We are at our personal limit with 5 pets- 3 cats and 2 dogs. For us, having time to play with, train, walk and clean up after the dogs is considered. So is being able to afford to feed the best food, buy good toys and bones, good shampoo, and pay any and all vet bills that arise. Same is true for the cats, but they require less training time
I see clients all the time who think that more is better; they feel that if they are providing a dwelling and even sub-quality food, they're giving an animal a better home that it would get elsewhere. I think the quality of what kind of life you can give is way more important than how many animals you can shove under your roof.
Half-marathon running Mommy to 3 spunky girls and 1 sweet boy. Spending my days and nights where my kids need me most- at home with them!!
We have three dogs (two indoors and one outdoors full time), two aquariums, and 20 chickens. At the "ranch" (aka my inlaws ranch) we have 7 horses and oh....60 cows or so.
And I'm looking to adopt a new kitten. So - nope...not too many for us yet. Although a cat ought to finish us up I think. :-D
When you can't provide for every single one of them- financially, emotionally, physically (space, time, etc), then you have too many.
It's "too many" if you can't provide WELL for them.
Plus, we're in the throws of more vet bills at the moment, and I get nervous and twitchy at the prospect of all FIVE pets needing vet attention at the same time. It's probably not very likely, but I still don't like thinking about it.
If I had more help I'd be able to do more, but I have no family of my own down here (I'm from Canada and am living in the US), so I only have DH's relatively small family to rely on. If I had more help with my daughter I'd have more time for the animals, and then I'd probably be able to have more, but I don't, so I'm not going to stress myself out trying to do EVERYTHING. I know my limit, and I'm pretty sure I'm at it.
Everyone is different though. I know families who have tripled our head count, and they are all well cared for and happy.
Have said all that, in our county, I think the legal limit is 3 dogs and 3 cats. Last I looked anyway.
I spent a grand at the vet's office last week. I'll go back for a couple hundred more in 3wks.
The vet bills are a huge consideration--plus quality food and supplies and whatnot, but time and energy are equally important.
Why do you ask?
Given boundless monetary resources, a securely fenced farm property, and enough time to play with them all every day (playing with dogs just makes me happy ), however, I can see myself owning a small flock of dogs. BUT, given the fact that I will likely never be independently wealthy and able to just while away my time frolicking with canine friends, we'll probably settle on a comfortable two or three dogs once we feel our lifestyle is more multi-dog friendly.
If I weren't allergic, I'd consider a cat or two since they're pretty low-maintenance and DH likes 'em and has owned 'em in the past, and I want an aquarium (again, once we have a more permanent home that we stay in year-round), and I've always liked lizards and snakes...
Can you tell I'm kind of an animal person?
Perpetually breastfeeding or pregnant ENFP mom to a lot of kids...wife to a midwestern nice guy...living in tropical paradise...pink cats and homebirths rock!
We have 2 dogs and 3 cats. I'd be okay adding fish and maybe a frog. That's my limit though.
Kim ~mom to one awesome dd (12)
DH is currently teaching a microbiology class, which is taking a LOT of his time - when he's finished in a month, we're going to start rebuilding our fish population, which dropped off due to an unfortunate accident. We have 3 large tanks, which is sometimes more than enough, but neither DH nor my son (one of the tanks is in his room) will give them up.
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