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Why did you sign up with social media?
To keep up with news, your family members, friends or your favorite celebrities?
A recent study done by the largest pet care company, Mars Petcare US, reveals that many of you joined social media in order to share your pet with more people.
What You Will Learn From This Article:
- Pet Posts on Social Media
- The Truth about Pet Posts
- 3 Types of Pet Posts to Avoid on Social Media
- Tips on Pet Posts for Massive Social-Media Shares
Pet Posts on Social Media
Yes, who doesn’t like sharing pictures of their pets on social media?
People are treating their pets more like family. And, just going through your Facebook’s News Feed floods our vision with pictures of various pets. There are dog pictures and there are cat videos. These days you can’t post a meme without featuring cats.
It may be because people now like looking at pictures of cute animals more than ever.
The stat is staggering:
“Adult dog owners post a picture or talk about their dog on social media six times a week.”
Such findings prove that people love animals and see their furry friends as part of their family. Therefore, they like representing them as such on social media.
Truth Be Told…
Among the piles of disturbing visuals of violence, organized crime on social media, photos of puppies and kittens are cheering.
But, there come certain types of pets that shouldn’t be shared online. The types of pet posts could be borderline inappropriate or represent your pets in a way you wouldn’t your family member.
So, what types of posts am I talking about?
Below is a concise explanation of 3 types of pets you should avoid sharing on social media:
1. Pets in Distress
Love looking at the pictures of animals and babies bonding? Yes, a child’s social and emotional development can be accelerated by its day-to-day interactions with your family dog. Pictures of a child hugging a cat or dog are heartwarming.
Here’s the issue such bonding may cause: an animal may find a sudden overwhelming display of emotion hostile and end up doing something terrible!
When sharing pictures of animals on social media, make sure they don’t show any signs of distress.
#Signs to Tell Your Pet is Scared – depending on the situations, an animal may show several signs of distress. When your pet shows the signs listed below, avoid posting their pictures on social media.
- Tucked Tail: an animal’s tail is one of the most effective indicators of his/her emotions. When an animal sees, hears or feels something that he doesn’t like, he will tuck his tail. If a puppy wags his tail fast and keeps it low, then it may be because he’s nervous and he might be ready to storm.
- Eyes and Ears: if your pet shows a wide-eyed stare with whites visible, then the stare could mean the pet is in distress, but too scared to look away. An animal that feels insecure will keep his gaze down and won’t make eye contact.
- Posture: one of the easiest ways to spot a frightened animal is by looking at his posture. An animal that keeps his head low, tucks his tail feels apprehensive. Some animals will go into a crouched or tense position to show fear.
- Additional Signs: raised fur, whining, sudden urination, or shaking are all strong indicators of fear.
#What Could Happen If a Pet is Scared: if a pet finds your hugging and approach hostile, he may bite or scratch you out of fear. And, if you’re trying to snap the bonding of your child and your pet, the pet may cause injury to your child in fit of fear.
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2. Exposing that You’re a Bad Pet Owner
Social media is an effective medium to show us many things. It can show you things that are heartwarming — show you things that will restore your faith in humanity.
However, on the other side of the coin, social media can make you wonder whether the humanity stooped to an all time low.
As a pet owner, I’ve seen many pet owners treating their pets in a horrible manner, then bragging about it on social media. Such social media postings made me cry quite a few times.
Nonetheless, I’m happy that they helped me draw attention to such horrible treatments.
Many of the social media postings I’ve seen show that people don’t even realize that they are neglecting. Here are the most common social media postings that could show off your neglect and expose you as a bad pet owner:
- Taking Selfies with a Dirty Water Bowl, or Feeder in the Background: many pet owners use the same water bowl or feeder without cleaning it or changing it. Leaving a water bowl out could harbor bacteria transferred from your pet’s mouth or food. It takes less than a minute to clean up your pet’s water bowl, or feeder.
- Posting Videos of Your Pets Fighting with Each Other: often we see that many pet owners encourage their pets to fight with each other for sport. This is truly one of the worst crimes you will commit against your pet. Filming your pet beating up another animal and bragging about it on social media are the complete betrayal of your relationship with the pet.
- Ignoring Your Pet’s Ailments – how many Instagram or Facebook posts have you seen where people take selfies with mistreated pets? Humans go to the doctor when they are sick. But, your pets don’t have the luxury to go to a veterinarian.
Here’s another bad boast:
As a pet owner, your pet’s health is your responsibility. So, if he is sick, take him to a vet. Don’t make fun of him being sulky or grumpy on social media.
Take your pet’s lack of interest in doing things seriously. Take him to a vet for a full medical checkup. Don’t be quick to update your social status telling everyone how disinterested your pet has become recently.
#Warning: refusing your pet required medical attention and prolonging his suffering is a form of neglect. If you’re found neglecting, you could encounter legal trouble.
3. Sharing the Same Type of Photos or Substandard Photos Repeatedly:
Posting a batch of photos of your pet that show nothing but changes of angles may irritate your follower or friend. In the long term, they may unfriend or unfollow you too. Don’t be surprised if somebody calls you “crazy cat lady”. You may hear other funny nicknames too when passing your block. So, avoid churning out the same type of pet posts on social media.
Tips on Pet Posts for Massive Social-Media Shares
Below is a list of tips you can follow the next time you make a social media posting of your pet:
- Share a picture of your pet having fun outdoors or being active.
- Capture the moment that shows your pet in a loving, calm or funny manner.
- Share the video of your pet trying to imitate you or human activity.
- Adorable kitten chasing each other through the alley? Film it with whatever you have in your hand.
- Is Your pet having a giggle? GIF it immediately.
- Keep the video of your pet short. Trim it to focus only on the climax.
Bottom Line – “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Social media websites are becoming very useful tools for people to share things happening around. Like all other matters, people’s everyday interactions with pets are also being shared on those sites. Although such pet postings are amusing to us most of the time, they sometimes show grim representations of our treatment with pets. In this article, I compiled the types of pet postings that are a big no-no on social media. Make sure you avoid such types of pet posts.
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