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Chapter 3

Cats, too, vary in their personalities. Some cats are very human centered.
They like to be held and spend most of their time with family members. They
may be upset if left alone for long periods of time. Other cats are less social
and more independent. These cats may be friendly and enjoy short periods of
petting, but will also seek to spend a lot of their time alone. When choosing
a cat, it is important to decide what type of behavior you want and then take
time to assess the personality of a potential pet. Pocket pets are small animals
that are usually kept in aquariums or cages. These pets may be ideal for those
who want greater control over when and how long to interact with their pet.

is this animal a Fad or Status Symbol?
Many times, animals or special breeds of animals become fads or status symbols. When the fad fades, the animals become unwanted or are abandoned.
An example is the wrinkled-skinned Shar-Pei. See Figure 3-3. The following
appeared in Atlantic Monthly magazine:
Twelve of these Chinese guard and fighting dogs were brought into the
United States in the late 1960s. Offspring sold for as much as $10,000.
Sloppily bred from a limited gene pool, these dogs have developed autoimmune deficiencies leading to severe skin disorders, a condition
where teeth don't align properly that sometimes make it impossible for
them to eat. Their hips are bad; to correct entropion their eye lids need
to be surgically cut from over the eyes. Many display the foul temper
of a punch-drunk fighter. Since the collapse of the market on Shar-Pei,
many are appearing in animal shelters, abandoned by owners no longer interested in supporting a dog that has fallen from vogue.6

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Shar-Pei can be born with entropion, a genetic condition in which a
portion of the eyelid is inverted or folded inward. This can cause an eyelash
or hair to irritate and scratch the surface of the eye, leading to watery eyes,

The Shar-Pei, once a valuable status symbol,
has been appearing in shelters since the collapse of the
market on these wrinkled-skin dogs.

Figure 3-3

Small Animals as Pets

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