If you consider yourself to be a true animal lover, it’s possible that you wouldn’t ever want to change that. For those who have a lot of animals in the home, it can affect your life even more. In fact, having a lot of animals at home can be a lot harder even than having kids in the home. If you are keen on ensuring that you look after them well, you will need to be prepared for this kind of life to do so.
In this article, we are going to help you prepare for that lifestyle by looking at some of the major common signs that you really are sharing your home with a lot of animals. Some of these might put you off at first – but it is better to be aware of these things than to bury your head in the sand and pretend otherwise.
6 Signs Your Home Is Full Of Animals
It might not even sound like a farmhouse, but in all likelihood, it will sometimes seem like one. If you have a lot of animals in the home, it usually means that you can expect to hear a lot of noise – and it is likely to be pretty constant. Of course, the more animals you have, the truer this is. And if you have a variety of different animals it is likely that the cacophony will be much worse.
It’s a good idea to prepare yourself for this if you want to make sure that you are going to be happy having animals in the home. There is not a great deal about it that you can do – besides training your pets to be as well-behaved in the home as possible, of course. Remember that dogs bark, cat’s meow, and birds sing naturally.
Something that is much harder to get around is the fact that it is extremely likely to smell in the home. If you only have one or two dogs or cats, then you won’t need to worry about this too much. Although even a single cat litter tray can stink up a room of a house if you are not careful. Careful upkeep is important when you own litter boxes.
But if you have a number of different animals before you know it there will be a huge overall smell which you just can’t seem to get rid of. That can mean that you end up with the kind of place people find it hard to visit for too long. Nonetheless, you yourself might get used to it – and your guests? Well, they might stop visiting. Be careful about the number of pets you keep in a confined area. Cleanliness is key here.
You Find Fleas
There is nothing worse than finding that the home is overrun with fleas or ticks. Once one animal has them, soon enough you find that they all do, and maybe even the people in the home as well. This is clearly not something you want to happen. It is a good idea to try and put a stop to any fleas or ticks you might come across as early as you possibly can.
Thanks to Pet-Lock, you can usually find a pretty simple solution fairly quickly, so you shouldn’t have too much to worry about. But if you let it get worse, it can lead to a bad situation in the home, which is unlikely to be much fun for you or your pets. Vacuum daily, keep your animals treated with flea drops and treat your yard as needed to avoid fleas.
It’s Hard To Avoid Being Messy
It’s hard enough keeping a clean home with a single pet, but when you have lots of them it can sometimes become practically impossible. In many respects, you need to just try and accept that this is how it is. But if you are keen on trying to keep your house clean, then you might need to dedicate more time than you might like to ensure you clean your home regularly and thoroughly. As long as you do that, you should be able to keep it clean and healthy. That will make for a better environment for everyone, humans and non-humans alike.
But in the beginning, there might be a period of time when you are living in a something of a pigsty, and it is understandable if you get frustrated for a time. Don’t let it overwhelm you. Get on a routine to sweep and clean daily.
Your Cupboard Is Stocked Full Of Animal Food
It can be surprising how expensive it is to keep animals, especially when it comes to feeding them. This is particularly true the more you have, and if you have a lot of different kinds of animals in particular. Chances are, you are going to have a cupboard which is completely stocked full of different animal food.
As well as being a major monthly expense, it’s likely that it will also cause a little extra funky smell in the home too. Once again, it’s something that is worth getting used to, and you should try your hardest to accept it as best as you can. But it might also be worth only getting a limited supply of each food at a time – and trying to stock it away in the best way that you can. All of this will make a difference in the long run.
You can also purchase bins made to store pet food. I have big round barrels in my laundry room that hold pig feed, dog food, cat food and rabbit food. The lids seal airtight so there is no smell.
Sleep Becomes Difficult
There are a number of ways in which you can find it harder to sleep properly when you have lots of animals. It is unlikely that all of your pets will be perfectly silent throughout the entire night every night. That will mean that you will have a noisier house to try and get to sleep in.
But it’s also a case of being awoken by a cat licking your face, or a dog trying to cuddle up to you. Cute as this can be when it happens every night it can quickly become more than a little frustrating. It’s a good idea to keep your pets out of your room as much as you can. Ensure that you exercise them enough to get them to sleep properly at night.
Having animals in the home is wonderful. But if you are not cautious with their upkeep they can become a problem. Do you have animamls in your home? How do you do the upkeep in your home so that having them stays a pleasant experience? Tell me in the comments below.