Perhaps you are an "empty nester," or out on your own for the first time. It may feel like the ideal time to have your first pet. Maybe you're undecided between a cat and a dog, or perhaps a rat, a parakeet, or an aquarium full of colorful fish. (You can sometimes have both of those.) But with your lifestyle, would a cat be best?
While I can't influence your personal likes and dislikes, I can help you analyze those feelings to help you make a choice. Naturally, I hope that choice will be a cat. I love nothing better than helping to mold a stranger to cats into a happy, knowledgeable, responsible cat parent. But I promise, no "cats rule; dogs drool" arguments. Dogs make wonderful pets, under the right set of circumstances. So do cats, and only you can decide which circumstances best fit your needs. Many homes successfully mingle both cats and dogs.
Let's compare a cat versus these other potential pets, and see which one tips the balance for you.
Photo of Billy with Yum and Yum Yum, Credit: © Franny Syufy