So you’ve decided that you want a four-legged companion and can’t decide between a dog and a cat. It’s an age-old dilemma and an important one. Once you commit to your pet, you commit to taking care of it for the rest of its life, which can be many years. Do not make the wrong choice and end up regretting it.
Dogs are Needy, Cats are Independent
Do you like to travel? Does your lifestyle require that you are often not home for long stretches of time? If so, a cat might be a good choice for you. As long as you can manage to occasionally clean out the litter box and put out enough food and water to meet your cat’s needs during your time away from home, your cat will be fine. However, dogs need more attentive care. Depending on the breed, they may need daily walks for exercise as well as frequent trips outside to relive themselves. There are many dog-boarding services out there, but you should take into account how often you would need to patronize them before deciding to commit to a dog.
Cats Make People Sneeze
Chances are, you know someone with a cat allergy. Cat allergies are much more common than dog allergies and for some people the symptoms can be very severe. You might certainly want to reconsider acquiring a cat as a pet if your best friend, your significant other, or any one who visits your home frequently has a cat allergy.
What About You?
Do you see yourself braving the elements on long hikes and adventures with a canine companion? Or are you more of person content to snuggle up on the sofa with a feline partner? Keep in mind that dogs generally require a great deal more training than cats. Do you think you would enjoy training a dog? Do you have the patience to do so? Ask yourself these questions and be honest.
What About Me?
Well… I guess I was never all that good about choosing one over the other. My wife and I are the proud owners of three cats and two dogs. I guess that we just enjoy the variety, but make no mistake: it is a challenge to make sure that every member of our furry family has all of its needs met on a daily basis. This is every pet owner’s responsibility once they invite a dog or cat into their home.