So, you already decided that you are ready for the responsibility that comes with having a pet at home. Now you just have to pick the type of pet you want.
For most people, the decision comes between getting a cat or a dog. They both offer a lot of mental and physical health benefits but require different types of care when they are home. Pet owners all over the United States present lower levels of cholesterol, lower blood pressure and are less likely to suffer from stress, depression, and anxiety.
A study by the US Department of Health has even shown that owning a pet significantly improves the chances of surviving a heart attack and people who own a pet deal with stress and loss better than those that don’t. So owning a pet is good for more than just cuddles! Who knew!?
Like I said before, pups and kitties have different needs so before you make a decision is important to learn which fur-baby would best suit your lifestyle and personality. Take into account your activity levels, the space you have at home, whether you have children or not, and how much time you can give to a pet.
If you’re an outdoorsy and active individual, a canine friend may be the right choice for you. Dogs need lots of fresh air and walk, so they’re best suited to people who have a garden, live in rural areas or have easy access to parks and open spaces.
They are also really loving and want to spend a lot of time with their pet parents. You'll become a fur baby's hero.
If you have limited indoor space or a busy lifestyle, you might be better suited to a cat rather than a dog.
Cats are quiet and are happy to be left alone to sleep and entertain themselves for most of the day, especially if they’re allowed outdoors. They don’t need walking, so cats are often suited to less active people.
Cats don’t really need as much indoor space as dogs, especially if they have safe access to a garden. Even without outside access, cats can be content as long as they are fed and have access to a litter-box, toys and scratching posts to keep their minds and bodies busy.
For both, is important that you interact with them frequently, so if you’re going away you will need to find somebody to look after them, which may mean asking a neighbor to check in on them regularly or putting them in a cattery where they’ll be looked after while you’re gone.
If you can't decide:
A lot of people love cats and dogs equally, and under the right conditions the two can get along quite happily in the same household if you give them time to get to know each other.
Getting one or another will depend entirely on your personal preference, but that doesn't mean that one is a "better pet".
So, if you decide to go to the shelter to get your new family member, just pick the one that clicks better with you. At the end of the day, you are getting unconditional love. 💕