Most popular pets are cats, and dogs. They are all carnivores. Few people have pigs as pets. More commonly, people eat pigs.
- Why are some of the most common human housepets carnivores?
- Does this preference indicate anything more general about the human condition? (for example, do humans love violent beings?)
Note: Cows, horses, and rabbits are cattles, not pets. You don't develop emotional bonding with them. People would scream when dogs are being eaten in China. People don't scream when pigs are being eaten everywhere.
I am talking about the most popular pets that people form bonds with.
I am just wondering that perhaps we use cats in mutually beneficial ways. That is why we love them. Also cats and dogs would retaliate if we hit them.
We uses cows in parasitic ways (as food). That's why we don't love cows. Perhaps a good strategy to be loved is to be reasonably violent? That's what I want to know.
Or perhaps humans love those who kill for them (like our soldiers?). Cats and dogs kill for us or help us kill. That's why we evolve loving them as our "allies". Is it possible?
NB: I am well aware that cats are very cute. I prefer rational explanation I can easily verified without referring to some vague emotions.