It’s a debate as old as time, are dogs or cats better? Dog people will have you believe that cats are evil creatures that will never show you any kind of affection whereas dogs are going to be there for you whenever you need them and make you happier. Cat lovers will tell you that cats are affectionate if they want to be and that they’re just as good as dogs as a companion. Neither side will budge and they’ll insist that they’re right. There’s no middle ground, you’re either a dog person or a cat person. If you’re thinking about getting a pet and you can’t decide between the two, here are a few things to think about.
Dogs Need More Attention
The reason that dog lovers are quick to denounce cats is that they don’t give them enough attention. Dogs are always ready to play with you, but that works both ways. Dogs need way more attention than cats do and it can be a bit much if you’ve got a busy schedule. A cat will happily go out and about on its own or sleep all day without worrying about what you’re doing. However, if you leave a dog on its own for more than a few hours they’ll start to get distressed. You’ll also have to walk the dog every day, regardless of what the weather is like or whether you’re busy or not. If you’ve got a jam packed schedule, a cat is probably better than a dog.
Fleas are one of the biggest problems in pets and when it comes to dogs and cats, they’re both equally as likely to get them a lot of the time, however, there are circumstances where one is more likely than the other. Fleas are particularly prominent in long grass so if you’re living in a rural area and you’re walking them in fields regularly, dogs are more likely to get infested with fleas that you’ll have to treat with Pet-Lock. However, if you’re living in the city and walking the dog in the park, it’s a lot safer. Cats are prone to getting fleas from other cats that they meet when they’re out and about so in the city, they’re probably more likely to get fleas than dogs.
Going away is a huge hurdle when you’ve got a dog. They need people to be around all the time and to take them on regular walks so if you’re going away for a few days you’ve got to get somebody to look after them or take them to a kennel. Cats are pretty much fine on their own, as long as they’ve got food out they aren’t really bothered about where you are. You can get somebody to pop round once a day or there are even special cat bowls that have a time release feature. It’s so much easier to retain your freedom when you’ve got a cat than it is a dog. It’s also going to cost you a lot of money to put your dog in a kennel.
The cost of owning dogs and cats is one of the major differences between the two. Owning a dog is pretty expensive, they cost a lot to start with and they’ll need more food than a cat. They’re also way more likely to get injured and need expensive treatment at the vets because they’re running around outside more. Cats are pretty agile and they can jump around without too much trouble. They’re also about ten times cheaper than getting a dog. Cats will groom themselves as well so there’s no need to take them to an expensive groomers.
Dogs are pack animals which makes them more susceptible to learning tricks so they can impress you because they see you as their pack leader. Cats are solitary animals so they don’t really care what you think. It is still possible to teach cats a few tricks but you need to start early and it’s pretty hard. Dogs, on the other hand, are fairly easy to train. However, dogs are also more likely to exhibit bad behaviour if you don’t train them properly. Cats might scratch at things a bit but dogs can cause far more damage when they start chewing everything.
Protecting your home is one of the many reasons to get a dog. If anybody tries to get in, they’ll start barking and scare them off. Just having a dog is enough to put potential burglars off trying to break into your house. Cats are pretty much useless in that situation. They might make a bit of noise but it probably won’t even be enough to wake you up and a burglar isn’t going to be intimidated by a little cat running around.
If you think that you’re likely to move house at some point, that should factor into your decision. Dogs are going to be very distressed about moving into a new house and getting them there in the first place is a bit of a pain. If you’re living in a rental property and you’re moving into another one, you’ll have trouble finding landlords that will accept a dog. A lot of landlords don’t like pets at all but they’re way more likely to take a cat than they are a dog. Dogs are more likely to cause damage and they leave more fur laying around so you’ll struggle to find a rental property that will take dogs and if you do, you’ll have to make sacrifices elsewhere.
Experts recommend that children should be at least 7 years old before getting a dog. When they’re small, having a dog running around can be dangerous so you need to wait until you’re a little older. You don’t get that problem with cats because they’re very gentle and they won’t be rough with your kids, just make sure that they’re not going to scratch the kids.
There is no right answer when it comes to choosing between a cat and a dog, it all depends on what works best for you.
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