● "Why is the Western world so obsessed with cats and dogs?"
🤯Hmmm#1 - I wonder what YOU regard as "the western world"?
See, my nation is the first place in the world to see the sun rise on New Year's Day (you MIGHT have discovered that the sun rises from the east and sets to the west). We had some tourists come here on 31.12.1999 to be the first people in the world to greet the new (but mathematically false! This millennium started on 1.1.2001, not 1.1.2000) millennium next day. You can either visit our East Cape Lighthouse, or sail 150km further east to our Chatham Islands. If you look at maps showing the International Date Line, you will see that our only rival for "first to see the sun" might be Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, the eastern tip of Russia washed by the Bering Straits.
There ARE some sneaky Polynesians east of us in Tonga, Tokelau, Samoa, and Kiribati who, years ago, paddled to their west, picked up the International Date Line, bent it, and strenuously hauled it to be EAST of Kiribati, as you will see on atlases and Google Maps. Allegedly it was so that they could have their calendars on the same day as us, their friendliest almost-neighbours:
(Naturally American Samoa stayed on the same day as the USA.)
But because of the position of the International Date Line, EVERYONE (apart from those still living on THOSE Polynesian nations or "mine") is a "westerner" to me.
🤯Hmmm#2 - I wonder what YOU define as "dogs" and "cats"?
I define all canids as dogs, all felids as cats - and, sadly, the big felids are bigger, and accelerate faster, than the big dogs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7g4SUomZ...
although the canids have the endurance to outdistance the felids if not caught in the first dash.
All canids and felids can be traced back 40 million years ago to a weasel-like animal called the Miacis which dwelt in trees and dens. The Miacis later evolved into the Tomarctus, a direct forbear of the genus Canis, which includes the wolf, coyote and jackal as well as the dog.
However, part of the answer to your question is sure to be that dogs were the first animals to domesticate themselves, somewhere between 31,000± BC and 12,690± BC. The earliest evidence for cat domestication is only around 8,000 to 9,500 years ago - somewhere between 7500 BC and 6000 BC.
[🤴🏽 Anyone who wants details of my "history" of dogs researches, some with web-links to their source included, is welcome to send me their personal e-address & preferred breed(s) via Y!A's so-called "e-mail" link on my Activity page. No WAY am I going to break it up into the tiny little bits that are all that Y!A's "web-mail" form allows!]
But more than just CATS (26 nations: Armenia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, England, Ethiopia, Guyana, India, Iran, Isle of Man, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nederlands, Romania, Rwanda, Singapore, Somalia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Vietnam) and DOGS (10 nations: Algeria, Croatia, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Malta, Paraguay, Portugal, Serbia, Turkey) are regarded as worthy symbols of Asian, Middle Eastern, African,
European, or American nations: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_na...
Would you regard THAT as being "obsessed" with animals?
I imagine that the BIG cats were chosen for their ferocity, size & speed; the wild dogs chosen for their ferocity, the domesticated dogs for their faithfulness & work-ethic. The other animals were usually historically or mythologically connected with that nation.
🙈🙉Would you believe it that, of the world's current 195 nations, 135 have either changed their name or changed their type of governance (democratically elected government, dictatorship, monarchy, oligarchy) since I was born (MANY as a result of WW2), yet NOT ONE consulted me as to their flag or symbol?!!!
● "Update: You have to feed and take groom them. And you can't pour out your miseries to your pet."
Oh - how sad. Are you perhaps terminally LAZY?
Choose WISELY and the DOMESTICATED dog will help feed YOU, as [Latcho] periodically states about his herding dogs. The dogs used by bird hunters or deer hunters or pig hunters also help feed their humans. The Terriers repay their food by killing the rodents that are trying to eat our stores of food. And the DOMESTICATED cats are notorious for bringing inside the bird or mouse or rat they have caught, and depositing it on your floor, still alive - could that be their attempt to feed us? As cats prefer their meat VERY fresh, could that be why they don't kill the prey before "offering" it to us?
Again: Choose wisely and you will find that there is very little grooming that is necessary with a suitable cat or dog. But yeah, the breeds regarded as "cute" DO tend to have far too much coat. I've had GSDs that ENJOYED a bath - one hopped into the bath without being told to - hopped out and waited while I went to get the anti-flea shampoo I'd forgotten to prepare, then hopped back in when I returned - and yet he had only 4, maybe 5, baths in his 10 or 11 years life!
Live well and you won't have many. As [Jojo] pointed out: Many of us CAN "pour out our miseries to our pet". But WE aren't gullible enough to expect our pets to give us ADVICE!
But if you aren't evil, you might discover just how patiently they wait and allow you to express your thinking out loud to them. Especially if you use a cheerful tone of voice and do such as rub or scritch-scratch the parts they LIKE to be rubbed. (Aware people know that rubbing along fur soothes us.)
However, because our brain controls the chemicals circulating in our blood and exuded through our pores, and because dogs have such superb scenting ability, they CAN smell whether you are angry, happy, ill, plotting evil, sad, scared.
I object STRONGLY to your
● "That man had his own problems and perversions. Plus he's a vegetarian and comes from a culture where they worship cows."
Comment to [Lorraine].
👀1: EVERYONE has "problems".
👀2: I'm no expert on Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, an intelligent man who got his ideas about pacifism from Taranaki's Te Whiti. But the web-pages alleging that Ghandi was a pervert seem to be based on him testing his willpower by sleeping naked with a naked girl. An unusual way of testing willpower, but was certainly demonstrating confidence in his willpower! (I hope he was successful!) Mahatma doesn't mean "Saint" - a holy man, a leader, a sage, are better concepts.
👀3: I'm no vegetarian - my limited study of nutrition indicates that the human brain NEEDS animal proteins as well as vegetable proteins during the period in which it develops. On that basis, a vegetarian who refuses to let a child eat meats is guilty of cruelty & neglect by depriving the child of the intelligence its genetics were intended to produce. So I'm glad that I was raised in a nation where the dairy industry is very important, and I got LOTS of milk - human until my first birthday, then plentiful cows' milk that had been simmered in a billy on a wood-stove to (we hoped) kill any "germs" in the milk.
But Indians do NOT "worship cows"! Reading
(because Y!A is stingy and I've already used 3 web-links, you'll have to copy & paste that address and the rest to your browser's address-line)
will tell you that the "Rig Veda" (about 1500 B.C.) and "Brahmanas" (about 900 B.C.) and texts from the third century B.C that taught religious duty (dharma). say that a bull or cow should be killed to be eaten when a guest arrives. The article explains why the cow is the more precious - EVERY competent livestock breeder knows that the female is the more precious of the 2 genders!
There is a BIG difference between #1: cows (the female bovines. Male bovines are bulls) being SACRED as you allege, and #2: RESPECTING life so that it is not wantonly wasted. Thuggees were, of course, notorious for wantonly taking human lives:
If you are willing to read about Te Whiti:
My greatgreatgrandfather was probably one of the British troops that arrested him and Tohu Kakahi (Sgt.Bosworth arrived in 1961 - but might have become Governor of New Plymouth Prison by the time of Te Whiti's arrest). I spent a couple of years as a pupil at the Pungarehu School that Parihaka children went to. My mother's sister married a farmer who leased land that had been confiscated. Thirteen years later it was the 3rd school I was a teacher at; I also drove the bus that collected the children from the pa.
🌏 UPDATE for [Kanabij]:🌏
I don't have to "try very hard" - my father was told my IQ in 1948. In 1990 I sat an "Executive Test" and the norms didn't reach up to my score.
King Les The Lofty - first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968