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

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  1. PWCorgi

    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    As for running around all night, uh yeah, that is why whiskey isn't allowed in our room at night. But we just close the door and we don't even know he is in the apartment.
     
  2. Barbara!

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    If I tried to crate my cats... Omg... LOL. I spanked one of my cats once. It did nothing. Cats are such buttholes, lol.
     
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    Letting cats roam the neighborhood is another excellent example of "cats being easier", when they honestly aren't. Dogs would probably be easier too, if you let them roam all day long. No need for exercise or play. Just feeding and housing.
     
  4. ACooper

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    Don't get me started on people who let their cats roam in town :mad: Your pet should stay with YOU or on your property. Dog, cat, hamster, goldfish, I don't care what it is.

    Not safe for kitty, destructive to other people's hard earned personal property, destructive to the neighborhood, and probably a bunch of other things I'm not even thinking of right now!
     
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    It depends... but generally cats are easier maintenance-wise, dogs are easier to train and manipulate to fit in to your life. Though there are some cool cat training videos out there - there’s one of a cat doing an agility course. Yay for clicker training!

    It also depends on whether you’re keeping the animal as a pet or as a lawn ornament. I know plenty of dogs who live outside 24/7 who are incredibly low maintenance. Anyone seen those automatic waterers and giant free feeders in farm stores? Who do you think those are for?? I’ve had people ask me to look in on the dogs while they’re on vacation - those feeder and waterers can last for a week!! :(
     
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    Here we go again....
    Sigh...
     
  7. kady05

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    LOL, I've totally said "I swear to god I'm going to crate you two!" before. Actually, that was the caption of this picture:

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    I have shut them in "their" room before on nights when they drive me nuts.. yes.. my cats have their own bedroom in my house :p I feel bad because we don't let them in our bedroom (husband is allergic to cats..), so it's the best I can do.
     
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    I wish more people realized this. I hate how many people get rats and just think they have to clean the cage and get toys. Yes these animals live in a cage and love toys but playing with their people is VERY important for them.


    This has been my experience with cats.


    Part of it for me is also the liter box. I don't care if you get the best liter in the world I think it smells gross and end up gagging the whole time I have to scoop it.

    Also for me I do agree you have to train your dog and that takes time. But for me once it's done it's done. It did take time investment when I got Yoshi but I haven't had to worry about most things since she was about 1-2 years old.

    Watching TV or a movie? She'll sit down and snuggle.
    Playing on the computer or a video game? She'll lay at my feet and has learned to not even walk near the cords.
    Going outside? She's right there ready there's no hunting her down.
    Has to go to the bathroom? Ask her and open the door and stand there while she goes.
    She wants to play? She loves fetch and tug games and so even in bad weather or if I'm sick I can still play inside with her.
    Vet appointment? She'll jump into the car, sit nicely, and love on the vet the entire appointment.

    I'll be the first to admit her first year or two I did put a lot of time into it getting her to learn the routine, socializing her, training her but that paid off and she's an incredibly easy animal to have. Compare that to my friends who have cats who at 5 years are still as big a pains as they were from the beginning.

    I really like having a pet that when I say 'hey don't do that' they stop and come over with a 'I love you why would I do that if you don't want it done?' attitude compared to the 'screw you I'll do what I like' attitude of most cats I have met.

    Also I've never had to rush home for Yoshi *puppy age aside*. Most of the time I do head home but that's because I've missed her while I was at work and not because there is a HUGE rush to get her outside. I know she can and will hold it.
     
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    This thread is making me want a cat. :[
     
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    Granted.. they are pretty cute..

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    I have two cats and two dogs. As for who is easier, it comes down to personality.

    Buddy, my 12 year old pitbull type is a dream. She is honest to God the easiest dog to own ever. She is low energy, low shedding, low maintenance, naturally well behaved, she's just awesome.

    Obi, my boxer mix is an incorrigible meat head who constantly keeps me on my toes, both figuratively and literally. He's high maintenance.

    Tonka, my male cat, is awesome. He's affectionate and cuddly and gets along well with everyone else in the house. His fur sheds less than my female cat, he has no medical issues and my only "complaint" with him is that he kneads my arm in his sleep. I solved this using Soft Paws. In hot pink. [​IMG]

    Mess, my female cat, is the reason people don't like cats. She will show affection once a month or so, but over do it on the petting and she will bite you. She has had horrible, awful, chronic and severe rhinitis/sinusitis caused by some URI virus and constantly leaves globs of mucus in awesome spots-- like my pillow. (yes, I realize this isn't her fault. It doesn't make it any less nausea inducing when you have cat snot in your hair...). She also hates Obi. She will hiss and growl every time he walks into the room. And I'm horribly allergic to her.

    Also, litterboxes suck but I HATE when other people let their cats roam and mine are strictly indoors. The only thing worse than cleaning the litterbox is finding a random cat poo in your flower bed. OR pulling a random cat poo out of a foster puppy's mouth...
     
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    Dogs all the way are 100 % easier than cats!

    I would take 10 dogs to 1 cat anyday!

    Right now I have my Mother staying with me due to her health and she has a cat. It drives me bonkers. It is super needy, always in the way. I trip over this cat daily. I wake up and she is laying on my chest staring at me! I think she is planning my early demise, but can't be sure. She is awful bossy too demanding to be fed, demanding attention, demanding playtime.
     
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    Aside from mentioning she doesn't know what she's doing *for any lurkers who may have stumbled onto Chaz looking for info* we should probably just ignore it.
     
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    Am I the only one who finds carrying a poop around in a bag for 1/2 hour while on a walk more gross than scooping a litter box?
     
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    I really don't find scooping the litter box gross.. probably because I've had cats for 10+ yrs. now. I use Worlds Best litter and that stuff is awesome!
     
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    For me it's kind of a nonissue. I live in the country so aside from making sure she isn't going in a well traveled area I don't touch her poop.

    On occasion when I take her to the city with me there is always trash cans. Yoshi will go on command if she needs to so I'll go within seeing distance of a trash can and have her go.

    I've never had to carry the poop for more than a minute or two and even that was just 'get in bag and tie' compared to the poop mining you have to do in the litter box
     
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    I think I would find that gross.......but we are never far enough from a trash can to carry it around that long, LOL I do think I've mentioned Orson prefers (and does his best) to only poop at home in his kennel. We take bags on our walks (in town) just in case........but again, trash cans are normally close by.
     
  18. Paige

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    I tie Bandit's poop bag to his harness and make him carry it.
     
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    Yea I don't find cleaning litterboxes any grosser than cleaning up dog poop.
     
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    Dogs just because I never have/will understand how to take care of a cat. And an animal pooping inside isn't for me x)
     

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