A lot has been said about how owning a pet can prepare you for having children in the future, but we decided to look at this from a different angle. We think owning a pet can actually prepare you for a relationship. Seriously, pets can actually do a lot to prepare us for future relationships or even improve the relationship you’re in now.
1. Learning To Compromise
The ability to compromise is very important in relationships. Pets teach you to compromise from the get-go. When you get a small puppy or a kitten you know you’re not going out for the first couple of months. You have to think critically and decide what you’re willing to compromise on. For example, you choose to give up on a late night drink in order to stay home and take care of your puppy, but you can get your friend to cat sit so you don’t miss your grandma’s birthday.
2. Not Everything Goes As Planned
You might’ve wanted to get to work early one day, but your cat chose that specific morning to throw up on your kitchen floor. Oh well, you’ll thank your cat later for teaching you to go with the flow and accepting that things don’t always go as planned when your boyfriend spends all day packing for a trip and still forgets the essentials but brings every single piece of technology he owns with him on your summer beach vacation.
3. Putting Someone’s Needs Before Your Own
By no means am I trying to say you should always do that in a relationship? That would be ridiculous and a very unhealthy relationship dynamic. But in certain situations, you really need to do it. Pets teach us to factor in their needs into our daily life. We have to make sure we walk the dog or feed the parrot, the same way we’ll need to factor in a dinner with his family once in a while.