The age old debate, dogs or cats? While most of us have some sort of preference, there are others who just love animals. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of each:
- Ease of care: cats. While you have to have some (hopefully enclosed) space to put their litter box, and have to clean out the litter every so often, they’re generally pretty easy to take care of. Dogs on the other hand, have to be taken out for walks, and given a lot of love and attention, no matter how busy or tired you are.
- Love: dogs. Dogs generally want and crave love and affection, whereas there are many cats who don’t particularly care. Dogs make you feel wanted and needed, and while some cats do as well, a good portion of them can make you feel like you’re their food bowl refiller.
- Cleanliness: cats. Dogs, especially the ones who get taken to the park and on long walks, have a habit of leaving a trail of dirt wherever they go. Whether they’re chasing each other at the park, and just happened to jump into the giant pile of leaves and dust, or they’re just walking around with dirt on their paws, cats tend to leave the floor exactly how you did when you left for work.
- Sociability: dogs. Cats are often touted as being somewhat anti-social, and don’t necessarily need or even want any of your attention. There are times where I’ve been to someone’s house and not even known that they had a cat. The cat hides under the couch or bed or in the bathroom, and I don’t even know it’s there.
- Loyalty: dogs. Your dog will stick by you through thick or thin. Even when you’re too busy going to Crossfit in Seattle to take them to the park, like you promised.
- Being funny: cats. Cats are infamous for doing strange things and ending up in strange places, or doing things that make absolutely no sense except make you bust out laughing.
All in all, having pets is a wonderful investment. Remember to get your pet from a local shelter if possible. Many shelters will cover the first vet bill to make sure that your new pet is in tip top shape and if not, how to nurse them back to being the healthiest they can be.