Pets: The choice between a cat or a dog – Part 9

About dogs and cats… If you have a playful personality and want an animal who’s pretty dependent on you for a lot of things, get a dog. If you like the companionship of a pet but don’t want to have to spend a lot of time entertaining it, get a cat.

I have the best of both dogs and cats. My male cat, Lucky, is a cat part of the time, but has a dog personality the rest of the time. He likes to be close to me all the time, whereas my two female cats are pretty independent. He likes to cuddle; they’re aloof and cool.

But the best part about Lucky is that he loves to play. I bought him a set of three miniature nerf balls from the pet store. I tossed one for him to chase, then went about my business. I could hear him bouncing the ball around, hitting it and chasing it around in the hallway. The next thing I knew, he brought the ball to me and dropped it at my feet. I threw it again, and back he came, ball in mouth. Now it’s a regular daily game we play.

I love dogs for the fact that they love to play, but I don’t like that you have to train them to go outside when they need to “go.” So again, I have the best of both worlds – a cat that plays and cuddles like a puppy, and who picked up the litter box routine on the first try.

A reminder, though – choosing a pet is a very individual thing. Go visit the humane society or a pet shop and check out all the pets. If you’re planning to get one to keep, try to get acquainted with the pet you want. Take the time to find out as much as you can about the pet. Pets take a lot of commitment, just like any other relationship. Make sure you’re prepared for that.

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