Walking through the aisles of the pet store, you find yourself asking a simple, yet pertinent question regarding your next pet purchase.
Are you a dog person or a cat person?
Let's forget about the fish, reptiles and birds for a moment and focus on arguably the two most popular pets, and think about whether you want to snuggle up next to a cuddly cat or enjoy the company of man's best friend.
Despite the easy going topic of whether you prefer dogs or cats, the topic gets plenty of attention and cat and dog owners alike trade opinions and verbal jabs to defend their pet. Dog owners love their pups, and swear that they're intelligent, loyal and cats are nothing more than fickle felines that you barely see.
Cat owners will rave about how kitties and adults cats alike don't need the constant care of dogs and are independent entities, just like them.
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Is there such a thing as right or wrong? No, not really.
No matter what you choose, you'll likely be satisfied with your selection and enjoy years of companionship from either a dog or a cat. It's hard to argue with either pet, but the one that you ultimately choose likely says a lot about you and, most importantly, your personality.
If you consider yourself a dog person above and beyond owning a cat, chance are you aren't afraid of taking responsibility and likely see yourself as a relatively active person. Dogs need much more attention that cats, especially when it comes to walking them at least a few times throughout the day. Some have pointed to single guys or families with children being linked directly with dogs, although that is more observational rather than backed by specific studies.
Cats would most likely appeal to an older crowd or those who have occupations that aren't conducive to caring for a dog. Cats are rarely seen or heard for the most part, and most cat owners will defend their buying decision based on how low maintenance cats are in comparison to dogs.
No walks, no baths and no impromptu, middle of the night bathroom breaks for cats, which are a huge selling point if you need your seven hours of sleep and simply want companionship without all the work.
Of course, there are always exceptions to the rules, and these observations are hardly steadfast or gospel, but they ring true for the majority of pet owners.
And there's no set rule of thumb that says you can't revel in pets of all shapes and sizes, namely being both a cat and a dog person. If the dogs and cats themselves can get along under one roof, maybe the cat and dog persons can agree to disagree on their pet of choice.
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