Should you Get a Cat or Dog?

Should You Get a Cat or Dog?

Do you know you want to get a pet but can’t decide between a dog or a cat? If so, you need to read this. Learn how dog and cat ownership differ, and which important factors you should consider before choosing one over the other.

Who Are Dogs Best For?

While naturally different dog breeds have different characteristics, you’ll find that dogs are best-suited for people who don’t mind moderate activity and spending time outdoors on a regular basis. Also, dogs need more stimulation and activity than cats do to keep them happy and healthy. For that reason, dogs are a good choice for people who don’t work long hours or travel often.

Finally, while some smaller dogs do well in apartments, most larger breeds have bigger space requirements and need a yard to run around in. That’s why dogs tend to be better-suited for homeowners.

Who Are Cats Best For?

Cats require much less time, attention, and energy than dogs. Plenty of cats are happy to be left alone throughout the day, while they sleep and entertain themselves. That’s why cats tend to be a good choice for people who are looking for a more independent companion.

Cats also need less indoor space, making them ideal for individuals living in smaller homes. As long as cats have a litter box, scratching post, and window to look out of, they’re usually fairly content in an apartment.

What Should I Consider Before Choosing a Pet?

Here are some important factors to consider before choosing your pet:

  •       Expense. Dogs tend to cost more than cats. If you love dogs and cats pretty equally but have a tight budget, you’ll find that cats will be easier on your wallet. Generally speaking, you can expect to spend between $1,314 – $1,843 in your dog’s first year of life. By contrast, cats average $1,035 their first year.
  •       Allergies. You probably already know whether you have pet allergies, but do you know whether your family members and close friends do? It would be really upsetting to bring a new pet into your life and later learn you couldn’t keep it due to allergies. For that reason, you should check whether any of your frequent visitors are allergic to dogs or cats before selecting your pet.
  •       Your Free Time. Finally, you should consider how much free time you have before choosing a pet. How much time do you have each day for leisure? Of that time, how much of it do you think you’d want to spend with your pet? The less free time you have, the better off you’d be with a cat as a pet.

What Services Does Pet Palace Provide for Dogs and Cats?

Whether you choose a dog or a cat as a pet, we can make your life as a pet parent easier. For instance, at Pet Palace Resort, we’re pleased to offer cat and dog daycare to keep your pets entertained when you’re too busy to play the 325th game of fetch.

We also offer boarding services, as well as professional grooming. To learn more about the full range of services we provide contact your local Pet Palace. We have seven locations to serve you throughout Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina.

Categories: Cats, Dogs