Wait, what? Bear with me for a second.
I like pets. Granted, I’ve never had anything exotic and so my experience is rather limited, but through the years, even though my pets have been the status quo, i.e. dogs and cats, I have learned from both of them.
Although I’m more of a dog person, I still find cats to be easier. Now, this isn’t to say that a dog can’t be as easy as a cat, or that every cat is lower maintenance. After all, animals are like people: they each have their own personality.
But, regardless of the pet, a few things they have taught me is. . .
- how to be content with the basics—food, water, and a roof over my head.
- how to be entertained by simple things.
- how to be ‘okay’ with being both active and lazy all in the same day.
Once I thought more about the pros and cons of each, I realized there’s one thing I’ve learned that’s unique to dogs, and one thing I’ve learned that’s unique to cats.
My dog: The Pros:
- more affectionate, responsive, loyal and protective.
My dog: The Cons:
- higher maintenance, requiring more attention and more money.
My cat: The Pros:
- more independent and less needy / demanding requiring
- less daily maintenance and overall less money.
My cat: The Cons:
- more indifferent / aloof, less responsive
The more I thought about it, the clearer it became. I want to be the best of both: responsive, affectionate, loyal, and protective, as well as independent and low maintenance. In short, I want to love like a dog and live like a cat.