Do pets bring clalos to a home?

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    I brought home 3 guinea pigs for my kids last week. A chassidishe friend told me today that when her family brought in a bird and a fish, really bad things started happening in the home (father and mother both hospitalized). They asked a Rav and he said pets brings clalos into the home. They got rid of their animals the next day. Is there a makor for this? Has anyone ever heard this before? Is it ALL animals, or just some? Does it make a difference if you keep them outside vs. inside?

    pascha bchochma

    Never heard of this, and I’ve had pets for years and various rabbonim in my house throughout that time.



    My big white furballs Fluffy (m, 1350 lbs) and Cloud (f, 730 lbs) repel any klalois that would dare enter my dalet amois – intruders, burglars, the meter reader, the property tax inspector, the gas man, the cops, you name it.

    pascha bchochma

    Also, if you’re allergic to them, pets aren’t good for you.

    But some kids need them as a healthy outlet.



    Bear fur is coarse and therefore hypoallergenic. If you don’t want to keep a room cold enough for polar bears, black and brown bears have the advantage of sleeping through the winter and keeping you warm by serving as rugs and footrests.

    pascha bchochma

    What about Teddy Bears?


    ” Has anyone ever heard this before? Is it ALL animals, or just some?”

    I have never heard that. I’ve had cats much of my life and never had an unforseen tragedy — except for the mice that they catch and eat. (If you want mice in your home, do not get a cat.)

    ” Does it make a difference if you keep them outside vs. inside?”

    Cats should be kept inside as possible. It is much safer and healthier for them.


    If ur pet brings home challah, send it to my house.


    I have 3 cats, all adopted from the street. They were all underfed (starved), dehydrated, sick, and very weak. One of them was so close to death we had to force her to stay alive.

    For me, it’s not so much a question of whether not pets are ‘allowed’. Some people in the neighborhood told us animals bring ‘klalos’ and the like. I wonder what klaloh comes upon one who sees a tiny dying animal next to his door and ignores that animal.

    Chareidim, especially in Israel, can be incredibly cruel regarding animals, and I find this disgusting and it’s one of my main reasons (if not THE main reason) for being more of a dati leumi-kind of person nowadays.

    My cats have brought us much happiness, it’s a wonderful blessing both for me and my wife and for these cats. It’s incredible to see how much a cat can love a human; to illustrate, my oldest cat likes to takes walks with me while sitting in my neck, he sleeps next to me and often hugs me in bed (seriously). The youngest of the three is so happy to be with us, she won’t leave the house more than 2 or 3 meters and runs back home with amazing speed when she hears anyone approaching.

    Of one of our cats, I know that before we rescued him, bochurim from a yeshiva in the neighborhood caught him, put him in an oven and were just about to turn it on when someone stopped them. I don’t let my cats go outside alone at all – not out of fear of what they may do themselves, but out of fear what people – especially chassidishe kids – may do to them. Especially the most frummest kids seem to think throwing rocks at cats (when they’re small) or setting their tails on fire (when they’re bigger) are very funny acts.

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