Are you living in a home with multiple pets? That means you have more than one pet and possibly more than one kind of pet. This article is from Baby Moon Correspondent and Model Jeng Mamiit. She lives in a multi-pet household.
Taking care of more than one pet has its definite share of advantages and disadvantages. In our household, we have six cats, all personal rescues, and four dogs, all adopted from shelters.
Let’s start off with the good things.
- The more, the merrier! With many pets all living together with you, you will see different personalities from each of them, allowing you to gain different kinds of experiences.
- Adopting and/or fostering rescues means that you will be helping more pets to get off the streets as you will be freeing up space in shelters.
- There will be lots of picture-perfect moments, with one or more pets at a time.
- Nothing beats the feeling of all those tails wagging as they greet you when you get home!
However, there are some not-too-good things as well.
- Taking care of multiple pets can become costly and entails a lot of responsibility.
- Pets with different temperaments can sometimes lead to fights, which you have to watch out for!
- Multiple pets require a lot of time and effort from you to ensure that they are always safe and healthy.
A multi-pet household is not for everyone. However, personally, I think the good things about a multi-pet household greatly outweigh the not-so-good things. There will be both good and bad times, but one thing’s for sure – living in a multi-pet household is something that I will not trade for anything else!
Tips for a Multi-pet household:
Take it one pet at a time. Add pets only if you think you and your resources can handle it. If it is possible, let your pets meet before adopting more. Keep organized. Most pets have their own schedule and territory. Some of them don't like to share toys or bowl so better watch out. Most importantly, share the love! love each one equally with no reservation. Pets are like babies. They do get jealous.