Millions of people worldwide enjoy the comfort and companionship provided by a furry friend. These pets are our family members—we play with them, we love them, and they absorb many of our resources, such as food, money, and time. More than 60% of American households have an animal in their family, and more than 70% of apartment renters in the country own dogs and cats. Chances are, your life has been touched or impacted by a pet in some way. Overwhelmingly, this relationship is shown to be positive.
However, both new and seasoned pet owners might feel the occasional twinge of regret when something in the house is awry. Maybe your newborn daughter is allergic to the cat you’ve kept since college. Perhaps you’re tired of having to rid your rugs of dog hair every few days. It could be that your new puppy has torn up your old yearbooks or diaries, or feeding your snake is expensive and time-consuming. Regardless of your personal struggles, every pet owner—from time to time—becomes overwhelmed by the responsibility they’ve taken on.
If this explains your situation, you’re in the right place. A Life with Pets is dedicated to providing well-researched and informative resources for pet owners of all types and abilities. Whether you’ve had your cat for years or just adopted a gecko, you’re sure to find some sage advice on this site. Our team of contributors are professionals in some aspect of the animal industry—trainers, veterinarians, pet toymakers, and groomers. Our content tackles a range of frequently experienced but potentially overlooked issues you may encounter.
Rather than taking rash action in response to a negative, pet-related event in your household, calm down, take a few deep breaths, and scroll through our site. We’re sure you’ll find what you need to tackle whatever situation you face.