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Fish Pets Cat — 8 Comments

  1. I never understood fish.
    I may be wrong, but I think that they lack personality.
    I accept them as living beings, but I don’t know how to interact with them.

    • Dee, one day the world will realise that fish have tons of personality 😉 Seriously, as a species they are undervalued as sentient beings. They are treated as factory produced products. The factory is nature. They die by asphyxiation. A cruel death.

    • I think you have to get to know a fish to understand that they have personalities, ours would come to the side of the tank to us, or to the top when the lid was off for cleaning time.
      I used to talk to them, why not, I talk to all animals and birds and even insects, who knows what they can hear and understand.
      We humans think we are so clever but we are not anywhere near as clever as other species who don’t need words to communicate.

    • My mom had fish and definitely connected with them. She’d talk to them all the time and they’d swim to the side of the tank, seemingly responding. Maybe they just knew her as the one who gave them food, but sometimes I think that’s what Monty thinks of me (the food giver) so that’s not so different from how other companion animals relate (at least in part) to their humans.

      Mom’s fish Little Guy got just huge living in their fountain in the summer. He was probably too big for their indoor tank in the winter. He started out so small you could see through him. I think they won him at the Sauk County Fair. Fairs always have this game where you throw a ping ping ball at a table full of little gold fish bowls and whatever bowl your ball lands in you win that fish. They dump the contents of the bowl, water and fish, into a little plastic bag and you take that home. Barbaric really . This was several years ago. I hope that practice has been stopped.

      It’s sort of like how department stores used to give out free live baby chicks at Easter time. They even would dye them different colors. That’s how my mom and her sisters came to grow up with the legendary (in my family) rooster Peep– the rooster who thought he was a cat (he lived with all their cats) and liked to peck toes. Peep probably had a pretty good life for a department store chick until my grandma butchered him and cooked him for dinner because he was scaring away customers from their boat rental, and being frugal my grandparents were not going to waste what could be a meal. Except that, despite being pecked and terrorized by Peep for years, everyone was too sad to eat him.

      Little Guy had a very good life for a “fair fish”– I suppose most don’t survive very long. My parents’ outdoor fountain was not really deep enough for fish and a raccoon (or maybe a mink)scooped him out, took one bite and left him to die on the grass. My mom was heartbroken and vowed no more pets.

  2. Fish should be kept in as large a tank as it is possible to accommodate in the home and the tank should have a lid where the lighting and aerating equipment are housed, the lid should be adequate to protect the fish from cats but if the cat shows any inclination to sit on the tank lid it is vital to ensure that it is safe to do so from the point of view of the electric equipment as well as the physical safety and mental wellbeing of the fish.

  3. It should be perfectly OK to have both cats and fish in the home if a person is sensible about it. It’s cruel to use squirt bottles to chase the cats from the fish tank, it’s very easy just to put a lid on, the cats can watch the fish and the fish can feel safe.

    • I tend to agree that it almost certainly is okay to have cats and aquarium fish in the same home but as I mentioned in the article we don’t know enough about the mentality of fish. For example I remember a person criticising me for publishing a picture that I’d taken of a cat looking at 2 birds in a cage. It was a good photograph but he criticised me for taking it as I was being insensitive about the stress that the cat caused to the birds. I think he had a point to be honest. One day, I believe, that fishing will be banned because we will realise that fish are more intelligent than we had imagined.

      • I hope you are right about fishing being banned one day Michael! One of our brothers goes fishing and justifies it by saying he throws them back in the water, as do many who fish for fun. You can imagine how horrified Babz and I feel, being veggie we never eat fish, we never eat any creature who had a face in life.
        The whole concept of our power over animals and the way we make use of them is wrong, it’s not as if humans use them fairly like wild animals do in their food chain, we can take their lives any time we want too and far too easily.
        Fish are very intelligent and yes one day it will be realised, but that’s no help to the ones suffering now and it all makes me feel I don’t like this world the way it is but I’m trapped here.

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