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Moe Fernandez
Writing 121 Monday/Wednesday

Cat vs. Dog

Some people are naturally "cat people" or "dog people," meaning that they naturally gravitate to one or the other. While others may love both of them and are unsure of which is a better fit for their lifestyle. Everyone for many reasons loves pets; no matter what breed of animal you own, they can bring happiness to lives.
Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets and playing with a pet can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax you. When it comes to choosing between a cat or a dog, you should strongly consider how much time you can dedicate to the pet and how much you can afford because all pets require love, attention, play time, some grooming and regular veterinary visits. All pets require work, but cats tend to be more self-sufficient and less needy than dogs. The fact that cats are known to be more independent appeals to many people because they can be left alone for long periods of time. Cats are not pack animals, they do not have that genetic instinct to obey your every command and please their owner. Cats are standoffish and decide for themselves when to give and get affection. For someone that works long hours and is not home all the time, a cat may be the right fit. Although the cat will probably miss you it does not depend on you to be home right at 5pm for a walk. If you are a frequent traveler a cat will do well with having a friend checking up on it at least once a day or every other day. They can easily entertain themselves and cater to their needs on their own, all they need is a food and water bowl, a litter box and they should be good to go. When you are home a cat will be the best fit for someone who likes to sit on the couch and vegetate. The cost of owning a cat is also a huge deciding factor. Cats on average are the cheaper than dogs. They do not require a lot of toys, obedience classes or dog park memberships. Cats also have fewer food allergies than dogs and eat fewer portions, which can lower the cost of food. Cats are also more commonly accepted in apartment complexes and have lower pet deposits due to their low maintenance and low destructive behavior.
Cats are born with the knowledge of taking care of business in a litter box so there is no house training required. Cats also require little to no exercise, if you are someone who likes to hike, run, and enjoy the outdoors with your pet then a cat is not right for you. There are some hyperactive breeds such as Bengals and Siamese, but most cats are lazy and sleep up to 16 hours a day. Cats cause more allergies than dogs due to their fur that carries dander and their saliva is known to cause harsh allergies. On the other hand there is a reason we call dogs a man’s best friend. We can learn so many things from a dog’s behavior, personality, demeanor, resiliency, and most importantly, the willingness to provide their family members with unconditional love, loyalty, and companionship down to their very last breath. For a dog, every morning is Christmas morning. Every walk is the best walk, every meal is the best meal, and every playtime is the best playtime. Dogs are very devoted to their owners. Some have even died from the sorrow following their owner’s death or develop separation anxiety when left alone. They are natural pack animals; they will follow their owners everywhere and will do whatever they can to please them. If you work long hours and are never home then a dog is not for you. Unlike cats, dogs revolve their entire life around their owner. If you are not able to be with your dog the majority of your day or cannot afford daycare then the dog will develop behavior issues and the dog will