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Dogs Vs Cats As Pets

A Pet Dog or Cat, Which Is For Me? Learn The Positives and Negatives.

Pet dogs or pet cats, both of these animals are popular pet choices available for us to choose from, but which pet is right for you? Cats and dogs are pretty much polar opposites of each other, from the personalities they carry, to the mannerisms they outwardly display, and if you want to identify what pet is right for you, then we need to learn more information about these amazing animals.

I’ve lived with dogs and cats for a long time, helping to raise them from a young age and eventually into full grown adults, so I understand the pros and cons each one of them holds. For your benefit, I’m going to list those positives and negatives from my personal experience, which will hopefully allow you to answer the question: “Is a dog or cat the right pet for me?”

Behavior – How Loving Are These Two?

Pros for Dogs: Dogs always appear to be happy, no matter what the circumstance. As long as you bought a puppy at a young age and gave them plenty of love as they grew up, then the dog’s attitude should be a fun and loving one, and that’s exactly what owners want. Dogs are loving, loyal, and are simply entertaining to just be around. In fact, I don’t think it’s possible for dogs to feel another emotion besides joy! Well, they also feel guilt when they do something wrong, but besides that, dogs are constantly brimming with positivity and it is absolutely infectious at times. Imagine a tiresome day at work, coming home and plopping down on the couch, and then being greeted by your happy animal companion who wants nothing more than to cheer you up. Aw, how nice of them!

Cons for Dogs: However, dogs sometimes can get too needy for your attention. Maybe after that long day of work, you instead want to go home and rest without any interruption, but a dog may still attempt to smother you for a pat on the back. Dogs also have the tendency to get jealous over other pets who are being given any form of attention, and may exact revenge if you don’t provide the same amount of love towards them. I had a Poodle that would pee in undesirable locations knowing it was bad, but did it anyways because she got angry or jealous. That was one bad dog. Not all dogs have such an obnoxious characteristic, however.

Pros for Cats: Unlike dogs, cats have more than one emotion! They are also far more independent and conservative. Cats will always have a fondness for their owners, but they choose to show it only when they are in the mood. A cat might wake up after a brief rest, and spontaneously think: “Well, I feel like getting some attention now,” and they’ll walk over to you and start rubbing up against your legs while purring. That’s when you know the cat is in a good mood, when they sound like miniature car motors.

Then there are other times when you will try to pet them, and the cat will just be like: “Yeah, whatever, thanks I guess.” Or the cat is in an extremely lazy mood and will refuse to respond to anything you do. Nobody ever knows how a cat will react, their behavior is random. You kinda have to “earn” their respect and attention, but hey, nothings wrong with that. Plus, cats won’t always be a bother when you’re busy.

Cons for Cats: The problem with a cat’s attitude is that it’s inconsistent, or arbitrary. There are occasions when you just want a friendly pet to come lay down on top of your lap or next to you, and cats will certainly do that, just not whenever you want. What I’m trying to articulate here is cats are not as loyal or willing to comply as easily as dogs.

Here’s an example: Once a dog learns his name, he’ll respond without hesitation when you call him. A cat, however, even when he hears you calling, will choose to either listen or completely ignore you. The cat will even raise it’s head towards you, acknowledging that he’s heard your call, and then close his eyes and go right back to sleep. How rude! Cats will listen every now and then; it’s just if they are in the mood.

Conclusion: The personality is a preference thing. People like loyal and loving pets, but they also enjoy pets who show can show some restraint.

Messiness – How Clean Or Messy Are Dogs and Cats?

Pros for Dogs: Uh, well, you know, um… Okay dogs are not really the cleanest animals around. The good thing is you can potty train them, and training them to go to the bathroom outside is both convenient and a whole lot less smelly for your home. That’s really all I have to say for the positive side. Dogs will take care of themselves most often, but you will probably need to give a bath from time to time to help keep them clean.

Cons for Dogs: First off, if you haven’t potty trained your dog yet, you should! Otherwise, the dog will pee or poop wherever they please, and that’s just gross. On top of that immense problem, dogs are known to chew on wires, shoes, or anything else accessible on the ground. Wires that have been chewed through will render whatever appliance it was powering to be fully useless. Depending on what the appliance was, it may need to be replaced, and means spending money. The same goes for the shoes.

To remedy this problem, you can buy cord covers to cover any vulnerable cords laying around. Make sure the covers are hard enough to prevent any chewing. As for the shoes, put them away in a closet somewhere. Also, consider having a few chew toys available for your dog to satisfy their chomping urges; it’ll save you money in the end.

Pros for Cats: Cats, to match their independent behavior, clean themselves many times. It’s part of a cat’s daily routine. They even have tongues that have a sandpaper like texture to help clean and groom their hair. Due to a cat’s frequent cleaning, they rarely need to be bathed, which is great. I mean, have you tried bathing a cat before? It’s a nightmarish experience for sure.

Most cats are already potty trained, all you have to do is have a few litter boxes scattered throughout the house, the rest can be left up to them. How convenient is that? You can even let a cat outside and they’ll take care of business, even burying it after they’ve finished. Cats are very clean animals.

Cons for Cats: Until they throw up a nasty hairball, that is. A major downside for cats is the perpetual vomiting. Some cats do it more often than others, but at some point, the cat is going to get a hairball from their constant cleaning, and you will have to clean it up! It’s kinda gross, but you’ll get used to it eventually.

Additionally, it’s important to spay or neuter a cat as soon as possible. It’ll prevent them from spraying your home with urine. Seriously, the earlier the better. You don’t want a cat to develop a spraying habit, it’s the worst.

And of course, cats have the tendency to claw furniture! There are scratching posts one can buy to discourage this type of behavior. Placing the posts next to the piece of furniture is most effective.

Conclusion: Cats are cleaner than dogs, but have the potential to be messier, especially if they are not spayed at the right time. But self-cleaning and instinctive potty training are two very convenient hygienic qualities to have in a pet.

Fun – Are Dogs or Cats More Fun To Play With?

Pros For Dogs: Because of a dog’s willingness to listen, to put it simply: it allows you to do more fun activities with them, and that can be way more fun for certain people. You can teach a dog new tricks, like sitting, rolling over and playing dead; all of which are entertaining for you and your family to see. Dogs also love to go for walks in the parks for some healthy exercise, or play an exciting game of fetch. Undoubtedly, dogs are very amusing animals and most of the fun comes from the owner interacting with their pet, unlike cats. I’ll explain below.

Cons For Dogs: Fun stems from an energetic and friendly attitude, which is precisely where dogs excel. If you are looking for a fun pet then, dogs will rarely disappoint. No real cons come to mind in this department.

Pros for Cats: Cats, despite their supposed sophisticated demeanor, are captivated by the simplest of things. If you’ve raised a kitten before, the first thing that stands out is their ability to entertain themselves with absolutely anything. It’s a cat’s self-entertainment that is so enthralling and fun to watch.

My cats will attack innocent rugs, rolling themselves up inside and clawing at the furry mat as if it were alive. They’ll also chase their own tails around in circles until they get dizzy, in which case they’ll stop for a few seconds, and do it all over again! Cats will stalk bugs in the house, hiding behind cover and methodically pacing themselves towards the unsuspecting insect, then they crouch down, shake their behinds back and forth until finally ending with a vicious pounce. It’s hilarious to see, and you would be surprised at how effective cats are at eliminating bugs.

If you want to participate in on the fun and interact with a cat, you can. All you need is a single piece of string. Seriously, cats cannot resist the opportunity to play with a piece of string. Even if you were to wake a cat up in the middle of the night, and they see a string wiggling vigorously in front of them, they’ll instantly become wide awake and start playing around with it.

Cons for Cats: While cats will amuse themselves with simple things, you’ll have a hard time getting them to learn any tricks. Or going for walks. Or playing with things that are not strings or string equivalents. Oh well!

Conclusion: Two different styles of fun are at work here. Dogs are more willing to learn and play with their owner, and that’s fun. Cats on the other-hand, are more willing to amuse themselves, which is fun for the owner to watch.

Cost – How Much Will These Pet Dogs and Cats Cost Me?

Dogs: The average cost of a dog varies and is usually dependent on their size. Bigger dogs such as German Shepherds will require more food to eat, while smaller puppies like a Maltipoo need much less. The more food you buy, the costlier it becomes. Other dog expenses might include flea medications, chewing toys, cord covers to protect electrical wiring, and a new shiny pair of shoes if they get chewed up! If your dog is not potty trained for the outdoors, pee pads can cost money as well.

Cats: Cat expenses include dry food, flea medications, litter boxes plus litter (unless you let the cat outside all the time), and possibly hairball medication if they struggle getting a hairball up. Cats most often than not don’t have trouble with hairballs because dry foods have a specific ingredient to help lubricate the hair. Also, don’t forget scratching posts for the cats to scratch, the posts cost substantially less than the furniture!

Everlasting Pets Of The Pharaohs

Animals have been part of the Egyptian household and when they died, they looked after their pets as well. Instead of dumping them in a ditch, they also believed the pets would experience the after life. For this, they needed their bodies just like the Pharaoh. They were mummified and laid to rest with the Queen or King.

Mummified Cats

Animal mummies discovered in Egypt hold intriguing clues to life and death in ancient Egypt. Then in 1888 and Egyptian farmer discovered a mass grave. It was soon apparent that there were not humans in the grave but mummified cats. Near the Village of Istabl Antar, mummified cats were discovered in staggering numbers. Thousand of them.

Pets

These mummies of the cats were mostly turned into fertilizer, a few were sold to tourists and the remainder of the treasure found its way to the Cairo museum. Today this animal collection is one of the most popular exhibits in the treasure-filled museum. The fact that we know the Pharaohs had pets make them human while scientist can study these animals, x-ray them and take precise measurement.

Other animals

In the Cairo museum, you can see more than cats. You can see shrews in boxes of carved limestone, rams in beaded casings, gazelles, crocodiles, hawks and fish.

The scarab beetles with some dung tell us more about these creatures than books could have told us. Most of the animals were buried with a prayer.

The Nile itself starts in mid – Africa and all along the river; sites are discovered with mummified animals. Some of these places were associated with gods and we find symbolic animals such as bulls, dogs, horses, monkeys and cats mummified. The Ibis mummies obviously represented the god Thoth while Falcons represented the god hours. Dogs had ties to the god Anubis. In the city of Memphis they discovered what is referred to as an embalming house. Here the Apis bulls lay in natron on a massive stone bed where the sun could help disinfect the animal. These stone structures can still be seen near the village of Mit Rahina.

As a pet for a Pharaoh, a dog or cat would have been spoiled rotten. This earthly life would not end but the Pharaoh would take his pets with him. When the Pharaoh or the pet died, the pet was interred in a specially prepared tomb in the Valley of the Kings.

While many of these mummies were destroyed or pulped as fertilizer, a collection of mummified animals can still be seen in the Cairo museum today.

The Cat Mate Pet Fountain

The Cat Mate Pet Fountain is one pet fountain that offers a lot of options for your cat. There are multiple levels of water for your cat to choose from, as well as a ramp with flowing water, which gives your cat the movement he craves. The isolated pump is ultra quiet, and the water is filtered with a replaceable carbon-polymer filter. No other cat fountain offers this variety of multi level options for drinking.

The constantly moving water ensures a high level of oxygenation, helping your cat stay healthy with an always available supply of cool, moving water. The ramp not only gives another look to the water your cat sees, but it also reduces splashing as the water travels from one level to another. The bowls are dishwasher safe and the capacity of the Cat Mate is 2 litres, or 70 ounces.

The base of this unit is 10″ long and 8″ wide. The top bowl is at a height of 6 3/4″, the middle bowl is at 5 1/2″, and the lower bowl is 2 1/2″ off the floor.

The people who have actually purchased this fountain report in at an unusually high level of satisfaction, with almost no negative reviews. That speaks for itself. Users reported some of their favorite features are the large capacity and the unique, three tiered design of the fountain. Debris will inevitably find its way into the bowl and users report it tends to settle in the bottom bowl, leaving the top two bowls with clean, flowing water. This is a great feature if you are not home during the day and want to ensure your cats have clean water.

Other users report the very quiet operation and lack of splashing noise common with other pet fountains. Most people report they clean their cat fountain weekly, or every other week. There are no known reports of a need to clean any more often than that. The filter is usually changed every 2 weeks, but you can experiment to see how long it takes your filter to get dirty. Be sure to order replacement filters so you have them on hand when you need them.

Shopping Tips For Cat’s Pet

Pet Doors For Cats Shopping Tips

There are several important points that you need to take note while shopping for a pet cat door for your beloved cat. This is to ensure that the door purchased is suitable for your cat and your home.

The Pet Door Size

The size of the animal door has to be a suitable size for your cat. If your kitten is still young, you have to check the size of your full grown pet cat. This is to allow your pet cat to move freely without any blockage in the future when it is an adult cat.

If you plan to have additional pets in the future and you have a desired breed in mind, check the body size and ensure that they are able to pass through the door too.

Installation Costs

The installation for your new pet doors for cat should be easy and straightforward. And if possible, ensure that it is easy to install to avoid incurring additional costs.

And checked that as easy it is to install the door, make sure that removing the door is as easy as well. You do not want to remove one chunk of your door just to remove the cat’s door.

Durability of Pet Doors for Cats

Check the material of the door. You want a door for your beloved cats that can withstand the scratching of it paws. As well as withstanding the wet autumn rain and the humidity of summer.

Door’s Design

The design of the to-be installed door should match your house. You do not wish to have your pet’s door that has a different look with the your home’s design and ruin the 50k that you spent on renovation.

The design of the pet doors for cats should have smooth edges to ensure that your beloved kitten is not injured while passing through the door flap. Your cat should not have to exert a lot of pressure to push itself through the door. Check that you are able to adjust the pressure to push through the door.

There are various design for cat’s pet doors. The common ones will include simple swinging flaps with locks, wall mount cat door and tunnel-ling pet cat door.

Great Shopping Tips for Pet doors for cats

Check out the brand of the door before you pay for you purchase. Go to eBay or amazon to check for the product’s review. The buyers will usually leave comments on the item they purchased and from the comments left, you will be able to know if the pet fencing you are going to buy is a great buy!

Yes, Cats Adore Pet Grooming

Pet grooming is something that at vast number of pet owners feel is not all that worthwhile. However, if you have a longhaired cat, doing it for them would be like you spending a day at a Health Spa. So, it is worthwhile for cats, especially long-haired cats who love to have their skin massaged underneath all that fur so think about pampering them occasionally.

In some ways as you sit there with your cat on your lap and you stroke it you are providing them with a mild form of pet grooming and there is nothing like hearing a contented cat purring away. Cats are always grooming themselves but there is one spot on them they cannot reach and that is right on the neck, so any pampering and help you can give them on that spot is very much appreciated. If you have more than one cat at home, even if they do not get on with one another 100% of the time, you will on occasions see them grooming one another especially at that particular spot.

A tip for when you do groom a longhaired cat is to use Talcum powder as that helps to stop their long fur being matted. Cats can be very finicky creatures and they have their likes and dislikes especially when it comes to pet grooming so as you introduce your cat to it watch what they like and dislike. Some cats prefer to have their face massaged and others like to feel your fingertips run down the length of their spine but whatever your cat’s fancy or choice is there is nothing like being able to do the grooming of your pet in your own time and at your own pace.

There are a whole gaggle of Pet Grooming services on the Internet and it is always advisable to do some research concerning this. Often you will find that word of mouth is a good way to go, as some services will travel to your home to groom your cat. This is especially good if your cat is an Indoor cat because if the groomer can build a good rapport with your cat and vice versa then your cat will get to know when and what to expect when you call on that service. Books on Pet Grooming are also available and well worth looking into as they should help you to make a decisive choice but remember one thing: these books are written by an individual so you would still be best in widening your perspective on the topic.

A groomed cat makes for a happy cat and if you try and put yourself in their ‘shoes’ so to speak would it not be something you would like to have done to you – albeit a day of pampering at a local spa or whatever. So choose wisely because your cat is another member of the family and for that reason, make sure that it is well taken care of no matter what route you go.

Why Cats As Pets Are Wonderful

Cats as pets need to be trained regardless of how independent as they may seem. You do not want to find urine on your sofa or your furniture scratched up. Dogs are exactly the same because if you do not instruct how to behave they can cause so much havoc in the home. It is a simple fact that felines need fewer instructions than other animals because they act in accordance to their instinct. This fact means that you do not really teach them to use their litterbox but you make their litter box more appealing to them and they will use it naturally. This also goes for them scratching furniture and the reason why they do this is because it is strong and sturdy and they need to sharpen their claws as part of their exercise.

If you were to get a dedicated post for them which is sturdy then the chances they will use it is high. Also if you were to spray a smell which they find unpleasant such as lemon freshener they will avoid this area. In other words your furry friend is already pre-programmed to do certain things therefore if you understand more about cats as pets you will find it easy to own one. This is not the same for canine as they are completely dependent on you and therefore requires more attention, time and teaching. Finally people believe that bonding with a little tiger is harder however if you play with them in the correct way, you can create a very strong lasting bond with them.