Too Much of a Good Thing: When You Have too Many Pets
For serious pet lovers, the idea of having just one pet is unbelievable. In fact, many pet owners have at least two pets as a part of their family household!
We completely understand, being pet aficionados ourselves. But there are times when having more than a few pets can put the pets (and the family) at risk for health and behavioral conditions.
In what cases is having more than a couple of furry ones too many pets? That’s what the team at Springbrook Animal Care Center is here to explore.
6 Signs That You Have too Many Pets
Sometimes it is difficult to discern when a person has more pets than they can handle. After all, there are always exceptions to the rule. For example, there are people who actively foster pets and can end up with several at one time, but the goal is a noble one. Then there are people who probably shouldn’t have any pets at all.
Determining the right amount is subjective, we know, but there are clues as to when your love for pets swings into hoarding. Here are some of the signs.
- You have so many pets you can’t care for their veterinary needs. Veterinary care and vaccinations are essential to your pet’s good health and longevity. Without annual examinations, vaccines, parasite protection, and diagnostic testing, your pet will be left with the risk of diseases and conditions.
Without certain tests, your pet may have an unknown disease that will end their life early. Veterinary care is the key to any pet’s good health, and without it, a pet will suffer.
- You struggle to pay for food, medication, and other needs. Along with veterinary care, your pet will have basic needs like food and litter, or waste bags. These basic items for daily care cannot be ignored.
If you have so many pets you are unable to give them good care and nutrition, this is a red flag for having one too many.
- There isn’t enough time to give each pet the exercise and attention they need.
Other than food and veterinary care, your pets will need to have daily exercise and attention. These important tasks keep your pet healthy and encourage better behavior.
Enrichment means giving your pets things to do to keep them engaged and challenged, such as toys, puzzles, and playing with you. This helps discourage chewing, aggression, and other bad behaviors. Exercise, too, will help your pets stay fit and energetic, which contributes to health and well-being.
- It’s affecting your relationships. It’s true, when you adore pets, it’s natural to want to spend a lot of time with them. From exercise to snuggles, pets can take up much time in the day. And think of all of those four-legged pals in the bed, right? Not much room for anyone else…
If the number of pets you have is making it difficult for family members and loved ones, you may have a problem.
- It’s affecting the pets’ behavior. Having too many pets can cause crowding and anxiety, which increases the likelihood of aggression and potential bites.
Pets also require enough space for them to roam freely and have their own privacy, such as a favorite bed or crate, along with room to get away when they feel threatened (like most felines).
- You are at risk of being evicted. You may appreciate your delightful brood of beasts, but your neighbors or the landlord may not. Having one too many critters can put you and your family at risk for eviction.
Before taking on additional animals, it is good to know the limitations where you rent, or with respect to any HOA requirements for pets.
We hope this overview gives readers insight into the signs of having too many pets. We understand that it can be a dilemma, but since pet hoarding is a real problem that affects many animals worldwide, it is good to know the warning signs.
For more information on pet hoarding, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us.
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