Is there a limit to the number of pets I should have?

Wouldn’t it be great if we could have as many pets as we want? That would be great for most of us. The number of pets you have is ultimately a personal choice. But there are three main considerations before you get another pet.

  1. Are there any bylaw restrictions in your area or in the estate where you live? This is very important to keep in mind, as you don’t want to be forced to give up some of your pets.
  2. How much space do you have to keep the animals? If you live in a small apartment with a small garden, then you really have to consider how much space each pet needs. If you live on a farm, then you are lucky and won’t have to think about space.
  3. Be honest and ask yourself how many pets you can afford. You have to keep in mind that you will have to feed them proper food, take care of their medical expenses if they get ill, keep up with their vaccinations, make sure they have the necessities, like food bowls, a bed and blankets, grooming, pet insurance and training classes.

So, if you have space to keep a number of animals but you can only afford two pets, then you should have only two. If you can afford to have more animals and have the space to keep more, but the bylaw stipulates that you’re only allowed two pets, then you shouldn’t have more than that. The most important question to yourself should be – am I able to look after more pets and I able to provide more than just food, water and shelter? Can I afford medical treatment when necessary?

For more frequently questions and answer, like this one, get the July 2022 edition of Animaltalk magazine from retailers now, or order a printed or digital copy from www.coolmags.co.za.

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