If it weren't prohibitively expensive, would you clone a beloved deceased pet?
I really don't know. My favorite pet in all the world died over a year ago and I still miss him terribly. He was the best cat I ever had. I would love to have him back, but a clone, although similar could never be the "same". Even identical twins have different personalities. It would, from a scientific perspective though, be very interesting to see how closely a cloned version of him would match up to how he was. I think though that he was a one in a bazillion creature and I was lucky enough to get to have him for the 15 years I did.
Alisha, this is an interesting question. Maybe not everyone would agree with me but I believe when a special and beloved pet passes away, nothing could replace it, not even a clone. I would want to cherish the loving memories and perhaps consider creating new ones with the uniqueness of another pet. Take care! -Rose
Never--my three Beagles are unique. A clone might duplicate their physical appearance, but would not duplicate their personalities or the experiences they encountered before we acquired them. My dogs are special and will always be that way.
No. I'd rather rescue another one. Why? Because a cloned animal isn't going to have the same personality. It could be more intelligent or less. Could be more aggressive. Could have variations in coat color, or be a completely different color. Cloning produces an animal that is identical when it comes to genetic makeup, but it is still all up to "chance" with which characteristics will show themselves. Many don't realize that cloning just forms a close resemblance to the donor animal- not a replica. It would be... nice.... if it worked though! I think... or creepy... I can't really say haha.
Had never given this a thought before. But my dog Duffy died of old age almost 3 years ago and I would want him back, even as a clone - yes. He was my best friend and the best dog ever! I really miss hm.
All of you have valid, thoughtful answers. The reason I asked this question is because I'm not entirely sure what my own answer would be.
Rationally, my answer is "no." I know that there is an overpopulation of dogs and cats; too many pets are in need of homes to justify creating copies of a departed pet. And I know that clones aren't identical and each have different personalities; although physically the same, a cloned pet may behave completely differently. Furthermore, I also know that the current science is imperfect -- "not quite right" clones are frequently produced and subsequently put down. I could never accept having a hand in producing animals only for them to be euthanized, but if that were not the case... Well, then, emotionally, my answer would probably be "yes." I had my beloved pet cat, Elvis, neutered when he was 5 months old. When he passed away at the age of 18 a little over a year ago, I would have loved for him to have had offspring. They wouldn't have necessarily been like him, but some part of him at least would have lived on. In that sense, the idea of cloning, to preserve some small piece of the departed, is enticing.
Since so many people are saying it, the cloning that they are doing copies the dog in every way, including personality. Of course there may be minor differences if it gets raised differently, or doesn't have the same exact experiences growing up, but for the most part its the same dog as a puppy again.
With that being said, expensive or not, if I had the money I would have 6 of my dog that just died running around. She was an amazing dog, and I would do anything to have her back.
Yes. If nothing else I'm more comfortable around it so I wouldn't have that period where I'm not sure if I'm attached or not.
Yes. I would clone a beloved pet if I could afford it. It would be fantastic to bring my pet's memory to life. My little Westie, Baxter died when he was only six years old.
No i could not clone my dogs i don't want to have to go through the the same pain of losing my dog again.I would rescue before i clone!!
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