Some people have a strong preference toward either a dog or a cat. They loudly announce their support for one pet and may even dislike the other. These people are a minority. A Nationwide Article published on Pet Healthzone, reports that almost half of the households that chose to adopt a dog also include a cat.
In fact, many people with only a cat or dog in their home love both animals but had to choose between one or the other. Maybe the cat or dog they chose did not take well to other pets in the home or maybe the pet parents couldn’t afford both. After all, pets require not just money but also time. If this is starting to sound a little like your situation, here’s how to make your pick.
1. Review Your Lease
If you own your home, then you can skip to the next step. For those who rent, your landlord may have their own ideas about what kind of pets you can bring into your home. The greatest restrictions tend to be against big dogs, particularly those of breeds that are perceived to be more aggressive than others.
Cats and small dogs tend to have much better luck when it comes to moving into rented spaces with their pet parents. Check your lease agreement. You might get lucky and have no pet restrictions at all. If you do, consider this before adopting a dog or cat.
2. Get Familiar
If you’re about to adopt a cat or dog for the first time, this is even more important. You may have fallen in love with cute pooches at the park or silly kittens on the internet, but it’s better to get a feel for what these animals are really like before making a choice.
Visit your friends that have pets and spend time with their animals. Do you warm more to the dogs or the cats? Ask your friends about what it’s like to live with each of them and see if there are any deal-breakers that may arise from either one — such as allergies! This is an easy way to narrow down your list.
3. Check Your Schedule
Some schedules are better suited to some pets than others. Do you live alone and work long hours at the office? A cat may be a much better choice for you because they tend to be fine on their own for long stretches of time.
Dogs, on the other hand, need bathroom breaks and a lot of attention, or they get bored and potentially destructive. Dog parents often install doggie doors to take care of the bathroom problem, but some dogs jump fences and doggie doors can potentially let in other animals.
4. Evaluate Your Lifestyle
Do you want a running partner or someone to take hiking and camping with you in the woods? You might be better off adopting a dog. That said, there are several cat moms and dads who have successfully leash-trained their cats and brought these fearless felines into the wild with them.
Cats sleeping on the dashboard of the truck, hiking on leashes, and chilling on stand-up paddleboards? Believe it or not, it happens for a lucky few cat parents. However, chances are, this won’t be your fate; if this is important to you, a dog is a better bet.
5. Assess Needs
There’s a reason cats on the internet are so cute. They are unpredictable. For people who need to retain a certain degree of control to maintain their sanity, adopting a cat is a bad idea. Cats rarely do as told, though some cat parents have been able to train their felines. Dogs are easier to train, but not all breeds, so consider this as well.
Next, do you need extra protection in your home or have a disability that could benefit from a service animal’s presence? Dogs make better options here. Finally, got a pest control problem? Your cat will be more than happy to assist. They are natural predators and hunt for fun.
Dog Gon’ Good Time Can Help
At Dog Gon’ Good Time, we love both cats and dogs and are happy to assist pet parents with caring for either one — or both. Need someone to check on kitty while you’re camping for the weekend? What about someone to let your doggo out while you put in unbelievably long hours at work?
We got you covered. Reach out to us for more information about our pet sitting services in Saugus.