Understanding When You or Someone Else Has Too Many Pets

Too Many Pets

Yes, there can be too much of a good thing. Logic has it that if one dog is good, then two dogs must be great. And if two dogs are great, then three dogs must be even greater. But that’s not necessarily the case.  When a person has too many pets, it can create problems for both the pets and the owner. In some instances, well-meaning pet lovers can turn into actual hoarders.

So how many pets are too many pets? Well, it depends. Are the pets being well taken care of? Ask yourself if the pets are clean and if the home environment is clean. The household is noisier as you add more dogs to the mix. Is the home too overcrowded? As the owner, are you able to provide for the daily needs of the pets without feeling overwhelmed? Ask yourself, if there were an emergency, would you be financially able to care for your pets? Answering these questions will give you an indication of whether the situation is manageable or if you simply have too many pets.

We Love Pups, But How Many Dogs Is Too Many Dogs?

Do you have too many dogs? While it might seem that having a lot of dogs could be fun, there are also downsides to consider. Having too many dogs can have detrimental effects on both the dogs and their owners.

As the number of dogs in your home increases, so does the possibility of sickness and bugs. When you have too many dogs in the house, it is harder to keep the environment clean. And more dogs require more money for food and veterinary care.

Ask yourself if there is enough available space in your home to allow the dogs to sleep, run and play. If you have a large home with a large fenced yard, you have more available space than you would in an apartment. Also, you must be aware of the local ordinances in your area. In some locations, the city, county or state has strict laws about the number of animals you are allowed to have in a single home.

As the number of dogs in a household increases, so does the incidence of behavioral problems. The larger the pack, the more complicated the social dynamics and the more diluted the owner’s attention.

The number of dogs you can humanely care for depends on your availability, energy, and resources. For most of us, having one or two dogs is a full-time job, but some people may be able to balance caring for as many as four to six dogs. In each individual situation, there could be a different answer to the question, how many dogs are too many dogs?

To learn more, read our article, We Love Pups, But How Many Dogs Is Too Many Dogs?

Have Multiple Cats? Here’s What You Should Know

Before opening your home to multiple cats, remember that you should never have more cats than you have the time and money to properly care for. Avoid overcrowding in the home and make sure that there is sufficient space for all cats to escape or get away when necessary.

Having too many cats can have negative effects on the home, on the cats and on you. As you increase the number of cats in the household, you increase the odds of uncleanliness and messes in the home. Also, you increase the chance of disease.

As the number of cats in your home increases, so do the number of litter boxes. You should have one litter box per cat plus one extra. And remember, as the number of litter boxes increases, so does the odor.

If you have multiple cats, overcrowding can create stress for your cats. So you should think carefully before getting another cat or you may find your formerly well-behaved cats developing behavior problems.

If you want to avoid infighting and territorial marking, you should have all of your cats spayed and neutered – and the earlier, the better. This will reduce the urge to defend territorial boundaries and eliminate the need to compete for mates. It can also decrease the chances that your cats will spray urine to mark their territory.

To learn more, read our article, Have Multiple Cats? Here’s What You Should Know.

Tips to Make Owning Multiple Dogs Easier for You

The key to living in harmony with multiple dogs is to understand the dogs’ needs and motivations, and to understand the group dynamic. If dogs are left to their own devices to establish their own rules, the playing field will not be level for all dogs. Sharing and fair play are not something that dogs naturally do. Instead, they will be vying for the same resources – food, space, toys and human companionship. With that in mind, here are some helpful tips to make owning multiple dogs easier for everyone.


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