Some pet owners boldly declare their adoration for their furry friends by saying that they’re a “cat person” or a “dog person.” Others enjoy the benefits that both of these great pet choices bring to their everyday lives. Most veterinarians would agree that the choice between a dog and a cat is personal and depends on several factors. Here is a quick guide to help you figure out which one is right for you:
You’re Away From Your Home Frequently? Cat
- Those who work long hours or like to take occasional weekend trips may be better suited for a cat. Cats can be left alone for longer periods of time, and neighbors or friends can check and feed them if you’re going to be away for one night.
You Don’t Have Close Access to a Yard? Cat
- Dogs must be taken out for regular exercise and to relieve themselves. If your apartment is not close to a green patch, you may face some difficulties with dog ownership. Cats, on the other hand, can be trained to use a litter box.
You Want Extra Security? Dog
- Dogs can serve as a deterrent for burglars since their barks attract attention. It doesn’t matter how large the dog is, since the sound is often the cause for them turning away. Although cats are weary of strangers, they will not act to warn you if there could be a problem.
You Are Willing to Spend More Money? Dog
- Dogs tend to be more expensive, since they tend to require more food and must be bathed and groomed more frequently. Cats will clean themselves and only require occasional pet grooming for nail trimmings and brushing.
No matter what your final decision is, caring for any pet is a big responsibility. At Hudson Veterinary Hospital, we are dedicated to helping pet owners care for their new family members with pet health exams and tips on proper care. Visit us in Ossining or call us today at (914) 502-2523 to learn more.