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Old 10-07-2012, 02:54 PM
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I think it really depends on the individual animal - but it general, I would say cats are (slightly) easier.

You don't have to worry about leaving a cat home alone too long - they have litterboxes! There were days that Sassy would be home alone for over 12 hours, and she was perfectly fine, and I didn't really feel guilty. I can't leave the dogs for more than 8-9 hours, and I feel guilty if it's over 6 hours.

Cats are easier to exercise - a couple quick sessions of playing with the laser light or the feather pole and she's good. The dogs need a lot more exercise, much of it outside, in the heat or the cold or the rain or whatever.

Cats are cheaper - cat toys cost less than dog toys, cat treats cost less that dog treats, cat food costs less than dog food (since she eats significantly less than the two dogs), etc.

My cat is easier, behavior-wise - but again, this is going to depend on the individual dog and the individual cat. Sassy has really no behavioral problems - she doesn't scratch inappropriately, she uses her litterbox, she's fine with strangers handling her, etc.

HOWEVER...

My cat is a picky, picky eater. She'll eat a select few kinds of canned food, and a few kinds of dry food - and she highly prefers the dry food. She won't eat supplements/medications disguised in the food. And this frustrates me to no end. Missy will eat anything that's given to her, and Jack, at the very least, likes things that are good for him (raw, canned, meat, cheese, fruit, veggies) even if he won't eat dry kibble or hard biscuits. And he'll eat any supplements/medications if you mix them in canned food. The cat looks at you like you're trying to poison her if you try to feed her most things. This is the only way that my cat is harder to deal with than the dogs.
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:00 PM
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And an animal pooping inside isn't for me x)
YOU POOP INSIDE!


(don't you?)
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:09 PM
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I kinda feel that pooping in a toilet where it is automatically disposed of a little different than having a box of sand with poop in it sitting around in a room.
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:09 PM
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I don't find cleaning the litterbox to be gross at all, tbh. I clean it at least once a day, use good quality litter and a Litter-Lifter (best sifter EVAR) and yeah...easy peazy.

My old housemate would let it go for way too long, with one litterbox for three cats. When I would clean that I would gag, it was gross. It reeked of ammonia and nasty, yick. It's REALLY not that difficult to complete once a day...REALLY. It takes like 30 seconds, and that includes walking it to the garbage chute.

Plus, I like knowing if Whiskey went #1 and #2 and how many times, because if something changes with that, I can immediately get attention for him if something is wrong.
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:11 PM
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I kinda feel that pooping in a toilet where it is automatically disposed of a little different than having a box of sand with poop in it sitting around in a room.
Babies poop in the house and they don't flush.



(I just think the I DON'T LIKE ANIMALS WHO POOP IN THE HOUSE is a hilarious argument coming from animals who... poop in the house. Like it's a filthy disgusting habit that we don't do every single day.)
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:21 PM
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Babies poop in the house and they don't flush.



(I just think the I DON'T LIKE ANIMALS WHO POOP IN THE HOUSE is a hilarious argument coming from animals who... poop in the house. Like it's a filthy disgusting habit that we don't do every single day.)
I'm not really a fan of babies so not having them in my house wouldn't really bug me either.

It's not just that they poop in the house it's that they poop in a box of sand and you have to shovel it out daily. And I don't really notice a difference between my friends who use good litter and ones who don't. To me both rooms/areas smell like waste rooms and to me that's gross. I get if you like cats but don't see an issue with people not liking the idea of having a pet who poops in a box that you shovel out daily.
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:25 PM
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Babies poop in the house and they don't flush.



(I just think the I DON'T LIKE ANIMALS WHO POOP IN THE HOUSE is a hilarious argument coming from animals who... poop in the house. Like it's a filthy disgusting habit that we don't do every single day.)
This is why my dogs give each other scandalized looks when someone goes into the bathroom, vs. trying to follow them in.

I don't mind some animal poo. Chinchilla poo is hard, tiny, and virtually odorless (like tic tacs?) and they wee in one corner so it's not like they're running through it or anything. Plus their used bedding makes fantastic compost for the garden.

Cat waste? Revolting. The smell of cat urine? Revolting. Poo? To me it smells powerfully of rancid canned dog food mixed with dead fish mixed with fermented refried beans mixed with the crap they spray on the fields at the silage farm. *barf*
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:32 PM
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I kinda feel that pooping in a toilet where it is automatically disposed of a little different than having a box of sand with poop in it sitting around in a room.
this.

Even if cleaned once a day..while the feces/cat pee is in there..in a box, and it's going to have a smell. lol there is no arguing this fact. I'm not saying its unsanitary or that its disgusting or over powering. I'm saying there is a smell.. now, how bad the smell is depends on how often it's cleaned, litter etc..

Picking up dog poop is OUTSIDE. You pick it up, you throw it out in an outdoor trashcan... I'm not coming home to the smell of dog poo in my home and then cleaning it up lol both tasks may be equally gross but at least one of them doesn't involve that smell in my house.
That said, I'm really sensitive to smells in my living environment.
I'd rather pick up 100 gross dog poos outside then have my living space smell even slightly like anything animaly.

Babies poop in diapers, which are kept on them, and then changed every time they are used..and put in a diaper genie or otherwise disposed out outside. Ever noticed that a baby room usually smells like powder and baby goodness? That's because babies are CONSTANTLY TENDED TO. They don't poop all over their cribs and then have it all cleaned out once a day.
Different issue.
They also do eventually get toilet trained.
Now if people waited around for their cats to go in their enclosed litter boxes and then immediately changed the whole box and cleaned the cat and cleaned the box EVERY SINGLE TIME THE CAT WENT... maybe it would be relative but umm lol cats =/= babies.
Plus.. the smell of cat pee and poo is pretty putrid. I have been around some gross babies but nothing compares. Cat pee is a FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH.

I just think comparing litter box use to toilet use is hilarious. Poop in a bathroom, flush..wait 30 minutes and then take a whiff of the room ....and then poop in a box filled with litter, wait 30 minutes and see how that smells. Then compare flushing to scooping it out of said litter. That's the difference. Simple enough.

I don't consider using the toilet to really be "going inside the house" because while you do technically go inside, the actual waste is flushed away. Totally different issue. We don't have port-o-potties in the house.. if we did, then you could go ahead and be angry about double standards lol
and even then. There are a lot of things I will take from people and not from my PETS. I don't really like pet animals that are very loud in the morning (like loud parrots)..doesn't mean that it's not fair for ME to be loud in the morning. I'm a person lol
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:33 PM
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I hope this doesn't change anyone's opinion of me, but... I just pooped in the house.
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:40 PM
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I smell the litter, but I honestly do not smell his feces. I smell his urine because he has not been neutered yet, but it's not overpowering and I doubt I will smell it once he loses the boys.

So does it have an odor? Yes, it smells like clay, lol. But it doesn't smell like poop. The rats are a hundred times worse than the cat.
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