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Dogs vs. Cat: Which Apartment Pet is Right for You?


There are dog people, there are cat people, and there are people who look at you sideways when you ask them which of the two they prefer. If you’re one of those people who can’t decide between pups or felines, don’t worry. We aren’t here to tell you which one’s better. Instead, we want to help you decide the right choice for you and your lifestyle. The truth is, cats and dogs can both be great apartment pets, but one may be the better choice for you based on a few different factors.  Let’s discuss some of the main things to consider when deciding which apartment pet is right for you.

Daily Care Requirements

One of the biggest between cats and dogs is how much daily care they require. Cats are mostly independent animals that are able to fend for themselves as long as their basic needs are met. Daily care for cats requires feeding and cleaning out their litter box. Daily brushings may also be recommended for cats with long fur. Dogs, on the other hand, are more high maintenance. They’ll need to be fed and taken outside at least several times a day. They also require daily exercise, which may range from a brisk walk to a long run, depending on the dog’s size and breed.

Activity Levels

Evaluating your activity levels can help you determine whether you have the time to dedicate to a dog or if a cat would be a better option due to your busy schedule. Cats also allow for more spontaneity; you’ll never have to turn down an invitation because you have to get home to let your cat out. Similarly, consider the activity level of your ideal pet. Would you prefer an animal that’s bursting with energy or a quiet companion? While activity levels vary by breed, dogs are generally much more energetic than cats.

Cleaning Requirements

Additional cleaning responsibilities go hand in hand with the luxury of having a pet. Cats require litter boxes in their homes, which need daily cleanings. Litter boxes can be messy, and you’ll most likely have to tidy up the area surrounding it as well at least a few times a week. This doesn’t take much effort, but it can still be a doctor for some people. Dogs do their business outside (if they’re trained properly), which some people prefer over keeping a litter box in their apartment. Unless your pet is of the hairless variety, you’ll be cleaning up fur as well.


Another element to consider when deciding on an animal is the cost. Typically, dogs are more expensive to care for than cats. They usually require more food and additional items like leashes, collars, treats, and chew toys. Cats come with costs as well, including food, litter, and treats. Evaluate your expenses to help you decide whether a cat or dog is the right choice for your living situation.

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