Guide to Adopting Bonded Pairs of Animals

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Two animals that have a strong attachment to one another are known as ‘bonded pairs’. They differ from animals who live with each other amicably, as these aren’t always considered a bonded pair. 

In the UK, it’s reported that 57% of households own a pet. The trend of pet ownership in this country has revealed that from 2021 onwards, pet ownership has risen considerably, compared to pre-pandemic figures. 

We love animals and keeping pets, so much of the population may be faced with the responsibility of adopting a bonded pair. Here’s what you need to know.

Why do certain animals bond as pairs? 

There are several reasons why animals can form strong bonds, including shared experiences and socialisation while growing up. Animals don’t have to be littermates to be considered a bonded pair. They may have become lifelong companions or experienced tricky times together, causing them to care for one another.

Implications of separation 

If a bonded pair becomes separated, this could have big implications for the animals. It can cause them to become anxious or distressed due to being in each other’s company to not seeing each other at all. They may even show signs of grief and depression, which can not only impact their livelihoods but also yours as the pet owner. You may find it difficult to bond with them and enjoy a harmonious relationship if they are missing their companion. In some instances, their wellbeing may be depleted. For this reason, many choose to adopt both animals so that they can stay together.

Preparing to adopt a bonded pair 

It’s important to consider what life will look like when adopting a bonded pair and the responsibilities you’ll have. Caring for two animals will be double the work at the end of the day. Not only this, but the financial burden will be greater, so make sure you’ve planned thoroughly in advance. It’s also important to consider multi-pet insurance so that both animals can receive comprehensive healthcare. This will cover routine check-ups, vaccinations and additional medical expenses.

Preparing your home 

Your home should be adapted to meet the needs of both animals. This means there should be plenty of space and toys for them to play with. It means both will be able to benefit from enrichment opportunities. Resting areas should be set up near each other, and so should feeding and litter areas. The idea is that you provide plenty of opportunity for both animals to socialise together and enjoy their own space at the same time.

As the owner, you should also give an equal amount of attention to the bonded pair so that both feel an equal amount of love and affection.



 

 

 

 

 

 

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