Should we get a dog or cat?
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Posted: 12/5/2012 9:54:36 AM
I grew up with pets (dogs and cats). I love animals. Love them. I'm excited about getting another one (i haven't had a pet since I got married). DH never had pets, so this is new for him.

DD has been begging for years to get a dog. She would also be happy with a cat. I know that I will ultimately be the one to care for it, so I am going to make the decision (it will be from a shelter - at least 1-2 years old. Plus, if it's a cat, it will be one already declawed).

I prefer a dog, but at this time in our lives, maybe a cat is better to start with. (my kids are 5 and 8, if that helps).

How do I decide?

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Posted: 12/5/2012 9:59:33 AM
Your situation sounds similar to our's. DH never had pets but I had plenty of them. I surprised him one year with a cat and wow, did they ever bond. When it came time to put her down, he was sobbing. I've never seen him cry before or after! They were best buds!

We have 3 cats now and 3 years ago added a permanent foster dog. Maybe because I've had more cats than dogs over the years, but I prefer cats. I love the dog, but he is definitely more work.

The problem with cats is that how snuggly they are depends on the individual cat. I have one that will curl up on me, one that might once in awhile and one cat that hates me (but loves everyone else).

Dogs will pretty much worship the ground you walk on though. If you just want to be left alone, I doubt that will happen with a dog. They also don't really understand if you want to sleep in but they need to go out.



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Posted: 12/5/2012 10:00:14 AM
Hmmm...dogs are more work, but are more fun and better friends, so to speak.

Cats stink up the house with their litter boxes.

Dogs can stink up the houses too bc they are dogs

Cats can easily be left for an entire day and no one needs to rush home to take them for a walk.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 10:02:07 AM
Consider your lifestyle...cats are much more self-sufficient.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 10:07:17 AM
I have one of each, and I much prefer the cat over the dog. She's just more entertaining to have around and easier to care for.

Cat boxes only stink if they are not cleaned out regularly. My dog is much smellier than my cat overall, 'cause she's a dog.







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Posted: 12/5/2012 10:22:30 AM
I am a dog person. I don't have a cat and have never had a desire to have one. However, dogs are more work than cats. I wouldn't trade that extra work for anything though. They give so much back to us and I love having my pups greet me when I come home, snuggle with me when I watch TV, etc. etc.

You really should consider your lifestyle before making a decision.






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Posted: 12/5/2012 10:26:43 AM
Please don't declaw your cat. Also many shelters won't let you adopt if you plan to do so.

If you don't have a specific idea, maybe just have the whole family head down to a shelter and see if someone strikes your fancy.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 10:29:42 AM
I have 2 cats. I wouldn't ever have a dog because of the work. We can take off at the last minute for the weekend and just have MIL come by once a day to check on the cats. A dog has to be treated a lot like a child. Plus, dogs are just all of the time up in your business.

However, like a previous posted said, the amount of cuddling with a cat is based on the cats personality and is almost always at the time of the cats choosing. My cat Murray loves to climb up on my lap and snuggle, but only when HE wants to. If I put him there because *I* want to snuggle, he gets right back down.

My cat Dasher wouldn't lay on your lap if your life depended on it. He is too busy. You can pick him up for 30 seconds and he's squirming to get down. That said, he LOVES attention and is very vocal. He will come get you and yell at you because he wants you to sit in the floor with him and play or just BE, but don't keep petting or loving on him because he'll walk away.

If you're wanting someone to be a constant, loving companion for your DD, then a dog would be in order. But then you're committing to SO much more work with walking and with boarding when you want to go away.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 10:34:47 AM
Oliquig, if we get a cat, it will be one already declawed.

I'm home a good amount, but I do volunteer at school and church. We like to take trips occasionally. With a dog, we would have to board her. I can't see asking a friend to watch a dog.

Either pet would be an indoor one. We have a neighbor who never lets his dogs inside, that makes me sad.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 11:47:05 AM
If your gut tells you that a cat is better at this time, then go with that. When you go to the shelter, that should seal the deal whether you go with a cat or a dog. Many times, it's the animal that chooses you.

We have too long of work days to own a dog. The cats do great on their own & they have each other for company when we're not home.
We have 3 lovable cats, we got lucky. There are times when I have all 3 of them curled up on the couch with me.

Good luck with your search.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 11:52:10 AM
I'm going to suggest a cat, and be sure to have it front foot declawed. Unless you want to use it as an excuse to get all new furniture! There is nothing in a home a cat with claws on the front can't ruin.

I'm an animal lover - see my avatar of Dilly Possum - and currently have 2 cats and a dog. The kitten has to be declawed yet and she's having to be shut in a bathroom whenever I'm not right there with her.

Seriously, it's much easier to adjust to having a pet in the house with a cat.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 12:20:59 PM
Why not throw all caution to the wind and get both.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 12:32:21 PM
Totally depends on your lifestyle. I'm a cat person and have two of them. Used to have a dog, but once he was gone that was it for dogs. I hated having to make plans around the dog. A weekend trip meant bringing him with or finding someone to take care of him. I can leave my cats for a few days and not have to worry about them. Most dogs do give more affection and are happy to see you come in the door whereas cats are each their own personality.

I don't have to worry about a cat biting or attacking someone. Granted most dogs you never have to worry about that, but the concern for me is still there. Cats only smell if you don't take care of their litter box. It was so annoying when springtime came and I had to go clean up tons of dog poop from the yard once the snow started melting. DS doesn't play in the litter box, but he plays in the yard and you just never knew if you got all the poop off the grass.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 12:35:24 PM
We got a dog over the summer. I'm sure not all dogs are quite this way, but I joke with DH that it was like adding a toddler to our house overnight. And she is an adult dog! She needs constant supervision, has very high exercise needs and generally takes up more of my undivided time each day than my 9 and 11 year olds combined.

I love my dog, but there's a reason I didn't have one when my kids were younger. We did have cats during that time and they were no problem.



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Posted: 12/5/2012 12:40:57 PM
I have had four cats in my married life; at one time we had three of them together. I just don't seem to be able to read past the declaw part. Why do you want a declawed cat? I have raised all of my cats from kittens and they never (were allowed) to damage my furniture.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 12:43:08 PM
A dog is like a permanent toddler who can't speak. A lot of work IMO.
Cats are awesome and much easier to take care of and can be left alone with no worries. Mine is a total cuddler and wants tons of attention. But when she's not getting it she'll just go to sleep eventually.



I'm going to suggest a cat, and be sure to have it front foot declawed. Unless you want to use it as an excuse to get all new furniture! There is nothing in a home a cat with claws on the front can't ruin.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 12:44:19 PM
I think a lot depends on your child's personality. We have both dogs and cats and while DH and I prefer the dogs, my DS prefers the cats. The dogs are too high strung to suit him. One cat is "his" cat and gives him all the attention he wants. Good luck.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 12:46:08 PM
I've had both over the years. I am a cat person. We have one cat now and thinking about getting another one. My last cat (I had her 17 yrs) was my buddy. If I was around, she was sitting on my lap or laying beside me in bad. Alot of people don't equate cats with having personalities, but this cat had a great personality. The cat we have now isn't very lovable. When she wants to be petted, she will let you. Any other time she doesn't want anyone near her.

I would definitely base your decision on your lifestyle. Whether you have the time and energy to give to a dog.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 12:49:34 PM
For me, it would be a dog, but I am dog person. Cats are nice in that they are a bit more self-sufficient, but dogs bring me far more joy and entertainment.



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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:29:50 PM
Uhoh--you used the "declaw" word. That usually doesn't go over very well here! It's not such a big deal to clip their nails monthly.

I had dogs my whole life. We usually had German Shepards (only from Germany) and we had an Afghan Hound (the most fun dog EVER!!!!!!), and a Llasa. When my kids were about your age, I got a ShihTzu (in my pic below) and he was great. It depends on what you want and how diligent you'd be in watching over the kids with a pet. A dog needs to be walked and played with daily, and can't be left alone for too long.

My DD began adopting kittens when she got older and it was only then that I began seeing that they could be great pets too. Hers were always loving and responsive--like dogs! DH and I have adopted 2 kittens over the past couple of years and they are our babies. They are MORE loving than any dog I've ever had!! The upkeep with cats isn't too bad. You scoop their litter daily. I change their entire box every 3 weeks or so (I use litter bags). They play with each other but they both LOVE our affection, so they sit with us (or sleep in our bed) very often. They usually need to go to the vet less often and they're more inexpensive all around.

Good luck in your choice. I can't imagine a life without pets!









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Posted: 12/5/2012 3:32:00 PM
After vowing that I would never have animals in my house, we got a dog last year. At first, I was ready to toss him out! Potty training a dog is tough on your patience and your floors! Getting a dog door made a WORLD of difference and we've been best buds ever since (and he's inside and even in my bed!).
We just recently got a second puppy and now I'm remembering why I disliked the puppy stage. They are adorable but so much work! I'm hoping soon she'll potty train and settle down. If you can get past that stage, dogs are the best. I LOVE coming home to an excited dog, it's awesome.
I had only outdoor cats growing up and they are definitely less maitenance. My only problem with cats is that they shed SO MUCH! The previous owners of our house had cats and the cat hair we found in the carpet, vents, window sills, etc. made me want to vomit. I'm sure there are cats out there that shed less but keep that in mind also.
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Posted: 12/5/2012 3:38:06 PM
I love having a cat. You can leave them if you go out of town overnight with a little extra food and water and they are fine. Actually, depending on the cat they probably appreciate the extra peace and quiet! Dogs are a different story. I just love the low-maintenance factor of a cat!


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Posted: 12/5/2012 3:47:11 PM
Ok, I'm leaning more towards a cat. Our cats growing up never climbed on the table, counters, etc. How easy/difficult is it to teach that?

Where do you put your litter box? Growing up ours was in the basement. We don't have a basement, so the best place would be the guest room bathroom tub. (Our laundry room isn't big enough). How upset would a cat get if we had guests and I had to move the litter box (only one room away) every once in a while? Nothing permanent and nothing far.

Who makes the best litter? Best litter box?

Again, for those who keep bringing up the declaw issue - we will get a shelter cat that is already declawed. Otherwise, I would get a dog.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 4:21:17 PM
I have both. Cats are definitely easier, but a lot different. My dog requires a lot of work and a lot of time, and I love her dearly, but am fairly certain she'll be our only dog ever--and in saying that, I hope she lives a long, long time because I truly enjoy her.

That being said--to answer your question, my cats are fine with a litter box being changed around. Cats are fairly adaptable to that sort of thing. I like the scoopable litter and am pretty militant about keeping it clean, so there's never a problem with it being stinky. And as for the declawing issue--you may have a tough time finding one. Most people are choosing NOT to have it done, mainly for humane reasons. Cats CAN be taught not to scratch on furniture, so it's not really a necessity.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 4:40:14 PM


I have had both cats and dogs. If my husband wasn't so allergic to dander, I would probably have both.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 4:44:01 PM
I have both. While I love my dog tremendously, my cat is my royal furbaby! She is precious and I don't know what I would do without her!!
Cats in general are easier than dogs. Dogs are a lot of work! Cats pretty much take care of themselves. My vote is cat!


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I have dogs and cats. I love them all, but my Ragdoll cats are something special. We got them as therapy animals for my sons (both aspies) and for love and companionship they can't be beaten. We got them at 12 weeks, (two boys) microchipped and desexed. They're pedigreed, so they were a bit pricey but worth every cent. We've leash trained them, they visit both boys at school, they come to work with me. They're known as 'puppy cats' because they're so affectionate.
On the downside....they shed an INSANE amount. In fact, I could probably knit you one from the leftovers . Also, ragdolls need to be indoor only cats because they have zero road sense and they'll approach other animals (dogs, lions, fire breathing dragons) with no fear at all. But...if you're after a beautiful loving companion, they're hard to beat. I apologise if these pics are huge, the new photobucket is driving me insane.
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Posted: 12/6/2012 4:49:27 AM

Again, for those who keep bringing up the declaw issue - we will get a shelter cat that is already declawed
That you even consider this as being a reasonable option means that you are not an animal lover and you have no business owning a cat.
You act as if it being from a shelter absolves you - it doesn't.
Declawing is mutilation pure and simple - it is not removal of the claw, it is an amputation of their toes.

Disgusting and illegal in most other countries.

Georgiapea, I actually mistakenly believed you cared about animals - you should be ashamed of yourself, what a repulsive post. I hope that kitten has a chance to get away from you before you mutilate it too.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 5:26:49 AM
I say get one of each. Problem solved.

Also, not all cats are automatically declawed at shelters. Usually, because most are strays, they are more often "not" declawed. You might have trouble finding a declawed kitty.

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I say get one of each. Problem solved.

Also, not all cats are automatically declawed at shelters. Usually, because most are strays, they are more often "not" declawed. You might have trouble finding a declawed kitty.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 5:46:53 AM
I'm a cat person. I grew up with cats, and as a child I easily made my cats just as social as dogs. It probably has something to do with how much time you can give them when they are kittens.

I've had many cats over the years, and have noticed a difference in female and male cats. It could just be coincidence, but the males we've had were more bitey and grumpier while the females usually are cuddly and friendly.

Never had a problem with them ruining the furniture.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:33:26 AM
I'm a dog person and so is DH. I've taken care of my friend's cat when she went to India. It was very interesting and while their cat was a sweetie I still prefer dogs. We also found out DD is allergic to cats.

Yes, dogs are more work, but the love and joy and sweetness they have brought to my life is incalculable. They are truly amazing creatures. Both dogs I have had as an adult have been from the humane society. It's almost as if they knew they were getting a second chance.

Go visit and play with cats and dogs and see what happens. I wasn't going to get a second dog so soon after my first died (3 weeks), but we went to the HS and Boomer just stole our hearts. He's been an amazing addition to our family and I have never regretted bringing him home with us.




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Posted: 12/6/2012 8:19:57 AM
Ladypop, is a ragdoll a breed of cat? I've never heard of those.

Linda, I had wondered if there was a difference between male and female cat temperments. Growing up, we always had females.

Thanks for all the help! Off to find a cat for our family!

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Posted: 12/6/2012 8:47:11 AM
If I were you I'd actually think about if you really even want an animal. I mean you have not shared extensive details and it is hard to get 'tone' on a message board but the feel I get is you are not 100% sure you want an animal. You sound like you wouldn't mind a pet IF they behaved in a manner that suited you. For example.


Our cats growing up never climbed on the table, counters, etc. How easy/difficult is it to teach that?


If having them on counters, tables and such will be a major issue don't get a cat. I never had an issue with any of my cats in fact 3 of them did not even seem to know counters existed. It never even occurred to them that they should desire to be anywhere but the floor and maybe in a windowsill on a warm day.

Then we got Count Choclua. I love him I truly do but the cat is just not right. He is drawn to high places like a magnet and the higher the better. He is sitting above my head as I type on the top shelf of my closet. He also has an OCD like need to shove any object on a flat surface off. He will actually walk along the counters at 2am pushing on things to see if they move. I've tried everything to "teach" him to not do these things. I mean everything and he is either oblivious (noises/water bottle) or thinks it is a game (double stick tape/mouse traps). So after over a year I have just given up and become a more tidy house keeper. Count also taught my orange tabby who is a bit older than him to climb stuff too but at least the tabby will take a hint and get down when told and is not destructive.

Count also likes to hide in closets and jump out on you when you open the door. I've taken a cat to the face more times than I can count. He also sometimes gets bored waiting so he will eat things in the cupboard. I thought I had mice...nope just a cat who likes to chew holes in boxes for the fun of it.

Count gave zero indication of being this sort of cat. He was about 6 months old when I got him and I spent some time petting him and watching how he acted. He was a loving cuddly sort of cat at the adoption site very calm with other animals and even BIG dogs. He still is like this for parts of the day but he is also often like a 14lb kitten on crack. He will chase himself around the house yowling and has zero qualms about running up your leg randomly if the mood strikes him. Wearing socks is also in his mind an invitation to bite your feet. I could go on and on because he is a straight nut of a cat. He is not mean he is just touched a bit in the head and as a result we have all had to adjust.

The moral of this whole long rambling story is that if you are getting an animal you need to be prepared for the personality they might develop. If you can't deal with that sort of thing it might be better not to get an animal at all.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 9:00:15 AM
My vote is for a dog! our Bubba. He was a shelter dog that Santa brought to our family 3 years ago.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 1:49:58 PM
Yep, ragdolls are a breed. They're known for going limp and floppy when you pick them up like a ragdoll. They also tend to "flop" when they lie down....Hektor just falls over like his stringsa have been cut. They are the perfect pet IMO. Neither of mine have been declawed. I don't think it's even something that happens in Australia?? I trim their claws once a month. We used a squirt bottle to teach them not to scratch the furniture. Cats are smart. Ours are both clicker trained.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 2:28:37 PM
I guess I would weigh the pros and cons...


I like that cats use litter boxes indoors, so I don't have to be home at a certain time to let them out. And I don't have to worry about potty breaks in extremely cold conditions.

Some cats are very snuggly & stay small enough that you can invite them up onto your lap or furniture, but some can be aloof so this may not be a pro in all cases if you want a snuggly pet. Most dogs are very affectionate, but some breeds are too large to be lap dogs.

Cats don't need to be walked or exercised in some way, though you can play with them and they can have toys to play with on their own. On the other hand, dogs can be fun because you can get them to play fetch, go on walks, go to dog parks, etc.

Cats don't require quite the training that a puppy would require. On the other hand, it can be hard to get cats to stay off counters and tables whereas dogs naturally seem to stay down. But dogs sometimes jump up on people or get really excited when people come over, whereas cats either keep their distance or slowly warm up to the new people.

Cats can be left alone for a day or two whereas dogs need to be kenneled or care for them needs to be arranged if you are going out of town or if an emergency comes up.

Cats usually have a longer life expectancy than dogs...so it's possible that many cats and maybe some dogs will still be around when the kids move out for college or their first apartment...are you okay with being left with either a cat or a dog?

Good luck with your decision...it will be fun to welcome a new furbaby into the house.




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Posted: 12/6/2012 2:44:41 PM
I have five cats.

My cats are extremely friendly and loveable (save one, who was a rescued feral kitten.) We clean the cat boxes twice a day, free range kibble, and one small can of food shared amongst them twice a day. DS does the cat chores. I don't like that they sharpen their claws on the furniture- we won't have them declawed despite the scratching. We have one that meows constantly. That drives me nuts.

I like not having to walk them or deal with dog smell (dog odor is why I won't have a dog.) I also don't like barking.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 3:46:44 PM
Is there a particular litter or box you prefer?


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Posted: 12/6/2012 4:03:56 PM

Count also likes to hide in closets and jump out on you when you open the door. I've taken a cat to the face more times than I can count. He also sometimes gets bored waiting so he will eat things in the cupboard. I thought I had mice...nope just a cat who likes to chew holes in boxes for the fun of it.



My sister had a cat like this, City Kitty (he was born in a barn on a farm). He was a huge Garfield looking cat

Back in the day when all phones had cords, he would attack you when you were on the phone because you couldn't get away from him!!! He was hilarious and horrible all in one furry package!

No one was safe from City Kitty!


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Posted: 12/6/2012 4:18:19 PM

Is there a particular litter or box you prefer?


I don't know the brand of our box, but it is covered and has a clear top. I highly recommend covered boxes. There is no spillage when the cat cleans it or jumps out of it. Don't get a self-cleaning one either. I have yet to meet a person who was happy with theirs. And get the biggest one you can. Our tiny little baby kitten grew into 14 pounds of pure muscle. We had to upgrade the box size twice. Wish we got the largest one right away.
For litter we use Scoop Away in the purple package. We buy it at Costco and it lasts a long time. Also, please consider feeding the cat quality food and not Whiskas or Science Diet. Check ingredients to make sure the first 3 are meat and not corn/grain. And the first ingredient should be "meat" not "meat byproducts."




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