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Old 10-07-2012, 12:27 AM
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In general I would say my cat is much easier than any dogs I've owned. Could just be him, I don't know, he's the only cat I've had. He is pretty content to do his own thing all day. I'll interact with him but he pretty quickly will decide that he's done with me and walk away... my dogs, no they don't do that lol. Depending on what we are doing they are mostly like MORE MORE MORE.

I don't have to worry about him. We can be gone all day and I don't think "gee, I should get home for the cat." He's actually a very people-oriented, affectionate cat and I think he gets lonely if we're gone long periods, but there doesn't seem to be the anxiety or boredom associated with it like the dogs get. And plus he can go to the bathroom whether someone is home or not so I don't have to worry that his bladder is going to explode.

He likes attention which is easy to provide. He doesn't require all the physical stuff that most dogs do.

My rats are probably harder than the dogs and cat. They are such buttheads.

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Old 10-07-2012, 01:05 AM
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I have never and will never own a cat. I have NO idea where my hatred for house cats comes from, but it's there. Truly.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:43 AM
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I'm just not a cat person. I've met a couple that I LOVE but they just aren't the pet for me. I don't like how they jump up onto stuff... I think most of it is because I've been 'traumatized' by my friends cat.

She jumps up and gets into everything. She'll walk up and look you in the face and knock over a cup full of liquid. Or she'll get in your food if you aren't paying attention. She'll act like she wants attention then when to pet her she'll wait about five seconds and then bite you. She'll randomly latch onto your leg. You can't do anything without her getting in the way. We can't do craft day at her house because the cat won't stay out of our stuff.

Yeah they can leave her over night. But if you take the time they have to use cleaning the litter box, fixing things she has knocked over or gotten into, cleaning up spills, then yeah Yoshi is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY easier to care for.

And that isn't even taking into consideration their other cat. I love him though but he is the king of UTIs. So vet time and cost for him is way more than a normal year for Yoshi as well.
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:02 AM
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I love love love cats. As much or more than dogs. As I expressed in the other thread, yeah I think they're easier. Especially indoor-outdoor cats, which are lower maintenance than any other pet I can think of. Note: I did not say less valuable, less expensive, etc.

Someone in the other thread mentioned betta fish as less maintenance than a cat. For my betta, anyways, I have 10 gallon set up with filter, heater, live plants etc. I'm paranoid about water so I test it often, then there's water changes etc. I go out of my way more for my betta than I had to for the cats. Even doling out food for the fish is more work lol. *shake*... *shake shake*... *shakeshakeshakeshakeshake WHOOSH* and then you have to go scoop up and chuck about 20 little pellets so the fish doesn't overeat and (apparently) get swim bladder issues
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:05 AM
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I am a cat person and a dog person. I am ambidextrous when it comes to them... I have four dogs and four cats, and at one point when I was fostering, I had 10 cats and 7 dogs. I have seen all different personalities from both species.

And in my opinion, in general, cats are much much much easier for the average pet owner to maintain than a dog. For example, if you were to leave a cat home alone for 48 hours, what would happen? (Assuming you free feed. I have always free fed my cats and never had weight issues.) Nothing. Their box may be a little dirty, and they may have missed you, but other than that...nothing would happen. If you did that to your dog? They would have to the bathroom everywhere, possibly torn up things out of loneliness and frustration...

That's just one example. You have to walk dogs and take them outside. You have to train dogs and teach them to behave. Someone mentioned you have to litter train cats... The only litter "training" I have ever done is putting them in the time... And viola, they get it.

So yeah. For someone who is busy and works a lot and doesn't have a lot of time to devote to an animal, but would still like a pet... I'd say a cat is a great option over a dog. Am I saying cats themselves are low maintenance? No, cats COMPARED to dogs and other animals are generally low maintenance. (These are all generalizations, btw. Of course you have exceptions to the rule.)
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:09 AM
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I have little to no love for cats although I have had many at least as temporary house guests. So for me the formula is simple - any work expended for a cat for me is too much work and feels like too much work.

Now I've fostered kittens - had older cats as temporary house guests and wondered why I put up with the litter boxes (mine were never really dirty- I hate cat stink), the every 2-4 hr feedings, finding responsible indoor homes, etc etc. I'm not sure I'll do it again but it's a possibility and it'll feel like work where doing the same thing with puppies and dogs just doesn't feel like work to me. I enjoy it and yeah I even miss it when it's absent.
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:18 AM
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Wow, I'll try to repost when I'm more awake, that made no sense as to what I meant to say LOL
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:30 AM
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I've never really thought about which is easier for me. Mostly because I thoroughly enjoy nearly every aspect of owning both, so it doesn't seem "hard" to own ether.

I would struggle owning a caged animal, though, because I know I wouldn't be dedicated enough to clean the cage as often as I should. And I'm not sure I'd stimulate it enough to have it properly cared for.
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:31 AM
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For me it depends on the individual animal.

Both my dogs are low maintenance. Aside from some mild DR when they're off duty, they really never do any bad stuff. They're quiet and loving, but not even remotely clingy like people were describing their dogs. When I go to the restroom and one happens to be in the room, they rush to escape like, "Eww! Lemme out before you do that! I can't believe you guys do your business in the house!!!"

That said, I've had fosters who were pretty high maintenance. A lot more than most cats.

We've had cats who were really high maintenance and low maintenance. Currently there is Evilcat (aka Smellycat). Unfortunately, she has inappropriate bathroom habits so may not come inside unless she's crated. I crate her in the bathroom so she'll be safe and warm.

My parents cat is awesome, but extremely jumpy and is terrified of the zois. He refuses to come inside with them here.

Litter boxes are the most revolting thing on the planet. Just.. ewwww. I don't like scooping them, but it's more that fact that cat urine and feces smell revolting and I don't want that anywhere near my living area.

And personally I prefer having indoor cats so the birds don't get massacred. Eventually, someday, I'd really like to get a doggish cat like a Bengal or Highland Lynx, but not until I own a house. And then only if there's something like an attached garage I can make a cat door to so it can poo away from my living area without going outdoors and eating the birds. If not, then I'll just pass on having a kitty and keep on with the zois.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:25 AM
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I have owned and/or lived with cats my ENTIRE life till the last few months (other half hates cats).

By far dogs require much much more input. Think about it... Training, socialisation, walks etc etc.

You don't need to do half that with cats, they tend to come litter trained too. You just need to feed, play and love them. Some don't even like to play....

I've lived with moggies and pedigree cats (including Bengals, which my parents still own). There is just no comparison. Cats might be needy (feed me NOW), but they're not time consuming in the way a dog is.
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