Dealing with dog or cat dilemmas as a couple is quite common, but if things go too far the relationship could potentially be damaged. For example, pets being allowed in the bedroom could be a frequent cause of arguments between couples.
Training animals can take a lot of time and so if you end up spending more time with your pet than your partner, you might end up having some problems. You might not even realise it but your pet could ruin your relationship.
Household pets can easily become jealous when your attention is no longer focused on them. Many of them do not like to share their food, their home or their human companion. If there is a new addition to the family or if you start seeing someone, your pet’s behaviour might change.
How to deal with a jealous pet
- Figure out the reason for their jealousy. Give your pet plenty of time to adjust to any changes.
- Try to stick to your previous regular routine as much as possible to minimize the changes around it. Try to keep activities such as feeding or walks to a usual schedule as pets tend to get stressed if there’s a break in their routine.
- Give your four legged friend lots of love and attention. He or she needs to know they are not being replaced and that the new partner in your life is not a threat to your relationship with them.
- Encourage your pet and partner to bond over time. The animal might feel threatened at first and will come round in his or her own time.
Whilst your pets may cause you problems, you would not want anything unfortunate to happen to them. It could be advisable to take out pet insurance to ensure you are financially protected. If nothing else, it could save you a future argument over vet bills with your spouse!Back to top