Replacing Pets


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Once one of your pets dies, how long do you wait to get another pet, is it the same breed or type of animal.

I have had 1 dog and 1 cat that have died as my pets, but did not get another pet after them, I still have 1 dog tho, and she was around while the others were there as well, so I can't really answer my own question, yet, but want to know from other peoples experiences what it was like replacing pets.


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When my cat died I didn't want another cat. We had another one anyway because we had two, but as I said one of them died.
My parents wanted another cat and they waited a month before they got a new one. I still didn't want it, but I have grown to start loving it. It was the same type of cat, just a different colour.
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When my first rabbit died, we replaced her very quickly. I was really young and missed her heaps at the time so I guess my parents thought it would be good to get me straight in the pet shop, I used to love choosing a new pet, it was fun. But I still miss my first rabbit, she was the only nice one haha.

The second rabbit was replaced quickly because we also got a guinea pig at the same time, and my mum thought the guinea pig would get lonely as it was on its own all of a sudden.

Then the guinea pig died and now we're left with the third rabbit. Once she dies, I won't be replacing her at all.


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We never waited, when my first dog died we already had another dog that was about two years old, and when that dog died we've had another dog as well that was about three or four years old. So we never waited. I've had a dog my entire life.


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Our dog died and I was devastated, but I wanted another dog (same breed) almost right away. The house just felt empty without him and I'd get lonely. My parents weren't ready for another dog yet, so almost two years later and we still don't have another dog.


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I honestly didn't plan on replacing my pets after they died but my two dogs just sort of came to my attention in my greatest time of need for them.

I honestly don't go out looking for my pets they just sort of wind up finding me when they need me or I need them the most.

I know some people who wait years between pets. I think the longest I went after a pet passed away was a month or two and then somehow I found a new animal or they found me.
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When our dog of 14 years died last June, my husband said we would never get another. About 6 months later, he admits it is hard fighting the urge to get another. He said we would probably get another in a few years but I bet it will be less than a year. Personally, I would have been fine going out the next week and getting another. I felt safer at home with one and miss that security now. I guess it is just different for all.


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When my cat died (I'd had her 17 years) I was convinced I'd never want another pet again. But a year later my mum brought home a baby black lab puppy and my heart melted. I don't think I could have another cat though..


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When we had our dog, I sort of took him for granted. When he died, I cared because then the house would just seem lonely. Eventually, I got a cat. After my cat, I never really replaced it. I wish I could get a hamster or something, but my parents don't want to go through more pets.


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The only pets I've had that died were ones that I brought home! I'd find a mouse outside and keep it for like 3 or 4 years and then it would die and I would come across another one and bring it home.