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Spend The Money Or The Pet Dies

As a pet owner I take care of my pets. If they get deathly ill I see no reason to waste money on tring to save. Some people see it as a bad thing. I see it as a waste that could be spent on other things like the church or helping other people. When does it become ungodly keeping pets alive?

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 ---Tina on 9/6/06
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Part 1: The definition of "deathly ill" is crucial because if your pets are sick some diseases if not cured would surely bring death to your pets. As a pet owner you should take care of your pets. Some preventive vaccines are needed so that your pets would not get sick easily. You won't be wasting a lot of money if you will use preventive measures.
---bebet3754 on 5/4/08

I think that is a highly personal decision between the pet owner and the Lord. Who are you to judge how a person takes care of their pet?
---Madison1101 on 6/1/07

sorry Alan but thats how I got them they were put at the top of a friend of mine her hall with nothing but 4 walls seed and water and she asked me to take them, 5yrs ago. since they have been recaged in a larger one with toys and various other objects to keep them from being bored. I really want to have an avery built to give them the proper freedom they deserve. At the moment we are redecorating and havent the time but this is what we plan for them, as lucy is now on her own.
---Carla5754 on 9/8/06

I hope Carla these birds were not caged in captivity
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/8/06

Tina we have authority to rule over all the animals of the earth and subdue them.

They are here for us and not us for them and so I agree with whatever you feel right for the pets in your care.
---Pharisee on 9/7/06

We had two birds from a friend and one flew away Spring. His friend began to pull out his feathers with stress so we bought him a girlfriend. At first he kept biting her but then he realised she was female, eventually they became lovers and they used to groom each other although Chico was unfair love all the fuss but pecked Lucy when she came for the same .There was a love affair going untill today he died and she has been screamming .I'd have love to known what happened to him .
---Carla5754 on 9/7/06

John, I do similar work in Africa and completely relate to your comment. However, I think Spike makes a great point in that our pets are loyal, smart and, most importantly, depend on us. It's hard to watch them suffer. I dearly love my animals and can't stand to see them in obvious pain and not help them. I'm guilty of shelling out big bucks for vet bills in the past, but when they look at me with those sad eyes and are whining in pain and I know I can make them feel better, I just can't say no.
---AlwaysOn on 9/7/06

My son got a Tabby when the kitty was 5 weeks old. A great cat! He started having strokes when he was getting old, but was ok most of the time. Strokes became more frequent, plus he was having eye trouble and had an infection in his gums. Anastesia to clean his gums & teeth would have killed him, plus his other problems. He was 19 and I could not watch him suffer. My son was in college by this time and we decided having him put down was the humane thing to do, as hard as it was to let him go.
---NV_Barbara on 9/7/06

As much as I love my cat, I cannot see spending a great deal of money - unless it would be a cure. I value him, but not more than I value obeying God. Madison is right, it is ultimately a matter for prayer - not self-righteous judgement - either way.
---daphn8897 on 9/7/06

I think it becomes ungodly when people have needs that are not but the animals need are met. As you said yourself you may be better of spending that money on people needs instead of spending it on the pet when there is a big chance they will not survive.
I go to Haiti 3 times a year to do evangelism and orphanage work and I can tell you that we spend more money on our dogs and cats than those people earn in a year.
---john on 9/7/06

I have a cow dog that is my friend. Dog is so smart. After watching my wife hang clothes on the line/taking them down this summer, we woke up and found all the clothes on the porch. He pulled them off the line for her. He lives to work the cows, and works hard for me. Before I can pick up my tackle box, he's in the truck. I'll take care of this dog in any way I can. He depends on me, and he is man's best friend (animal kingdom).
---Spike on 9/7/06

Tina, do you ever watch the animal channel? If someone isn't taking care of their pets when they are sick or when they need a vet, that animal is taken away from them. We are responsible by law (I think) to keep our pets in good health even if it means spending money on them at a vet. Why would you keep a pet if you didn't want to take care of him? Just curious, don't shoot me, okay?
---Donna9759 on 9/7/06

I think it becomes ungodly when you keep the pet alive for your own comfort, when your pet is in pain, and is no longer themselves, but still u put off putting them down because you are not ready to lose them. That is not right. But a pet is like any other gift from God, you need to take care of it.
---bethie on 9/7/06

God is the giver and taker of all life. I personally believe that it is wrong to have an animal put down ... did it before I got saved and felt like a murderer. Proverbs 12:10 "A righteous man regards the life of his animal; But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel". I believe that the second part of this verse speaks of having an animal put down.
---Helen_5378 on 9/7/06

Pets were not created in the image and likeness of God...People were..We love and care for them. When the time comes and they become ill I learned how to treat them with herbs, Thank you God..
---Lynn on 9/7/06

Part 2: Our pets is an extension of our personalities. Having pets is a big help to us. It is ungodly to keep pets if caring for them keep us from caring for people who needs our attention. It is ungodly to keep sick pets alive if they won't respond to any medication. If the pet is already dying, and if you have done your best to cure him , then it is better for you to let go. But if your pet is sick and you didn't do anything to cure/save him, then, don't keep a pet at all.
---bebet3754 on 9/6/06

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Lisa, it is not ungodly to keep pets alive. If my pet is sick and the vet cannot help them, I will put them to sleep. I have had 2 of my pets put to sleep. I had a cat that was 18 years old. He didn't know where he was and he couldn't hear neither could he smell.(maybe a little smell). I had him put to sleep. I did that for him, not me. I knew I had a problem when he thought my bed was the liter box. He had not done that in 18 years.
---shira_9639 on 9/6/06

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