Somebody came up to me once and asked me what my "pet"loads were. I told him "A 22 Long Rifle will do for small dogs and cats, maybe a 357 for the larger dogs 40 pounds and up. For horses and cows, use a 41 or larger, and for the exotic pets like Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh My! go with nothing less than a 12 gauge loaded with 00 Buck." That ended that conversation real quick.