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The ZA and pets [warning]

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This topic could get very dark for some regarding our pets during an actual Zombie Apocalypse. I advise some not to read it.

The non dark part:
I wanted to start off with the fact that a huge majority of humanity has some kind of pet. Dog, Cat, hamster, fish. Whatever it may be. Now, I'm not going to focus on the lesser pets such as hamsters or fish or what can be considered the less noise producing pets.

Instead, this is going to focus on the louder pets such as dogs, cats.

From what is known, when it comes down to a ZA one of the survival aspects is to draw as little attention to yourself as possible. Which means you should not make noise as we all know that Zombies will follow a noise for miles out of instinct. (note the horde following the train in ep4)

With that in mind I have no doubt that a lot of the louder pets, mainly dogs and cats would attract a LOT of attention!

Cats:
While cats can run they can't defend themselves. They can try by hissing, or scratching or biting.. But that wouldn't deter a hungry Zombie so the cat just became dinner. In a family atmosphere they can be relatively quiet they still will be a drain on resources over time. Like many animals it doesn't take long for a house cat to become a feral cat when they are pushed into it. Some cats do like to meow or cry now and then so those types are dangerous to have around in the ZA.

Dogs:
These animals are the louder yet more protective of the two. Dogs in a protective mode against a human can overcome most and get away or hurt their attacker enough to deter them. Unfortunately a Zombie does not have the same fight or flight triggers as a normal human being. So while the dog may attack it will be putting itself in danger to being killed and eaten since the dog can't do enough damage to a Zombie to deter it from it's meal. In my opinion, dogs are the first species to be killed off.

So here we are in the Dark part:
You have a dog or a cat that make a lot of noise. It could easily encourage a Zombie horde to you and your family by barking or chasing after them and then running back to the home leading them to your family.

What is done with the pets we love? Do you kill them off in the beginning if they get loud or do you just let them bark and give away your position. Granted a lot of pets can be trained to not bark or make noise but a good portion of them are not so well trained.

I have to admit that I have a very loud dog. She just doesn't listen when she is told to be quiet. A person can walk down the street and she is barking at them. She barks at everything even if there is nothing to bark at. I have to admit here and now and say that my beloved pet would have to be killed in order to protect my family for either to prevent them from attracting Zombies to my home or to provide as an emergency food source for my family.

So there en-lies the question. What do you do with your loud pets? Do you kill them off, do you spare them, do you eat them, what do you do when your family is in danger due to the pet simply giving away your position?

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  • I would sadly release them into the wild(the golf course next to my backyard) and hope they find their own way somewhere. I couldnt stand to kill them myself or watch them die. it's better that way

  • Your whole post makes me worry for your family's safety ZA or not you come off like a St.John :( I thought this game was bad but this seriously bothers me and I'm sorry if I seem harsh but jesus. You already talked about killing your dog for meat. Your family (kids especially) would hate you, survival or not!

    I'm sorry.

  • @bdawgnit1785 said: Your whole post makes me worry for your family's safety ZA or not you come off like a St.John :( I thought this game was bad but this seriously bothers me and I'm sorry if I seem harsh but jesus. You already talked about killing your dog for meat. Your family (kids especially) would hate you, survival or not!

    I'm sorry.

    ... did you just equate eating a dog with eating a human? With that sort of reaction I can only assume you've never spent longer than a week on a farm. If you have to kill an animal you do it, it's hard but if it has to be done then it has to be done.

  • Both of my cats are very quiet and are excellent mousers/bird eaters, so I think we'd be fine in that regard.

    My dog passed a few months ago. She was very sick so it was her time, but I don't know what I'd do if she was still alive. She was a collie, sweetest thing, but especially in her old age she got grouchy and would bark/growl if she was annoyed and went crazy around squirrels and people who walked up to the house without greeting her. She never bit though; she nipped at ankles because she was an alpha dog, but nothing beyond that.

    She was my first dog and probably my only dog. If she was still alive... well, I guess it depends if we're taking her illness into consideration. If things went to shit and didn't get better within a few weeks, if she had survived but was sick, we probably would have tried to put her down as peacefully as possible and dispose of her body. If she was healthy... she was a smart dog. The first few weeks would be rough but she loved us and wanted to please, so we could probably teach her to be quiet. And even if we couldn't, I'd keep her. If there was a disagreement within my family, I wouldn't let them kill her and convince them to let her loose.

  • My dog is relatively quiet. BUT, he does bark when a stranger comes knocking. Which, I'm going to be honest and say isn't that a good thing? This way we can have a relatively normal life, knowing that if anybody or anything comes my way I'll know about it.

    My cats are quiet so would be fine also.

  • @cormoran said: ... did you just equate eating a dog with eating a human? With that sort of reaction I can only assume you've never spent longer than a week on a farm. If you have to kill an animal you do it, it's hard but if it has to be done then it has to be done.

    If you have kids killing and eating your family pet isn't good for your (or kids) mental health. I would do it if we were starved but then eating the fucking dog will only help for about a day with food then what??? kids next? I mean I know it's a dog and not a person but I AM A PERSON and eating your dog IS just as bad as eating some survivor thats a stranger. Tell the military you killed and ate your dog...they will proly put you down with the walkers cuz it's not ok....NOT! whatever I'm dumb and would proly die but at least I would still have my humanity....jesus.

    This is my last post on these forums. what the fuck. Not having fun talking about killing my dog...gave me fucking nightmares. Hope you all enjoy the 5th episode and have a happy thanksgiving. Peace out;)

  • @cormoran said: ... did you just equate eating a dog with eating a human? With that sort of reaction I can only assume you've never spent longer than a week on a farm. If you have to kill an animal you do it, it's hard but if it has to be done then it has to be done.


    There is a big difference here. A dog is a household pet...part of the family. You can't compare it to a farm. I can't believe that anybody would consider killing and eating their dog.. that's sick. Zombie apocalypse or not, if you have a loud dog, then buy a muzzle or something.

  • What kind of insensitive bastard would kill a innocent dog? You have to be an asshole to kill your own pet dog! I wouldn't do it! I would try to protect it and all of the other survivors! I sure as hell won't be a coward who kills or eats own pet! I am really attached to my dog and I would probably sacrifice myself for it! :eek:

  • I would release my pet into the wild as well, bidding him/her a farewell, and hoping for the best.

    I will not kill a pet, the fate of a life is not for my hands to choose.

  • Kill them, Or as the post before said, Release them to the wild. I need to keep my family safe before all. They'd just lead a zombie herd to me.

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