You do know, for instance, that a fish must have water - and if it is to survive the water must be treated and cleaned.
If you have a dog, it needs exercise – a space to run and play. It needs a space to play, and, as dogs love to gnaw, if your pup does not go outside much, he will gnaw on something inside.
Are you a person who believes there are just more animals in the world, especially domestic animals, than we can take care of? Do you know what to do about it? Spay and neuter! It's really very simple. If you are a pet owner, spay and neuter your pets, even if they are barn cats. Because if you do this, there will not be an over population of kittens and puppies which ultimately have to be killed!
I had a neighbor who, at one time, trapped the wild cats in the area, took them to be spayed and neutered and given shots, and then she let them back into the wild. What a responsible person she is!
Do you allow your dogs to run wild, chase cars, intimidate neighbors? You know, there are laws about that, so, if for no other reason, you should keep you dogs penned if you don't want a ticket!
My point in this column is to encourage everyone to be a responsible adult when it comes to pets. If you don't like animals and if you don't understand them, don't get them, even if your family wants one! It's not worth the hassle, and it's harmful to the pet.
If you have an animal or you want one, take time to learn about it - as in, cats do climb whenever possible, and if they are indoor cats they will climb furniture and sharpen their claws on it!