Why do people love their pets

@article{Archer1997WhyDP,
  title={Why do people love their pets},
  author={J. Archer},
  journal={Evolution and Human Behavior},
  year={1997},
  volume={18},
  pages={237-259}
}
  • J. Archer
  • Published 1997
  • Psychology
  • Evolution and Human Behavior
Abstract The evidence that people form strong attachments with their pets is briefly reviewed before identifying the characteristics of such relationships, which include pets being a source of security as well as the objects of caregiving. In evolutionary terms, pet ownership poses a problem, since attachment and devoting resources to another species are, in theory, fitness-reducing. Three attempts to account for pet keeping are discussed, as are the problems with these views. Pet keeping is… Expand
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