How many pets are to many?

Canada
December 29, 2009 2:45pm CST
My Boyfriend and I both have pets, and we plan to move in together in a couple months, I have a dog and a cat, my dog is 3 years old and my kitten is 6 months. My boyfriend has 3 cats, all a lot older, their 7,8,and 9. It dawned on me when we move in together there will be 5 animals in 1 apartment, all wanting and loving their own attention. is 5 too many in one household? What do you think?
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• United States
29 Dec 09
I think no its not too many, as long as you can take care of all of them and give them lots of love. me and my hubby have two dogs, a cat (outside though), a bearded dragon, and a fish tank. Just hope that all the animals get along!
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• Canada
29 Dec 09
oh their all being taken care of great, all of them get lots of love and attention, one problem is, one of his cats and my dog dont like each other, they have already attacked each other seriously once, and a couple smacks here and there, and we were talking about getting a fish tank as well.
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• United States
30 Dec 09
When you can no longer afford to feed them all and give them the vet care they need, you have too many pets.
• Canada
31 Dec 09
well pretty much he'll still look after his 3, and i'll be takin care of my 2, and none of them have been mistreated, they are all pretty much spoiled, esp. my dog lol they dont go without litter or food, or play time, or love. so i guess we'll do just fine :)
• United States
31 Dec 09
Since you both love your pets, I'm sure you'll do fine.
• United States
3 Jan 10
I would not worry about it. I have 3 cats 1 dog and 3 fish here. I will say it seems like I live in a zoo sometimes but for I love my animals a lot. There is a lot of costs though to take care of them which has been somewhat of a problem for me in the past few months but other than that it has been great to have them all here. Nice topic and happy mylotting to you.
@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
31 Dec 09
i dont think they are too many, they just need a lot of adjustments to get along with each other. i hope they get along. but it really depends on the place you get, if it is a good size house, small apartment, condo, townhouse, etc. move into a big enough house that you can take care of the animals together.
• Canada
31 Dec 09
Well my boyfriend works with the buildings we live in, so he has to be there for the job, but it's a 3 bedroom apartment, so it's not bad size. and as for them getting along, one of his cats and my dog don't get along, they have already attacked each other once, so that will take some time
@kaylachan (4775)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
29 Dec 09
I've had several pets at one time, so five isn't too many. However, if you have two pets that don't get along that would be a problem. An apartment is a small confined space. My suggestion to you would be to, before you move, work on letting the animals get along. Introduce them to each other slowly, and have them stay with one, or both of you over night. When you do move, try to move the others in slowly. try to spend time alone with the two that don't get along. Try to make the transion as smooth as possible. Also there are some plug-ins you can buy that release an order in the air (not bad, but not to strong, ) that animals can smell. This helps calm them and reduces scratching, spraying and fighting. When moving it is advised to use this, (or something) to make the transion as smooth as possible. I can't remember the name, but I'll let you know if... I do.
• Canada
29 Dec 09
thanks, we're working on it slowly, i was told it's hard to bring a dog into a cats home than it is to bring a cat into a dog's home, and thats what we're doing, i'll be moving in his place, where his cats have made it home already, and where they are so much older than the both of mine, makes me worry a little aswell, they might not want a new kitten in the house, so much more hyper than they are, let alone my dog's excitement. There was one night where his cat attacked my dog, cuz she got to close, scratched up my hands and bit both of my boyfriend's hands, i later had to take him to the hospital for a needled and pain killers, was not a pretty sight with all the blood that was there. I have since stop bringing my dog over there in fear it will happen again, and me or my bf will not be there to separate them next time.
@cwilson26 (2736)
• United States
29 Dec 09
I can't say that you have too many because I have seven dogs, six puppies, and 4 cats. We live out in the country where we have plenty of room but I think we have too many. Five of the dogs are outside, 2 are inside, and we have the six puppies in the house that one of my dogs just had. We will be looking for homes for the puppies soon. They turn 4 weeks old tomorrow. They are pretty easy to get rid of though. Our cats are outside too. We used to have 4 dogs in the house and we live in a small trailer. We decided to put two of them out with the others because there wasn't enough room. My husband and I can't have kids so we take dogs in that need a home. We are not taking in anymore because we have way too many now. It is hard to feed them but we get by every month.
• Canada
29 Dec 09
wow! i would love to have another dog, but one is a handful enough for me, and my bf is a cat person aswell. But besides that we live in the city, so all our pets are indoor and we're gunna live in an apartment building, if i had a backyard, i would love to let my dog outside, but that will have to wait a while yet.
• United States
8 Feb 10
I think when it comes to apartment living having a lot of pets in one place can be rough especially since you'll have so many of them together all at once in some, small enclosed space. I think one or two in an apartment is best, but then again that really depends on the size of the apartment space.
• Philippines
16 Jan 10
I think it will depend on your financial capability.if you have lots of money and lots of space,5 is not too many.if you are making ends meet and have little space,5 is too much.for me,if I would take into consideration a potential partner's attitude towards animals and my financial capability.if he doesn't love animals,then it's goodbye for him.
@Latalia (37)
• United States
5 Jan 10
The answer to your question is A) how much space will there be in the household?; B) Can you provide enough time for each of them?; C) Do any of them need any special attention? If there is enough space, and you can provide each with the attention they deserve, and the special need (if any) isn't too great, then 5 in one house isn't too many. Next question: Can they all get along? I live in a trailer out in the country, and I have 8 dogs ages 5 months to 5 years. They all get along great and they get to run and play to hearts content. Feeding them isn't easy sometimes, but other than that they are happy and content
• Philippines
4 Jan 10
no 5 is not that much...we even had 10 dogs before..haha...well now we only have 4 dogs in our house 1 is in my uncle's house and the other puppies were sold because our house started to smell like a dog's scent..LOL :))...but if you can take care of all of them it's fine...but make sure that they get enough attention and care because you know that they're jealous of one another...well our house only started to stink because we were busy with studying and others are busy coz of work..but if you can clean enough pretty much sure that it'll not stink..^^..maybe if you gave them a toy for everyone they will not want that much attention because they're busy enough enjoying they're selves...well i hope that helped ;)
@minx267 (14943)
• Hartford, Connecticut
4 Jan 10
IS there such a thing as too many? LOL I have 4 dogs and 15 cats in my household and that is down from a few years ago. where at one time we had 8 dogs and over 20 cats. although I DO have a house and a big back yard and not a small apartment. When I was in an apartment I had 2 dogs and up to 18 cats in 4 rooms.. The cats had their own bedroom. :-)
@jwfarrimond (4474)
30 Dec 09
Well, I've got 5 cats - well, 4 cats and a kitten. I suppose that the question of to many really boils down to the question, can you afford to take care of them all properly? If so, then it's not to many.
@weasel81 (2501)
• Australia
30 Dec 09
long as they are all looked after, it's up to you how many you have. i've got 2 small dogs and a lamb, but then over at my mums place. they have 4 dogs, turkeys, chooks, the horses, 2 cats and breed sheep. but they are on a farm, and have the space. oh and i forgot the cows, we've got 3 heifers and one steer. their all treated as part of the family. but then you get some people, who don't have the space as such. they then have number of pets, even small dogs. and it can feel like it's to many, like if they don't keep the dogs maintained.
• China
30 Dec 09
I don't think so my friend have nine cats in her apartment ,if you really like them five is not too many to you .
@kaka135 (14118)
• Malaysia
29 Dec 09
I think it depends on individual. As both of you really love your pets, and I think you two will take care of your pets, 5 animals should be okay staying together, unless they have problems staying with each other. Also, it depends on your local regulations. In my country, we can't keep dogs in apartment and we are limited to keep a number of dogs for certain house size. If you don't have this kind of limitation, then I think it should be fine.