better pet cat or dog?

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  1. goober

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    kids want something more the guinea pigs and hamsters:) Which one do you think would be better?
     
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  2. LeeD

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    While cats can be loving and somewhat obediant, the majority tend to be more aloof and independent, still demanding food and care, while being somewhat strong and pigheaded about their enviorment.
    Dogs are mostly immediately loving and needing, but therein lies the problem. What do you do when the kids tire of the dog, and the initial infactuation becomes replaced with school sports, academics, and interests.
     
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    My two Cocker Spaniels vote "woof, woof"!
     
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    For ease of ownership/care - go with a cat.

    For a pet that will show the kids / family love after the initial infatuation wears off - have to go with a dog.

    Heck, get one of each.....
     
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  5. TennisLovaLova

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    whatever you decide to pick, think about adopting pets.
    There are tons of animals waiting for a new home.
    So please avoid buying live animals.
    http://www.petfinder.com

    Also, if you pick kitten, take at least two, it's better for them when nobody is home, they can play together and feel more confortable with humans.

    To answer your question: you can choose Siamese cats or even Shi Tzu's dogs, they have almost the same personnalities.
     
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  6. LeeD

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    Which pet to YOU want to care for after you kids lose their interest in about a year and a half?
     
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  7. TennisLovaLova

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    another reason to adopt I guess instead of spending hundreds of dollars for a caprice
     
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    I had plenty of both....
    Best pet is... not having one.
     
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  9. Peters

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    Dogs are great if you're definitely a 'dog person' - ie, you want the responsibility of caring and looking after a dog, which is a big task. If that's the case then it's a no-brainer, start looking into dogs.

    But if you're not really sure you want a sizeable chunk of your spare time taken up on daily/weekly dog-related stuff (which it will be, trust me), then cats can be wonderful alternatives.

    Personally I don't really have the spare time to get a new dog and give it the time it needs/deserves.
     
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  10. Fearsome Forehand

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    Cats suck. Although, getting a cat may teach your children about the indifference of the universe and not to eat their own hair or poop in a box.

    Dogs are a million times more fun IMHO. Be aware of the problems within any given breed in terms of behavior and health issues. Would not recommend pit bulls. :)
     
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    Dogs are awesome but make sure you have the time needed to take care of them and spend with them.
     
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  12. LeeD

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    Can't generalize cats in all catagories.
    I've had cats that greeted me upon return home, wanted affection, was independent when I was busy, was aloof when hunting, and was the perfecf pet.
    I've had dogs who wanted only food and other dogs, basically ignoring family members except for the above..
    Like humans, generalizing something can force you to stumble upon the exceptions.
     
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    When our 15 year old kitty goes to the litterbox in the sky, that is our plan!
     
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    My two Scottie's and Golden Retreiver bark in major agreement on this post!
     
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  16. Fifth Set

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    Yup, this is the big problem with getting any pets at all "for the kids."

    We have had fish and hermit crabs as well as watched others' cats and rabbit. Each experience confirmed what we already suspected - the kids quickly grow bored of the care and feeding part.

    One other thing to be aware of with dogs and kids: the sad secret of this combination is that there are countless bites every year. Be very careful with breeds, training (both dogs and kids) and supervision. More of the (under-reported) details at www.dogbitelaw.com.
     
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  17. Seth

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    Get a golden retriever.
     
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    I always preferred cats because they are slightly lower maintenance. In other words, I'm lazy.
     
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  19. LeeD

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    Biggest problem with ANY pet is the possible expenditure of mucho $$$$$ if they get sick, injured, or have an accident.
    Since you already have kids to worry about, is it wise to take on another worry, one that can easily cost you thousands of dollars for one of the sick, injured, or accident event?
     
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  20. NJ1

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    I'd suggest a rescue over a specific breed.
     
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    Yep, Golden Retrievers are awesome dogs.

    I got one 6 months ago, he's 8 and a half months now and it's a real family dog.

    Really social and good with kids.

    They do need their exercise though and love to swim.
     
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    I'm a big fan of big dogs like German Shepards.
     
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  23. El Diablo

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    Both cats and dogs are blights on the environment, contributing mightily to global warming. Utne reported a study by New Scientist showing that it takes 1.1 hectares of land to produce the food for one large dog, as meat requires so much energy and agricultaral space to produce. They reported that a very large SUV like a Toyota Land Cruiser would require only 0.41 hectares of land to fuel it, by comparison, with biofuels. Cats are only a bit more energy efficient, but an international group of scientists labeled both pet dogs and cats a dangerous extravagance in an era of climate change.
     
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    I prefer dogs. The thought of a cat taking a dump in litter box then jumping up on kitchen countertops and my bed/pillows. No Thanks!!!
     
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    LOL ! a human calling cats and dogs "blights on the environment" . Hello- cats and dogs are a drop in the bucket compared to humans and human related activities as far as the environment is concerned. But if you are trying to guilt me by calling buying a pet a dangerous extravagance, I can only laugh.
     
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    But, they lick themselves so they are very clean. :) :roll:
     
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  27. MichaelNadal

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    I love my cat. Had him for 7 years. He's smart, sits when I tell him to sit, is super friendly to everyone and shows me affection/spends time with me all the time. I recommend a cat as long as you get it when it's a kitten.
     
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    I have a pet human. They make good slaves, are eager to please, and don't expect much of us.
     
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    Generalizing, dogs are better with small kids, cats are better with busy adults. Everything else is really up to you to do all the necessary research before you adopt a pet. Cats and dogs live 10 or more years. Its a big decision.

    I personally got my 13yo daughter a Shih Tzu last year. It was the best thing I ever did. My wife also thoroughly adores her. She is as small as a normal cat but has the personality of a big playful dog. Dogs are more work, but give more reward as well.
     
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    Talking about Sureshs again?
     
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  31. onehandbh

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    dogs are generally better than cats if you are looking for security to
    guard your house. Unless you get a bigger cat like a bobcat, lynx,
    mountain lion, etc. Maincoons are big but kind of docile.
    but I would advise against getting one of the bigger wild
    cats b/c if they get moody or turn on you it could be bad...
     
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    Maybe you could link to the source?

    What I managed to find was this: http://www.utne.com/Environment/How-to-Green-Your-Pet-Dogs-Cats.aspx#axzz2U3ShioJF
    and this
    http://www.utne.com/Environment/Pets-Global-Warming-Machine-Dogs-Cats-5680.aspx#axzz2U3ShioJF

    From what I can see it looks like the "international group of scientists" you mention was actually a pair of architects from New Zealand, and not everyone out there thinks their calculations hold up under scrutiny.

    But it would be helpful if you'd provide a link or at least a citation for your sources, so we wouldn't have to rely on your memory of what you read. If you don't know how to post a link I'd be happy to explain.
     
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  33. Hood_Man

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    Cats are great, as long as you don't mind knowing that it's not so much you owning them as them enslaving you.
     
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    I always like dog better because they are more affectionate & loyal.

    If you travel a lot/not home a lot, it'd be better to get cat since they are independent. You can leave cat up to a week with enough food, water, litter box and they will be okay.

    Dogs need lot of love, lot of belly scratches, lot of walk/play/exercises. You cannot leave dog home by itself like you would cat. If you decide to get a dog, please consider the breed and size. Some dogs are more like lap dog and some need more exercise (good if you have backyard). Some are good with kids, some don't. Some hairier dogs need high maintenance/grooming and lot of vacuuming (corgi, collie). But loyal dogs can also protect your family & kids (even the smaller dogs can!)

    Personally, I love wiener dogs. But the pure breed are very prone to have back problems, especially if you have 2-story of home (running up-down the stairs) and jumping on-off the couch/bed with the kids.

    Please choose carefully. It will make everybody's life & the dog/cat life easier. With luck, maybe the kids will grow up together attached to the hip with the animal like I did with my dogs. Good luck!
     
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  35. MichaelNadal

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    My cat is my homie lol.

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    I got the best of both worlds: My golden retriever was a rescue we found on Craigslist.
     
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  37. TennisLovaLova

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    That's why said 3 post above yours
    Tx
     
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    btw, how is your feller doin' ?
     
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