posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 09:14 AM
Whilst most people enjoy the company of their pets, various pets can have an advantage to having them around, obviously a big dog not only make a
detterent to an intruder , they can also be trained to carry loads, or pull them should the need arise. I'd suggest buying your larger dog a harness
to carry a backpack, and get them their own little kit ready, food water etc, let them wear it and get used to having it on.
As for cats, you'd be surprised how independant they can be should they feel the need, You don't feed a cat for a couple of days and ignore the
mewing, you watch it head outside and catch its own bloody supper. The only reason they don't need to is because YOU are there to look after them.
Should the SitX be severe enough for you to vacate your home / premises in a hurry I think the last thing on your mind would be your pets, Yes we ALL
love our pets and wouldn't want to harm them in any way, we treat them like people, THEY ARE NOT, their animals who survived long before man
domesticated them. They'll revert to their natural instincts if your not there to look after their every whim.
Should TSHTF be bad enough you watch how many dogs that are left to roam by their owners will end up in a pack, from the smallest to the largest ,
they'll team up and overcome to look after themselves. Now, for example, You've escaped the cities with your family and your pet cat and a few
months down the line you've managed to survive, I don't think your cat will stick around long enough to be cuddled of a night, even deaf cats have
sharp eyesight, and could probably survive, only the fit survive, pets ( I know of a couple) that need medication will be a hinderance to YOUR OWN
survival, besides meds will no longer be easily accessible so your pet may end up dying in your arms, its better to think " he's ok and running
wild" than to see him expire looking mournfully at you and wondering why didn't you get him his meds?
That kind of thinking distracts and allows you to make mistakes which could be lethal to you and your family. Only pets that are fit and are able to
pull their own weight WITH YOU will be able to be a use and a cause for keeping them.
My advice should the SHTF be bad enough, let the pets out, that includes cats and birds, and any 'exotic' pets, spiders, snakes and rodents. Let
them fend for themselves, after all its what they did before you came along.
We all love our pets, but would we want to see them suffering with us ? I say let them go, it'll hurt less in the long run...
[edit on 17/8/09 by DataWraith]