Originally Posted by colorful
After reading this last night, I didn't even know how to respond. I love my kitty dearly, but it does not even compare, not even close, to the love that I have for my son. However, when I stated that (or similar to that) in the thread, it was refuted and nobody batted an eye!
Personally, I think it's a little extreme to say that the love for a companion animal is the same as the love for one's child. And it has nothing to do with biology, IMO - I know several adoptive parents who love their children just as much as I love mine. But I do think the human parent-child connection is just so much greater than the human-pet connection.
I know I'll get slammed for this - but I agree completely.
I love my pets a great deal. I have laughed over their antics, cried over their injuries, illnesses and deaths. I have gone to great lengths to care for them in difficult situations where others would have (and did) recommend putting them down. I have offered comfort to them and received comfort in return. I even believe that they love me (so far as they are capable).
But the truth remains that I love my parents, my husband and my child more than I love my pets.
In regard to the flying issue - I would probably find my animals a loving home rather than subject them to the stress of a long airline flight. Not because I don't love them or because they are "replaceable" but because they have a very limited ability to comprehend the reasons for their discomfort or suffering. The stress of travel is very significant for companion animals and I would deem it too harsh to subject them to that much air travel.
Many have been offended by the idea that someone could love a human being more than we love animals and are upset or even outraged by the offensiveness of the comments. Yet those peole think nothing of trotting out statements like:
Originally Posted by Kiz
I hate it when people trot out the tired old "well, I popped it out my vagina so I must love it more than you who haven't". Human parents do not have a moritorium on affection, you know.
Originally Posted by vggiegirl
I know personally I love my cats more than I could ever love a human child. I hate children. They annoy the crap out of me. I have no human-maternal instincts and I don't care. My life is enriched my my cats whether I squatted them out of me or not.
With no regard for how offensive your statements may be.
I assume that means that some of us are to walk on eggshells fearful of offending anyone while we are slammed and insulted with impunity?
Sorry folks. But animals are animals. I love my furbabies and will go to great lengths for them. But in the final analysis I would get rid of my dog, cats or gerbils before I'd get rid of my husband, child or parents. And I only "popped" one of those "out my vagina".
And if that offends you... so what. You're comments offended me and I'm pretty sure you don't care at all about that so why should I care if I offend you?