Are you a dog person or a fan of cats?

When it comes to choosing a pet, the real question is: which species is better suited to you?

Man with a dog and cat

By Sophie Milligan

For eons, people have argued whether dogs or cats are better. But, when it comes to finding a pet, the real question is: which one is better suited to you?

Having a fur baby mostly ensures you have some company and attention every day. A cat or dog will both show and need engaging recognition, and if you are so inclined, this will improve your quality of life.

The maxim ‘dogs are a man’s best friend’ is well known for a reason. Having a dog around creates a special and powerful bond between two beings. The canine species improves social interaction and people’s self-esteem. Dogs provide owners with the opportunity to exercise and get fresh air. Walkies keep human owners moving, which can only help their physical fitness.

Through their need for companionship, these creatures also have the ability to reduce the effects of a person’s social isolation. They have powerful senses, including empathy, and most of them desire to please the leader of the pack … that’s you.

The downside to being a doggie parent is that their food bills are higher because they eat more than cats, and whether they ‘do their business’ out on a walk or in the backyard, there is more smelly cleaning up to do than with cats.

But if being active isn’t your priority, a cat may be the pet which fits your lifestyle best.

If you want a toilet-trained animal you don’t have to clean up after, then a cat is the perfect pet for you.

Once mature, felines that are deprived of kitty litter trays will relieve themselves outside, often in your neighbour’s garden, so there is no cleaning up to do for you.

Just like dogs, most cats can calm and soothe humans who welcome affection from the animal kingdom.

Cat’s purrs are one of the most comforting and relaxing sounds, and can pacify a human’s behaviour.

But cats are more independent than dogs, which mostly demand more attention.

The cons of owning a cat include less interaction and often ignoring your commands or attention. Cats are extremely independent and many are downright wilful.

But the pros of having either variety of pet can improve your happiness. Dogs and cats can act as therapists. In fact, scientific studies have shown that pet therapy has been linked to  reduced depression, anxiety and pain. Apart from service dogs trained to help the blind, the deaf, epileptic sufferers, some are also taught to ease the anxiety of  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder victims.

Having a pet comes with big responsibilities but it is worth it when you gain not just a friend  but a caring member of the family.

Are you a dog or cat person? How has your pet improved your life?



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    21st Jul 2017
    Cat person all the way :)
    21st Jul 2017
    I am an animal person. Dog, cats, turtle and any animal who needs a home.
    21st Jul 2017
    Dogs are so loving and no matter what, greet you as if you are their sole reason for living. My adorable boy is a rescue dog who had been starved and beaten (he is tiny and weighs 4.2 kg) and nothing is too good for him. The love and trust he has for me brings tears to my eyes when I think of what he has gone through. They are so intelligent and really are man's (or woman's) best friend. Just a pity that more humans don't have half the goodness and love these wonderful creatures have.
    21st Jul 2017
    Lovely reading Margie
    21st Jul 2017
    Thank you fairplay, my boy gives me more than I could ever give back to him.
    21st Jul 2017
    Dogs and cats are the bane of suburban life - cats use other peoples gardens as toilets and dogs bark incessantly when their owners who treat them as humans leave them on their own and make the lives of nearby non-dog owners a misery. The amount spent on food for these creatures in Australia could feed millions of starving people.
    21st Jul 2017
    Baysider is a bit like those republicans who measure the value of the monarchy solely by its cost in pounds. Life would be a misery if we always measured value in pounds or convenience or quiet neighbourhoods. As openhearted people like Margie clearly understand, there are other (and better) measures of value! That is not to say that pet owners should not be responsible and, having been a cat 0wner all my life, one of my pet hates is those people who allow their cats to roam at night.
    21st Jul 2017
    Baysider, I also have a problem with cats that are allowed to roam and use other peoples gardens as toilets. I have had 9 "rescued" dogs and three of them lived in suburbia with me and my neighbours did not even know I had them. Do no generalise. My current 3 dogs only cost me $15.00pw to feed
    21st Jul 2017
    Baysider, I also have a problem with cats that are allowed to roam and use other peoples gardens as toilets. I have had 9 "rescued" dogs and three of them lived in suburbia with me and my neighbours did not even know I had them. Do no generalise. My current 3 dogs only cost me $15.00pw to feed
    pedro the swift
    21st Jul 2017
    As someone who has owned both over years, I am definitely a dog person.As mentioned dogs are far more responsive to humans and can be trained.Yes, they can cost more to feed, (depends on size and what you feed it), but they give just as must in return as you outlay in company affection and as mentioned exercise reasons. Pets can tie you up a bit re holidays etc. as they need car in kennels etc.. At the moment I am petless as the 20year old cat I was babysitting had to be put down. Still deciding to get a dog or not at.
    As the old joke goes "Lock your wife and dog in the car boot for an hour and then see who is happy to see you when you open the boot"
    21st Jul 2017
    Dogs are far more loyal and much nicer than cats!
    21st Jul 2017
    I have had both but I am a Dog person -- they being wonderful loving beings, in fact, I prefer Animals over humans -- Animals do less harm than cruel humans and the way most humans treat Animals is truly horrid and unforgivable.
    I am an Animal lover no matter what type.
    21st Jul 2017
    This appears to promote letting your adult cat jump the fence so that you don't need to clean up after them, I certainly hope not as a lot of councils fine owners after their cat's have been trapped and handed in to the pound. In many places now it is illegal to let your cat stray over your boundary day or night.
    22nd Jul 2017
    Ausdigga, I am with you so many people have cats and allow them to roam where ever, they kill for the sake of it and when I tell the owners they really don't give a **&^% they should be kept in side or have a speial encloser in the yard -- which seems reather cruel to me too if you have any Animal it needs to be looked after in the right way.
    23rd Jul 2017
    My Missy cat at 8months of age came out of the blue when I was caring for my husband & she entertained us & helped me make the transition 12 months later of living alone. She has her own indoor toilet & spends a little time outdoors but always inside of a night. She instigates a game of hitting a ping pong ball along the floor to me. She is my saviour.

    23rd Jul 2017
    filthy animals, expensive and cramps lifestyle
    24th Jul 2017
    I would much prefer ANIMALS over SOME humans any day.
    25th Jul 2017
    So would I planB, scum of the earth are humans

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