Choosing between Cat and a Dog as a Pet

Questions such as “are you a cat person?” or “are you a dog person?”, are quite common. You might not particular be only one of them, but you might be an animal lover. Then arises the question, what animal to keep as a pet? Both dogs and cats come with their own benefits.

Benefits of owning a dog-

Dogs help you keep yourselves healthier and happier. Dogs are high-energy companions, love to play and need exercise. People who own dogs get more activity in their day simply by making accommodations for their dog’s lifestyle. According to the American Heart Association, dog owners are 54% more likely to get the recommended amount of exercise than their non-dog owning counterparts.

And if you are an animal lover, being with a dog is bound to keep you happier.  A dog is many times considered as a man’s best friend. Apart from all these, it is well known how dogs help in safety. This is also one of the prime reasons why people buy dogs.

Also read: How Waking Up Early can be Beneficial for Health

Benefits of cats-

Studies have shown that cat owners are smarter than dog owners! This above average intelligence, however, may be more to do with clever people working longer hours and a cat being easier to adapt to your lifestyle. Cats might need good care, but you don not need to spend as much time with it as you need to with a dog. Cats are self sufficient.

Cats also keep you healthy.  In the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology, researchers noticed a link between cat ownership and a decreased risk of dying from heart attack or stroke. Even the sound of your cat’s purr can calm your nerves and lower your blood pressure.

Cats can act as a good company. Generally, you are never alone with your cat. It is never far away from you. A purr is always around the corner however lonely you might feel.

Why not have both?

Both cats and dogs have their advantages and disadvantages. And if you are worrying whether you could have both under the same roof.

A lot of people love cats and dogs equally, and under the right conditions the two can get along quite happily in the same household if you give them time to get to know each other.

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