When people ask what my family looks like, I tell them that I have three kids, two dogs, two cats, and one hundred chickens. Yes, really. The chickens are my husband’s deal, and live out in their run on our acreage, but the dogs and cats live in the house with us. I think that pets are a great addition to the family, but there are some not-so-positive things to think about when getting a dog or a cat.
1. Getting a puppy is like having a newborn. I’ve had three newborns and so I can say it with full authority. They are up multiple times in the night, they cry, and they don’t know to poop in the designated area. It can be exhausting, so maybe don’t get a puppy if you have a newborn in the house.
2. They need a lot of exercise. Well, maybe a purse-sized dog doesn’t, but we have a large dog (100 pounds) and a medium-sized dog. They need to walk and run and play.
3. They can’t be left alone. If you want to go away without them, you either need to get a dog sitter or put them up at a kennel. Neither is very cheap.
1. They are generally nocturnal. You get to the stage in your life when your kids all sleep through the night and it’s great. Then you get a kitten and she wants to pounce on your chest and pat your face at 4 a.m.
2. They bring you presents. No, not jewelry. Birds, mice, etc., and they’re often still alive. Wounded, but alive.
3. I can’t think of a number three, because the kitten we got in the spring has turned me into a cat lady.
There are many more positive factors about having dogs or cats, but those are a few downsides to consider. Did I miss any?