"My dog is usually pleased with what I do, because she is
not infected with the concept of what I 'should' be doing."
"When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not a past-time
to her more than she is to me?" (Montaigne)
SHOULD YOU ADD ANOTHER PET TO YOUR HOUSEHOLD?
It can be tempting to get another pet; there are so many
in need of homes, and the companionship they provide to
all the members of the household (both human and animal)
is very rewarding. However, before you add another animal
to your pack, consider:
- Do you have the time (and patience) to devote to a new
companion? Responsibilities at work and home may limit
the amount of free time you have. With a new pet,
there's always an adjustment period that can vary
widely from pet to pet. Young pets such as puppies
often require a much greater time commitment for
training and socialization.
- Do you have the financial resources to care for another
pet? Although you may love any new addition to your
household, it's just plain fact that pets cost money.
It's not just the adoption fee, but also the cost of
food, veterinary bills, spay/neuter surgery, toys,
bedding, and other other items & services. A dog
and cat budget worksheet are available online
- How will another pet impact your lifestyle? For
- If you like to travel, you will find that many
accommodations have a limit on how many pets they
will accept per room. You may have a more difficult
time locating suitable pet-friendly lodgings, or
may be faced with staying home with your pets or
leaving one or more of them with a pet-sitter or
at a boarding facility.
- Your municipality may have a limit on how many
pets are permitted per household. Adding another
pet may require you to move elsewhere.
- You might enjoy taking your dogs to the local
leash-free dog park. Would you be able to safely
manage another dog, in addition to the ones you
- How will a new pet affect your existing pets? People
sometimes get another pet because they believe their
existing pet is "lonely" for one of his own kind.
However, some pets are content to be in a "one-pet"
household. Consider issues such as your existing pet's
temperament, age, and his reaction to new animals.
Also consider compatability issues - for instance, if
your pet has a strong prey drive then adopting a rabbit
may not be the best idea.
- Are the human members of your household agreeable to
getting another pet? Another pet means more responsibility
which includes feeding, exercise, and cleaning as well as
Many pets live happily in multi-pet households. Perhaps
your household will be next to offer yet another pet a
loving and permanent home!