3 Facts You Might Not Know About Taking Care of Your Fur Friend

Healthcare for pets

Did you know that about 40% of households in the U.S. have a dog? It?s no surprise that pets have an important role in our lives. They are often seen as ?the friend that will never leave.? Consequently, we tend to care for them as we would for children (and unlike children, pets never forget to do their homework!).

Taking care of a pet is a constant learning experience, so here are a few things you might not even know about taking care of your beloved fur friend.

1. Spaying and Neutering Isn?t a Bad Thing

Many people express doubt about whether spaying or neutering their pet is a good idea. However, there are numerous benefits. For one, you won?t be contributing to the shelter problem in the U.S. — millions of pets, both cats and dogs, must live out their lives apart from families because there are simply not enough homes for them. Not only that, but spaying or neutering your pet tends to have a positive effect on their life. They are more likely to live longer, and less likely to wander far away from your home (as often happens when pets are in heat).

2. Many People Overfeed Their Pets

When was the last time you read the serving suggestion for your pet?s meal? You might be surprised to see just how small it is. Because these animals are so much smaller than we are — the average cat is, after all, about 11 pounds — it?s easy to overestimate how much they need to comfortably live. Overfeeding your pet will likely lead to health problems later, a shorter lifespan, and lower quality of life, so this is something to examine now. And make sure they get enough exercise!

3. Pet Health Insurance Plans are a Good Idea: Cat Insurance Costs are Not That Bad

When you need to treat your pet for health problems, the price can very quickly go up. Even issues that aren?t THAT expensive — like diabetes for cats — will rack you up more than $100 every time you need to buy an insulin bottle (and you?ll need to buy a new bottle at least twice a year), in addition to all the testing and vet visits. Many times, pets who need surgery will rack up a much higher bill. Insurance for pets helps to ensure that you?ll never have to choose between financial solvency and your furry friend. Dog and cat insurance costs are often fairly reasonable, running at about $20 to $30 a month at the most. The actual amount is often dependant on factors like your pet?s age or breed (dog life insurance for breeds that often encounter problems can be expensive. About 40% of pugs, for example, will have hip dysplasia).

Are you okay with cat insurance costs? Would you like more information on pet insurance, overfeeding, or spaying and neutering? Let us know!