What happens if we go off our pets?
Yes it may well seem like a strange title, indeed it is. But this is a strange blog...
When purchasing a pet or rescuing one, the one common goal shared by all owners is that 'it will all be okay' that pooch or puss will settle in well, be relatively well behaved, understand toilet rules, and generally win our affections. And they usually do (win our affections that is) but what happens when they don't? because this DOES happen, when there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the animal, no behavioural problem, no chewing obsession or the like, just that the pet owner relationship doesn't quite work!
Take 'Mike Fisher' he decided to purchase a cat; he was at work all day so assumed this would be the most sensible option. Be brought said cat home and all was going smoothly, he explains that she had a 'few quirks' but nothing he couldn't handle! Fast forward six months and it is a very different story, these 'quirks' he referred to begin to annoy him. He explains how she is the most demanding house guest, how she is clumsy, how she doesn't stop meowing, how she wakes him up at all hours, how he lets her out only for her to run to the back door howling to come back inside! He says he is at the end of his tether, he has tried everything, he has lavished her with attention, bought her toys, changed her diet, even had her to the vet. "It must just be her" he says!
Or perhaps it's just him? You see what annoys Mike Fisher may very well not annoy you and vice versa, however what happens when it does annoy you, annoy you to the point that you consider re-homing? Is this the right way to deal with such situations? Or, as pet owners do we have a moral obligation to 'stick it out.'
As for Mike? He is giving it another three months, if nothing's changed then feline is to find a new home...
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