This is a compare & contrast essay about dog ownership vs. cat ownership.

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There comes a time in most people's lives when they decide to get a pet. Some people choose an exotic animal such as a bird, snake, or rodent. Most people, however, decide on the more common four-legged creatures: cats or dogs. Although dogs and cats have some characteristics in common, they are very different animals, and they have different attitudes, needs, and habits. Understanding these differences can help a person choose which of the two would be the best pet for them.

Both cats and dogs provide their owners with companionship and affection, but they can also strain your time and finances. Cats and dogs are both an expense. Regardless of the type of pet a person has, shots and veterinary care are necessary in order to keep animals healthy. As all animals do, dogs and cats both get bored and therefore need toys to keep them occupied. They both need to be fed.

Most of all, cats and dogs both need lots of love and attention.

A dog will provide unwavering love and loyalty, not to mention protection, but there are down sides to having a dog as well. Dogs will not question your authority, and can, in time, be trained to do exactly as they are told. They are more playful and active than cats. There are many species of dogs, and they come in varying sizes. Smaller dogs such as poodles and terriers are for people who just need an extra friend. Larger dogs like german sheperds or laboradors can provide protection as well as companionship. Dogs require a lot of attention, and they will make sure their owners are aware of it. They must be taken regularly for walks outside. They need to be bathed and brushed as they are not good at grooming themselves. A...