Should you get a dog or cat as a pet
Before I make a big decision I always compare the pros and cons. We learn this in school at a young age, the art of decision making. Before I got Lilly I weighed the options between the pros and cons and how the two pets were so different. So choosing between a dog or cat can be kind of frustrating, so I’m here to help you out. Here are some of the differences, some are pros and some are cons. Stick around to take the quiz at the end.
Should you get a dog or cat as a pet?
- The Cost – According to the ASPCA a small dog can cost you $580 a year, a medium size dog can cost $695, and a large dog can cost you around $875. A cat can cost you around $670 a year, this is including their food and medical costs. So make sure to figure out how much your willing to pay yearly for your new addition to the family.
- A dog can remember up to 5 minutes ( which explains a lot if you have a dog.) A cat can remember up to 16 hours. ( that’s why if something scares them they act skiddish all day.
- Lifespan- Dogs can live 7-14 years depending on their size, history, and breed. A cat can live 12-14 years and can even live till their 20 ( my oldest cat baby was 21 when she passed away)
- Medical Costs – This price range can vary depending if the dog or cat has any medical conditions. Cats can cost around $160 per year and dogs can cost at the least $ 200 for their routine check-ups.
- Training – There are a few cats that can do some tricks but dogs take the cake when talking about training and tricks.
- Potty Training – Cats can be trained in an instant with a litter box. Training a dog is more of a process and the dog could still have difficulty.
- Teeth- Dogs have 42 teeth in their mouth, cats have 30.
- Dogs like to be social and be with their pack. Cats could care less and do their own thing most of the time.
- Meat Eater – Dogs are scavengers, they eat meat but also could live off plant materials. Cats can’t live off of anything without meat.
- Claws – Cats can extract their claws which stay really sharp. Dogs claws are always out and can become blunt by walking.
- Bathing – If you have a cat you have no worries, they give themselves their own form of bathing. Cats might require being brushed if they have long hair. Dogs on the other hand need a hands on bath and brush regularly ( or they get really stinky.)
Take the quiz to see if you would be better with a dog or cat.
- Do you like to be outdoors?
- Are you outgoing?
- You would rather play a sport than watch T.V?
- Are you energetic rather than lazy?
- Are you social rather than antisocial?
- Would you rather go camping then to the movies?
- Do you like to take care of people?
- Your working schedule isn’t hectic?
Answers at end of post
I love both dogs and cats, all animals have a place in my heart. Some people can’t handle the requirements of a cat or dog, for example not having enough time to take a dog for a walk, they would rather have a cat just do their own thing. Another example, some hate litter boxes, they would rather take a dog out to go to the bathroom than scoop up kitty poo. So have fun choosing your new pet.
If you answered yes to most of questions a dog is the right fit for you, you could adventure the great outdoors with a humans best friend. If you answered no to most of the questions then you probably would like a cat for company and for them just to do their own thing.