My vote goes for cats as I have had 4 over my lifetime so far. Layla my current brown tabby will likely outlive me. I grew up w/farm dogs so like them to but having to exercise them in the pouring rain or snow is not much fun. Cats are easier.I go mine as a feral kitten ( the mama catwas hauled off by animal srvices to be euthonized) Layla learned to wear a harness so she could go outside on a leash . Pet owners mostly need to be resposible. When I was very ill w/my breast cancer she was by my side every night somewtimes even laying on my chest if I was not getting out of bed .She I'm sure would have know the moment if I had passed away. Either way growing up w/some type of pet is good for all kids.
thats a touching story rene----maybe ill change my cat opinion because of it