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Pets in Hungary

Hello everyone,

Many of us in Hungary have four-legged friends. What about you? Do you have one or more pets? Share your experience with us!

What are the formalities to import pets in Hungary? What about pet adoption procedures in the country? Did you bring your pet from your home country to your host country? If so, did everything turn out fine?

What do Hungarians think about pets? Are they comfortable with dogs, cats or unusual pets?

Share your advice!

Priscilla

Priscilla :

What are the formalities to import pet animals in Hungary?

Well discussed here:

http://www.expat.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=103034

and here:

http://www.expat.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=600494

Priscilla :

What do Hungarians think about pet animals?

Where I live, in the country side, many people here seem to consider animals as simply tools. Dogs are for guarding. Cats are for killing mice. Rabbits are raised for food.

Priscilla :

unusual pets

The most "unusual pet" I have seen at a local pet shop was a Chinchilla (which is not really that unusual).

Hi Priscilla

Yes I have a small Chihuahua and terrier mix. I brought him from Los Angeles California to Budapest.
He loves it here and made a few new doggie friends.

Hungarians love Pets. Cats and dogs. Almost every house have a pet.
In the country its the same, farmers keep dogs to heard sheep and cats to catch mouse there are always barn cats. They are working animals. But in the city they are spoiled pets with toys and clothes and raincoats in the Winter, and they sleep in the bed. They are family members.

gabi12 :

Hungarians love Pets.

Yes, many people here love their pets. And animals in general.

And other people here do not.

And "having" a pet is not the same same as giving that pet all what it needs socially, environmentally and structurally in a way that is best for it.

I have seen pet/animal abuse and neglect first hand here. Like most issues, it is complicated. For example, abuse is sometimes just a consequence of simple ignorance by the animal's owner. But it is still abuse.

In other words, it is a simplistic view that pet love is universal here, or that animal cruelty is not an issue, or to assume that work or farm animals are considered as "pets" or are even treated well by default (because they may not be). Else, why would people that care about animals be out protesting the issue of Animal cruelty in Hungary?

gabi12 :

Hungarians love Pets. Cats and dogs. Almost every house have a pet.
In the country its the same, farmers keep dogs to heard sheep and cats to catch mouse there are always barn cats. They are working animals. But in the city they are spoiled pets with toys and clothes and raincoats in the Winter, and they sleep in the bed. They are family members.

I would say that HU country people think of their animals as things, not living creatures.  If it gets sick, it will die unless it has a higher utility value - e.g. a horse, a cow, etc.  They will see a vet if sick.  Cats and dogs easily replaced and therefore not  worth the vets fees. 

Took ages to persuade one of my in-laws to take his cat to the vet.  Found out its ongoing problems, visually a distended stomach was not cancer but that it had been shot with a pellet gun.  Too late to save it.

I had to have a fit before my MIL finally had her cat fixed.
The poor thing was having a litter several times a year. It was insane to me.
I sat overnight with her poor cat, it was we found out post surgery already pregnant with it's 4 th or 5th litter.
They just took everything out of the poor cat. I felt sorry for it so had it in my room for 3 nights, even though I am far from being a cat lover. Dogs anytime.
People were tossing kittens into my MIL yard all the time because they knew she had a soft spot for them.
82 year old cat women, not exactly fun to be her house guest!
I was unable to eat because of the smells etc. Never could eat a meal in her home without feeling sick.
My husband and I even paid someone to take a cat off of us!
We gave several other cats to one of his country cousins, we just didn't know what to do with all the cats after my MIL passed away and we were leaving the country.
Horrible, really horrible experience for anyone who cares even a pinch for pets.
I will not even get into my ex DIL house of horrors for pets. Wow coming home to find little bunny had been chewed into pieces by one of the dogs, the 3 legged cat, the dead birds in the cages. Man it was a nightmare every time she told me she had a new pet. I knew the poor thing was a goner.
My MIL German Shepard dog died from eating a fish bone, horrible.
Several of her cats and one dog died from poison. We believed the nasty old widow living across the st. feed them something to be rid of them. Other neighbors also had pets poisoned.
I didn't know much Hungarian when I saw that women on the st. but I went up to her and called her a Murderer.  I then said the word Cica and drew a line under my throat so she would get the hint.No one else ever said a thing to her about it.

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