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Explore Animal Planet’s library of pet content for cute videos, pet health articles, our dog and cat breed selectors and much more. When health-related respondent characteristics were added to the model ( Table 4 ), all previously observed associations remained, and respondents with current asthma were 19% more likely to own a cat, after controlling for all the other variables in the model. Again, we cannot make any claims about the direction of the relationship and do not know if cat ownership causes asthma, respondents with asthma were more likely to own cats, or something related to both asthma and cat ownership is behind the relationship. BMI, and general health were not associated with cat ownership after adjusting for other characteristics.

If you travel with more than five animals, you must comply with the regulations on commercial transport. This implies that the animals must undergo a clinical examination and that an additional health certificate , delivered by the official veterinarian of the country of dispatch must be added to their passport. Well, the thing is about pets, is humans didn’t domesticate these animals for companionship.

For example, many species of gobies cohabitate with pistol shrimp. They live as a team. The Watchman Goby alerts the pistol shrimp to the presence of potential predators and prey. The pistol shrimp defends the goby from predators and kills prey, with both sharing a home and territory as well as meals. I consider a pet relationship to be an interspecies symbiotic relationship which is strong enough to warrant the cohabitation of the Symbiants. I have such a relationship with my dog, and the mighty Watchman Goby has such a relationship with the even mightier pistol shrimp.

Many breeds of certain animal species – dogs and cats, for example – have a long history of being human companions, and keeping these as pets is morally good, since this is the natural way for these animals to live. Indeed, forcing such animals to live in a wild environment that they are unfitted for would be morally wrong. Even thousands of years ago, people treated their beloved pets just like humans. The animals died naturally and were buried beside treasured items.

Allen K, Blascovich J, Mendes WB (2002). Cardiovascular reactivity and the presence of pets, friends, and spouses: the truth about cats and dogs. Psychosom Med. Sep-Oct;64(5):727-39. As with any family pet, your bunny will need to see the veterinarian for regular checkups. Rabbits should also be spayed or neutered to make them happier, healthier pets. Companion animals are natural teachers. They help people of all ages learn about responsibility, loyalty, empathy, sharing, and unconditional love – qualities particularly essential to a child’s healthy development.