Whether you’re a cat person, a dog person or a little bit of both, there are considerations that should be taken when you choose a pet for your family. Caring for an animal takes time and requires responsibility.
Dogs: What to Consider
- Space. Dogs are domesticated wolves who still have the urge to run and play. Is there enough room in your home for these sorts of activities? Does he have space to run and sniff and satisfy his canine instincts?
- Waste. Bear in mind that potty training a puppy takes a little while, with lots of accidents, so prepare yourself for some hazmat training when cleaning up messes. Do you have a yard or outdoor area where a dog can go potty? Will you be able to regularly walk the dog or take him outside?
- Time. Pack animals by nature, dogs love to be with their humans. They naturally want to be with you and spend time with you. Make sure that if you get a dog, you can be there for him. Do you have the time to devote to caring for a dog, or will he be left alone for long periods of time?
Cats: What to Consider
- Litter. Unlike dogs, cats instinctively use a box as their bathroom. This is convenient for cleaning purposes, but also gross; it’s visible and it smells.
- Low-maintenance. Most cats are perfectly content to take care of themselves and are very independent creatures. They love their humans, but in a more detached way.
- Mousers. Hunters by nature, you will never see a rodent in your house or yard with a cat living with you.
Though both species have varying needs, take all of them into account. One pet may end up working better for you than the other–but then again, you could always choose both!