Pros and Cons of Having a Pet Together
If things are getting serious with your partner, you may be considering what this means for the next step for the two of you. Getting a pet is a very serious step for any relationship, which should be considered deeply before taking the plunge. Here, you will learn about the pros and cons of having a pet together to make an informed decision on the topic.
It’s a challenge!
For one thing, this is a great first step in expanding your family since a lot of times pets are just furry children. It does require a lot of communication, which can be a good and bad thing for your relationship. It can help you to determine your weaknesses and strengths in your communication skills so you can work to improve them. You will each have different rules and styles of “parenting” and having good communication skills can help you to work through this.
Is having a pet too serious a commitment?
You also need to have a strong relationship before getting a pet. Pets are a fulltime job and a very serious commitment, that can be just as tiring on a relationship as children can be. It can be helpful to plan out the responsibilities for the pet, such as who will take it for walks and clean up after it. Separating responsibilities can ease a lot of the tension when your pet comes, allowing everyone to just enjoy their new family. There are a lot of compromises, such as what breed or gender or even coloring. Having a strong relationship can be very beneficial in this regard.
We broke up, what now!
A major con to this is wondering what will happen to the pet should there be a breakup, something that you probably don’t want to think about. Unfortunately, breakups happen and knowing what is going to happen to your furbaby is important. Is one partner more capable of taking care of the pet on their own or should there be a custody arrangement for your pet? These are uncomfortable details that you need to figure out.
To sum up…
Pets are not things. They are members of the family that should be treated with the same respect and compassion as any other member of your family. It is a very serious commitment taking on a pet with a partner, one that should be considered carefully before getting into. Agreeing to get a pet together is a major step for any couple, showing each other that you are serious about staying together. Every pet has their own benefits and requirements, something that is important to keep in mind before you pick one out.
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