The worst things about pets 50



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We all love our pets but there is no doubt at times they can be annoying, expensive or just plain messy. Here are some of the most common complaints…


1. Fleas

Itching, scratching? Then you may have fleas on your pet or in your home. Parasite control is essential with pets. Without adequate protection you are likely to find yourself being bitten and fleas taking over your home, not to mention compromising your pet’s health and well-being. To totally eradicate your flea population, it is vital to treat your home as well as your pet. Ask your vet about latest flea medications.


2. Hair

Pets shed hair. Those who shed less, need to be clipped every couple of months. So you either have a hair-free home with expensive canine grooming sessions (more than you spend on your own hair!) or you put up with hair around your home, on your clothes, in your car and so on. Unwanted pet hair is rated as one of the most annoying aspects of pet ownership. Personally, I consider pet hair as part of my style!


3. Over-activity

Some dogs never stop. This can be difficult for couch-potato owners to cope with. Other annoying activities include jumping up, licking and destructive behaviours like digging and chewing. A few cats can tend to be over-excited at times too but generally they will calm down with a few play sessions each day. Choose your pet carefully and be honest about your activity levels. Dogs need to be exercised, both physically and mentally. If you exhaust your pet’s body and mind, then they are more likely to settle down beside you for a cuddle.


4. Costs

Pets can be expensive. Not only does buying your rare pedigree breed eat into your savings, so too do on-going expenses such as vet bills, holiday care, food and parasite protection. And most pets appreciate a new toy or two throughout the year. The good news is that most owners are willing to spend on their pets and will often sacrifice their own needs and desires to look after their furry family members.


5. Vet care

Veterinary care can be expensive but having a sick pet can also be an emotionally harrowing experience. Pet insurance can help you budget for veterinary expenses but best be sure, prior to acquiring a pet, that you have the necessary finances.


6. Holidays – what holidays?!

It’s hard enough in our society to take your pets anywhere, with so many rules and regulations. Taking them with you on holiday can feel like an impossible venture. Some pet owners simply never go away! Not only does it cost a lot to put your pet into care but you still worry about them when you are away. Owners who spend a lot of time in their pet’s company may miss their pet when they travel. Separation anxiety is not just experienced by our pets. Owners may have it too!


7. The mess

It can be impossible to be house-proud when you have a pet. The hair, the ripped up cushions, the emptied garbage bin, the toys all over the floor! Then there are the house training ‘accidents’! Living with a pet can resemble life with a toddler. Worse at times! But at least your pet may be having fun!


8. Noise

Pets can be noisy. Dogs especially can be very difficult to live with, or next to, when they constantly bark. Owners need to find out why their dog barks and address the cause, if they wish a quieter life.


9. Caring for all pets

When you love your pet so much, it can be upsetting to learn that other people don’t care as much as you. Knowing that pets relinquished to shelters, lost and never reclaimed at pounds or abused within their own homes can be distressing. It is up to caring pet owners to offer their time or donations to help look after less fortunate animals.


10. Reaching the end

Most pets have a fairly short life span. Twelve to 15 years gives you many quality experiences to bond over, meaning that the loss of your pet can result in intense grief. You are sad because you have said goodbye to someone you love. You cared and that has to be a good thing.


What annoys you most about owning a pet? Or is your pet perfect? Tell us below!

Dr Jo Righetti

Passionate animal behaviourist and Purina Petcare ambassador, Dr Jo has worked with pets for more than a decade and has been a media favourite, with appearances on Totally Wild, Creature Features, Body & Soul Magazine and The Project. With a PhD in Animal Behaviour, a Degree in Zoology and a Diploma in Counselling under her belt, Dr Jo provides support to individual pet owners, governments and commercial companies on how to best nurture relationships between animal and human.

  1. Greatly true, Jo, but as you know, a dog in the family is dead keen to please the head of the pack. Pretty well everything you mention is a factor to be lived with for the sake of a loving companion or able to be trained out of the smallest family member’s behaviour. Point 10? At my age, I’m afraid I might leave behind my best mate and that worries me more than the other way around, sad though that always is.
    Thanks for the article.

  2. Only thing that annoys me is articles like this .At over 60 people either enjoy pets or do not have them .I vaccum every day donot have carpet by choice never had a flea problem in 40 years of owning cats and dogs. Anyone who owns a pet know that like children they need to learn their boundaries .

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  3. I have 2 poodles & they are the best company ever. My hubby has been undergoing chemo & our little Oscar has been his best mate. There’s no problems having a dog or cat or what ever pet you wish to have. They give you quality time & unconditional love

  4. You know the deal when you take on a pet. Well worth the little bit of extra work, I’d say. If you can’t cope with it, you don’t get a pet.

  5. We adopted our little guy 21/2 yrs ago, he is a truly wonderful little friend. I don’t know how he ended up unwanted in a pound, the previous owners must need their heads testing. The only thing I worry about is going away once in a blue moon, but I intend to see if I can find someone in a similar position and who I can trust and maybe we can help each other out.

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    • There are lots of places that allow pets now If they are crate trained makes it much easier . Also keeps them safe while travelling .We use soft crates in the car and wire ones inside .

    • I would def take him if I thought he could fly (from Perth to Gold Coast) without having a heart attack Diane. We flew our old Blue Heeler and cat to England for a few years while my husband worked there. However this little chap trembles and pants in stress even in the car. It took me months to get him to jump in the car with us. Asked our vet if he thought it was a previous trauma but he said Maltese breeds are highly nervous types.

    • I purchased an I Can See Dog Car Seat from the Gold Coast and I am finally able to travel without him vomiting and becoming stressed.

    • Thank you Valerie, I will google the car seat right away. Has anyone tried the Thunder coat for stressful travellers?

  6. I have just acquired a new toy poodle pup, going through the wee poo accidents, I give him a treat when he does it outside, and he looks for it to, but still having little accidents, he is only 10 weeks so will get there soon I hope, love him so much.

  7. Dog hair is definitely the number one drawback. If I have another dog it will have to be short haired. May still shed as much, but at least they’ll be shorter hairs. The number two drawback is not being able to take my dog with me to so many places. You see children welcomed, or at least accepted almost everywhere, yet my dog is quieter and much better behaved than the vast majority of children I see in public. She’s a naturally sweet-natured girl, but I’ve also put effort into her continuing training.

  8. I have just lost my wonderful Jack Russell, she was a few weeks under 15 and I can honestly say that none of the ‘annoying’ things about pet ownership were annoying to me. I had my dogs grandmother and her mother, so for the last 5 years it was just my fluffy Jack. When you love your furry 4 legged member of the family, totally and unconditionally, they love you back in the same way. My dogs, over the years have cost me thousands, but why count the cost when the gains are so much more? Why be a dog owner if all you are going to worry about are the hairs over the floor, there are ways around everything. Love them they love you back.

  9. for me life is imcomplete without a dog – the dog hair that attaches itself from my two to most items in my wardrobe, home and car I consider to be extra insulation – the joy they bring is priceless, the love they give is boundless – the only love that money can buy comes from a dog. Unlike humans they are genuine and have no hidden agendas.j

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  10. Love pets sure the can make a mess so can my hubby yes vet bills but I also have doctor bills pet food but my food bill is bigger they don’t need very much but they love you to the moon and back xxxx and we love our dog and our grand puppies and all animals

  11. My dogs are my best friends. So I look after them by keeping them healthy and protect them against fleas and ticks.

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