Why do animals love me

The human-animal relationship

For 90 percent of dog and cat owners, the four-paw is a full family member, according to a study by the University of Veterinary Medicine (TiHo) in Hanover. Almost half of the owners even openly refer to the animal as a “child substitute”.

"The humanization of animals is increasing"says Peter Kunzmann, Professor of Applied Ethics at the Institute for Animal Hygiene, Animal Welfare and Farm Animal Ethology at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover.

As anthropomorphism Scientists describe the phenomenon that we project human behaviors and desires onto our animal companions. Christmas and birthday gifts for dogs, hamsters & Co. no longer cause frowns today. The friends of an acquaintance put pajamas on their two greyhounds in the evening.

On the web you can see dogs in lingerie and cats in baseball caps. There are even branded clothing, rhinestone collars, Burberry coats and dog leashes from Chanel. “This humanization is systematically promoted by companies,” criticized the economist Ohr.

“One suggests that gourmet food and luxury accessories make animals happier. Which of course is nonsense. For example, I feel sorry for large dogs who have to wear raincoats. Or eat a vegan diet just because your mistress does too. "

Humanization often extends to the end of an animal's life when everything medically possible is tried to prevent euthanasia. “The role of the veterinarian here is more and more similar to that of a pediatrician,” observes philosopher Kunzmann.

Five weeks have passed, no trace of Mika. Someone reported via the Tasso tracing service who thought they had seen Mika. But it wasn't. At first we left the dry food bowl as a sign of defiant confidence. At some point I put it away.