Should I get a kitten or puppy?

@golfproo (1841)
Canada
June 9, 2007 4:37am CST
Hi everyone, I have promised my daughters a new pet. They are home quite a bit now since they are getting older and are more capable of looking after and caring for a new pet. I am a bit torn right now. I am between getting them a kitten, or a puppy. I was always a dog person growing up, but I know they require a ton of time and effort. Cats on the other hand are a lot more independent. I have one daughter who does not really care, and the other desperately wants a puppy. Any suggestions?
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@Calais (10900)
• Australia
9 Jun 07
Its really up to you and how much time you have , cats are much easier but dogs are lovely too. Either way its great if they can grow up with the kids. Both give love and are a joy to own.
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@kit_anne (37)
• Denmark
10 Jun 07
Hello! Have a nice day! Getting a pet is a very hard decision because it will need a lot of time to take good care, feeding them, bathing them and most of all pets do need extra care and love. About the issue what pet you need to get for them, you need to know more about kitten or puppy, you can visit some websites about it or read some books about it. You need to talk to your daughters also, what they really like. Communication is the best answer for that. Have a meeting with your daughters what pet you should get, a puppy or a kitten. Explain it to them that having a pet is another priority for them to do because having a pet is just like you're taking good care of yourself. Anyway you can easily decide what pet you will get, GET what interest them MOST!
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@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
10 Jun 07
I think the puppy interests them the most. However I am just concerned about whether they will live up to all the responsibilities that come with it. cheers,
• Denmark
11 Jun 07
Now there's an answer on your question, better get them a puppy. It's very hard to take good care of a pet if you really don't like it, or it's just because someone had chosen for you.. Kids should be treated individually, they should decide on what they want. Parents are with them to guide them but still give them chance to decide what they want to take good care of. And better explain it to them before buying a pet that having a pet needs extra time and attention. And if they are really willing to give extra time and attention to that puppy that's the only time for you to buy a puppy. Have a nice day ahead! God bless! :)
@teleios (738)
• Philippines
10 Jun 07
hmmm, a dog is better, since dogs show a lot of affection...cats...hmmmm. i've had cats before, and although i loved my cat dearly, i don't think it ever loved me as much...or perhaps i just didn't understand how cats show their love :)
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@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
10 Jun 07
That is true. Cats do not show their love as openly as dogs. Or maybe I just don't understand them either. cheers,
@Nafasg (30)
• Singapore
10 Jun 07
Hi there Well..if i were you, i would get them the kittens..Kittens are more independent based on what you have claimed. It is true!!They are more adorable looking than some puppies out there(well that 's my preference of view) As for your daughter, negotiate things with her..Bring her to a kitten shop..show her around to all those wonderful creatures..n i am certain she tend to love it to the sounds of the kittens' mews.. =) Getting to the point here, though your daughter is growing up..i am sure that she had lots of things in mind when she started schooling..hence ignoring the pet sooner or later. Worst..shove all the responsibilities of taking care the pet to you. i am certain that u wouldnt wish to face such things in the future.. PS:Just an advice..i hope once the responsibilities are being shoved..the pet is not being left astray, dying of hunger in the streets. They, once cheer our life..juz because we dont have the time..we commit to such irresponsible acts. Hope you will find the right choice of getting the pet. Cheers..!!
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@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
10 Jun 07
You have brought up a point I never really considered. That being that this will eventually fall to me sooner than later. As my daughter moves on I will end up taking care of the pet. Something else to consider for sure. cheers,
@Sunmav (53)
• India
10 Jun 07
what i suggest it to have one puppy and keep up your promise as u have promissed it to ur daughter it will make u r daughter happy and satisfied in terms that u have kept u r word of mouth true
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• United States
10 Jun 07
This is true, you have to keep that promise, it will tell your daughter that you can keep your word
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@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
10 Jun 07
I favour a kitten, but then I have alwas favoured cats. I have had puppies though, & they are wonderful. Training a kitten will be a great deal easier. They learn to use a litter tray very quickly, whereas a puppy can take some time to train not to do his "thing" inside. Also puppies need behavuiour training, & may well have to be taken to puppy school.They also need regular washing, cats don't. Overall, a kitten is much easier to train & to look after, and as you said, they become quite independant. Point all this out to your daughter who really wants a puupy, & see if she is required to do everything. Oh, and even when dogs are inside trained, they still do poos all over the pl;ce outside, whereas a cat will dig a hole & bury it.
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@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
10 Jun 07
Hi Jenny, I have actually shown my daughter some of these responses, including yours. It has got her head around the commitment she will need to make either way, but especially for a puppy. cheers,
@bcl_me (583)
• Philippines
9 Jun 07
in my opinion you should buy a kitten...cats are very clean animals and very lovabale even when they have grown up...they will often be playfull and very loyal to their masters too...and cats does not requires much attention compared to dogs which you will have to buy very very expensive vitanis, dog foods, dog toys, train the dog not to pee or do its thing inside the house, bathe the dog...you just dont how much attention and efforts you'll exert to keep the dpg happy...it is such a huge resposibility....its like you've added a third daughter...and you do not have to do this with a kitten.
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@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
9 Jun 07
Thanks for your response, There is no doubt that dogs are a big commitment. I have to determine if my daughters are ready for that or not. cheers,
@magnel (2263)
• India
9 Jun 07
I would suggest you get a puppy, they are very always loyal to you when they grow up. I never would advise for a kitten, their hair are so soft that they many a times found here and there, which might be unhealthy for people around...
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@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
9 Jun 07
Well, I do have one cat right now already and you are right on about the hair. I never stop cleaning it up :( cheers,
@goodson (93)
• United States
9 Jun 07
I would say puppy, hands down. Sure, they require a lot of work but so do kids!! The thing I don't like about cats, especially in the house, is the fact that they like to jump on counters, etc. Also, who wants to have a litter box in your house? With a dog, you can easily train them to go outside. Maybe I am biased, we have always been 'dog people.'
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@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
9 Jun 07
I have always been a "dog" person as well. However, I have a cat but no dog...go figure :) cheers,
@Sherry12 (2475)
• United States
9 Jun 07
I vote for the puppy. They are so cute and will be grow to be protective of the girls.
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@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
9 Jun 07
Cant argue with that :) cheers,
@tinamwhite (3255)
• United States
9 Jun 07
Hi, my friend.....I think that you answered your own question within your question...if one daughter simply does not care and the other desperately wants a puppy....then the clear answer to me would be get a puppy...LOl Your daughters are both old enough to provide premium care of a puppy.....are they now picking things up around the house behind themselves??? If you laughed and are shaking your head "yes" then the clear choice is to get what she wants.... however, if you are shaking your head "no" then...maybe they are not quite ready.... There are many good dog breeds out there...be aware of the size issue....my son has a lab who was cute and adorable when he was a puppy....he is now 95-100 pounds of bouncing ball of fur...but he is gentle and a great pet for him....oh, he has a Black Labrador...LOL I know that you will do whatever is best for you and your girls.....Take care and happy pet shopping....
@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
9 Jun 07
Ahh...once again you make a great point. This time I had to shake my head no. Therefore I think maybe I need to hold off. Porve to me first that they can clean up after themselves then..... cheers,
@Cassy1976 (796)
• Australia
9 Jun 07
I have both a dog and a cat and I would choose a cat any day over the dog as they are alot easier to train, they are alot cleaner, they poop in the one spot, you dont need to walk them every day etc etc, my partner got our dog a while back and even he is shocked at how much work they are
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@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
9 Jun 07
Hi Cassy, Yes I have certainly consiered this point. Cats are much more independent and would be a lot less work. There seems to be a lot of positives and negatives to each side of this one :)
@sacrg793 (429)
• China
9 Jun 07
personally, i think kitten is easier to maintain, however,child is active and wants to play with pets as much as possible, so i think puppy would be their favorites. because puppy likes to play more, right?
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@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
9 Jun 07
Puppies do like to play a lot. I have been thinking that a puppy would provide something for the girls to "bond" more with. cheers,
@brendalee (6083)
• United States
9 Jun 07
I have both cats and dogs so it would be hard for me to say which one is better. Although dogs are a bit more work, they tend to play more than a cat would. Plus as it grows older it may be protective of the kids and that is sometimes a good thing. Plus it would give the kids some exercise because the dog needs to be taken for a walk. Good luck with your decision.
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@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
9 Jun 07
I really like the idea of my kids getting more exercise. I never really thought of that as one of the bonuses for getting a puppy. :) cheers,
@si01924 (68)
22 Jun 07
puppy cats dont hang around too much remember whos the mans best friend
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@nolipo (407)
• United States
16 Jun 07
Kitten, kitten, kitten. Cats can be independent but if you raise them right they can be so lovey and hang around you all the time.
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• United States
10 Jun 07
Get the desperate one a puppy and teach her the responsbilities that come along with owning an animal.
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@yaoyao918 (262)
• China
10 Jun 07
I think since you have given your daughters a promise, You should keep it. You know if you break your promise, your daughters willbe very disappointment. I suggest that you should try yuor best to keep your promise. That's all, thank u!
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• United States
10 Jun 07
If you have a big back yard, or fenced in front yard, you should definitely go for the puppy. Try a mid-sized breed. I used to have a german shepherd mix breed dog, and you've never met a more loyal, kid friendly animal in your life. We have two cats, and they do require lots of daily work. Don't let anyone tell you differently. You have to keep their litter box cleaned out daily or else it smells bad quickly. And, we've started to have problems with our cats wanting to bite and scratch our young child. She's still young and learning not to pick them up, but it is an issue. Declawing doesn't work, because then they just turn into biters. And, biting hurts worse. Why not try a puppy that can grow up with your kids. Do what feels right for your family. That's my best advice.
• United States
10 Jun 07
Why not let your kids choose? Give them the pros and cons to caring for a puppy and kitten and let them make the decision.