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Cats or Dogs: A Future Pet Owner’s Guide to Choosing Pets to Adopt

While most people have most likely already decided on an animal they’d want to get (if they haven’t already), you may find yourself at a loss when choosing between getting a dog or a cat as a pet. 

There are a lot of people and enthusiasts that love dogs and cats equally, and under the right conditions, they can even have both co-existing in harmony in the household. However, if you have to choose between either of the two, there are some things that you can use as a guideline on which one you should get.

Here are the things you need to consider when choosing a pet:

  • Living space – The amount of living space that you have at home is perhaps the biggest factor that will determine what pet you should have, as both cats and dogs need room to explore and adjust to.

You will also need to consider the people who live with you. Whether you have roommates, family members, or if you live with your partner/spouse, it’s important to make the decision a group decision.

Not only does this allow them toprepare for the possibility of living with a new roommate/family member, but italso comes off as a sign of respect for the people you live with.

  • Budget – Everything from food, medicine, and vaccines, to grooming and toys all cost money, and the costs can continue piling as your pet will be completely dependent on you.

Food, medicine, and vaccines are perhaps the biggest concerns when it comes to cost aside from the initial adoption budget. When you do decide to adopt, be sure to keep all these in mind.  

Dogs generally tend to be more expensive overall, while cats are often a more viable option to future owners who don’t have as much of a budget to work with.

  • Allergies– Allergies are another thing that you need to keep in mind, as it can almostinstantly decide whether you can even get a pet at home at all.

An alternative loophole to this may be to get a pet that’s hypoallergenic, such as a hypoallergenic cat, but the cost of care and shipping may ultimately prove to be beyond your budget.

  • Lifestyle – Whether you prefer to live an active, outgoing lifestyle or enjoy relaxing and staying indoors is crucial in getting a pet, as the pet you get will adopt your personality. This means that you need to take into account whether in fact you are willing to get up early in the morning or picking up after your pet on a regular basis.

For instance, dogs love stimulation and are highly social – which means that they shouldn’t be left alone or without attention all day. Meanwhile, cats are relatively quieter and are happy to sleep in most of the time.