Cat or dog?

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-04-2011
Cat or dog?
Fri, 06-21-2013 - 11:08am

My husband and I want to get our young daughter a pet but are torn between a cat and a dog. My husband is a total dog lover and I grew up with cats. I'm just curious if any of you were in this situation and how you made your decision to get the pet you have.

Community Leader
Registered: 03-24-2000
Sat, 06-22-2013 - 4:56pm

Welcome to Pet Homepages!

I have both dogs and cats and have had them for most of my life so it would be hard for me to suggest one or the other.  Cats are easier to care for and can be left at home for a day or two.  Dogs need more care and training, but are wonderful pets too.  It depends on your situation which one you should adopt.  You should go to your local shelter and visit the dogs and cats and that might help you make up your mind.  Most of the time our pets pick us.  You could make it easy and get a dog that is cat friendly and a cat, then you all would happy.



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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Fri, 06-28-2013 - 11:18pm

I've had both dogs and cats, and young children with those pets. Some things to consider are whether there is usually someone home? In my experience dogs do better when they're not alone all day. Sometimes when they're bored they bark a lot (which can make the neighbors angry) or chew things up. Having 2 dogs can alleviate those problems, but might create another set of issues lol. Cats are usually fine being alone for hours. 

Is your daughter old enough to understand and respect the animal's cues if it doesn't want to play or be cuddled etc? A cat has an easier time of getting away and hiding when it doesn't want to be with the child. Sometimes dogs will react by snapping, which could connect with the child's body.

You may be able to find a more mature pet with a known temperment/raised with kids etc and have less of a concern about those issues. Hopefully you can find a very docile niece grew up with a Siamese that let her dress him in baby clothes, push him in a doll stroller, and sit quietly for  "tea party" with her dolls. It was too cute!

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-07-2013
Mon, 11-11-2013 - 6:21pm
cats rule and dogs drool !