Having just one pet can seem like a handful at times, so adding more to the mix can get downright crazy. If you’re the proud pet parent of multiple pets, below are three tips for keeping your sanity and bank account in check:
1.) Spend wisely: The cost of owning multiple animals can quickly add up. It may be tempting to opt for lower quality food or skip those annual vet checkups to save some money, but these decisions will likely cost you more in the long run. A nutritious diet, plenty of activity, and preventative care will help deter costly medical conditions in the future. Budgeting is always smart, but money spent on healthy pet food or agility courses is an investment in the health and happiness of your pets.
2.) Manage your time: Although it’s wonderful to spend time with the whole family (two-legged and four-legged members alike), make sure you delegate one-on-one time with each of your pets. Dogs and cats are social creatures that crave attention. A special game of fetch, a trip to the park, or a cuddle session on the couch will make your pet feel loved. Plus, a little one-on-one time will help you relax too.
3.) Keep meal time sane: Feeding your pets in separate rooms can help keep a lid on the craziness of meal time. If you have both cats and dogs in your household, you might consider keeping your cat’s food dish on a cat tree or shelf, where it can’t be reached by canine mouths.