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, taking care of an animal can be a stressful adventure. Between vet visits and scheduled feedings, excessive cleaning and pet introductions, parents must understand that the animal is entirely dependent upon their resources. Though we love and cherish the pets we keep, it is only natural to feel a twinge of regret when you open the door to see a pile of vomit on the ground.

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.