But anyway, back to the whole pets and kids thing. He spent that five minutes testing the boundaries of the rules, very much like a child would if he or she was uncertain of where the boundaries were. But then, there are other ways in which pets are like kids.
- They trust. (At least, if you are doing it right.) As a child, I unquestioningly trusted my parents. I might not have agreed with them on everything, but I trusted them. Argos trusts us, or is learning to. The cats... they trust us to a point. They're too independent for the blind trust a dog is willing to give, but do extend a certain amount to us all the same.
- Jealousy. Anyone who doesn't think that "sibling rivalry" is alive and well between pets doesn't have a multi-pet household. It doesn't matter if they normally get along perfectly well, you will see the resentment flare if you give one of them something that the others want, whether that's a saucer of milk, extra attention, or a place next to you on the couch.
- They can be loud, disruptive, and messy. Oh, and how!
- They will choose to disobey or act out when they have the best audience. Or in Argos' case, he will wait until we have all eyes on us before deciding to poop in the middle of the sidewalk. Oi. :)
But mostly, they are so rewarding... They are like our children (especially for those of us who don't have any of the human variety) in that they require our care, attention, and love, and are more than happy to reciprocate. I guess that the main difference between how one raises pets versus children is that the child is "in training" to be a fully functioning adult in our society. A pet will never be independent, and will depend upon us to take care of them for their entire lives.