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Be Prepared to Call In Favors
Are you the kind of person who never likes to ask for help? You might need to get over that. It's really hard to properly care for a cat or dog and still, you know, live your life, without occasionally getting help. Maybe paying for a cat-sitter or dog-walker is not a big deal for you, in which case, congratulations. You are more financially stable than a lot of people. But, tons of pet owners rely on roommates or friends or family to help them out if they need to go on vacation, or if they work weird hours. So it is important to have strong and positive relationships with people who can help you. And even if you can't pay them back with money, you can do nice things for them in other ways. What ways? I don't know! Be creative. But in my experience, a bottle of rye is always appreciated.