Mar 15, 2014

Cats vs. Dogs: Must it be Either/Or?

The Epiphany

There's a reason most people are "cat people" or "dog people" and it has nothing to do with actually disliking the other species.  It has to do with effort.  More specifically with avoiding effort.


Different kinds of pets require different kinds of effort.  Dogs need to be taken out frequently, trained to obey basic commands, taught which furniture they're allowed to cover with doggy smell and hair, and sometimes they just need to follow you around and whine.  Cats need to be outmaneuvered in their basic desire to maul furniture in such a way that doesn't require training on the cat's part, litter box cleanup, and acceptance of their rapid mood swings from "I need your attention now!" to "leave me alone, I hate you."

Two dogs is much like having one dog, as long as you factor in some extra training time and some variation in personality.  Adding a cat to a dog family means accepting a whole new set of responsibilities.  "I already have to take my dog out for walks every day and I know how to go about training to keep the furniture looking pretty.  Do I really want to have to lose it to an un-trainable pet's sharp claws?  How about another dog instead."  And I'm sure the cat people see it similarly.  "I'm already comfortable with the cat's impact on my furniture, or have already figured out how to prevent said impact, but do I really want to have another pet that also needs daily walks and can't be left home alone for more than 8 hours?"

As for those patient individuals with both feline and canine companions, I'd have to assume that these are the people who love animals sooo much that they're willing to put in all kinds of different effort.  While impressed with the sacrifices that these people make, and able to see the charms of both species, I can't say I've overcome my laziness enough to take on the second set.  Which makes me a "dog person" by default.

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