The doctor said I have to / I had to
Dear italki users,
I have a question about this dialogue:
- Did you see a doctor?
- Yes, he said, I have to consider doing something about my cat
(the dialogue is about cat allergy)
My question is, is it 'I have to' or 'I had to'?
On the one hand, 'he said' is in the past tense, so another clause should be in the past tense as well. But on the other hand, the 'I have to' part is not attached to the specific time and feels more like a present simple tense kind of action. I would say 'I have to'. Is it correct?