This is definitely a really interesting topic to me, and I’ll try to answer to the best of my ability. Keep in mind that I’m coming at this from a psychology/biology background, not an anthropological one- I’d love to hear people from that field weigh in on the topic.
I’d also like to note that some of the things in this article aren’t based on scientific research but my own observations and opinion.
Here’s what I go over:
- Why people keep animals, and the types of relationships people have with animals
- Domestic vs tamed animals
- Conditions that allow humans to keep pets
- Animal-animal relationships that resemble human pet keeping