(Closed) Pet lovers: I'm dying for a dog, FI thinks cats are perfect pets…

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I loved my Shelty!  Small, very friendly, get along with people and animals though I don’t know about cats.  But I don’t know dogs that use litter boxes.

My DH has a cat and also is not a dog person so I hear you.  We are not getting a dog until we move into a larger home (my Shelty is long since gone), but he knows I’m desperate for one.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I have an 11 lb shih tzu that behaves more like a cat than a dog sometimes.  They are great with other animals and have a pleasant, playful disposition.  I’ve never litter boxed trained her but she was wee wee pad trained (if she couldn’t hold it until I could take her to the park) before I had a yard and a doggie door.  Best doggie ever. 🙂

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I had a miniature poodle who was just the best dog.  We got her as a puppy and socialized her to get along with other dogs and cats.  We also tought her to go on a puppy pad.  Of course we still took her for multiple walks a day but in an emergency the puppy pee pads came in handy.  She was always content to do what we wanted whether it was cuddle on the couch or go for a walk.

But, there’s no way that you’re going to find a dog that is as low maintenance as a cat.  So if your FI isn’t willing to put in any more time than he does with the cats, then maybe a dog is not for you.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have a Pekingese, Brussels Griffon, and a Morkie. They are all super chill and enjoy a lot of time indoors. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

While my dogs are not small, they are a lot like cats. I have 2 greyhounds. The one that can’t always hold it has been trained to go on a puppy pee pad. They are clean, mellow, love to cuddle, and wayyyy lazy. Sure they will go hiking with me, but they are just as content to sleep for 23 hours a day, occasionally getting up to move from one dog bed to the other to the couch…

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Shiba Inus and Basenjis are both often described as ‘cat like.’ – and while I have never owned either of those breeds myself, they might be something to look into. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

In my immediate family we have 5 Chihuahuas, and actually a 6th one is on the way (my new teacup chihuahua :)). I must say that Chihuahuas are AWESOME dogs in general, and very low maintenance. They do shed, but you only need to bathe them once a month, no haircuts needed (unless you get a long-haired one), no brushing, no drool, and their poop is very small and easy to clean up compared to larger dogs. About half of the Chihuahuas in our family use puppy pads and are able to just go to the bathroom indoors that way. We have never kitty-litter trained them, but I have also heard of many people doing that. But they LOVE to just be indoors and snuggle and relax…they have a very relaxed vibe and are not overly energetic. It is of course good to walk them once in a while but they are so small that just being around the house and playing is pretty good exercise for them. Also, they don’t require a ton of dog food so you save money that way.

Seriously, Chihuahuas are basically cats haha. In fact, two of our Chihuahuas are best friends with cats!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

Have you considered adopting an older (3+) dog? My first dog was 3 when I got him and it was perfect! He was house trained, full of manners & very sweet. My second was 6 mos & I will never go through that again. 

You’ll have to take the time to meet the right dog, but she’a out there! My friend is on her 3rd 5+ rescue and will never have a puppy!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Just a note — while greyhounds are wonderful dogs, they also have very high prey drives…so while some can live with cats, many will not be good with cats.

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Taeyers:  Chihuahuas do tend to yap a little! Honestly though, I think that a lack of training has been the problem with my family because the 2 newest ones do not bark at ALL and they live in different homes than the other 3 that live in a house together! The 3 that yap all the time are seriously spoiled, fed scraps, never get in trouble, get treats all the time, etc. I think they bark just because they can lol.

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