If you’re thinking about adding a pet companion to your family, deciding whether to get a cat or dog can be challenging. Although they both can be cute and cuddly, they come with a big, long-term responsibility. Knowing the pros and cons and the ins and outs of dog and cat ownership might make it easier to see which animal fits better into your lifestyle.
If you’re on a budget, a cat might be the best pet choice for you. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, taking care of a dog is more expensive than caring for a cat. They state that caring for a small to large dog can cost anywhere from $ 1,314 to $1,843 a year, and that the yearly cost to care for a cat is $1,035. This includes food, vet visits, health insurance, collars, and other ancillary things associated with pet care.
To Walk or Not to Walk
Being a dog owner means that you must regularly take your dog outside so he can go potty. Even in cold or rainy weather, you’ll have to get up and walk your dog. Unlike dogs, cats are best kept indoors, where they’re safe from outdoor hazards, such as heavy traffic and other animals. This will also keep them from reproducing (if they’re not neutered or spayed) and contributing to the cat overpopulation. A cat uses a litter box to eliminate, and your only job is to clean it regularly so he’ll continue to use it.
If you leave the house for long hours at a time, getting a dog is most likely not the smartest choice. Dogs depend on their owners and require regular interaction. This is why it’s essential to provide various toys for your furry pal to play with while you’re absent. Neglecting to do this, can result in a bored dog who resorts to misbehaving to release pent-up energy and to entertain himself. Cats are more independent and are quick to find a comfy spot and relax in it for hours at a time. They’re happy to see you come home, but they’re also good on their own.
The Noise Factor
Although cat’s can meow fiercely, they most likely won’t bother your neighbors in the way a dog would with his consistent barking. If you live in close vicinity to other people, take this into consideration.
If you live in a house with a backyard, a dog will surely appreciate this, because he can run and play in it. On the other hand, If you live in a high-rise apartment, getting a cat might be best, because they can stay indoors and don’t need that much space. Cats are generally less active than dogs and snooze a majority of the day.
ASPCA: Pet Care Costs
The Humane Society of the United States: Cat Care Essentials
The Humane Society of the United States: Dog Care Essentials