Why do people get pets? In terms of practicality. Most pets are just another mouth to feed. They don't, except for a few exceptions, provide any services. With typical family dogs, you have to feed them, watch over them, pick up after them, bath them. It's like having a toddler for the next 8-15 years. Some dogs provide great services, but they're not in the majority. With cats, it's sometimes like a weird juxaposition between teen and toddler. You have to feet them, clean out their litterboxes (unless they are 100 percent outside cats), occasionaly bath them, vet them. After all this, they have the gall to appear to be ungrateful. They do what they want, are affectionate when they want and have no trouble showering you with scorn when you breach their boundaries. Fish: Changing water, watching PH levels, feeding, creating little environments. Reptiles: Feeding, cleaning habitats, cleaning up shed skins and they seem to show no affection whatsoever. (I had an iguana that would whip, bite and scratch almost every chance he got. He did at times let me balance him on my head like Quincy in the Foxtrot comics) Rodents: Smelly fuzz balls. Albeit quite cute. (Had a hamster named Buster who broke out of every cage I got until I put him in a glass teranium with a screen cover. Then he had the gall to die on me) So, looking at things on the surface, pets are a burden. I have a cat and a dog. I love them both. My dog is over needy when it comes to affection and my cat sometimes makes me bleed, but is adorable and affectionate as well. I would probably be miserabl without them. I just don't really know why they matter so much to me. In terms of practicality, I would save so much money without them. My house would be in better repair, but I wouldn't trade them for anything. So I'm left loving them and not fully knowing why. So, why pets?