they were perfectly healthy!

me - by any chance, god forbid you had it happened to you, what did you other pets die from?

customer - from kidney/liver/pancreas/thyroid disease

me - at what age?

Customer - about 10, we had to euthanize them because those vet bills were too high

me - :| yeah... those low quality foods have things like excess sodium and such that can cause things like kidney disea....

customer - I’m not interested

me - :| okay


They’re also usually the ones who walk in with fur coats and fancy clothes or the ones who quite obviously are very poor and shouldn’t have a pet.. they also make the most annoying customers >.>
 

Stadt

Eeriee the Wendigo

A strategy that I used to make people understand was this: I compared feeding low grade kibble to eating fast food. Yeah, they'll eat it and like it. Yeah, They can live on it. But it's not good for them. It's empty calories and doesn't have what they need and they'll eventually suffer for it. Shit food has the same effect on them as it does for us.
 
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Deleted member 82554

Guest
People who buy pets that require lots of sociliazation or exercise, when they never actually intended to give the proper amount of attention. That seems to happen alot with birds where for whatever reason people think it is okay for the bird to sit in its cage all-day everyday. Then the birds starts fether plucking usually and starts to look like this:
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Then they precede to say the bird has something wrong with it. When the bird is just doing it out of boredom.
As an owner of a cockatoo myself I can honestly say they are very high maintenance pets and take an extreme amount of patience, not even kidding, they can be very difficult to care for.

As for the picture, the loss of feathers may be due to louse, not stress.
 

Sgt. Kai

Sgt. Kai the German Shepherd Police Dog
A strategy that I used to make people understand was this: I compared feeding low grade kibble to eating fast food. Yeah, they'll eat it and like it. Yeah, They can live on it. But it's not good for them. It's empty calories and doesn't have what they need and they'll eventually suffer for it. Shit food has the same effect on them as it does for us.

And the end result is, and trust me when I say mountains of crap. Literally.
I've gone back and forth feeding kibble, Raw and kibble, and just raw food. World's of difference between junk food and raw... But you have to be able and willing to spend $60ish a week PER dog to feed a quality raw food diet. This is why I'm always broke, but the end result is worth it and kennel cleaning is a lot more pleasant...
 

quoting_mungo

Well-Known Member
People who bring dangerous breeds of dogs on walks in public areas, without keeping a leash them.
Pet peeve, there's not really any such thing as a "dangerous dog breed" - there are absolutely dangerous/poorly-trained individual dogs, but that is not breed dependent. Walking a dog without a leash is one of those things where you have to 1) have the dog under control and 2) take other people into consideration, though. Again, not breed dependent. People who are afraid of dogs probably don't care that much that the off-leash dog they have to pass on the sidewalk is a dachshund and not a great dane.

A strategy that I used to make people understand was this: I compared feeding low grade kibble to eating fast food. Yeah, they'll eat it and like it. Yeah, They can live on it. But it's not good for them. It's empty calories and doesn't have what they need and they'll eventually suffer for it. Shit food has the same effect on them as it does for us.
So much this. I managed to turn my housemate from grocery store kibble to good, grain-free kibble for her dogs. Surprise, surprise, they actually eat less of it (because they need less) so the end difference in cost isn't so bad. I'm not going to rag on her for having fed that stuff, though; if you're willing to learn and change, you're not a bad pet owner in my book.

My Dad though... wow. Once bought a giant sack of kibble for the stable cats that was probably 75%+ grains. And then he wondered why the cat I took indoors and started feeding decent kibble got a glossy, healthy coat in the span of a few weeks.

Atm I feed one cat kibble (Orijen) and the other a ~50/50 mix of almost entirely veg-free (veg are after minerals on ingredient list, so...) wet/frozen raw food. Miss kibble won't eat anything else, and the tiger's stomach seems to deal better with this food than anything else I've tried.
 

Stadt

Eeriee the Wendigo
And the end result is, and trust me when I say mountains of crap. Literally.
I've gone back and forth feeding kibble, Raw and kibble, and just raw food. World's of difference between junk food and raw... But you have to be able and willing to spend $60ish a week PER dog to feed a quality raw food diet. This is why I'm always broke, but the end result is worth it and kennel cleaning is a lot more pleasant...

Once I'm able, I plan on converting my dogs to raw. It's something I've wanted to do for a long time.
 

PlusThirtyOne

What DOES my username mean...?
People who have pets, claim they love and care for them but leave them with relatives or friends and ditch them. if the pet is "yours", don't leave it with someone else for months on end. Work and deployment are one thing but if you don't intend to let the poor animal live with you, you should forfeit ownership of the animal and admit you don't really want them.

Pets aren't (or shouldn't be) a status symbol or an object to own. They need actual companionship!
 

DarkoKavinsky

ʎʇʇɐq ʇıq ɐ
People who adopt bats. Don't adopt freaking bats. I mean, seriously, I'll pay someone to punch you in the face if you do that.

Same goes for other exotic, undomesticated animals - foxes, kinkajous, monkeys, etc. Bats are probably the best (worst) example since they're not as aggressive or problematic to the owner, but keeping them in your appartment (which is a polar opposite to their natural habitat in almost every way) is basically torturing them to death over the course of several months.
IF you want bats own a small patch of land and build a bat box. :3 Then they have a safe place to go to as well as help the local ecosystem by removing insects. Save the droppings as fertilizer!

I own a snake. A ball python. Shes a joy and after my ex abandoned her I made sure to make sure she had a good enclosure and a nice heat source.

I make sure when shes fed that nothing happens to her (Ball pythons are very timid and have a tendency of allowing their prey to nibble on them. She's a picky eater and won't eat frozen. I just have to be careful with her.)

She's going to be shedding soon so I'm keeping a close eye and her and looking at her scales.
 

Rant

Haters Gonna Hate
People who adopt bats. Don't adopt freaking bats. I mean, seriously, I'll pay someone to punch you in the face if you do that.

Same goes for other exotic, undomesticated animals - foxes, kinkajous, monkeys, etc. Bats are probably the best (worst) example since they're not as aggressive or problematic to the owner, but keeping them in your appartment (which is a polar opposite to their natural habitat in almost every way) is basically torturing them to death over the course of several months.

I actually foster bats and release them in safer areas. Somehow bats just end up with me, one even flew into my back and wouldn't let go.

Only bat I couldn't let go was Reffy, her wings were broken by a cat. She went to a zoologist.
 

Rant

Haters Gonna Hate
Hmmmmm.... Where should I begin?
People who get dog breeds that they know nothing about, other than they like the look of the breed.

And of course people who get said breed and get pissed because the dog does what it was genetically programmed to do... Herding breeds are a prime example.

And one more... People who don't properly socialize their puppy/dog and then wonder why it doesn't behave.


Ok to be fair, I was given a puppy they said was a Chihuahua mix. The forgot to mention the other half was border collie!!! But instead of giving him up I learned shit and up my daily exercise. Love my dorky dog.
 
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BahgDaddy

Guest
People who treat their dogs like children and talk to them in that soft cooing voice constantly that makes them sound like fucking imbeciles. They usually don't reprimand their dogs either, and they're one step away from telling fido, "No, no, bad boy, use your words!"

People who adopt bats. Don't adopt freaking bats. I mean, seriously, I'll pay someone to punch you in the face if you do that.

Same goes for other exotic, undomesticated animals - foxes, kinkajous, monkeys, etc. Bats are probably the best (worst) example since they're not as aggressive or problematic to the owner, but keeping them in your appartment (which is a polar opposite to their natural habitat in almost every way) is basically torturing them to death over the course of several months.

To be fair, they have domesticated foxes now.
 
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BahgDaddy

Guest
Ok to be fair, I was given a puppy they said was a Chihuahua mix. The forgot to mention the other half was border collie!!! But instead of giving him up I learned shit and up my daily exercise. Love my dorky dog.

Was it a really big chihuahua or a really little border collie?:p:confused:
 
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Massan Otter

Guest
Ok to be fair, I was given a puppy they said was a Chihuahua mix. The forgot to mention the other half was border collie!!! But instead of giving him up I learned shit and up my daily exercise. Love my dorky dog.

Little weird looking collie crosses are some of my favourite dogs. We had a great (but hard work) collie/terrier mix when I was a kid.
 
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