Why do we like animals more than humans?

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  1. snoopy

    snoopy Team St. Petersburg

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    On some level, I get this but I can’t explain it. At least not satisfactorily.

    Case in point, my brother is an avowed bachelor and has said for years that he could never live with anyone. He now has a dog - I get an email update on the dog every 45 minutes. All the compromising that he says he could never do with another human is no problem with the dog. He just spent $12,000 on new flooring last year – flooring that the dog is wiping her nose all over now (the dog has allergies). My brother would freak if a human did anything remotely like that.

    And he is obviously not the only one. I live with a cat and no other humans, as do many of my friends.

    One of my neighbors lectured me the other day saying if people spent all this time and money on other humans rather than animals, the world would be a happier place. Which I think is likely true. But humans are too much trouble – why do we think that?
  2. quartz

    quartz Point of Know Return

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    Humans judge me. My cats don't.
  3. Cyn

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    Animals don't give a fiddler's fart about politics - they don't care whether or not someone is or is not *insert political affiliation here.*.
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  4. heckles

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    You can like both or hate both. There are serial killers who kill both humans and animals, just as there are some busy people who volunteer to help both humans and animals.
  5. Prancer

    Prancer The "specialness" that is Staff Member

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    Because if you feed a pet, it loves you. Humans require a lot more effort.

    Because pets can't talk and humans can.

    Because your expectations of pets are fairly low and so are generally met, while your expectations of humans are much higher and often aren't met.
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  6. snoopy

    snoopy Team St. Petersburg

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    Heh!! I think this gave me the missing piece. I always got that other humans judge us while animals don’t. But I think the critical piece is that we judge humans and we don’t judge animals. Which is why my brother doesn’t mind the dog snot while people snot will freak him out. It’s not only that animals aren’t judgmental toward humans, but that *we* are. So, yes, it is about our *own* expectational differences between animals and humans.

    And in only four posts. Cool.
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  7. AliasJohnDoe

    AliasJohnDoe Spin Alissa Spin!!!

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    For the first time in my life, I currently don't have a pet (my beagle died in February), but my pets have always been a better friend to me than any human.

    Their love is unconditional. They don't judge me. They don't use me and were always there to comfort me.

    With the exception of family and friends I've known my entire life, I find most humans to be more of a pain in the ass than they are worth knowing.
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  8. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Well-Known Member

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    You are not a cat owner, are you? :)

    Animals are generally predictable and you know where you stand with them. Like others said, you don't get judged. And cats are easy work.
  9. Buzz

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    I don't think I like animals more than I do people; I think it is animals who like me more than other people do. LOL After a lifetime of disappointment I finally found the one creature on earth who returns the love I give her; my cat. :p
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  10. Dr.Siouxs

    Dr.Siouxs Well-Known Member

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    Because humans are assholes, duh.
  11. AliasJohnDoe

    AliasJohnDoe Spin Alissa Spin!!!

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    I'm a dog person. ;) And all my animals have been spayed FEMALES. I've found female pets to be more docile than males.

    I did own one cat I called Stanzi though (named after Mozarts wife Constanze).

    I do have to say - I've cried/took it harder when my pets died than I've cried for a human. My pets were like "my children" to me (I've never had kids).
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  12. NinjaTurtles

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    Interestingly, I was just reading how disaster epidemiologists and related organizations recommend that emergency shelters allow pets. During Hurricane Katrina, many people refused to leave their pets behind during evacuation and ultimately died as a result.

    If people do not like animals more than humans, many at least hold them on par.
  13. halffull

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    I have loved all my pets like the best people in my family. It's not to say I love them more, but I love them just as much. As already stated, they don't judge you. Just the simplest of care ~ food, water, love ~ and they are your friend for life. I grew up without pets and once I moved out we got a dog, then some cats and more dogs (not all at the same time). I think it's wonderful raising my children with pets around. So much love to share. As long as I'm able, I will always have pets. I'm more attached to dogs now but I envision cats in my later years.
  14. Skittl1321

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    No, because still it is only HIS dog. If my dog went and snotted all over his carpet, I bet he'd be pretty upset. The same way as if my (hypothetical) daughter peed on my carpet, I'd sigh and clean it up. If YOU came and peed on my carpet, I'd be effing pissed. It's all about family.

    I don't like animals more than humans. I like my family more than people who annoy me. My family, due to relation, gets a pass most of the time they annoy me. So it ranks people I like, animals I like, animals I don't like (because well, they are still usually less awful than people), people I don't like.
  15. spikydurian

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    Because ........ animals are at our mercy. They need us to walk them, feed them, stroke them in short take care of them. We feel omnipotent and needed among animals, particularly domesticated animals. They don't whinge and offend. If they do, humans can just shoot them dead. :p
  16. DAngel

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    I, for one, don't like animals more than humans... I hate some humans more than even the worst animals (eg. bugs), but I love some humans more than any animals. In general, I'm pretty meh about pets (I have no desire to go near one :shuffle:), although wild/exotic animals are fascinating when seen on TV :D

    So, in short, what skittl said, except I don't really have "animals I like" :p
  17. snoopy

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    Skittl - in the main that is true but I am talking about something different. My brother didn't know the dog but he knew a dog would be hard on his floors. He got a dog anyway. If he had to choose to live with a random human he never met and a random dog he never met, he would choose the dog. Even if the dog had snot issues and the human didn't. Plus there is no way I (family) could snot on his floor and have him be okay with it.
  18. DAngel

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    I would as well. It's a lot safer, unless the dog has some serious issue (rabies, biting etc)
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    Well, after seeing the movie Single White Female, I'd be inclined to agree. A dog has only a few ways to harm you, whereas another human has hundreds of ways.
  20. manhn

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    Well, people eat animals. (Most) people do not eat people. So, there's that.

    But I'll say that for myself, I like humans more than animals. I don't know if that's an unpopular opinion or not but sometimes it feels like one. Yes, there are A LOT of awful humans (I am having a particularly awful week at work), but at least I have never stepped on a human's feces while on a run.
  21. moebius

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    Humans are evil compared to animals. Animals are innocent and helpless compared to humans. Humans are capable of performing the most cruel, inhumane acts to each other and to animals.
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  22. BaileyCatts

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    Because an animal never humiliated me, bullied me, ostracized me from having any kind of enjoyment or life experience that most people get to have, or sabotaged me at work. Humans did, and still do to this day. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would not give a single dime to anything that would help another human, but would enjoy spending my millions on animal rescues and shelters and anything to help animals and only animals. After the way people have treated me my whole life, I don't give a crap about any of them anymore.
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  23. snoopy

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    I like people more than animals too. I would rather have a houseful of people than a houseful of animals but yeah, it seems like that is a minority opinion. Which is kinda why I asked the question.
  24. Moka-Ananas

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    To quote Josh Billings: “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
    I absolutely agree and I will always love my dead dog and all the others to come more than humans.
  25. merrywidow

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    I've always had at least one dog. They are loyal, loving, non judgmental & best of all always agree with your opinions (they'll wag their tails to let you know they understand!) & they never make snarky remarks. They depend on you just as young children do...you are needed & appreciated.
  26. Gazpacho

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    We may love dogs more than humans because dogs are easier to love.
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    Some of them are tastier than humans.
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    Some of them have more neck than some humans.
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    I think it's because relationships with pets tend to be pretty one-sided, and that appeals to some. You don't have to adjust your behavior or make major lifestyle changes, nor do you have to consider the needs of the pet much--just carry on with your life as usual and the pet has to accept and go along with that. Relationships with humans require more give and take, and many people prefer to live life on their own terms instead. Pets are good for that.
  30. Buzz

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    Somebody have been watching a bit too much Vampire Diaries.... :lol:
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    I don't know the reference, but that still made me laugh :lol:
  32. Southpaw

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    Rexy knows what I'm talking about. :sekret:

    And I agree with agal's analysis. My cats never respond to any of my hare-brained schemes with "What are you doing THAT for??"
  33. Japanfan

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    Unbelievable post.

    I totally disagree and have to ask, how many animals have you raised and how close are you to them?

    Dogs require major lifestyle and behaviour changes - more than cats- particularly if you get a puppy. And any pet owner who doesn't consider the needs of the pet much is not a responsible pet owner. But cats do require changes as well. We got our cat about one year ago and that required me to put away a vase of peacock feathers that was sitting on the floor because the cat would ruin it. No, not a big deal, in itself, but now that we have a new puppy as well, the carpets have to be rolled up so he won't chew them. The house has to be puppy proofed, which means no shoes on the floor, no food within puppy's reach, and so on. In the meantime, the cat has made a mess of the chairs in my office with his claws (fortunately not leather). Oh, and I have to try and keep the cat in at night, because it is best for cats not to be on the prowl - another focus.

    And then, there is the discipline and attention that a puppy requires on a daily basis, for obedience and housebreaking. It requires significant lifestyle changes on the part of the owner. We dedicated most of the last six weeks to our new puppy and only now are starting to leaving him for short periods of time. As the pup has separation anxiety, it will be slow working up to leaving him for a number of hours. I can't just go out whenever I want, for as long as I want.

    The puppy wakes us up earlier than we like, which means a change to our routines, and for a number of years, his exercise will be part of our daily routines, regardless of the weather. He's a golden retriever - an energetic, athletic dog - and will need several outings a day.

    I also have to say my relationships with my animals are not one-sided. Animals have emotions, personalities, intelligence and interests. They interact with people and other animals. Dogs especially are social animals.
  34. Japanfan

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    I agree that animals' lack of judgment is a reason we love them so much and enjoy their company.

    And would add that animals' honesty is reason I enjoy their company more than some humans. Animals don't play mind games and don't pretend to be anything they are not. They don't lie and they don't hide their feelings behind a veneer of pretense.

    Plus, they live in the moment. Something humans only aspire to do, often through countless hours of meditation.

    My dogs (and cats, to a lesser extent) have shared their joy of life with me. And it is interesting to observe dogs in a social situation. They really get along with each other better than humans do, in general, and there is much to be learned from them (not that we humans will ever enjoy sniffing each others bottoms).

    All of my pets have been cherished companions. I have enjoyed their company and they have enriched my life immensely.
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  35. genegri

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    I don't like animals more than humans. But I agree they are easier to deal with than humans. Not to mention generally cuter! Lol

    I find them easier because I do not have to view them as my equal.
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  36. Japanfan

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    If you have a cat, just make sure you don't tell him/her and turn his/her world upside down!!

    :)
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    Not only that, the cat would know you are deluded.
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  39. orientalplane

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    You cannot apply a word like "honesty" to animals. Animals (with the possible exception of chimpanzees) lack the capacity to be honest or dishonest. Neither do they have the capacity to pretend anything, or to tell lies. This is just sentimental anthropomorphism.
  40. Prancer

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    While that is true to a point, I think most of the posts in this thread rather prove agalisgv's point--people keep saying that animals aren't judgmental, for example.

    There are two ways to look at that--one is that animals accept you as you are and that's a wonderful thing. But the other is that animals accept you as you are and that's maybe not such a wonderful thing.

    Does no one else see any irony in saying things like "People suck! Animals never judge!"

    No?

    Well, anyway, yes, humans will judge you. A pet will never tell you to get your finances in order, take your meds, stop feeling sorry for yourself, get a second job, go back to school or clean the bathroom, for god's sake. A dog won't care if you get an F, screw up at work, miss a rent payment or blow your paycheck on a spray tan, and your cat will still purr for you even if you run up your credit cards, tell lies, let the laundry pile up or go to bed drunk every night. That one night stand that should never have been? That project you didn't get done at work? Those big plans you had when you were younger that never panned out? Your pets don't care; as long as their simple needs are met, life is fine.

    Again, there are two ways to look at that. It's wonderful to have a pet to curl up with when you are miserable or feeling sorry for yourself; it's another, at least IMO, to consider your pet your primary source of emotional validation.

    But isn't that kind of what we all love about our pets? Not what they are, but all the things we read into them?