Is a Pet a Member of the Family?

March 13th, 2013By Category: Learning Japanese

Is a Pet a Member of the Family?
ペットは家族の一員?

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The pet boom continues in Japan. Dogs used to be kept to guard the house, and cats to catch mice. However, these days they are treated like children: they have their bodies washed in the bath and are given outfits to wear by their owners.

日本ではペットブームが続いています。かつて犬は家を守るために、猫はネズミをとるために飼われていました。しかし、今や子どものようにかわいがられています。飼い主にお風呂で洗ってもらったり、衣服を着せてもらったりしています。

Owners out walking with their dogs is a common sight. Every owner brings such items with him as a plastic carrier bag or pooper scooper. They do this in order to clean up after their dog when it poops.

飼い主が犬を連れて散歩する光景はどこでも見られます。飼い主はみなビニールのレジ袋と手のひらサイズのスコップなどを持っています。犬がふんをしたときに後始末をするためです。

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In this respect, house cats are easier for owners to keep, as they are trained to do their business in the same place. Because of that, one of my friends, a certain N-san, keeps a cat, but he spoiled his cat rotten. This round fat cat does just as he pleases in the house.

その点、家の中で飼われる猫は決まった場所でするようにしつけられているので、飼い主にとっては気が楽です。そんなわけで私の友人のNさんは、猫を飼っていますが甘やかしていました。太った猫は、家の中で好き勝手なことをしています。

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However, one day the cat suddenly disappeared. N’s family searched here and there, but could not find him. Worried, N turned to a company that specialized in searching for cats. They posted his photo up on telephone poles around the area and searched for five days in places a cat might stay.

ところが、ある日その猫が突然いなくなってしまいました。Nさんの家族はあちらこちらを捜しましたが見つかりません。心配なNさんは、猫を専門に捜す業者に頼みました。業者は猫の写真を地域の電信柱に貼り、5日間にわたり猫が居そうな場所を捜しました。

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The fee was 50,000 yen. Even so, they could not find the cat. N’s family members were depressed. Some time later the cat returned home unexpectedly. He had lost so much weight that he looked like a different cat. But the N family was very happy.

その費用は5万円でした。それでも猫を見つけることができません。Nさん家族は落ち込んでしまいました。それからしばらくすると、猫がひょっこり戻ってきました。まるで別の猫のようにやせていました。でも、Nさん家族は大喜びです。

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Back home, the cat is back to behaving just as he pleases. The N family does not understand why he left home. So they take care of him even better than before so as not to hurt his feelings. Before him they look just like the servants of a king.

家に戻った猫は、また気ままにふるまっています。Nさん家族は、なぜ猫が家出をしたのかわかりません。それで、猫の気分を損なわないように、以前にも増して気を使っています。Nさん家族は猫の前では王様に仕える召使いのようです。

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