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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Fri, Mar. 5th, 2010 10:11 am
Writer's Block: Raining cats or dogs?

Do you have a decided preference between cats and dogs? Which do you prefer, and why? Would you consider a roommate or partner who had a contrary pet proclivity?


If you don't know the answer to THIS one, then you haven't been paying attention. ;-)

Here's the answer:
stj113

Just look at that pretty smile!

So why do I prefer dogs to cats? I guess part of it was my growing up with dogs. I'm familiar with dogs, they were always around. But it's more than that because I had friends with cats and I never felt drawn to them. Dogs, on the other hand, would follow me home all the time.

I like dogs because they want to be with you. They like belly rubs and are very social creatures. I like that you can DO things with them, like going out for a long walk or a hike, or agility or obedience training. I also like that they don't have sharp claws and seem to scratch you for no reason. ;-) My dogs have never dug up my potted plants or scratched me when they no longer wanted to be petted.

Would I date someone who was the opposite? I doubt it. I don't want to live with cats. I'm fine with visiting other people's but even those I sometimes give a wide berth to in case they decide they want to claw me. I also want to be able to enjoy my dog(s) and not have to listen to someone's complaints about what dogs are like. Luckily I have someone who loves dogs as much as I do!

EDITED TO ADD: Reading through people's descriptions of what they hate about dogs is pretty amusing. No, my dog doesn't smell. And no, she doesn't bark either.

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magnoliafly
magnoliafly
*~*Katherine*~*
Fri, Mar. 5th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)

I grew up with cats and I prefer dogs. My parents never let me have a dog growing up. :(

I agree with all your reasons too. Ringo and I have talked about it - dogs just GIVE BACK more.


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Fri, Mar. 5th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)

When I was very young I wanted a cat and in fact brought home a handful of kittens that people were giving away. They always went back. lol But then as I got older and got to know cat personalities, I really knew that dogs were for me.

And dogs give back SO much. So much love, so much devotion, and so much FUN. I laugh so often when I'm with Dahlia because she does such silly things.


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shunhuggedme
shunhuggedme
Vicky
Fri, Mar. 5th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)

I have both. I love my cat, but I love my dogs so much more.

Mostly, I LOVE what you can do with them. Go for walks, go running, go play in the park, go to the beach, be my swimming buddy, warm my feet, warn me of intruders, be my doorbell, etc etc.


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joansies
joansies
OrbWeaver
Fri, Mar. 5th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)

The reasons many people give for prefering one over the other are often stupid ones "Cats pee all over the place" or "dogs smell!" Well, yes, if they're not being cared for properly. Those issues are not the animal's issues, those are owner issues.

I hate this debate. It's played out and annoying, and yet people insist on continuing it.


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Fri, Mar. 5th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)

I've heard that about cats too...I've never known one who DID pee all over the place. A lot of litterboxes smell but too many people don't clean them out often enough. My friends upstairs have two cats and while I'm not really fond of them, the apartment doesn't stink!


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joansies
joansies
OrbWeaver
Fri, Mar. 5th, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)

That's the thing - as you've noted, a lot of cat owners don't clean the litter box nearly enough! We have two cats, and two litter boxes. The boxes get spot cleaned once or twice a week, and completely cleaned out once a week (Sunday or Monday, usually.) I just did some spot-cleaning this morning. We also use covered litterboxes, with a filter over the tops of them, and we sprinkle the bottom of the litter pan liner with baking soda. No stinky kitties in this house! :)


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Fri, Mar. 5th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)

I used to house sit for folks who had 5 cats. I never ONCE smelled a thing. But I've also had friends who had just one or two cats and their place reeked. A friend of mine back in Indiana had three in a small apartment and she must never have cleaned the box very well because the place always stunk like cat pee. Ick!


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joansies
joansies
OrbWeaver
Fri, Mar. 5th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)

Eew. :(

There are few worse smells than the smell of animal stink, whether cat or dog. It's not that hard to keep the smell down. Just requires a little time. I think it took me maybe a total of five minutes to spot-clean the leavings of two cats this morning. A full litter change doesn't take up too much time, either. It's not that difficult. :/


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Fri, Mar. 5th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)

I've done the spot cleaning for our upstairs neighbors when they're out of town. It really is no big deal at all. Takes almost no time. I think some people are seriously lazy.

I'm not even sure how dogs stink so bad. I've never lived with a stinky dog. I mean, Dahlia only gets a bath once every three months and she doesn't smell at all.


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joansies
joansies
OrbWeaver
Fri, Mar. 5th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)

I don't know...Even our two outdoor dogs rarely get very smelly. I guess if you never bathe your dog, and maybe aren't feeding them right...like, if all they get is table scraps. I mean, bad nutrition can affect a human's smell, I can see the same thing happening with dogs.


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Fri, Mar. 5th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)

I suppose that can make sense. Though hell, my childhood dog was fed a lot of table scraps, ate Come 'n' Get it, and cheap milkbones, and bathed only a couple times of year. And even she didn't stink!


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a_kosmos
a_kosmos
Scheherazade is my patron saint.
Fri, Mar. 5th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)

As you know, we have both, and I can't imagine having one without the other. In the time between when Goldmund the Rottweiler died and when we got Sophie, the absence of having a dog was palpable.

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I don't know if this happens with other people: maybe it's the cats that we gravitate toward or maybe it's the way we socialize beasts, but we kind of un-aloof animals. Most of the time, our cats greet us at the door like the dog does. They all like to meet guests and get pettings. They all mostly like to hang out where we are in the house.... the two calico cats follow the Bear around like he's the Grateful Dead.


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Fri, Mar. 5th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)

That's the thing about a lot of the cats I've met. They've been hugely social, jumped up in my lap. One was purring and rubbing all over my legs before settling down in my lap.

And then suddenly it just turned and clawed me right down the arm (I had a scar for months!) and stalked off like I had tried to abuse it. I've gotten a bit of that from cats so I tend to be pretty wary around them.


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a_kosmos
a_kosmos
Scheherazade is my patron saint.
Fri, Mar. 5th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)

Yikes! I wouldn't like that either. I can't say anything about anyone's weird animal energies because birds are unusually aggressive toward me. I'm also going to work on not saying what people usually say, which is "oh, but my (insert critter) never bites/scratches/mauls/menaces people."


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Fri, Mar. 5th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)

LOL they probably don't. I don't know if it's just ME since I don't know a thing about cats or just the people's cats I've known.

I did like my ex's cat. But I think she wanted to go with me instead of him. When he dumped me and tried to remove her from my lap, she bit him good. Sunk her teeth right into his hand. And he was like "She's never bitten me before!"

Wow I had forgotten all about that.


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a_kosmos
a_kosmos
Scheherazade is my patron saint.
Fri, Mar. 5th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)

Now that just shows that she had good taste!!


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Fri, Mar. 5th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)

She did. I contemplated stealing her, but had no way to keep an animal at the time. He wasn't home very often. I'm sure she was pretty lonely.


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yesididit
yesididit
yesididit
Fri, Mar. 5th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)

i'm definitely a dog person. i'm horribly allergic to cats, but as a kid i always played with them anyway. thats how my parents found out i had allergies, every time i played with the cat i got itchy watery eyes, hives, and wheezy. kinda takes away any enjoyment of cats.

i like how dogs want to be with you too. how they want to be petted and loved and played with. how they can be happy just being near you. and how they help me to be happy.


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recreatexme
recreatexme
sarah
Fri, Mar. 5th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)

I've always had and liked both (first cat at 2 years old, first dog at 8). But i definitely agree with you about why dogs are better and i can't see myself having another cat for a LONG time if ever - mostly because frankie has a high prey drive and hates cats but also because i'd rather pay vet bills/food/toys/etc. for animals that actually want to hang out longer than a minute. I got my last cat as a sick stray when she was about 3/4 weeks old. i bottle fed her, she slept on my neck and chest at night, i convinced my dad to let us keep her, and to this day she will still randomly attack me when i go to my parents house. no way, dogs i can understand and love, but cats are so crazy sometimes.

my boyfriend actually prefers cats over dogs because he's never owned a dog. he still says he doesn't like frankie!


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