Cat Coin & Dog Dollar: The Changing Nature of Pet Terminology

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Hello, this is Dr. Lauren. If you want to know more about me and my two adventurous cats, Pancake and Tiller, please read my bio.

There is a famous saying that roses, no matter what name they are called, smell just as sweet. We’re not just talking about Shakespeare today, so please stick with us here. Rather, it’s about nomenclature. Specifically, the names we use to refer to our pets.

Poet T.S. Eliot wrote: cat naming, It is what later inspired the musical phenomenon. From him we learned that cats have different names and to be very careful in deciding on each name. As a bad example, pancakes are often his P-Cake, Panda Cake, or just Cakes. If she hit Tiller in the head, she might just go P!!! But further, an idea that doesn’t exactly exemplify what TS Eliot was referring to, what about the names we use to refer to our relationships with cats? What am I to pancakes? Is it? Who is her owner? Who are her pet parents? her mother? If you’ll excuse the Shakespeare reference at the end, there’s a problem there.

This is a complex question, so it’s worth some thought.

Pancakes and tillers are goofy
Pancakes and tillers are goofy

Timeless pet terms

Pet: Domesticated by surroundings 15,000 years ago; I can’t imagine our house not being adorned with them: muddy feet, stolen food, hair all the time, and the occasional hairball found on the way to the bathroom at 3am. The word pet itself is believed to have originated in Scots or Gaelic in the 1500s. Peetarefers to a loved one, small person, or pet.

The past few decades have seen significant changes in both the medical care we use to care for our pets and the legal and welfare issues involved in enriching their lives. For example, I didn’t know what hyperthyroidism was in cats until the last few decades. And it’s only in the last few years that effective treatments for feline infectious peritonitis, a deadly disease in cats, have become available. To the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19).

Consumerism may also be taken into account, as toying with the emotions of pet-owning consumers may influence their behavior.In this way, capitalism takes advantage of the relationship between pets and their owners to control the relationship between pets and their owners. tangible goods. One UK pet insurance company says that some of the terminology ispet pound” – People are more likely to spend money on humanized pets. In the United States, similarly applicable terms might be cat coins or dog dollars.

At the same time, people like Temple Grandin have opened our eyes to new ways to approach animal welfare in recent years. With this comes a host of new concerns about the ethics and legality of pets. Reconsidering moral dilemmas and debates also Rethink terminology It hints at the essence of the relationship between pets and humans. This will also help better define the applicable law.

Who could resist a furry family member like this?
Who could resist a furry family member like this?

Changing paradigms in the pet-human relationship

One studyNaturally, the more a pet owner anthropomorphizes their animal (the more they see their pet as having human-like qualities), the more social support they will receive from their pet. It has also been discovered that they begin to treat pets as companions. This growing trend of anthropomorphic pet ownership (think about how often you see a dog outside in the rain without a jacket on) means that most young pet owners are It’s no wonder we consider them not just pets, but family.They are love your cat or dog Even more than our own mothers. With such a strong bond at work, it’s no wonder that terms such as “pet parent” rather than owner have emerged to reflect the evolution of the relationship between pets and humans.

To be honest, I’ve never really liked the terms pet parent or cat mom. Essentially, that’s exactly who I am. Both Tiller and Pancake rely on me for everything: food, water, shelter, and medical care. But by the same token, I don’t own these cats any more than they own me. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship and there’s certainly a lot of emotion behind it. Pancake gets irritated when he isn’t fed exactly at 5am and also when he isn’t fed by 7am. He hates having his teeth brushed and fleas treated, but he loves cheese and having his chin scratched. I know these things because I care about her very much, but it’s hard to express it in ordinary words.

Perhaps a better way to consider this theme is to borrow again from TS Eliot. Naming a cat is a tricky matter…or, as another famous poet once said, “Let it be.”

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go hug Rum Tum Tigger on that point.

Both cats will play dead in various ways if they are not fed on time.
Both cats will play dead in various ways if they are not fed on time.

Tips for adding notes

Regardless of the terminology, as a veterinarian, we encourage you to do what you can do to keep your cat healthy and happy as a guardian, pet owner, pet parent, or caretaker.

  • Make sure your cat sees the vet once a year. If your cat doesn’t like to travel, consider seeing a visiting veterinarian. Either way, this is a very important connection when your cat becomes ill, and your veterinarian can help detect early signs of illness before it begins.
  • Invest in pet insurance. As a veterinarian, I wish all my patients had insurance.
  • Have your cat spayed or neutered. It is very beneficial for their health in the long run.
  • Don’t feed them fad foods. Find a proven brand, consult your veterinarian, and find out what works for your cat among those options. It’s easy to make bad food, but it’s difficult to make good food. That’s why there are so few companies that can do that.
  • Enjoy your time with your pet. This may be the most important tip here. It may be hard to remember stepping on a hairball on the way to the bathroom, but pets spend much less time on the toilet than we do. They share with us every moment of their intimate daily lives, both good and bad, so it’s easy to forget how much joy they bring. Make time to play, relax, and cuddle. You both deserve it!

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