The ongoing debate between cat and dog lovers is ever-growing and is sure to continue with no paws, and strong arguments as to which make a better pet are visible from both parties.
According to law, dogs are more of a responsibility than cats, as they come with a whole host of restrictions. Whether it is wearing a tagged collar on walks, littering on the streets or causing noise complaints with neighbours, it is clear that dogs receive more scrutiny.
However, both animals require tender love and care, as well as regular grooming and check-ups at the veterinary. The choice is often down to how much time and energy you are prepared to spend on your companions.
Job types and locations can prove crucial to deciding between dog and cat, as vacations and trips can add to the complexity of each animal.
Your accommodation also holds significant power of the decision, as living in an apartment or flat can pose as a restriction to the size or type of pet you are permitted.
In an attempt to put some silence on the ongoing debate between cat and dog lovers, we’ve compiled some of the major pros and cons of owning both animals.
Canines come with endless benefits for their owners, and we certainly struggled to condense the list to just a short few. The emphatic love, loyalty and care they show towards their best friends persuades many into acquiring a new pooch.
For starters, their ability to keep owners fit and healthy is a key selling point. No matter the age you may be, taking your favourite pet for a walk is difficult to resist.
Dogs can provide the perfect opportunity for people to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and can often lead to extraordinary vacations throughout the year, with the potential for breathtaking views on hikes or jogs an added extra.
The canines also never tire of playing, and as they’re always around, they’ll keep you on your toes as part of your daily routine. The fact that they demand a consistent routine is a benefit to many owners, and can help them plan the busiest of their days.
Although busy days can mean no time for walks, a man’s best friend will rarely retract their companionship and loyalty when you stroll through the door. As incredibly loyal and emphatic animals, they serve as animals of love and protection at all times.
Dogs do however come with their difficulties, and can drive their owners up the wall at times. A pooches’ cravings for attention can prove too much of a chore for some, and their loneliness often deems it unfair for distant owners to keep them as pets.
Canines also demand more responsibility from their owners, especially when it comes to cleaning up any potential messes. Whether it’s their poop, slobber or malting fur coat, an owner must be prepared to be hands on.
On top of the hands-on responsibility of owning a dog, owners must be willing to invest in their somewhat expensive pets. Food, toys, and beds make up just a short number of items needed to keep a dog happy, and they call come at a cost.
Dogs must also receive thorough vaccinations as pups, and can be subject to an array of medical procedures during their lifetime – including spaying as well as ovariohysterectomy for each sexes.
Another challenge of owning dogs is that sometimes pooches develop complex behavioural issues, which can be tough to manage. Dogs need to be trained adequately and learn to behave appropriately in public and around the home.
Cats appeal to hundreds as the ideal pet, due to their independence and low maintenance. And although they don’t choose to use the outdoors as a toilet on a popular basis, owners can expect less responsibility with these animals.
A feline’s independence means that they can be left for lengthy periods without a worry, as food can be left unscathed and eaten at their pleasure. If you choose to leave them for longer however, a house sitter may be recommended to carry out daily checks.
Their low maintenance further lowers the cost of their up keeping, leaving extra cash in the pockets of owners. Of course, food and toys are essential, as well as the need for a cat flap at some properties though.
In regards to properties, if you are someone who travels a lot, felines are widely considered as the preferred choice over dogs. The animals are more easily moved, and usually permitted by rental businesses.
And when you do wind down to relax on your sofa, they will most probably be there to curl up alongside you for a nap. Cats can act as a calming presence for many owners, and are often perfect companions for the elderly.
However, feline animals do come with their own inconveniences, and if you are someone who likes to stay active, then cats may be the wrong pet for you. The fact that our furry friends demand no walks can be a decider for many families and owners, and their independence may pose a disadvantage to people who need a little cheering up at times.
And when they do arrive home, don’t be surprised to see some unwanted animals arriving with them. Mice and birds are common prey for cats, and bringing them back to their owners as a trophy is one of their favourite challenges.
Cats further come with their individual costs, such as the installation of cat-flaps and litter boxes. Litter boxes will need emptying one a day, and be changed at least once a week, meaning owners must be prepared to get stuck in.
On top of grooming expenses, such as nail clipping and periodic brushing, cleaning up after cats is a particular frustration of owners. As cats are vulnerable to the ever-famed ‘fur balls’, they have a tendency to vomit – quite unpleasant at their best.
With a constant worry over their safety, health and well-being, cats are not for the faint hearted and still require extensive responsibility from their owners.
Choosing between dogs and cats can be an extremely difficult decision, yet both animals are equally rewarding and loving towards their owners in differing ways.