I'm glad so many of you responded! I suppose it is right to call my fox a pet. (He just came out from his hideyhole and has been laying beside me and sticking his nose up to be petted. I suppose soon he will want his tummy rubbed.)
I have rabbits and chickens in the barn, I don't consider them as pets, I consider them as 'food sources'. The chickens lay eggs, and the rabbits make babies for meat. (The only ones I butchered this year was during an 'emergency' when the dogs and cats needed some food that day.)
I have a horse....I would consider her as a pet, since she comes up to me and enjoys attention. I also have sheep, who are not my pets...they don't like physical attention, but are quick to follow me around incase I give them some grain or other food. I keep them as 'lawn mowers'.
And the barn cats? I would have to say they consider themselves as pets, and I consider them as rodent control (if it wasn't for the rodents, the cats wouldn't be here).
I've had 'pet' snakes before, and I think the snakes' enjoy handling simply because of the person's body warmth. One of the snakes bit me once, oops my fault....he was hungry and thought I was dropping food into his cage, which he would usually take from my hand. Trust me, I went and got that food for him right away.
Avatar is so totally stolen and is not an actual pic of Sidney. But is it so close to what he looks like, it's worth the risk.
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