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This is a discussion on NTs and Pets within the NT's Temperament Forum- The Intellects forums, part of the Keirsey Temperament Forums category; Originally Posted by corgiflatmate Yes, they inspire all sorts of loathing and disgust in me. They have that affect on ...
I like intelligence in pets. With that said, no reptiles, insects, hamsters, etc. I like some larger breeds of dogs and some cats. I think you are severely underestimating their intelligence by thinking they are on the same level as infants. I'd say more along the lines of a 5-7 year old if you get the right breed (labs, german shepherds, collies, poodles, etc). You also have to take in account their history that is representative of their intelligence - working jobs requiring a degree of intelligence, loyalty, and discipline along the side of humans for centuries or more.
Make no mistake - pets give you much more attention, love, and affection than you give them. I suppose thats one reason why people like them.the notion of an animal returning the same level of affection is something that makes me ponder
I think that for most animals, it isn't nearly as meaningful to keep them as a pet and give them no direction, as it is to keep them for a purpose, putting them to work and keeping them active. This at least preserves some kind of meaning in the animal's life and builds a relationship between you for mutual benefit, while animals that are just pets can get pretty slavish.
Being that cats are relatively independent, however, I decided to keep one. He has assigned himself jobs like guarding me from others (including other pets), protecting the house from foreign invaders, cleaning up insects.
I like pets, however, old cat ladies freak me out.
I like animals but have no desire to have a pet. I hate dogs; one german shepard type dog next door broke his chain and chased me and one of my cousins when I was 3. And then another dog some years later chased me again.
We have cats around the house, and I like them there, (around the house and sometimes on the porch; never in the house) though there was this one little kitten that seemed to have an aversion around the others cats and seemed to prefer us to them. When that cat disappeared I was really disappointed and cried a real tear. Other than that time, no animals have really moved me like that. I think they're cute to watch but my parents didn't like animals in the house and I honestly I don't like the fact of never being "alone" in the house, always some being besides me in there. So no pets.
I did have guinea pigs once; I was joking but my mother actually took me serious and bought some guinea pigs. Too much work (they refused to help me). They were pretty though. I also never felt the need to name the cats, not even the guinea pigs (I did call that kitten fluffball or poofball.)
I could write an entire essay on this.
But for the sake of brevity, I'll condense my thoughts down, and just make two points.
Firstly, and probably most understandable to my fellow NT's, I enjoy studying the psychology and ecologic relationship animals display. So, there's the first great satisfaction that animals, wild and domestic, provide me with.
Secondly, and more personally, I recognize the debt that humankind owes to dogs. For thousands of years they guarded our children, our livestock, and our land. In some parts of the world, they still do. They threw themselves between us and the great predators, venomous snakes, and roaming bandits that previously thrived on this planet.
Now that we have our precious technology, I am not content to exterminate them, or to let them scavenge in the refuse of our alleyways. We got here together, and it seems dishonorable to turn them out. In return for their previous assistance living in a wild world, I now make a modest attempt to return the favor, providing them a place in this tame new world they helped us reach.
That's about the best I could condense it after several edits.
Just so everyone knows, I do not feel that all individuals owe this debt, and do not expect others to provide shelter and food for them. How others go about on this planet is their own business. Some of us shelter and provide for animals, but I would never want that to be a mandatory role.
People who hurt animals however, I place in an entirely different category, one which I won't speak of here.
However, I certainly agree that we shouldn't cast life away, as a general principle.