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Cat vs. Dog - Better Pet?

  1. Feb 2, 2010 #1
    I define better pet as in the pet that is generally is better for reducing stress levels.

    I currently own a cat but I always wondered if I would enjoy owning a cat more(particularly because my cat favors my sister and is a bit jumpy around me) than owning a dog. I was also considering buying another cat but I want one I can train to prefer me over my sister.

    What pets do you guys own, what do you do to maintain your pets, and in the end is it worth it(in terms of stress gained - stress lost)? Excuse me if I'm oversimplifying but I'm sure you guys get the gist of what I'm trying to ask.

    My parents say that a dog is too high maintenance and that dogs are a trouble to own. I have to live by my parents rules until graduate school so the only way I can own a dog anytime soon is if I convince my parents it's a good choice.

    Dog owners, feel free to posit arguments as to why dogs may be better than cats. The same goes for cat owners.
     
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  3. Feb 2, 2010 #2

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    My wife and I have a dog. He is a sweetie, and is always so happy to see us. Ever see a cat that will jump up and down and bark (or kitty vocalizations) and generally act like a maniac when you get home? No? Game over.
     
  4. Feb 2, 2010 #3
    Dogs are a hundred times more loyal than the most loyal of cats. If you teach a dog how to sit and stay, he/she will be the best pet you can ever own. A dog would pull you out of a burning building. A cat. . . well not so much. Cats are extremely arrogant from my experiences and only stay at home because it is cold outside.

    Dogs are not high maintenance. They take the same care anyone should be willing to give a dog. You have to have time to feed him, play with him, and let him outside. Dogs love attention (where I suppose the "high maintenance" comes into play) and want you to play with them all the time, which I see no problem with.

    If you want something that will be loyal to you until the end, a dog is what you want. The bigger dogs are far more protective than the little dogs if it comes to. Most little dogs will bark A LOT but not be much bite, and the bigger dogs (GS's, Gold. Retrievers and the like) will attack someone if they feel that they are threatening you.
     
  5. Feb 2, 2010 #4

    Ivan Seeking

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    Cats can handle bears.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfgV9X1uLZ0
     
  6. Feb 2, 2010 #5
    well it is hard to argue with that.
     
  7. Feb 2, 2010 #6

    Ivan Seeking

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    For us, dogs are far more difficult to maintain than are cats, but that is partly a function of our property. Still, I would have to say that cats are generally less maintenance than dogs. A cat can be left alone more than not. Dogs require companionship and plenty of attention.

    We love them both but finally had to concede that dogs take too much work. After our gang of three all got old and died, we didn't get any more dogs.

    I had three dogs while growing up and another as a young adult. Tsu and I then got three after we moved to Oregon.
     
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  8. Feb 2, 2010 #7

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    Did you review this after you wrote it?

    While I do not presume this is an exhaustive account of your idea of dog-ownership, the above is woefully inadequate for most dogs. In general, dogs need to spend time running around and playing outside with their owner. Letting it outside is not enough, and merely going for walks is not enough.
     
  9. Feb 2, 2010 #8
    Alright, let's say we forget dogs.

    What about getting a brand new cat? Any suggestions for a good breed(appearance doesn't matter, I want one that is friendly for a cat). I like the idea of a pet that stays happy as long as you feed it and give it fresh water to drink once a day.
     
  10. Feb 2, 2010 #9

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    Not a siamese.
     
  11. Feb 2, 2010 #10

    I thought it was a given you played with your dog outside. I guess not.
     
  12. Feb 2, 2010 #11

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    You sound like a perfect fit for a goldfish.
     
  13. Feb 2, 2010 #12

    DaveC426913

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    You said "...feed him, play with him, and let him outside..."
     
  14. Feb 2, 2010 #13

    DaveC426913

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    Agreed.

    Pets need to be treated as companions, not decorations.

    Note: even goldfish are pets. They need care. Not a lot, mind, but they do need care.
     
  15. Feb 2, 2010 #14
    I actually consider that quite annoying. I also find it annoying when dogs constantly bring you a tennis ball wanting you to throw it or are constantly trying to jump up in your face trying to lick it. That being said, I don't hate dogs, I like them a lot if they are well trained and obedient. I like cats a lot because they require far less work to keep and housebreak.
     
  16. Feb 2, 2010 #15

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    Our dog is well-trained (Feet on Floor!) but still gets really excited when my wife or I come home. His butt is wiggling and his tail is spinning like a helicopter rotor. He doesn't jump on me or try to intrude, but he will get next to me and lean on me so that I will touch him.
     
  17. Feb 2, 2010 #16

    lisab

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    That's pretty close to my view, too.

    As far as affection, well, the cat I have now is very affectionate. And the cat I had before this one was even more so...he would come in and greet everyone with head-butts (I belive that's a universal feline greeting) before going to check what was in his food dish.

    I think it just depends on the cat, although all my cats have been sweeties.
     
  18. Feb 2, 2010 #17

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    I just don't get it. I can't respect an animal that is that desparate.
     
  19. Feb 2, 2010 #18

    turbo

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    I can't ignore an animal that is that desparate, when his reactions are so directed to me and my wife. Just pay a bit of attention, and he is happily crashed out at my feet. Good deal.
     
  20. Feb 2, 2010 #19
    /sarcasm?

    How about a pet rock? I hear they are pretty low maintenance!
     
  21. Feb 2, 2010 #20

    turbo

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    Or for the people with lots of attitude and not enough attention-span for a pet rock, how about a pet peeve?
     
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