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Most people (at least of the booj variety) feel that it's wrong to say a person shouldn't have kids if the would-be parents are poor or barely able to care for themselves. Does the same hold true for bringing pets into the family? Should people avoid getting pets if they are in bad financial straits? Why or why not?

Pets on bed

My pets don't know the difference between my girlfriend and a bunch of pillows under the sheets.

I have discovered some people don't let their pets in bed because it's unsanitary. Some don't even let them in the bedroom!

be it resolved: Pets in bed. Yes? No?

What do you do when "the mood" kicks in? Leave them there? Kick them out? As you can see, my Shih tzu is a c**kblocker.


Or just post "pets in bed" photos. Whee!

Dig It

If your neighbor's dog dug under your fence and into your yard, what would you do? Would your answer change if it happened multiple times? What if the neighbor had taken steps to block dog from digging under the fence, but pup was determined and got around the anti-digging measures?
Pets on the bed: yes or no? Explain your answer.

Invisible fence

Invisible fences: absolutely horrible, magical perfection, or somewhere in between? Would you use one? Would you judge someone else who did?
Is insulting your pet's intelligence (IE "you're a dumb dog! dumb dog!" while petting your dog) or threatening it with harm (IE "ARE YOU SCRATCHING THE COUCH!? STOP IT OR I'LL TURN YOU INTO FUZZY MITTENS!") funny or douchey?

Strange encounters I've had...

You and your young child decide that you want a kitten. You don't have any other pets and so you've decided you get two to keep each other company while you're at work and your child is at school.

You find an ad from an awesome person who has taken in a stray litter, in your chosen colors, and of your chosen temperament. They're perfect! Except...your child wants only girl kittens, and there are only boys available. The kittens from the ad already have their shots and are dewormed so it would save you money, also you really like these particular kittens.

Would you lie to your child about the sex of the kittens? Would you tell your kid tough luck? Or would you continue looking for female cats?

Do you have a preference when it comes to the sex of your pet? Why/why not?

Edit: The reason I ask is because put the kittens on craigslist, and out of 12 replies I've only had two kittens adopted out. I don't see what's so great about female cats. I mean, boys spray if you don't get them fixed, but if you don't get a girl fixed you'll have every male within a mile spraying your house.

Feeding Frenzy

 Pretend, if you must that you have either two cats or two dogs. which shall henceforth be known as Pet A and Pet B. You get Pet A as a 12 week old and have it for 6 months before you decide to get another because you think Pet A will benefit from having a companion. Pet B is about 10 years old and overweight. You decide to regulate how much the pets get because of the weight of Pet B. Pet A is obnoxious and kind of a bully so they have separate food bowls and get fed in two different corners of the room. Even though they get the same amount of food Pet A thinks Pet B's bowl is bigger so he claims it for himself. Pet B has no problem with this so you give him Pet A's bowl. The problem is that they keep switching bowls, eating out of whichever bowl is closer, shoving the other out of the way so they can have the bowl they want, or leaving the food unattended so the other pet eats it so they take the other pet's food.

How much effort do you go to to make sure they eat their food and only their food? If you do what method's do you go to to make sure they eat out of their bowl only? 

Based on my dogs and the fact that I give up trying to make them eat what's theirs.

Pet spa's. Good idea or torture?

NGL, I kind of cried a little on the inside when watching this video. That cat must have been having a heart attack. ETA : I realize its to the tune of "Under the Sea" but I just saw this video on a weblog I read and went WTF. I'll try to find a different video (but will probably cry if I find another one because that means someone else put their pet through this horrendous machine)