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Old 10-07-2012, 06:37 AM
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Cats are easier but I also find them more aggravating.

My dogs have NEVER broken into my kitchen cabinets and eaten my cupcakes while I've been out.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:07 AM
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My dogs have NEVER broken into my kitchen cabinets and eaten my cupcakes while I've been out.
Your dogs are just undermotivated. Meg jumped onto a 4' high hutch in the dining room, ate 6.5 of the 7 cupcakes on it (apparently she got full), and didn't knock over a single picture frame on it.

Or we had a burglar who got distracted by the chocolate and peanut butter cupcakes. That's Meg's story.

As for the topic - I think cats are far easier. Having said that, we've never had an indoor-only cat, and I think that is probably a part of the reason. Rocky was awesome. He was good with us (I have pictures of him somewhere tucked in my doll's bed), but he clearly had a 'life' away from us. If we did nothing but let him in and out and make sure he had food for a few days, he didn't care in the least. He'd be out hunting, providing himself with his own entertainment and exercise.

I've yet to meet an indoor only cat that I really like. Maybe it is because people don't provide them with enough attention to make them into cool cats. I don't know. I do know the only cats I've been really enamored by are either barn cats or indoor/outdoor cats. Since it is such a negative to have one of those now, I doubt I will ever own a cat again.

Litter boxes. Bleh. My one hard and fast pet rule is no pets that go to the bathroom in the house. No cages, no litter boxes.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:07 AM
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Well I find the cats much easier. The main reason is that unlike Tucker they don't have any behavioral problems, or at least not as bad. Neko will beg for his food, which can be annoying but he's usually on time. Willie steals meat, which is more bothersome but my mom would still rather loose a hunk of leftover meat than a pair of shoes, or listening to Tucker have a tantrum because a dog is walking by. Exercise needs can be met without leaving the house and if you don't exercise them it usually has no affect. You don't need to be home by a certain time to avoid an accident. If my cats are scared of guests they go hide, when Tucker is scared of guests he tries to eat them.


But, both Tucker and the cat demand equal amounts of attention, though they all use different methods...Neko just climbs on you and lays against you, Willie screams and gets in your face and begs to be held and eventually just jumps into your arms whether you like it or not (and I wouldn't have it any other way), and Tucker sits next to you and paws at you or brings you a toy. my cats follow me from room to room (when they are awake) just like Tucker does. Both the dog and the cats become unhappy when we go on vacation. When we go on vacation both require sitters to come over multiple times a day because the cats don't get kibble.

The cats are easier because once they can scratch a scratching post and not the furniture you don't need to train them anymore (usually). They don't need to learn to behave in public. They don't need you to be there for them to go potty.


Obviously this applies to my cats and my dog, some people have cats that get into everything and dogs who don't. Some people have aloof dogs and low energy, non playful dogs and cats who cause chaos when not well stimulated. But in my house the cats are easier for the above reasons.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:18 AM
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:45 AM
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I find cats easier, in general. Though when you deal with things like eating issues, improper elimination issues, etc then dogs are easier, lol.

As for my current (if temporary) crew, Whiskey is SO SO SO much easier than Frodo. Whiskey is pretty much perfect for me in every way for a cat (and I can only hope to find another like him when he goes back to Amber) and Frodo is...well, Frodo.
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I find dogs easier than cats because I enjoy everything about having dogs. Dogs have a high "return on investment", where as I find I put a lot of effort into caring for cats but get little enjoyment in return. I just don't understand cats very well. They always seem happy and purry and want to be petted and then wham! They bite and lock in to me with their evil claws! I also hate litter boxes.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:02 AM
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Cats are easier in terms of care requirements, but I'm with elegy - cats are waaaaaaaay more frustrating than dogs. Way. So that means, for me, dogs are easier to live with!
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:11 AM
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Reading the other thread (which prompted this one, LOL) and seeing why some of you think cats are more work than dogs.........it's confusing me!

Cats race through the house all night keeping you awake. If your dog was doing that, would it be allowed? How would you deal with it? Why do you allow the cat to continue?

Cats must be 'wrangled' into a crate to visit the vet. Why wouldn't you teach your cat the crate is a good thing........he's obviously going to need it for doctor visits, vacations, boarding, whatever.

My point is, so many of these things you claim makes a cat more work than a dog was just owner error, lack of training, or whatever you want to call it, LOL People come here with dogs out of control and we don't tell them to live with it..........we tell them how to work on the problem. And we ALL know if you allow it today, it's going to be expected tomorrow........so don't allow things you don't like from day one no matter the species.
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Cats, I miss having cats.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:00 AM
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I'd be scared to get a cat. I think Zander is catty and trouble enough.

He'd team up with the cat and they would DESTROY EVERYTHING.
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