This year, I officially became the proud mother of a Jack Russell Terrier cross when I moved out with Morgan in January. This was quite a shock to the system after growing up surrounded by cats all my life and did take quite a bit of getting used to. So for today’s post, I thought I’d share some of my tips on what exactly you can expect when you go from owning a cat to a dog. These are things I’ve personally experienced and I can’t speak for everyone else, so if you have any more tips, feel free to leave them in the comments!
#1. Notice Me!
Now, I know cats can be quite needy. My sister has a beautiful cat called Gizmo who demands every single minute that your attention is on him. You must pet him and tell him he’s pretty. But I’m talking more about playing with and keeping an eye on. When I’ve had cats, they can usually be left to their own devices (especially my previous cat who was disabled) and not cause you too much trouble. A dog however…you look away for two seconds and they’ve eaten something they shouldn’t or gone to the toilet on the carpet. Me and Morgan have frequently caught Patch going through our rubbish bags trying to get a tasty snack and there are certain places in the house he’s not allowed to be.
The one word that sends any dog into berserk overdrive…the wonderful walk. Something that I love about owning a dog is that I get to take him on walks every day, seeing as you can’t really walk a cat (trust me…I’ve tried). Most people tend to turn their nose up at a dog because they don’t like the idea that they have to actually leave the house and take a dog out, but I love it. It means I can get fresh air, some exercise and it makes Patch super happy too! It also helps to desensitise him to other dogs as he can get quite feisty around them (small dog syndrome…).
#3. Leaving Them Alone
This is something that breaks my heart every damn day. Me and Morgan both work full time so leaving Patch on his own during the day is a thing that we do. However, we have taken the necessary steps to ensure that he is comfortable on his own; we leave the radio on so he’s got some noise company, he has a flap to go in the garden and the garden is completely closed off so he can’t escape. Leaving cats on their own is fine as they get up to their own thing, but dogs are more difficult to do so, especially when Patch had very bad separation anxiety when he first came to us. Luckily, Patch is used to our routine now and all he does is sleep.
#4. Prepare Your Nose
Dogs are smelly. So unbelievably smelly. I’ve found that cats don’t really have much of a scent but you can literally smell a dog from a mile away. Not only do they have their own scent but their farts are really, really bad. As I’m typing this post, Patch is lying beside me on the sofa and has farted twice within the past ten minutes. AND HIS FARTS SMELL ABSOLUTELY GHASTLY. The office dog in work is exactly the same. Her farts stink out the entire room. I have a can of Febreeze next to me for when Patch strikes again. And it’s not just their farts too…when they get wet, they also have the wet dog smell. And it will get into all of your furniture.
Have you got any tips for changing over to dogs from cats? Or vice versa?