Jennifer Wilber is a life-long animal lover. She currently has two black cats, and has had many dogs and small pets throughout her life.
Why Cats Make the Best Pets
I love all animals, especially cats and dogs. I grew up with dogs, but I got my first cat about three years ago. While I still love dogs and hope to get one of my own eventually, I have found cats to be much better pets than I originally gave them credit for.
Self-proclaimed dog people and cat people may never see eye to eye, but as someone who has had both pets, I can now see how cats can be just as great and possibly better pets than dogs—depending on your lifestyle. Contrary to what many dog people will have you believe, cats are just as loyal, playful, and fun as any dog. In addition, cats also have some benefits over dogs in that they are objectively easier to care for.
Here are some reasons I’ve discovered as to why cats can be the best pets.
1. Cats Tend to Be Clean Animals
Cats spend much of their time grooming themselves, so you will rarely have to bathe your feline friend. Compared to dogs, cats tend to smell much better. Unlike dogs, your cat won’t go outside and roll in unpleasant things or pick a fight with a skunk. Because cats are so good at keeping themselves clean, they usually feel softer and cleaner than dogs and many other animals when you pet them.
2. Cats Are Quiet
Even the loudest, most insistent meows are much quieter than most barks. Even when your cat is trying her hardest to annoy you into giving her extra treats, her meow sounds are adorable. You will never have neighbors complaining about your cat meowing too much. It’s hard to be annoyed by such cute little sounds.
3. Cats Are Low-Maintenance
Kitties are much more self-sufficient than other pets, particularly dogs. Cats don’t need to be taken outside multiple times a day for bathroom and exercise walks. Cats also don’t require nearly as much training as dogs. Cats are also self-cleaning.
Though cats still need love and attention just like dogs, they don’t require quite as much interaction as dogs. A cat is content to curl up next to you while you work, while a dog may demand your undivided attention. Cats can also be left home by themselves while you are at work and are much less likely to destroy your house while you are gone.
4. Cats Don’t Need to Be Taken Outside
Cats don’t need to be taken outside in the middle of the night to do their business. While no one enjoys cleaning the litterbox, it is still much easier and less of a burden than having to go outside in the darkness or bad weather and having to carry around little baggies of your fluffy friend’s waste until you can get to a garbage can.
Cats are small enough that they can get plenty of exercise indoors, especially if you have plenty of vertical spaces for your feline friend to climb. Since cats don’t need to go outside, they will also never track in mud after you have just finished mopping the floor.
5. Cats Are Super Easy to Potty Train
Most kittens already know how to use the litter box as soon as you bring them home. Even cats that were born stray or feral instinctively know to bury their waste after going to the bathroom. The most you will have to do to potty train your new furry friend is to show her where the litter box is and show her how to dig in the (clean) litter using your own hand.
6. Cats Protect Your Home From Pests
The mere presence of a cat is usually enough to keep mice and rats away. If a rogue rodent does find its way into your house, however, your cat’s natural predator instincts will kick in. Though it can be gross finding remains of your fluffy friend’s hunting victories, it still beats having vermin running lose through your home.
Cats are also excellent hunters of insects, keeping your home safe from moths, houseflies, and other creepy crawlies (be warned, however; some types of bugs aren’t very tasty to cats. Your cat probably won’t do much to keep ladybugs out of your home.)
7. Cats Cost Less Than Dogs
The initial adoption fee for cats and kittens is often less than that of dogs. More importantly, cat food, cat toys, and other cat supplies are also generally cheaper than the equivalent for dogs. Cats are smaller than most dogs and require fewer purchases. Vet care is also often less expensive for cats than for dogs.
Cats are usually perfectly happy with “toys” that don’t cost anything. My cats’ favorite toys are cardboard boxes, milk jug rings, and those silicone bracelets that you get from donating a couple of dollars to certain charities.
8. Cats Can Be Left Alone Longer Than Dogs
Because cats don’t need to be taken outside to use the restroom, they can be left home alone all day while you are at work without having to worry about coming home to any nasty surprises on your living-room carpet. Cats are also less prone to separation anxiety, so they can tolerate being home for longer periods of time without their human (though it is still best if you have a pair of cats to keep each other company).
Cats can even be left home alone for a couple without a pet sitter if you are going to be gone all weekend. If you leave enough food and water and have enough litter boxes, they will be just fine for a night or two on their own.
9. Cats Are Ideal Apartment Pets
If you live in an apartment, you are more likely to be allowed to have a cat than a dog. Many apartments don’t allow pet dogs but will still allow tenants to have a cat or two. Cats also take up less space, so they will be happier living in an apartment than a dog would, especially larger breeds.
Because cats use the litter box and don’t need to be taken outside to use the bathroom or to exercise, it is easier to keep a cat in upper-level apartments than a dog as well, as you won’t need to bring it down the stairs multiple times a day.
As mentioned above, cats are fairly quiet compared to dogs, so neighbors in your apartment building won’t be bothered by a cat’s meows like they may be by a barking dog.
10. Cats Are Excellent Companions
Cats like to be where their favorite humans are but are often less needy than their canine counterparts. Cats are usually content to sit quietly near their favorite human while they work or read a book. There is nothing better than a cat purring on your lap after a long day. Cats can be just as affectionate and loving as dogs but aren’t as high maintenance.
Cats vs. Dogs: The Great Debate
Cats often get a bad reputation from dog lovers. If you’ve had both cats and dogs, it is clear that cats can be just as wonderful, loving, and playful as any dog. Cat’s make great pets and are ideal companions for people who work full time or who live in an apartment. They are less expensive to keep and require less maintenance than dogs. Overall, cats are wonderful pets and will provide a lifetime of love and affection, just like dogs.
Questions & Answers
Question: Do you own a cat, and if so, how many?
Answer: Yes, I have two cats.
© 2018 Jennifer Wilber
why do i like to eat dick on September 05, 2020:
finally people who like cats!!! Like i am a cat person and I give dogs a chance, but my school is full of dog lovers, and they don't give cats a chance like wtf?
Dora on August 25, 2020:
OwO here’s another fact about a cat and they make you live longer
Dora on August 25, 2020:
OwO I’m just getting ideas for my writing piece about which is the best pet and I choose a cat and it looks like I choose the right one
Ishan on August 13, 2020:
wow very fluffy cats
ruby on August 10, 2020:
I love cats
Sanes memes on August 10, 2020:
cats cute flufy clam and more coooooooooooooooooooolllllllllllll LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLO
Kittycorns Forever on August 04, 2020:
I completely agree with the above. I mean, why not? They are just the best and the cuteset.
H Kennedy on July 31, 2020:
Absolutely agree that cats are just as wonderful as dogs. I have both a dog and cat and love the contrast.
fart on July 25, 2020:
i want a kitten for my bday
JJ Noll on July 22, 2020:
Cats are the best animal if you love books and writing books
Poop on July 14, 2020:
I have 2 doggies but I really want a cat for my birthday since I’ve never had a cat
Paulita Gomez on July 08, 2020:
I have adopted a stray cat and she has 3 kittens. And they adopted 1 kitten which I found in our roof. I love them very much and I wouldn't replace them with any other pets.
Ujwala on July 02, 2020:
i have two cats
i love cats and dogs
and all animal
Luis on July 01, 2020:
I love my Siamese cat. I will never replace her with a dog. I prefer cat's personality.
Ellie on June 12, 2020:
Yes they r all beautiful with each kitty having their own personality...i shd know...i have 10 all sizes..shapes and colors..
Love them all...
BLESSING ISAAC on June 09, 2020:
CAT ARE D BEST
Cats are amazing on May 21, 2020:
They are cool
KK on May 20, 2020:
Cats are undeniably the best.
cats r cute on May 18, 2020:
my cats sleep together in the smallest cat bed we have even though we have multiple beds and stuff and its so cute and funny at the same time
cats are the best on May 18, 2020:
My cat is sitting next to me purring, other belly up on the rug, when cats are belly up that means there happy. cat rule!
I have two cats. on May 18, 2020:
At least cats don't rub there butt and leave brown streaks on the rug
Kaelyn on May 18, 2020:
Cats are cool!
Queens on May 15, 2020:
I’m not interested in cats , but those were a little convincing
The Cat on May 13, 2020:
My dad's cousin has 2 cute kitties, and the difference between those cats and MY DOG is that the cats are QUIET, FLOOFY, and LESS ANNOYING.
WEENER on May 13, 2020:
Hithere on April 27, 2020:
I have two pawsome dogs but I really also want a cat. Especially a Tortoiseshell. My brother and my dad are allergic. My mom really wants to get a cat also and maybe my brother also. My dad is against getting a cat. I only touched a cat like 5 times in my life!
??? on April 21, 2020:
I liked dogs in the past and hated cats... But now i think i like cats better than dogs...
MIMO on April 19, 2020:
CATS R BEST BOIS AND GURLZZZZZ
anything on April 16, 2020:
I love cats and dogs but cats have always been number one.
YEETER on April 15, 2020:
I have two Cats
Anonymous on April 14, 2020:
Cats! I really want one!!!
gkif on April 11, 2020:
I love cats too
ghjdkhhsdjfj on April 06, 2020:
I have three letters for you CAT
lmao on April 03, 2020:
I like cats and dogs equally lol
CAT LOVER on April 01, 2020:
Loved this! My essay was written and gotten a good grade! With my cat resting in my lap while I do it CATS ARE DA BEST!
mimibafi on March 31, 2020:
i have 2 cats and they are gorgeous and the best !!!
t on March 26, 2020:
cats are GREAT
HI on March 26, 2020:
Cats are peasants compared to dogs
My Life Is a LIE on March 25, 2020:
I have 2 cats LOL
Hadiyah on March 23, 2020:
I have a cat named LILY!!
#CatsOrDogs? on March 11, 2020:
I think the article was helpful, BUT I need more info on why cats are better and easier to take care of than dogs.
Thanks for the assist!
Aspie Girl on March 11, 2020:
Really helpful for my essay from school! :^]!!!
Name on March 10, 2020:
CATS ARE SO BETTER
Im a cat on March 03, 2020:
cats are the best!!!!!!
A person on February 28, 2020:
This was great!
naomi on February 24, 2020:
this is very helpful but i need more reasons
frank snapp on February 19, 2020:
Cats have been the coolest for me (surprising!), but I love all the animal babies we have in our homes very much. No one is more important than the other. I look forward to being able to keep pets again.
you dumb on February 19, 2020:
dog are better
BOOMER on February 18, 2020:
lol dogs better than cats
Madeleine on February 13, 2020:
Iol love cats better than dogs
Karate beast on February 12, 2020:
NINJA on February 11, 2020:
I LOVE kittins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
chloe on February 03, 2020:
I really want a pet but I don't know if there expensive
Lordnibbler on January 30, 2020:
As a current caretaker of both a stray cat and a stray dog, I can affirm that this article is both factual and accurate. If you have both a love for animals and a warm heart, you can't but help appreciate what a great companion and source of chronic mirth a cat can be.
1 on January 24, 2020:
This a really good article and it made me decide to get a cat.
unicornrainbows on January 23, 2020:
I read this and I totaly agree to this
Alex on January 17, 2020:
I agree with Cats vs. Dogs: The Great Debate; I currently have both dogs and cats, and I find them both virtually equivalently useful for entertainment. Though, dogs just overdo it and get in trouble too much.
caleb on January 14, 2020:
cats are soooo cute
isabelle deleon on January 13, 2020:
cats are okay they dont give you attention
Axel on January 13, 2020:
I still like dogs better
zach herron on January 10, 2020:
Cat! on December 16, 2019:
[this is private information] on December 06, 2019:
Cats are vague, but fun.
Isabel Arroyave on November 19, 2019:
I always have cats. They are my favorite animals although I also like dogs. Since I live in an apartment building is better to have a cat since they are easy to take care of them.
Pops on November 16, 2019:
Cats the bests love them
Joe Mama on November 07, 2019:
Ur so right cats are the best!!!
jijittqt on November 07, 2019:
CATS ARE DAH BEST
stephanie on November 05, 2019:
loved the passage. this will help with convincing the class cats are better than dogs. if you don't like cats, well, too bad.
bradley on October 25, 2019:
you are so right about cats are better then dogs
Aliyah on October 13, 2019:
Awesome post! This will help a lot with convincing my parents!
Cats miffy best on September 13, 2019:
Cats are the best. You have to work a lot for dogs, but its okay if you like dogs and cats. Well I do. So, I love both cats and dogs but cats are better.
logan pactrick lyon on May 08, 2019:
no cats are better
Mark Tulin from Ventura, California on December 25, 2018:
Great post. I always preferred them to dogs for similar reasons. They are also less needy than dogs. More independent.