Indians and the Culture of Keeping Pets

Madan G Singh By Madan G Singh, 27th Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/q7jnp01c/
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Indians do not have a culture of keeping pets, only a few rich people keep pets and that too only dogs.

Indians and Pets

Indians by nature do not keep pets
- India Vs Abroad
- Factors Against keeping pets

I had kept a Fox hound as a pet, about two decades back. But after he died, I did not keep another pet. This was because of my frequent transfers to far-flung corners of India and even abroad. But overall Indians by nature do not keep many pets.

A visit to England will show that the reverse is true and dogs and pets are aplenty. In fact in a population of about 55 millions there must be 2 to 3 million pets. I am not aware of the actual figures, but it could be higher. This shows the love of an average Englishman for a pet, either a dog or a cat.

India vs Abroad @ Pet Culture

However we cannot compare with India. England is a comparative affluent nation and there is no poverty in the literal sense as every body has food to eat. Once your basic necessities are supplied, one can look around for some extra activities to keep yourself busy by keeping pets. Thus people who have gone old and have no companionship find solace in keeping pets as a solution to their lack of company and boredom.

Street Dogs In India
In India the scenario is slightly different. A vast majority of the Indian population of 1.2 billion are living in poverty. The figures dished out by the government appointed committees reveal that perhaps the number of Indian subsisting on less than a dollar are a day are over 750 million. With such a large population fighting for survival, obviously the inclination to keep a pet by this vast populace is just a dream. If you do not have enough to feed you and your family, feeding a dog would be a daunting task,

But the well to do in India does keep pets. But again a lot of the rich people are not overtly fond of pets like in the USA and Europe. I visit many of my friends who are well off, but still are not interested in keeping pets.

Two factors militate against Indians keeping pets

a) Firstly the state of income and all-round poverty militates against keeping pets

b) Secondly Indians even those who can afford it are generally averse to keeping pets. Their love for animals is minimal

It must be understood that keeping a pet involves some onerous tasks by the owner of the pet. He must not only feed the pet, but must get him medical cover as and when required. In addition like the immunization programs for a child a pet must also be immunized against many diseases which a pet may suffer. This is a responsible task and though looking simple is really not easy if you have no love for pets.

In India if there are pets, then only dogs are visible. People hardly keep any other animal like cat, Parrot or hare as pets. Maybe with the passage of time as the Indian economy gears up, a love for animals may be generated and Indians may start keeping pets. But till that time the present status quo will remain, a few pets, mostly dogs with the well-heeled.

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Dogs, India, Other Pets, Pets, Poverty

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author avatar Carol
27th Nov 2011 (#)

That is very interesting information,I did not know that. Thank you Madan

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author avatar Anisha Achankunju (Aiyanna)
27th Nov 2011 (#)

I was born in India and for the time I was there and till date my family has kept the following: Cats, rabbits, parrots, crows, a bat, couple of white mice, squirrels, fish, sheep and just three dogs etc.
My neighbours had even more exotic pets and those included tortises, monkeys, deer amongst others and no it is not in the country side but in the metropolitan township of Bangalore.
Unfortunately a very biased statement to say only dogs. Check out my list of pets and they are for real, in my article that I wrote about my dog Prancer.
I wanted to be a veterinarian and that was the reason for all my pet animals and it was my family and neighbours who influenced me and we are not the rich class but the regular middle class family.

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author avatar Madan G Singh
28th Nov 2011 (#)

Thank you for your comment. I am referring to the entire India which I have seen having been with the Air Force. Generally Indians do not keep pets, but exceptions are always there. Thank you again.

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author avatar Madan G Singh
28th Nov 2011 (#)

Thank you Carol

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author avatar NEERAJ BHATT
27th Nov 2011 (#)

Good information to share with friends,thank you.

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author avatar Madan G Singh
28th Nov 2011 (#)

Than you Neeraj

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author avatar Sheila Newton
27th Nov 2011 (#)

Another great article from my friend Madan. I noticed, when I stayed in Goa, that nobody seemed to keep pets. Oh, my goodness, I loved that country.

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author avatar Madan G Singh
28th Nov 2011 (#)

Yes Sheila, I am glad you observed what I have written. India is indeed a great place. Do visit me when you next come to India.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
27th Nov 2011 (#)

My wife and I watched a show on India and it was talking about the problem with feral dogs spreading rabies (due to the loss of so many vultures there are more feral dogs feeding on carcasses). Indeed for the rest of the world to see starving dogs is so hard when here we keep them as loved pets, cats too.
But it is a cultural thing, it is not that Indians are cruel or unkind it is a different society and spaying and neutering is not as common as it is here so there are more feral dogs in India too.

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author avatar Madan G Singh
28th Nov 2011 (#)

Than you mark. Indians are a sensitive people, but keeping pets is not a plus point with them

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
3rd Jan 2012 (#)

My wife comes from an Indian family (eventhough she was born in Kenya in Africa) and her relatives in India have kept cats. Although rare there are families that keep pet cats.

One of the things that I noted in travels in India is that there are many dogs and cats around the towns and cities yet they look scrawny when compared to those living in western cities. Part of the reason being that many are strays and not pets in the western sense.

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