Here’s Why You Should Double Down On Your Pets

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Why get one pet when you can get two? Lots of people do, and if you have the space and the financial resources, sheltering two animals is the best way to be a pet owner. Here are ten reasons why you should double down on your pets.

Two pets are likely to be more active than one by itself

Two ways that veterinarians gauge the health of an animal is by its level of activity and its weight. Being overweight is one of the biggest health concerns for pets, just as it is for us humans. When you visit your veterinarian, they probably always ask about how active little Fido is, in addition to weighing him. Activity helps to keep joints and muscles in good working order. Pets also need a certain level of activity for happiness sake, too.

When you have two pets, they are both likely to be more active. They may tussle with each other, play little games of hide and seek or even chase one another around the yard or house. It’s good for them and fun for you to watch.

They can communicate with each other in their own language

Of course, we aren’t sure how animals communicate with each other. Maybe it’s telepathy or body language, but it’s likely a combination of the two. The point is, two animals of the same species are certain to be able to talk to each other in some way. When you have two pets, you’re giving each of your animals the joy of having another creature that they can communicate with. Can you imagine if you lived in a house where no one could understand anything you said? That’s how a lone pet feels.

They won’t be lonely when you’re not home

Whether you’re just at work for the day or out for a long weekend, your pet has no idea when you’re getting back. It can be traumatic and lonely for your lone pet to be at home all day long or all weekend. But if you have two pets, they can comfort and keep each other company. They may play a little while you’re gone, snuggle up or just know that they aren’t all by themselves. Isn’t that a feeling that you can relate to?

It’s almost as cheap to feed two mouths as it is to feed one

So many animals need loving homes in this world, and if you can afford one, it’s likely you can afford two. After all, it’s not much more expensive to feed two animals as it is to feed one. Especially if you go by your veterinarian’s strict rules about measuring out food portions for your pets. Most people tend to overfeed their lone pet, but if you’re vigilant about portion control, you could probably get away with feeding two pets with the same amount you used to feed one.

You’ll still have one if you lose the other

It’s terribly sad to think about, but most pet owners lose a pet at some point. It’s a heartbreak that animal lovers know only too well, and it leaves a vacancy that is just as empty as any other major loss. When you open your home to two animals, you’ll be able to console yourself knowing that you can still enjoy the company of your remaining furry friend for as long as possible. It can help to ease the pain of loss, though nothing can make it go away completely.

You’ve a better chance at bonding

Many families have experienced a situation where the pet bonds with one member of the family but not with anyone else. This can be frustrating for family members who were eager to have companionship with a pet. But if you have two—or more—pets, you have better chance of bonding. Maybe the male cat gets along with your teenage daughter, and the female cat can’t get enough of your preteen son. Two pets mean better odds for bonding.

Your chances are better at having a cuddly pet

Sometimes a pet’s personality is just not the type to enjoy sitting on your lap or at your feet while you watch TV or read a book. The pet you fell in love with at the Humane Society may rather spend his free time sleeping under your bed. When you choose to give a home to two animals, your chances are better at winding up with at least one who enjoys cuddling as much as you do.

They can help protect each other

If you allow your pets outdoors, you know that there are certain inherent risks and dangers that go along with that. Stray animals, wild animals or even troublesome people could put your pets at risk. But two pets that live together tend to form a protective bond with each other. When danger lurks, it’s likely that one or the other will step up and help keep the other safe from harm.

It’s easier to troubleshoot worrisome illnesses

When your pet falls ill to some general sickness, it can be challenging to figure out the cause. After all, they can’t point to where it hurts or describe the pain. All you know is they aren’t acting themselves. One potential culprit to animal sickness is bad food, poison or ingestion of some foreign body. When you have two pets instead of one, you can better troubleshoot the problem. If they both eat the same food and one is gravely ill and the other is fine, you can probably look for a different cause than their diet.

If you’ve decided to get a pet, or already have just one, consider getting a second. These reasons should convince you to at least think about it.

Kate Supino is a freelance writer who enjoys sharing her research and experience with readers everywhere. She lives in sunny South Florida.