Cat hair is 100 times worse than dog hair....yeah the lab I have sheds more but the crappy roomba does a decent job of keeping up and it isn't that super fine shit that gets all over everything.
Cat hair? What cat hair? Come to think of it, I had a cat when I was a teenager that shed a lot, but my current cats don't. Some are a lot worse than others; a Persian would be a PITA for that reason, but my current American shorthairs don't shed much at all, I don't even notice it. You can brush them occasionally with a wire brush that pulls out the loose hair if it's a problem.
it isn't a chore like trying to wash a cat.
Luckily, I haven't had to do that very much. And some cats are much worse than others with this. Some of them just sit there and look really annoyed and unhappy, others go wild and tear you to shreds. I think part of it is doing it once in a while so they're used to it (and wearing heavy gloves, and trimming the claws beforehand). With my current two cats, one is a bit of a problem, while the other is pretty cool.
Plus I'd like to see a cat jump a pheasant or grouse, or retrieve a duck from the water.
Why would I care about that? I think I'd care about that about as much as watching a tractor pull. Besides, cats are predators, and most predators avoid any kind of prey which is too close their own body mass. Cats are relatively small, so they go after animals the size of a rat, at the very largest, and usually things like mice and small lizards. A duck is about as large as a cat. A Yorkie or Chihuahua probably isn't going to be much help with ducks either.
the main "yard" is just over an acre and fenced in)
That makes a big, big difference I think (plus your dog-door in the garage). Most big-dog owners I see have little or no yard. That seems like a terrible environment for a large dog.
And WTF are you feeding a dog at $100/month
Ok, maybe $100 was an exaggeration, but a friend of a friend who has Cane Corsos told me it was $50/month per dog for his. Granted, these are very large dogs, but that's what I'm talking about here--big dogs, not all dogs averaged together (including Chihuahuas).
get the fucker to stop walking on the cars.
Not a problem with indoor cats.
lol captcha: minority
I wonder which one of us it was targeting ;-)
I'm not sure, but I think it was me. It might be geographically-based though, but I really wonder; when I lived next to NYC and visited a lot, I sure saw a lot of people with dogs at the dog park. I can't imagine how that can be a decent environment for a dog to live in unless it's Chihuahua-sized. Now, all the women I see on OKCupid (including ones in DC, not too far from where I live) seem to have big dogs. Whatever happened to that stereotype about women liking cats more? That's directly contrary to my observations.