Cats vs Dogs

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Colleen Chatcavage
English 121
Dr. Kika Dorsey
3/18/12
Cats vs. Dogs
There comes a time in most people’s lives when they decide upon choosing a pet for their household. Whether it should be a fish, bird, rodent or reptile, many push those ideas aside and choose the most common household pet; a cat or a dog. Dogs and cats share many interesting characteristics, but inside they are completely opposite animals. Each has its own attitude, needs and habits. Once you understand these differences, choosing which pet you want to be added to your family will be easier.

Both animals will provide their companion with love and affection, but both pets come at an expense. Shots and frequent visits to the local vet can limit your time and cut down on your finances in order to keep the animal healthy. Whether you have to head to work, or attend school, both animals will easily get bored with the time spent away from you. They will need to be provided with toys or another companion to keep them company, as well as fresh food and water. Cats and dogs each require love and attention.

For a dog, they will always be there to welcome you the minute you walk in the front door. They will provide you with unconditional love and protection, but there are a few downsides to owning a dog. Within time and practice, dogs will learn and master new tricks you teach them, but unfortunately, their memory lasts only up to five minutes. They are more active and playful than cats, always wanting a good game of tug of war with a sock or chew toy. All types of dogs need continuous exercise to stay happy and healthy. They need walks even in harsh weather, or perhaps taken to the dog park where they enjoy socializing with others of their own kind. Dogs require baths and brushings as part of their grooming. They enjoy nature and the outdoors, and use both when it is necessary to relieve themselves. Dog owners need to enforce strict rules to provide positive behavior from their dog. Young...
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