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My daughter (she's 9) has been bugging me for a pet. She really wants a kitten. I personally am more of a dog person should I say no or let her get a kitty?
Depends on how well you and her would be at taking care of a kitty or a dog. Dogs tend to require way more attention in my opinion than cats. Maybe it's just my cats and dog, but Pookie is needy. He'll flip if I'm not home at a certain time. My cats, they're loyal from a distance. They like to do their own thing. However, if you're thinking KITTEN, totally different story. Do you want to potty train a baby animal? Inside or outside? All these things depend.
What kind of dog? Friendly? High maintenance? Would you be prepared to take on the responsibility if your 9 year old has a change of heart about owning a pet? I'd ask her these things before deciding. You may even decide to go with a different, less needy pet. A fish would be good. It depends on the maturity and time your daughter will be able to devote, and pets require it. Just because they cannot yell "I'M HUNGRY" DOESN'T mean it's not important.
I have a hamster, 3 cats and one weiner dog. Plenty, but I devote lots of time to each of them. Hubert the hamster is low maintenance, but it's absolutely necessary to clean his cage. Dangerous not to. PLUS he needs exercise and to be gotten out. Still, I only have to fill his water and food bowl about once or less a week. Pookie and the cats have to be let out and in, fed, groomed, etc. Hubert's happy as is.
I love kitties though. I never meet a cat I don't love. DOgs are different. I like them, but don't always love every dog I see and want him jumping or licking on me. I guess let her have whichever she loves most. Kittens are precious and fun, but dogs make wonderful buddies too.