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The Neopian Times Week 57 > Articles > Are We Caring For Our Pets?

Are We Caring For Our Pets?

by blazewolfpup

PET CENTRAL - As I regularly go to chat rooms, and Message Boards, I find many other Neopians who I can talk to. One day, though, what one person said to me made me think about something - Are we caring for our pets the way we should?

The person in question was in a certain chat room I frequent. As it was about Neopets, we were discussing the new thing that had came out a few days ago - Meuka, the snot-like Meerca that was the newest addition to the Defenders of Neopia set. I, after popping into the conversation, asked how we actually get it. After being told, I was disgusted. You have to get your pet sick just for a challenger?

Listening to the person's chat, I got thinking about what got me to write this article. He was mentioning things like adopting pets because they have the right disease, and repetitively using the Wheel of Excitement in the hope that their pets would become sick. I didn't agree to any of this - you adopt pets because you want a new addition to your family, and you spin the wheel in the hopes of riches! Don't we?

With this in mind, I thought about the previous DoN challengers. Don't call me a hypocrite, but I still think we are mistreating out pets just for a trophy. The Pant Devil, for example, can only be received as a Battledome challenger, and the only way to get his trophy, is to have an item stolen by him off you. When it was released that you get a trophy for beating him, Neopians were in a storm to get him to steal their items. Huh? Isn't this just a LITTLE wrong in anyone else's minds?

For the Ghost Lupe and Cave Chia, I was just considering the actual pets while fighting. Yes, I did fight them... but within reason. My pets did stand a chance, with the weapons I have. Yes, it did take 8 tries to beat the Cave Chia... and that's exactly my point. It took me a while, with semi-strong-ish pets and items. Think of the newbie-ish owners out there, trying to beat the Cave Chia!

Off the topic of Don, I started to think of general Neopians and their Pets. Lots of Neopians care only for their accounts - loads of trophies, the strongest pets, painted pets, thousands of Neopoints, rare items, so on. That said, most of these people have Pets for that reason - to show off how rich they are. Aren't they supposed to be our Virtual Buddies, or something?

Also, lots of people put their Pets in the Neolodge at all times, just because it's cheaper than feeding them. Others don't feed their pets at all, except if they get challenged in the Battledome. Others ONLY feed their pets because they're Battledome-obsessed. Isn't this wrong? No, they can't die, but imagine a Lupe as a real dog, or a Uni as a real horse. You would feed that, would you not?

Speaking of the Battledome... a lot of Newbies fight in there, and I must admit, certain QuickFight challenges I've done have been against Newbies with Rainbow Guns. Yes, they may be Newbies, but don't they have enough common sense to not battle without some good weapons? I didn't start to battle until I obtained some semi-good weapons and stats... And with QuickFight, wouldn't everybody make sure that the stats they put in are a reasonable branch of which their pet could fight? A 6hp versus a 24hp Pet isn't a good match, if I do say so myself.

The Lab Ray, although many other Neopians and I do use it, could be considered a cruel thing. When you go to the main Laboratory page, it shows pictures of your Pets being sad, and shouting phrases such as 'Nooooo!' or 'I'm scared'. Isn't forcing your pets to do something they don't want to do a bad thing, too?

Of course, there are probably lots more cases in which it could be classed as cruel. Ah, but I hear you say this: 'It's not real. They don't exist in real life. It doesn't matter'. But, as I mentioned above somewhere, aren't they supposed to be your Virtual Buddies, and that means taking care of them properly.

In another reality/dimension, things like the Neopets could even exist... if you found yourself there, would you treat them like they are just 'graphics on a web page'? And yes, I do believe in things such as alternate realities and dimensions, before you ask.

I suggest you mull this around your head for a while, as I did... it helps you realise certain things about how we treat our Pets.

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