Are pets called "pets" because you "pet" them? I'm afraid to research this question.
I have no fear of search engines. The Internet is predictably murky on this subject, since there are many levels of entrenchment. Gaelic or early French, for "small and tame" seems to be one consensus. Peata, or petit, take your pick of that litter. I prefer "boon companion". This link oozes authenticity, whether earned or not:https://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2007/12/a-pet-topic.html
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