Loving a pet is a great thing; we welcome them into our lives and make them parts of our families. Of course, this love has its limits. Loving them to the point of spoiling them can be bad for their overall health, and since they’re not human, many would argue that we must place the humans in our lives before our pets. How do you know if you love a pet too much?
A Well-Loved Pet is Healthy and Happy
Our pets let us know when they’re happy. They have all sorts of ways to show excitement. You can usually tell when your pets are healthy, too. They will have plenty of energy, great appetites, they’ll sleep well, and be ready for your loving attention. Your vet is an important part of making sure your pet is healthy, too.
However, it is possible to take those things we do to show our love too far. Feeding is a common example; we love it when our pets are happy, and they are often most happy when it’s feeding time. They show us excitement and affection when we have food. It’s in their nature to want to eat. Sometimes, we don’t realize that all those treats we give them—though they make our pets happy, and thus make us happy—are leading to overfeeding. Your pet doesn’t really know that; he or she just wants treats and love. But if the extra pounds start to pile on, they can cause a lot of health problems. That is why it’s important to show love through food in moderation.
From Love to Obsession
We all have different ways of showing love to our pets and pet owners regularly argue over how pets should live. Some dog owners insist dogs must live indoors, others keep theirs outside in the yard and spend time with them there. Some people feel their cats are happier living inside and outside, while others believe household cats should never wander outdoors. When does keeping your pets close and loving them go from normal, to obsessive?
Because everyone’s relationships with their pets are different, there is no easy answer. Some would say carrying a pet like a child is ridiculous, while others think it’s cute, for example. You may have reasons to pause and reconsider your relationship to your pets if the following apply to you:
- Does your closeness to your pets get in the way of other relationships in your life?
- Do you refuse to go places if you cannot take your pet with you?
- Do you spend more time with your pet, and more time thinking about your pet than most other things in your life?
- Do you truly believe you cannot survive without your pet?
If these are true, then it may be time to sit down and consider why you feel this way. Perhaps there is something in your life that needs addressing. Never be ashamed to talk to someone about that.
Never stop loving your pet. Just make sure that it’s a healthy love. Bring your loved one to us at Pet Vet Hospitals. We’re happy to help you keep your furry family member healthy for a long life, full of love, with you.