So you are thinking about getting a pet dog or cat, congratulations! A pet can make a fantastic companion and will become a part of your family in no time. Although many people like both cats and dogs, one may suit them better than the other.

Keep reading to find out which one you should purchase!

One large factor that everyone should consider prior to purchasing a pet is the price. Although both a cat and a dog will have needs such as shots and either neutering or spaying, a dog will typically be more expensive. Most dogs are larger than cats so they require more food. In the course of their lives, dogs are also more likely to need veterinary visits.

The next element to consider is your activity level. Do you go on walks and hikes regularly? Do you enjoy the outdoors? Dogs need lots of exercise, so if you are someone who loves nature, a dog may be the the perfect purchase for you. If you enjoy curling up on the couch and reading a book on your days off, then a cat may be a better option; though there are plenty of dogs that love to lay on the couch!

Finally, ask yourself how often are you home. Do you have a job that takes you away for twelve hours at a time? A dog needs love and affection for more than an hour or two each day. Although everyone needs to leave the house on a regular basis, if you are going to be gone for long periods of time, especially if you live in an apartment, you should chose to get a cat instead of a dog. If you work from home, have a large backyard, or have a family member who is home a lot during the day, a dog is a great option for you.

If you are looking to purchase a pet, both a cat and a dog are great options. Taking a look at your lifestyle will help you determine which would be a better option for you. If you have any questions about either animal, contact us today!