Sat, 15 Sep 2012 08:40:46 GMT | By Liz Pulliam Weston, MSN Money
Money lessons from our pets

Our furry friends can offer more than just friendship and companionship. If we pay attention, we can gain some financial insight from them.



Our furry friends can offer more than just friendship and companionship. If we pay attention, we can gain some financial insight from them. (© Minden Pictures/Getty Images)
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  • Our furry friends can offer more than just friendship and companionship. If we pay attention, we can gain some financial insight from them. (© Minden Pictures/Getty Images)
  • Train yourself to have good money habits, just like you train your dog to have good habits. (© Ragnar Schmuck/fStop/Getty Images)
  • Cats spend most of the day sleeping. Sometimes, like cats, it's best to do nothing all day with our investments. (© Laurie Cinotto/Flickr/Getty Images)
  • Like bunnies multiplying, use compounding to increase your returns from investments. (© Tristan Savatier/Flickr/Getty Images)
  • Paying for insurance can seem costly, until you actually need it. (© Jon Schulte/Photodisc/Getty Images)
  • Just as a dog puts bones aside for difficult times, you should put money in a safe, liquid account for when you need it. (© Mark Kolbe/Vetta/Getty Images)
  • The bling we often chase is unlikely to bring us satisfaction. (© junku/Flickr/Getty Images)
  • Experiences contribute more to our happiness than stuff. (© Allen Donikowski/Flickr/Getty Images)
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Usually when I write about pets, it's to chronicle the expenses they pose: "Will your pet bankrupt you?" and "What your fat pet is costing you" are just two recent examples.

As every pet owner knows, though, that's just one part of sharing a life with the furry (or feathered or finned or scaled) set. They're our companions, our comforters and sometimes our comedians.

They can be our teachers as well. Oh, sure, they impart important lessons in how to live life in the now and all that. But they also offer surprisingly good financial advice. Don't believe it? Click ahead for eight important money lessons you can learn from your pets.

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