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Well, I am both, we have two of each and I've been around both all my life....their own species brings a different perspective that enriches our family’s life….

 ;Dog’s look to us for guidance and want to spend time with us.

Cat’s love their independence and decide on their terms when it is time for us.

Dog’s need lots of training to be a well rounded family pet.

Cat’s need us to understand it is there way or the highway.

Both need early socialization with other animals and children!

I could go on and on with all the pro’s and con’s, the fun and not so fun of both, but each animal has their own uniqueness to our family and lifestyle.  Our cats are very social and friendly, sometimes I think they are a dog in a cat suit, just don’t tell them I said that.  We love both species equally, they just all have their own personalities, needs and wants...don't we all?

 

What do you thinK?  Which one are you?

Victoria Swanson Health Coach asked this
August 29, 2011 at 5:56 PM

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When I was growing up we always had 2-3 cats and 1-2 dogs so I've always liked both. Head over to my grandparents and it was the same thing. One thing I like about cats(we have one) is they pretty much take care of themselves. Opening a can of food, filling the bowl with fresh water, and changing/scooping the litter box are really the only daily chores required. My daughter is begging me to get a dog, but we're a busy family with plenty of time away from the house. I can leave our cat for a couple days by himself no problem, just make sure he has enough food available. If you have a dog and you're away overnight(or longer) you have to find someone to dog sit or let the dog out....assuming you don't have a dog house and fenced-in area outdoors.

Jim answered
August 31, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Good point Jim, I too grew up with both and still have both....dogs are a million times more responsibility and even if you did leave your house for a weekend and own a dog, you still need to make sure someone stops over to check in and feed your dog....it is very different then a cat....and unless you live on a farm, I never recommend leaving a dog alone in a fenced in area, just too many bad things can happen.

Victoria Swanson Health Coach answered
August 31, 2011 at 12:01 PM

I used to work at a vet's office, and it was great owning a dog then. Anywhere we wanted to go, we could just drop him off. The kennel kids loved him, so he had companionship and other dogs to see all day long. I never realized how great we had it until we wanted to go away now.

So, we started planning our vacations on places you can take your dog. Michigan's upper peninsula is great for that. Almost every state park is dog friendly (they even have bag dispensers for the poop). Last summer, we took our boy to some water falls, even a ride on a row boat, no problem. Almost every motel up there has some sort of allowance for dogs too. We just took his kennel along and he slept in the room with us.

Of course, someday we're going to be tired of the upper peninsula... or not!

sprouty answered
August 31, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Hey Sprouty!

I debated this year whether to take the fur kids to Mackinac Island with us (extremely pet friendly by the way), I have traveled with them and have done the same thing you have, but I have to admit, there are a lot of times we had to leave them in the hotel because places we wanted to visit didn't allow pets. I felt they would have spent to much time in the hotel room, so we opted to get a pet and house sitter (an all in one service)...it was a win-win for all of us, our pets were in GREAT hands and the person was living at our house while we were away therefore making sure our house stayed safe too! I never once worried about our fur kids and they were in the comfort of their own home.

Victoria Swanson Health Coach answered
August 31, 2011 at 3:13 PM

cats ftw! dogs are wayy to high maitenence for me! my dog always seems to be in the way and needing attention (sighh) it gets really annoying

Dayton from SLN answered
September 2, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Ahhhh....Dayton, if your dog seems very needy there could be something else going on. Is your dog by themselves for long periods of time? Is your dog crated long term? Do you give your dog a daily (30-45 minute walk)? What type of activity do you do with your dog to spend time with him/her? What kind of dog do you have?

Victoria Swanson Health Coach answered
September 3, 2011 at 7:35 AM

I have an australian shepherd, and when I say "I have" I mean there is an australian shepherd living in my house, it's actually my parents dog. And we aren't exactly at home a lot....she's typically crated at night but runs around either inside or outside during the day. But when people are home all she does is bark to get inside and then is always in your way! ahhH!!! so yeah...we really shouldn't be dog owners lol

Dayton from SLN answered
November 4, 2011 at 4:24 PM

I am a cat person. They are very smart because they use a litter box. A cats brain is the closets to the human brain . tHE EMOTIONAL PART OF A CATS BRAIN IS THE SAME AS A HUMAN. a CAT DOLES WHAT IT WANTS TO WHICH I THINK IS SMART BECAUSE I WWOULD HATE TO DO EVERYTHING SOMEONE WANTER ME TO DO.. tHEIR SENCE OF SMELL AND HEARING IS THE SAME AS A DOG.

THEIR VISION IS AN AMAZING THING BECAUSE THEIR SIGHT IN THE DARK IS 6 TIMES GREATER THAN A HUMAN. tHIS IS THE REASON FOR THEIR EYES GLOWING IN THE DARK../

ray answered
March 15, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Hey Ray~

I LOVE that your a cat person! Me too! (yes, dog too).....

Hey, I thought you would enjoy this blog about cats, check it out :)

http://www.hellolife.net/cat-health/b/a-cats-senses-15-fascinating-facts/

Have a great day!

Victoria Swanson Health Coach answered
March 16, 2012 at 11:26 AM
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