How To Pick Your Perfect Pandemic Pet: A Quiz

So far, this year has been the strangest ever and I find myself doing absurd things and passing them off as normal. For example: I have a kitten now.

Pre-pandemic saw me pet-free for a solid twenty years. Why have animals when you have five kids, amiright? Post-pandemic finds me desperate to keep those kids somehow occupied long enough for me to throw a frozen pizza into the oven and open a bottle of pinot grigio. Do NOT talk to me about how these kids are in their twenties. Some things never change.

The kitten was an impulsive decision made in a fifteen minute window wherein I was not thinking clearly but I have to admit, my kids are flocking around this little fluff ball and our long afternoons are now filled with entertaining shouts of, “Look out, it’s crawling under the dresser!” “What’s that in the litter box?” and “Is it supposed to claw my hand into shreds while it drinks the bottle?”

I’m sure I’m not alone when I ask the question: What was the right pet for our family? And is it too late?

If you, too, are feeling like 2020 is the perfect year to bring a new pet into your home, take this handy quiz to discover if you are crazy which pet is your purr-fect pandemic partner.


1. Once the work from home orders lift, will your new pet still be able to bite your toe/climb into your pocket/beg for treats whenever the mood hits? What level of interaction do you anticipate having with your pet?


2. Look around you right now. Are you quarantined in the city? The country? Your parent’s basement? How much space can you devote to the new tenant?


3. Grocery shopping for kibble, mealworms, or live rats might be fun, but either way the food to poop ratio breaks even. How much scat do you want to work with?


4. Pets are living creatures. Usually. How many dollars have you put aside for vet bills, so the pet will remain that way?


5. What, in your opinion, is the perfect name for your new pet?


Comment (5)

  • Kim| June 15, 2020

    Welcome to the dark side…we have cookies. PS. Your cat looks like he needs a playmate.

  • Andrea| June 10, 2020

    This post had me cracking up! My result was that I should have a pandemic pet…good thing I already do! And she sure is keeping us great company during this time 🙂 Thanks for the giggles!

  • Mark Ishman| June 9, 2020

    As a dog family for many years, we are now a two cat home (it’s the cat’s house, we just pay the mortgage). If you leave the house for more than a day or two with a dog you have to a) find someone to come feed them (which may entail some kind of payment). b) board them (which entails a LARGE payment). c) don’t leave the house for a day or two in the first place.
    If you leave the house for a day or two or MORE with cats…you just put out extra food and water and you’re good to go! Although the litter box when you get back home may be a miniature Chernobyl.
    Love you guys!
    Mark & Julie

  • Mary| June 9, 2020

    The photo of Doc J entices me to haunt the local shelter for a look-a-like! He is that cute! So glad you have embraced the pet world. There’s no going back now…I see cats in your future forever.

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