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Cats vs Dogs: Shall I Get a Cat or Dog?

Choosing between getting a cat or dog can be a tough decision. Generally speaking, dogs require more attention while cats are more independent. Some people categorize themselves as “dog people” while others consider themselves “cat people”. But why do people feel the need to pick a side? Is one a better pet than the other? Let’s find out.

We are a society of pet lovers, and rightly so! Cats and dogs offer affection, friendship, and unconditional love. Studies demonstrate the therapeutic benefits such as improved general health and wellbeing. After all, who doesn’t love a cuddle from a furry friend at the end of a long day? Choosing between getting a cat or dog can be a tough choice. Cats and dogs have different needs and lifestyles, so this decision is greatly impacted by the type of lifestyle you have. When considering which pet to choose, consider the difference in activity levels, space within your home, the family dynamic, and how much time you have to give your pet.

“Dog People”: If you are the outdoorsy type, enjoy walks through nature, and staying active, maybe a dog is a right choice for you. Dogs need frequent activity, fresh air, and regular walks. Therefore, they are best for people who live in rural areas or have easy access to outdoor space. For that reason, dogs are a good choice for people who don’t travel often or work long hours away from home. Lastly, while some breeds are smaller and can live in apartments, many larger breeds need bigger space and a yard to run in. That is why dogs are typically better suited for homeowners.

“Cat People”: Cats, on the other hand, require less time, attention, and energy than dogs. Most cats are happy to be alone throughout the day. They can sleep and entertain themselves much easier than their furry counterpart. For this reason, cats are a better choice for those who are interested in a more independent companion. Furthermore, cats require much less space, they can live indoors or outdoors. This can make them an ideal pet for people with smaller apartments or houses. As long as they have a litterbox, toy, and window to look out of they are happy as can be! So, if you prefer a pet to keep you company but one that isn’t especially needy, a cat may be the right fit for you.

So you think you’ve made your choice! Here is some final advice to help seal the deal. Dogs tend to cost more than cats. Food, toys, training classes, daycare, and vet bills make dogs a much more expensive pet. Since cats have an independent nature, they typically only rely on their owner for food. So, if you love dogs and cats equally but have a tight budget, cats are the cheaper option. Also, your personality type can help select which pet is best for you. The majority of people who exclusively have cats tend to be more introverted. While the majority of dog parents are more social and interactive. Again, these are all generalities. Not only are cats and dogs different species, but also are each their own individual. Thus, these generalities may not apply to every pet. However, no matter which pet you choose to adopt, you will surely find a forever friend.