4 tips for couples who would like to get a pet together

Tips for couples adopting a pet

What Couples Should Know Before Getting a Pet Together

Moving in together is a big step in a relationship. For some, it is the next step to marriage. For others, they have simply decided to coexist in the same living space. The reason does not matter. Live your best life with the one you love. You might be reading this because you have finally settled into your new home and feel it is time for a new family member. Perhaps you are not ready for kids or do not want kids. You and your significant other have agreed to co-pet parent. Before you make this life-changing decision, let us be honest, it is not a walk in the park. You will encounter some hurdles or growing pains within your relationship. We thought we would put together a few tips to navigate pet ownership as a couple and what couples should know before they get a pet.  

Here are 4 tips for couples who would like to get a pet together:

1. What is your budget?
Having a pet costs money. Most people do not want to face this reality. Your furry friend may eat something they are not supposed to eat the first week. A random vet visit is a norm for pet owners. It can be quite expensive. Vet visits, food and grooming products need to be included in your monthly budget. Avoid future stress by having a pet care budget. Is one person responsible for this? Will you split the bill? Add this to your joint expense account. Have this discussion before you bring your pet home. 

2. Primary Caregiver
You might break up. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but this is reality. You may not want to share pet care responsibilities once you end the relationship. It might work in the beginning – this is not the norm. Decide early on who will have primary custody of your pet if you decide to part ways. Also include pet care expenses.  

3. Daily Routine
You need to set up a routine for your pet. Although cats are low maintenance, you still need to keep their litter clean and schedule vet visits. Dogs require more care and a consistent routine. Who does the morning walk? Should you hire a dog walker? Who is responsible for pet grooming? Who takes them to the vet or sets up appointments? Each person should know their role as a pet parent.  

4. What kind of pet is right for you?
If one of you does not like cats, take this off the list. The same rule also applies to dogs. Hopefully, you will choose a pet you will both adore. Animal neglect is more likely to occur with couples who cannot agree on the type of pet or pet ownership in the first place. Sounds crazy, but it is true. Take your time and think about a pet or breed that best suit your lifestyle. Also, consider pet allergies. There are some dogs and cats (a hairless cat) that are a great choice if this is your concern.

Happy pets make happy humans.
That’s why we always strive to provide

Harmony for the whole family
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