The most common pets are cats and dogs. They both make excellent additions to any family, but the choice of which one depends on the time you have to devote to a pet. A busy family may opt for a cat, because it’s more self sufficient, to where a family with more time on its hands may choose a dog. One of the biggest differences between cats and dogs is the care and management. Dogs require more supervision and there are not as many options for care if you need to leave your pet while on a trip. In contrast to the fact that cats can be left alone for longer periods of time, and it’s easier to find someone to cat sit if you need to travel. Plus if you need to take your pet with you on a trip it’s always easier to accommodate for a cat that will fit in a small carrier, unlike a big dog that you would not be able to carry in your hand. Another difference is space. Cats don’t take up nearly as much space as dogs. They also don’t need a yard to run around in, and they are pretty self sufficient. You can find plenty of cat climbing trees at your local pet store to keep your cat amused. Dogs on the other hand make a lot of noise barking, and enjoy running around in an open space playing fetch. Cost is the third difference. Veterinarian visits for dogs are quite expensive. They tend to get into more things than cats do. Because they are more active they injure themselves more then cats. Also dogs tend to cost their owners more by tearing up furniture and digging holes in the yard. Plus dog food is more expensive then cat food. When preparing to get a pet one should always consider the amount of time and money they have to dedicate to animal ownership before making a choice. A pet will ultimately become a new member of the family, so everyone should be sure and choose wisely.