Britain is a nation of animal lovers and most homes now have at least one pet, but what happens when a household has more than one? Not one, two, or three, but hundreds of them! Most people have seen a dog walker out and about, struggling with a several dogs, leads becoming tangled and the walker becoming more and more infuriated, but this is nothing compared to what some pet owners have to deal with on a daily basis. People who own large numbers of cats and dogs often come up against a number of problems, such as relationship issues, money troubles and a whole lot of work to do! How do they cope?
Having many pets can certainly put a strain on any relationship, especially when you consider how much work is required simply to care for them, and then there’s the expense involved (pet food does not come cheap these days!). Those single multi-pet owners may find that they have trouble holding down a partner and are in for heartbreak if their chosen mate is not an animal lover! Jack Wright of Kingston, Ontario holds the record for owning the most cats, at one point owning a whopping 689, and says, “You don’t set out to do something like this. You can visualise a hundred cats. Beyond that, you can’t.” He may not have been able to visualise it, but that’s exactly what happened, and he has found that his wife has taken to escaping to the boozer simply to get away from the cats! “I sit there for a few hours and it’s great. It’s peaceful – no cats anywhere.” With this number of cats, I’m sure very few would blame her!
Of course, one of the big downsides to owning lots of pets is the cost involved. The biggest expense pet owners face is food. Nina Kostsovo, who lives in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, has taken into her home 130 cats and feeds them a hearty two meals a day – one of porridge and one of cat biscuits. Her shopping bill must make for some scary reading! It can be expensive enough feeding one animal, let alone hundreds, and people should be advised about the costs involved before taking on a whole host of animals! It’s not just food that costs big bucks; there are also vets bills to think about, which can certainly put a strain on your finances. Pets need medical care just like humans, and it’s down to their owner to fork out should something go amiss. Although a way of countering this could be comprehensive pet insurance cover which can help pay for any unexpected visits to the vet.
A Lot of Work
Looking after large numbers of cats or dogs can be a lot of work, but dog owners have it hardest due to the fact that dogs need a lot of exercise. Cats are usually able to go outside on their own, but dogs must be walked on a leash, supervised by their owner. One dog can be hard enough if he or she is in a difficult mood, but imagine walking a whole host of dogs! Cheri Lucas is a professional dog trainer who offers advice to multi-dog owners on the best ways to walk a large number of dogs at once. She says, “Your body language and your energy should communicate to the dog that you are the leader of the pack.”
So there you have it – owning several pets can be fun but it can also be very demanding on your finances, your time and your patience. If you do want to join the ranks of the multi-pet owners then ensure you have enough of all three!