Cats vs Dogs

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QUESTION

My husband and I decided it was time to get a pet. The only problem is that he wants a dog and I want a cat. Any suggestions on how to settle this?

VICKI:
Hmmm… I only see three alternatives
1. Don’t get a pet.
2. Get a kitten and a puppy and raise them together.
3. Go for a ferret – it’s like the best of both worlds.

JILL:
While you are deciding on which direction to go, here is another factor to consider, young vs. older. A puppy and (or) kitten require time and attention so that they can be socialized and get to know the house rules, that way with time you can all live happily together. As well as the training, you have to make sure that they are vaccinated and spayed or neutered. An older dog/cat is usually already fixed and will often blend into the household a little easier and quicker.
In my house, the official stance is that my husband is the cat person and I believe that ‘dogs rule’; we have a blend of two dogs and four cats; so I vote for Vicki’s second suggestion. Some we got as babies and others came to us older and sometimes with a troubled past but with time they all became an indispensable part of the family. At the end of the day nothing beats their unconditional love.

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