Is there any opinion that holds one may play or touch a pet on Shabbos (even though animals are normally muktzeh on Shabbos.) Specifically one that is meant for this purpose (to play with.) I heard recently that the Maharach Or Zaruah mentions such a thing. Is there any such opinion found?


It seems From the Igros Moshe OC 5:22:21 that pets are different and are not like other animals which are muktzah see the tshuvah inside it is very short.

  • I heard that that t'shuva was emended by someone other than R' Moshe, and that R' Moshe himself did not mention an exception for pets. – Fred Apr 16 '13 at 2:06
  • I am only quoting the source,I cannot prove or disprove your post.That chelek does have the haskama of Reb Dovid,so... – sam Apr 16 '13 at 2:26
  • I'm not saying you're wrong, just that I heard someone say that. I haven't looked at it in a long time, but isn't the part about "except for pets" in brackets or something, implying it was not in the original language of the t'shuva? – Fred Apr 16 '13 at 2:41
  • While although one could find achronim before R' Moshe that said like this however it's difficult to accept from him without any reasoning or savarah. Thus one could remain skeptical of this psak found in this chelek. – Yehoshua Apr 16 '13 at 8:45

It is not clear what R' Moshe held, as he is quoted elsewhere (Tiltulei Shabbo, p 119) as taking a stricter approach.

For other opinions see here: http://doseofhalacha.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/pets-on-shabbos.html

R’ Moshe Feinstein (Igros Moshe 5:22:21) writes that small birds that are usually played with are not muktza, though elsewhere (Tiltulei Shabbo, p 119) is quoted as taking a stricter approach. As there is a machlokes as to whether playful pets are muktza, too, R’ Ovadia Yosef (Yabia Omer 5:26) writes that one should follow the majority of poskim and not move one’s pets. Nonetheless, as some poskim (Az Nidberu 8:36) are lenient, one shouldn't criticize those who do handle their pets on Shabbos.

  • Wasn't Tiltulei Shabbo published before Igros Moshe 5? – Double AA Jul 13 '14 at 14:54
  • no idea - though R' Moshe didn't write about animals on the whole - just children playing with small birds. Did he write that himself? I don't know.. – Zvi Jul 13 '14 at 16:14

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