What is pet: Definition and 65 Discussions

A pet, or companion animal, is an animal kept primarily for a person's company or entertainment rather than as a working animal, livestock, or a laboratory animal. Popular pets are often considered to have attractive/cute appearances, intelligence, and relatable personalities, but some pets may be taken in on an altruistic basis (such as a stray animal) and accepted by the owner regardless of these characteristics.
Two of the most popular pets are dogs and cats. Other animals commonly kept include rabbits; ferrets; pigs; rodents such as gerbils, hamsters, chinchillas, rats, mice, and guinea pigs; birds such as parrots, passerines, and fowls; reptiles such as turtles, lizards, snakes, and iguanas; aquatic pets such as fish, freshwater snails, and saltwater snails; amphibians such as frogs and salamanders; and arthropod pets such as tarantulas and hermit crabs. Small pets may be grouped together as pocket pets, while the equine and bovine group include the largest companion animals.
Pets provide their owners, or guardians, both physical and emotional benefits. Walking a dog can provide both the human and the dog with exercise, fresh air, and social interaction. Pets can give companionship to people who are living alone or elderly adults who do not have adequate social interaction with other people. There is a medically approved class of therapy animals that are brought to visit confined humans, such as children in hospitals or elders in nursing homes. Pet therapy utilizes trained animals and handlers to achieve specific physical, social, cognitive, or emotional goals with patients.
People most commonly get pets for companionship, to protect a home or property, or because of the perceived beauty or attractiveness of the animals. A 1994 Canadian study found that the most common reasons for not owning a pet were lack of ability to care for the pet when traveling (34.6%), lack of time (28.6%), and lack of suitable housing (28.3%), with dislike of pets being less common (19.6%). Some scholars, ethicists, and animal rights organizations have raised concerns over keeping pets because of the lack of autonomy and the objectification of non-human animals.

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  1. kyphysics

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    I'm slightly confused by what medical professionals/scientists say when they say to limit exposure to x-rays/CT/PET, etc. scans if possible, due to radiation. I'm also confused as to why we're often told to leave the room when a relative is getting such a scan, given that medical staff that...
  2. jim mcnamara

    Perseverance lander has a pet rock....

    Sort of. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10897341/NASAs-Mars-Perseverance-rover-pet-rock-thats-hitching-ride.html
  3. AJSayad

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  4. Orodruin

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  5. BillTre

    Will Pet Cloning become the Test Bed for Vertebrate Germline Transformation

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  6. riodice

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  7. Greg Bernhardt

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  8. S

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  9. S

    Math Pet Peeves: Share Yours Here!

    From another forum I once learned the English expression pet peeve. More and more I realize that in fact I host a whole animal shelter of mathematical (in the broad sense) pet peeves and, maybe worse, sometimes I am causing them to others. In this thread I would like to hear about yours. To...
  10. Mark44

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  11. Giada

    I In PET scanners, why is a cyclotron used to make positrons?

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  12. Noisy Rhysling

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  13. Noisy Rhysling

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  14. Greg Bernhardt

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  15. T

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  16. B

    A PET scanners -- SNR versus NECR....

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  17. klotza

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  18. B

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  19. P

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  20. B

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  21. davenn

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  22. J

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  23. F

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  24. A

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  25. P

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  26. L

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  27. Greg Bernhardt

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  28. K

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  29. P

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  30. S

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  31. wolram

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  32. Andre

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  33. T

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  34. P

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  35. EnumaElish

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  36. U

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  37. J

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  38. L

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  39. K

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  40. edward

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  41. Ivan Seeking

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  42. N

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  43. N

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  44. S

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  45. Ivan Seeking

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  46. edward

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  47. Ivan Seeking

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