How Pets Can Affect Your Marriage

There are many different factors that can cause strain in a marriage, and pets are only one. Having a pet, or multiple pets, may not seem like a big deal at first, but if the care of these animals comes between you and your spouse, then you may find yourself facing difficulties in your marriage, from less intimacy to more arguments and more. However, like any other source of disagreement, disagreements about pets may possibly be overcome with the help of a marriage counselor.

How Pets Can Cause Strain on a Marriage

Whether the pet was one you or your partner owned before getting together or one that you bought together as a couple, it can cause disruptions in your marriage overtime. In some cases, disagreements or marital strain can be caused by:

  • A spouse getting a pet without notifying the other
  • An overly destructive pet
  • An aggressive pet
  • Inability / unwillingness to care for a pet
  • Time-commitment complications
  • Costs of care for a pet

All of these factors could be putting strain on your relationship with your spouse, but may worked through with marriage counseling.

Contact a Marriage Counselor in Austin

If you and your spouse disagree on your pet(s), but are willing to work through those differences to avoid further issues, then marriage counseling may be the best option for you. Marriage counselor Kathleen Snyder at Marriage Like New helps couples in Austin struggling with a variety of issues, from those caused by pets to infidelity and more. Call 512-659-8900 to learn more about how she may be able to help you and your partner.