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The Bottom Line of Pet Ownership in a Marriage

Marriage and Pets

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Having a pet needs to be a mutual decision. Even though the presence of pets can have a very positive impact on your marriage, don't make the mistake of giving your mate a cute, cuddly kitten or puppy without being absolutely, positively, 100 percent sure that your spouse really, truly, honestly wants one.

Be practical about the type of pet that your home and lifestyle can handle. Additionally, you need to set boundaries as to where the pet will sleep, what areas of the home may be off limits to it, who will care for it and feed it, and how much money can be spent on the animal.

If you can't agree on these issues, then think twice about having a pet in your relationship.

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