Dogs vs Cats: Which Pet Is Better for You?

The debate over who better between cats and dogs has raged on for thousands of years. People will debate over every aspect of these two pets: which one has more smarts? Which one has more skills? The debate is essentially never-ending.
So, How Do You Choose?

When it comes to choosing between a cat and a dog, the main consideration should be:

  • The amount of time do you have to dedicate to your pet – dogs require more of your time when compared to cats. In fact, dogs do not like to be left alone at home.
  • The amount of money you are willing to spend on your pet – dogs are inherently more expensive to keep.
  • The temperament in your pet that you can handle – dogs tend to more affectionate and require near constant emotional support while cats are more independent.

Equipment
-For cats, all you need is a litter box, a food and water bowl, a few cats’ toys, a stretching posts, and a brush for grooming.

-On the other hand, dogs require water and food bowl, a collar and leash, toys, a dog bed, and treats.

Feeding

-While the amount of food a cat requires will depend on its size, almost all cats consume far less food than almost all dog breeds. An adult cat will consume between 300 and 250 calories every day. Their food comes in canned wet or dry form.
Again, the amount of food a dog needs depends on it size. Typically, a dog will need between 20 and 30 calories per pound of weight per day. Their foods come in both wet and dry forms.

Grooming

-For cats, they do not need any bathing. However, they do need regular brushing; especially the breeds that have long hair.
Dogs, on the other hand, need regular grooming and frequent bathing, especially those that have long hair.
Both of these pets are highly susceptible to pest infestation such as lice, ticks, and fleas. In case of a pest infestation, they should be treated immediately using pest pesticides such as Frontline or Advantix (for dogs only). These pesticides contain powerful chemicals. As such, care must be taken when being used to avoid poisoning of the pests. For instance, Advantix should not be used on cats as it has devastating negative side effects on the cats.

 

Health

-The average life expectancy of a cat varies between 12 and 14 years. However, it is not rare for a cat to live well into its 20s and 30s. On the medical cost side, you can expect to spend $160 per year on your cat.

-The life expectancy of dogs varies from 7 to 14 years, depending on the breed of dog in question. Dog breeds that have a larger size tend to have a shorter lifespan akin to wolfs. That being said, you should note that the oldest dog on record lived to be 29 years. On the medical front, you can expect to spend at the very least $200 on vaccines and dental cleaning every year. However, the actual medical expenditure will vary depending on the dog breed and the existing conditions a dog may have.

House Training

-Generally, cat already has a natural intuition of how to use a litter box. As such, they are very easy to teach how to use the litter box. However, the litter box should be changed every day for health and safety reasons.

-On the other hand, dogs need to be trained, socialized, and extensively housebroken. The training of dogs should take about two months.

Protection

-Dogs are naturally protective pets and they can function as guard dogs and watchdogs in their owner’s property.

Space

– Cats can live and thrive in smaller areas while dogs need much more space. Additionally, dogs need to be taken out regularly for walks.

Tricks

While some cats do learn how to do some tricks, they generally do the tricks to please and entertain themselves and not their owners. As such, they are difficult to teach how to do tricks.

-On the other hand, dogs can be trained to do tricks.

Your Work

-As mentioned above, dogs need more personal attention than cats. As such, they should not be left alone all day. Therefore, they are not suited for people who work long hours and or travel a lot. Cats can cope with your absence better.

Cost

-The ASPCA pegs the cost of having a cat at $670 per year. This includes litter, medical bills, and food.

-On the other hand, a small dog will typically cost you $580 per year, a medium sized dog will cost you $695, and a large will run you $875 per year.

Popular breeds

-The most popular cat breeds around the world but especially in the US are the Siamese, the Exotic, and the Maine Coon.
As for dogs, in Australia, the most popular breeds include the Labrador Retriever, the Yorkshire Terrier, the German Shepherd, and the Golden Retriever.

Common Games

-Cats will enjoy the vast majority of simple games that allow them to mimic stalking and pouncing. These includes playing with a ping pong ball
-As or dogs, they enjoy running and chasing. As such, games such as fetch are better suited to dogs.

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