- Locking your pet up for hours when you go out. Pet neglect.
- Putting your pet in a cage. A cage. I mean, a cage. Other than when transporting. Pet neglect.
- Feeding your pet crap from a bag that says “pet food.” Pet neglect.
- Surgically removing bones (e.g. declawing*) or beaks or tails or other parts of your pet as a convenience to you or your furniture. Pet neglect. No, this is outright animal abuse. Actually a lot of this is animal abuse.
- Not taking your pet to the vet who can take care of worms, fleas, and other serious diseases. Pet neglect.
- Not bathing and grooming your pet. Regularly. Pet neglect.
- Not giving your pet a chance to engage in its natural behaviors, like mating. Like running (or flying) as fast as it can through an open field with no tether**, as it was designed to do, if it was, say, a dog (or a bird). Pet neglect.
- If there’s any chance your pet could harm a person (e.g. barking at 1:00 a.m. with neighbors in hearing distance), a person’s property, or another pet, you should train it. If it does cause harm, you should take responsibility for it. If not, pet neglect.
- Should I even say this one? Having your pet put down if you cannot, or don’t want to care for it. Animal abuse.
* Onychectomy, popularly known as declawing, is an operation to remove an animal’s claws surgically by means of the amputation of all or part of the distal phalanges, or end bones, of the animal’s toes. Although common in North America, declawing is considered an act of animal cruelty in many countries.