Dilemma: I would love a pet, but dog or cat?
I've just retired, live on my own, and would love a pet. I don't travel overseas much and have a nice garden. Dog or cat - will you choose?!
Jo Brand's advice
Dogs… More high maintenance, need exercise, very loyal and friendly, can be a guard dog, tend to ruin furniture when young, need their poo collecting and disposing of. But you can find people to take them on walks if you’re after a box set binge (that’s what appeals to me about retirement!) Friendly, guileless and always cheerful. Can’t leave dogs for that long on their own.
Cats… Low maintenance, i.e. a bowl of food and a catflap. Depending on personality, either curl up on your lap or behave as if you don’t exist. If you have a pair, they might spray your house with an odour that is unforgettable. Can leave cats for ages on their own with just food and water (and not you!) for company.
Does anything appeal so far? I’ve had dogs and cats and they’re rewarding in different ways. It depends on your personality and how much emotion you want to invest in them and how much time you want to spend with them. You sound ‘doggy’ to me, but please don’t come round with Rover if it doesn’t work out!
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