Cats vs. Dogs? Which is easier for you to have as a pet?

Discussion in 'Dogs - General Dog Chat' started by Doberluv, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. Doberluv

    Doberluv Active Member

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    I thought the discussion about cats vs dogs was getting too far off topic on the other thread about the Fila. We got to talking about whether or not cats are more independent or if they were easier to care for. So....I started this one. I found a couple of articles I found interesting about cats and dogs.

    If you've had or have cats and dogs, what do you find to be easier to take care of? Of course, some of that probably depends on how solitary your cat is. Some are decidedly more sociable than others. I have had both cats and dogs and although my cats were all very sociable and very much a part of our family, I still found them to not be as dependent as my dogs and a little easier in many ways to care for than the dogs.

    And your replies don't have to be only about which is easier. You could also include differences you like or dislike about dogs and cats. Or you can talk about anything dogs and cats. :p

    Here are a couple of articles that might be a sort of spring board for conversation if you like. If you go to the link, there's a cute picture or two.
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3843395.../how-science-measures-cats-dogs/#.UHDxM5iukVE


    Here, I'll just post the link to the other one or the post will be too long.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/...an-cats-at-least-scientifically-speaking.html


    Okay...go! :)
     
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    By far I think cats are easier. Granted I don't have my own but grew up with two, and also have two at my dads place where I spend a lot of my nights/time. Sure, they can be annoying too... the female cat, Patience, is very attention-needing so she'll often screech or meow when she wants some lovin' (but can't come downstairs because of the dogs) or if she's hungry. But overall: they don't cost as much (most of the time), they don't need to be let outside to do their business (in rain, freezing weather, snow, and everything in between), they don't need "exercise" like a dog does, if you can't get home for a night, you don't have to worry so much about it.

    That's not to say cats should just be wall ornaments either. Our cats are well loved members of the family, but not to the extent that the dogs are. They get fed properly, we make an effort to go upstairs and play with them every day, they enjoy watching us from above in the loft, we throw them treats, they interact with us, etc. But they are a LOT less work. Cats are also easier to find sitters for... because you usually just need to someone to pop in every few days if gone for long periods, and if gone for a few nights, they'll do fine on their own so long as they have enough food and water and litter boxes.

    My main reason for not owning a cat: I'm just not a huge cat person. I don't like litter boxes. The shedding. And uncertainly if my dog would be okay living with a cat permanently.
     
  3. PlottMom

    PlottMom The Littlest Hound

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    Cats have definitely been easier for me. And my mom. I just probably won't have another, ever.
     
  4. I have to wake up early and take my dogs out and play with them and get as much exercise in as possible since they'll be cooped up all day while I'm at work. I have to either go home on my lunch break or rush home after work because I work long hours. Even when I'm sick, I have to get up and take the dogs out. I put in tons of training hours to make sure they're well-behaved. I could go on, but this is Chaz. We all know what we do for our dogs.

    Cats... I HATE scooping litter boxes. But it takes all of five seconds to do if you do it regularly. And if you don't have time to do it before you leave for work, that's okay. You can just wait until later when you do have time. You have to stay late at work? No problem. They have a litter box, so it's no rush. You're not feeling well? No problem. If they absolutely need exercise right that moment, you can break out some cat toys and do it without really exerting yourself. With some rare exceptions, they don't really need much training to make good pets. Yeah, kittens can get themselves into trouble. But that's the way of all babies.

    Food costs? I guess that depends on the size of the dog. Boone eats 3lbs/day. My cats eat about 14oz/day between them. But I know there are smaller dogs that don't need to eat much either. Vet costs? Barring some serious health issues popping up, cats will run you less money, IME.

    Overall, though, yeah... I'd say cats are easier.
     
  5. Beanie

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    Well, I'm allergic to cats to the point that if I touch one and don't immediately go wash my hands I break out into hives, and woe to me if I touch my EYES after touching a cat.
    So dogs.
     
  6. JessLough

    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    I'm sticking with my "ask on a dog forum, you'll get that dogs are harder, ask on a cat forum, you'll get that cats are harder". Why? Because dog people do more with their dogs than with their cats. Cat people do more with their cats. It's a matter of preference. Yah, a dog that is used to seeing you every ___ hours you have to rush home for, rush out at lunch for, etc. I know many dogs whose owners do NOT rush home, and they are absolutely fine and happy. The more you do with your dog, the more the dog needs. The more you do with your cat, the more the cat needs. My aunts cats would be miserable if they had to be alone more than 3 hours or so. It's how they are, because it's what they are used to. Patterns. Oh god, they would absolutely die of loneliness if you figured you'd leave them for a few days.

    I pay the same price/bag of cat food as I do dog food, maybe a bit more. The only difference is, if I had cats, I would personally have to supplement.
     
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    I think it depends. Not only on the individual dog/cat but also the owner.

    Not to mention, dogs and cats have similar needs, but not exactly the same. It can be quite different taking care of a cat than a dog, and vice versa.

    I don't think either is above the other. It really just depends on what you do with it.
     
  8. I should add that when I say I need to rush home, it's to let them out to use the bathroom. You work long hours, you do need to get home to let them out. I guess some people are okay making them hold it... I'm not. To each their own, I guess.
     
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    My honest opinion? It's a pretty close call, but I think a dog IS a bit more time consuming and needy in general. Litter boxes? Scooping yard or kennel equals that.

    Too many people think all you need teach a cat is how to use a litter box and you're done. I think that's a cop out in cat ownership....JMO of course. But dogs still REQUIRE (not just want) more of your daily time.
     
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    Bandit is by far who I consider easier. Why? I find we mesh better than the cat and I. I go out of my way to be a good pet owner to Brobee. Bandit? Not so much. I like going on walks. I feed him quickly in the morning when I eat. Done. The only time I find him a pain is when I am stuck somewhere and he obviously will need to be let out and even then its one phone call to my landlord and its taken care of.

    My cat is rude. He is obnoxious. He is up in your face. I'm allergic to him. He takes nasty poops and his entire litter box needs to be changed daily. He is more expensive to feed as he is not an easy keeper and Bandit is. He gets into things he shouldn't and makes huge messes. At the end of the day though, he's worth it. He supplies endless laughter in this house hold. He's my clown and Bandit is a total wallflower.

    Around here everyone will agree with me. Bandit is easier than Brobee. A cat who had Bandit's personality would win the easy factor because it could poop inside though.
     
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    In general I would say my cat is much easier than any dogs I've owned. Could just be him, I don't know, he's the only cat I've had. He is pretty content to do his own thing all day. I'll interact with him but he pretty quickly will decide that he's done with me and walk away... my dogs, no they don't do that lol. Depending on what we are doing they are mostly like MORE MORE MORE.

    I don't have to worry about him. We can be gone all day and I don't think "gee, I should get home for the cat." He's actually a very people-oriented, affectionate cat and I think he gets lonely if we're gone long periods, but there doesn't seem to be the anxiety or boredom associated with it like the dogs get. And plus he can go to the bathroom whether someone is home or not so I don't have to worry that his bladder is going to explode.

    He likes attention which is easy to provide. He doesn't require all the physical stuff that most dogs do.

    My rats are probably harder than the dogs and cat. They are such buttheads.
     
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    I have never and will never own a cat. I have NO idea where my hatred for house cats comes from, but it's there. Truly.
     
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    I'm just not a cat person. I've met a couple that I LOVE but they just aren't the pet for me. I don't like how they jump up onto stuff... I think most of it is because I've been 'traumatized' by my friends cat.

    She jumps up and gets into everything. She'll walk up and look you in the face and knock over a cup full of liquid. Or she'll get in your food if you aren't paying attention. She'll act like she wants attention then when to pet her she'll wait about five seconds and then bite you. She'll randomly latch onto your leg. You can't do anything without her getting in the way. We can't do craft day at her house because the cat won't stay out of our stuff.

    Yeah they can leave her over night. But if you take the time they have to use cleaning the litter box, fixing things she has knocked over or gotten into, cleaning up spills, then yeah Yoshi is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY easier to care for.

    And that isn't even taking into consideration their other cat. I love him though but he is the king of UTIs. So vet time and cost for him is way more than a normal year for Yoshi as well.
     
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    I love love love cats. As much or more than dogs. As I expressed in the other thread, yeah I think they're easier. Especially indoor-outdoor cats, which are lower maintenance than any other pet I can think of. Note: I did not say less valuable, less expensive, etc.

    Someone in the other thread mentioned betta fish as less maintenance than a cat. For my betta, anyways, I have 10 gallon set up with filter, heater, live plants etc. I'm paranoid about water so I test it often, then there's water changes etc. I go out of my way more for my betta than I had to for the cats. Even doling out food for the fish is more work lol. *shake*... *shake shake*... *shakeshakeshakeshakeshake WHOOSH* and then you have to go scoop up and chuck about 20 little pellets so the fish doesn't overeat and (apparently) get swim bladder issues :p
     
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    I am a cat person and a dog person. I am ambidextrous when it comes to them... I have four dogs and four cats, and at one point when I was fostering, I had 10 cats and 7 dogs. I have seen all different personalities from both species.

    And in my opinion, in general, cats are much much much easier for the average pet owner to maintain than a dog. For example, if you were to leave a cat home alone for 48 hours, what would happen? (Assuming you free feed. I have always free fed my cats and never had weight issues.) Nothing. Their box may be a little dirty, and they may have missed you, but other than that...nothing would happen. If you did that to your dog? They would have to the bathroom everywhere, possibly torn up things out of loneliness and frustration...

    That's just one example. You have to walk dogs and take them outside. You have to train dogs and teach them to behave. Someone mentioned you have to litter train cats... The only litter "training" I have ever done is putting them in the box...one time... And viola, they get it.

    So yeah. For someone who is busy and works a lot and doesn't have a lot of time to devote to an animal, but would still like a pet... I'd say a cat is a great option over a dog. Am I saying cats themselves are low maintenance? No, cats COMPARED to dogs and other animals are generally low maintenance. (These are all generalizations, btw. Of course you have exceptions to the rule.)
     
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    I have little to no love for cats although I have had many at least as temporary house guests. So for me the formula is simple - any work expended for a cat for me is too much work and feels like too much work.

    Now I've fostered kittens - had older cats as temporary house guests and wondered why I put up with the litter boxes (mine were never really dirty- I hate cat stink), the every 2-4 hr feedings, finding responsible indoor homes, etc etc. I'm not sure I'll do it again but it's a possibility and it'll feel like work where doing the same thing with puppies and dogs just doesn't feel like work to me. I enjoy it and yeah I even miss it when it's absent.
     
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    Wow, I'll try to repost when I'm more awake, that made no sense as to what I meant to say LOL
     
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    I've never really thought about which is easier for me. Mostly because I thoroughly enjoy nearly every aspect of owning both, so it doesn't seem "hard" to own ether.

    I would struggle owning a caged animal, though, because I know I wouldn't be dedicated enough to clean the cage as often as I should. And I'm not sure I'd stimulate it enough to have it properly cared for.
     
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    For me it depends on the individual animal.

    Both my dogs are low maintenance. Aside from some mild DR when they're off duty, they really never do any bad stuff. They're quiet and loving, but not even remotely clingy like people were describing their dogs. When I go to the restroom and one happens to be in the room, they rush to escape like, "Eww! Lemme out before you do that! I can't believe you guys do your business in the house!!!"

    That said, I've had fosters who were pretty high maintenance. A lot more than most cats.

    We've had cats who were really high maintenance and low maintenance. Currently there is Evilcat (aka Smellycat). Unfortunately, she has inappropriate bathroom habits so may not come inside unless she's crated. I crate her in the bathroom so she'll be safe and warm.

    My parents cat is awesome, but extremely jumpy and is terrified of the zois. He refuses to come inside with them here.

    Litter boxes are the most revolting thing on the planet. Just.. ewwww. I don't like scooping them, but it's more that fact that cat urine and feces smell revolting and I don't want that anywhere near my living area.

    And personally I prefer having indoor cats so the birds don't get massacred. Eventually, someday, I'd really like to get a doggish cat like a Bengal or Highland Lynx, but not until I own a house. And then only if there's something like an attached garage I can make a cat door to so it can poo away from my living area without going outdoors and eating the birds. If not, then I'll just pass on having a kitty and keep on with the zois.
     
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    I have owned and/or lived with cats my ENTIRE life till the last few months (other half hates cats).

    By far dogs require much much more input. Think about it... Training, socialisation, walks etc etc.

    You don't need to do half that with cats, they tend to come litter trained too. You just need to feed, play and love them. Some don't even like to play....

    I've lived with moggies and pedigree cats (including Bengals, which my parents still own). There is just no comparison. Cats might be needy (feed me NOW), but they're not time consuming in the way a dog is.
     

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