The more I look at this subject, the more I am convinced that there is an issue we need to look at as believers. I’m not sure it’s (thankfully) quite as bad as I had initially thought – careful examination of the scriptures leaves things pretty plain.
In Leviticus 11:27-28 we are told:
“Of all the animals that walk on all fours, those that walk on their paws are unclean for you; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening. Anyone who picks up their carcasses must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening. These animals are unclean for you.”
The word for carcass is defined as an animal which has died. This must surely mean that touching a living one isn’t a problem. Obviously, as I’ve covered before, their hair falling in the frying pan cannot be good, however, nor into the precious unleavened bread!
Yet I will say that in my time I have known people who have pets who never have pet hair on their clothes, nor have I got up from their settee to find my bottom covered in pet hair. Having been brought up in a house with four cats, a cat on each bed was not unheard of, and one laying on the kitchen table or draped over the kitchen radiator was a common sight. I know myself that my house is still pretty hairy because of pets who are no longer here. When I hoover, there is still more to be found – under furniture etc. I am not very fastidious, clearly. Perhaps this is the issue!
We each must receive God’s will as we are readied for it. I am not your teacher – please go and read scripture – perhaps you will leave me a comment to correct me on this (bible based only please!).
But I keep being shown things like this video. This man with his thieving cat is putting his health at risk by consuming pet saliva! If the cat has eaten some of your food, you shouldn’t be eating the bit they spat on! Come on!
I love cats and dogs – I have not loved them less for having none. My concern is the position they have taken in our homes and hearts in this last 50-60 years. They have gone from being beneficial allies, protecting our homes from rodents and other threats, to being pampered pets who we have elevated to a degree which is unhealthy. I’ll give you an example – the other day I saw someone make a comment on social media saying that “Animals have more compassion than humans.” This is an obvious untruth, but it is part of the agenda of the devil to continually elevate nature above man, and to place us in a position of being wrong.
If we have animals as allies, and do not elevate them, and do not pamper them or end up eating their fur (or worse, as above), then I think this is absolutely fine. Keeping these things in their correct place, and reading scripture (and not reading INTO scripture) is important for us to do. We rely on God and His law, His mercy and His grace – we rely on Him to guide us. But if we refer to our pets as our “babies”, then we are no longer treating them as our natural allies, but as something which only a human should be.
Referring to that photo, only a baby should be treated as a baby!
But that is not an issue of clean or unclean, but an issue related to maturity and taking the gifts God has for us. Birth control and a dog is the reason Europe is being invaded.
So to answer the initial question, I think fastidiousness can prevent pets making us unclean. It’s a subject I will continue to study, although perhaps it would be better if I did the housework!
God Bless you