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Should I Get a Cat or a Dog?

You’ve decided – you’re going to get a pet. You love animals, and you can afford the time, energy, and money to spend on your new family member. Owning pets comes with a host of different benefits, including better general wellbeing, therapeutic benefits, unconditional love, and companionship.

However, you’re still torn: should you get a dog or a cat? Your cat-loving friends and family insist that a furry feline is the way to go. The rest of your friends, clutching their dogs in horror, are adamant that cats are aloof and unfriendly, and you should get a dog or nothing at all.

How do you choose?

Consider Your Personal Circumstances

Most people have a preference when it comes to cats and dogs, but both animals can make wonderful pets.

They do have different needs, however. When you’re trying to decide what animal to bring into your home, consider your own lifestyle and what you can offer:

  • Money

All pets cost something, but generally speaking, dogs cost more than cats. This includes insurance and vet fees.

  • Exercise requirements and mobility

Dogs require much more exercise than cats!

  • Do you have a garden or outdoor space?

If not, perhaps a cat would be the best bet.

  • What kind of pet are you looking for?

If you want a loving, affectionate animal that likes cuddles and kisses, you may not get this level of affection from a cat.

  • How large is your home?

If you live in a tiny flat, don’t get a big dog!

There may be more things you’ll need to consider, depending on your personal circumstances. Now it’s time to consider the pros and cons of each pet.

Dogs: Pros and Cons

Dogs tend to require more time and attention than cats. Depending on the breed, they may need grooming, tremendous amounts of exercise, and might need more expensive health care. However, they offer unconditional love and loyalty.


  • Dogs are affectionate, energetic animals. They are full of love, giving their full attention to their human family.

  • A variety of breeds are available (small, medium, and large, as well as easily trained dogs, and dogs with low-maintenance coats).

  • A well-trained dog can be taken with you anywhere: on holiday, for road trips and day trips, or to visit friends.

  • Dogs bring many health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, stress levels, anxiety levels, and more. A dog can even help to aid depression.

  • Dogs tend to be easier to train as they love their humans and are eager to please. They’re also easy to bribe with food!


  • Dogs require a lot of attention. They can’t be left alone all day.

  • Your dog will need plenty of exercise, as well as an outdoor space to do their business. Larger dogs need plenty of space, both indoors and outdoors.

  • You must train your dog when you first bring them home. Poorly trained dogs can be badly-behaved and even aggressive.

  • Insurance fees and medical bills may be expensive.

Cats: Pros and Cons

Now it’s time to look at the cats. If you’re worried about being unable to devote time and attention to a dog, a cat may be a perfect alternative.


  • A cat can be a loving, affectionate pet. They still enjoy social interaction, and you can still play with your cat.

  • They don’t require walking!

  • Cats will be happy with even a small indoor space, and you don’t necessarily need to give them outdoor access.

  • Cats are more independent pets. If you like your space and don’t want your pet desperate for your attention all the time, a cat could be a good choice for you.


Many cats tend to be aloof. They like their space and while they love their human family, they don’t show it like dogs do.

  • Long-haired cats will still require grooming and will shed.

  • Indoor litterboxes need to be cleaned regularly, otherwise your home will smell.

  • Bored cats may damage walls, furniture, and carpets by scratching.

Making the Right Choice

In conclusion, whether you should get a cat or dog really depends on your personality and circumstances.

But whether you choose a dog or a cat as your pet, remember to give it plenty of thought before bringing a new animal into your home.

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