It may be a tough decision to choose between a cat and a dog for a pet. Both of them are furry and cuddly however, they are two very different creatures. Cats have adorable traits such as the way they care for themselves, how they manage to stay clean and their cute antics that make them a wonderful family pet.
Cats do not Occupy a Lot of Space
People who have a golden retriever or even a small dog as a pet are familiar with the amount of space they take up in bed. No matter what their size is, they love to stretch out into other’s personal space, the room where they play and exercise and their belongings(like dog bed/toys) therefore they should have a spacious place to be happy and healthy.
On the other hand, cats do not need much space to survive. It should just be enough to accommodate their essentials like litter boxes (one box for every cat and an extra one) plus food and water dishes, all of which will ensure kitty’s happiness.
It is More Affordable to Own a Cat.
During their lifetimes, taking care of cats is less costly than dogs. There are some breeds of cats that are quite expensive but when it comes to adoption fees, kittens and cats are much more affordable than puppies or dogs, especially during kitten seasons or when there are lots of kittens in the shelter. There are shelters that either waive their fees or offer two kittens for the price of one.
There are a lot of expenses to take into consideration when owning a pet, including supplies and caretakers, among others. Since dogs tend to damage their toys, the materials they are made with should be tougher (which are a lot more expensive) or need to be replaced every now and then. Toys for cats are comparatively cheap when bought in stores but cheaper (as well as easy) to DIY.
Dogs need lots of exercise as this is crucial to their health however, walking the dog twice or thrice a day can be difficult when its owner has a full-time job. On the average, a dog walker costs $15 to $20 per 20 minute walk and come to think of it, costs can add up right away. On the contrary, cats are easily contented with napping, lounging and playing even when they are alone at home while their human parent is working. Two kitties left alone are even better since they will never get bored.
Cats are Easily Contended when Indoors.
To stay happy and healthy, dogs need plenty of exercise, long walks and lots of time outdoors. It is nearly impossible for them to live solely indoors. However, this can be challenging when dog owners have limited mobility, do not have a yard or their house is not accessible to parks.
Cats are much safer when they stay indoors and easily contended when lying beside a window or curled up in the sunny part of the couch. The window just needs to opened a little to let some fresh air inside (but not too wide for the cat to flee). These will allow cats to be very happy as they watch birds as well as bugs the whole day.