It is a question as old as time: cats or dogs? Choosing between the two can be an incredibly tough decision. Cats and dogs have different needs and characteristics, so the decision should be influenced by your lifestyle as much as your personal preference. If you are debating between the two, then read on for all of the considerations you need to make.
Signs That You Should Choose a Dog
If you would class yourself as an ‘outdoorsy’ person if you like to keep active, then a dog could be an excellent choice for you. Dogs as a species need a lot of stimulation, most of which comes from being out in the fresh air and going on walks. Therefore, they are better suited to people who also enjoy being outside and getting active.
Well-trained dogs can go almost anywhere with you; they can join you on holidays and day trips. They are social creatures that enjoy your company as much as you enjoy theirs. However, if you work long hours or if you are out of the house a lot for whatever reason, then you need to think about whether you could give a dog the attention it deserves.
Dogs tend to be more relaxed, which makes them easier to accessorize. For example, it is far easier to put them in a reversible dog bandana than it would be to try the same on a cat. Monro Pets have a range of bandanas, collars and leashes for all of your canine accessory needs. In addition, there are many different types of dog breeds that range in size, shape, hairiness and even temperament. You should easily be able to find a dog that suits your needs.
Signs That You Should Choose a Cat
If you have an apartment or are otherwise limited to outdoor space, then a cat would be a better choice for you. They also tend to be more independent; they are quiet and happy to be left to themselves. They don’t need walking, but they can still be social, although usually on their terms.
They love to play, so toys are a must. However, they don’t need as much indoor space, and they can be either indoor cats, or you can let them out if your garden is safe and if you are happy to do so. They use a litterbox, so if things like that gross you out, then you may want to think again – although having most pets will involve cleaning up after them in some way.
Cats can be left alone; if you go on vacation, then you only need someone to come in and feed the cat and maybe play with it for a little while. Whereas with dogs, you will need to find a sitter or house them in a kennel for the duration of your vacation.
Still, Struggling to Decide?
A lot of people like cats and dogs equally, and in all honesty, under the right conditions, you could make the space in your home for both. However, it is best not to get ahead of yourself. Instead, you need to take stock of your current lifestyle and work out which animal would fit into it the best.