Sherry grew up watching her uncle raise turtles, fish, goats and sheep in his backyard.
Cats and dogs are understood by the manifestation of their worldview. As an old joke goes, this is how a dog thinks about its owner(s): "This person's great. She feeds me, she pets me, and she plays with me. She must be a god". A cat, on the other hand, thinks: "This person's great. She feeds me, she pets me, and she plays with me. I must be a god".
Cats vs dogs have been a topic of debate for thousands of years. As much as the personality characters attributed to cat lovers and dog lovers is vague, an invisible line remains between these two types of people.
Cats are the type of pet that will snuggle you to show love rather than drool and lick your face. Cats have an instinctive way of living, they will love you when they want to love you and this is what makes them lovable. They make you work to have a relationship with them and that is the most attractive part about having them as pets.
1. Cats are easy to take care of
Cats can be indoor or outdoor and there is no need for walks. Cats do not constantly ask for human attention. But when you need it, the cat will provide it. Cats require less time and energy of their owners. Most cats are pretty lazy that they like to sleep for 16 hours a day.
Even playing with cats is easy. Cats curiosity allows you to play with them even with a crumpled piece of paper rolled into a ball. Toss it about the room and that will suffice to keep their energy levels high.
2. Cats are low-maintenance
Besides being much cheaper to get, cats are also low maintenance. All they need is a bowl of food and another of water, and a litter box. According to the ASPA, cat care cost can be $300-$800 a year less compared to dog care cost and this figure is for basic living. With dogs, there are also more costs associated with boarding and dog-walking compared to cats.
3. They keep the house clean
Cats are strikingly different from dogs in terms of their utility. They are notoriously independent and untrainable - as Rudyard Kipling would write, the cat is "not a friend, and [...] not a servant," but "the Cat who walks by himself".
Rodents and pest control is the skill happily mastered by cats.
4. Cats quietly creep around the house
A cat will accept when you have to leave the house. On the other hand, most dogs get upset and destructive.
Cats can easily entertain themselves and cater to their needs on their own.
5. They are litter-box trained
You have to clean up dog poop by picking it up yourself. Cats can do their business in the litter box that is easy to clean. Also, it is much easier to potty train cats than it is for dogs. Most dogs often need professional training.
6. They can take care of themselves
Cats are a species known for their independence. You can go to work for 8 hours straight and your cat may not miss you or at least make a mess of it.
Although they love the attention they are extremely content spending time alone. What makes cat better than most pets is that they can become your companion and not a baby needing attention all day.
7. No complaints of noise from neighbours
Barking and growling are two of the main reasons for people relinquishing dogs to shelters in the US. With cats home, you will not have to worry about the neighbours complaining about your pet disturbing their peace. Also, cats do not meow as much as dogs bark.
Cats by nature are calmer, so when you have people over, they will just watch from a distance. When you need your cat to be quiet for a social event, it will.
8. No destruction inside and outside the house
Dogs chew furniture, shoes, and other things in the house they are kept for care. Moreover, they destroy things in the yard and garage. Cats also spray in the house and maybe bite and chew with their little mouth. But the problems caused by cats can be eliminated easily. One could say a cat can scratch furniture, but regular clipping of their nails and adding scratching posts in some corners of your house will solve this problem.
9. Cats are diligent at grooming and hygiene
Cats clean themselves, making cleaning them less of a pain. They don't have that anal gland issue the dogs have.
If you keep the litter box clean and fresh with high-quality litter chances are, no one will ever notice that you have a cat.
Cats can have their claws whole and they don't slobber while drinking. There are breeds of cats that don't shed and I am not talking about hairless cats, there are cats with hair that don't shed or shed very less.
10. Cats are better ecological pets
A study reveals that the area of land required to feed a medium-sized dog is 0.84 hectares annually compared to a cat which is 0.15 hectares.
Anothe study reveals some shocking facts as it concludes that, domestic dogs threaten at least 188 threatened species worldwide.
11. They don't need much space
Cats can happily live with you in a studio apartment and never want more. Even keeping a single dog needs a lot more space.
12. They are really good mothers
Not only do mother cats nurse their kittens, but they also teach them to use the litter box, how to sharpen claws and whatnot. For dogs, this responsibility is upon the owners to teach puppies things.
13. Cat bites are not half as dangerous as dog bites
Dog bites have dramatically risen in number and severity in the past four decades. The average number of people dying from dog bites every year is 35. Even mild dog bites cause pain, injury and a huge risk of infection.
Cats do not pursue people to bite them and their bites cause mild pain. However, cat bites can be infectious.
14. Cats do not escape and even if they do, it is not a problem
You can have your cat be an indoor cat and then you don't have to worry about it running away. Dogs have to go outside and so it is more likely for them to run away.
Dog escaping from the house or yard is a huge problem, whereas such a situation is less stressful for cat owners. Leave the cat to walk around the neighbourhood and be worry-free because it will come back home.
15. They are cute and funny
This might seem like an opinion. But the fact that there are thirty times more breeds of dogs than cats and yet we have more cat memes than dog memes around the internet tells it all.
Cats are cute, cuddly, soft, and funny. They can sit on your lap, lick your face, spend time hiding and do cute tricks.
Busting the Myths: Cats vs Dogs
1. Dogs are more intelligent than cats.
Many people think that dogs possess higher intelligence because of their ability to listen to commands and do tricks. On the other hand, cats can take charge and be independent and cautious, which are both trademark signs of intelligence. The truth, I believe is that intelligence like many other qualities of a pet is what their owners perceive them to be.
2. Cats cannot be trained.
"Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later." (Bly 1998). Although they have their own peculiar way of learning things, cats can be trained too.
3. Dogs are more loving than cats.
People who like dogs usually argue that dogs love humans more and cats do not. This is based on the studies that have shown that dogs release the "love hormone" oxytocin upon interaction with their owners. This response was seen on petting the dog, having eye contact and almost anything. Contrary to this, there also studies that do not show any such increase.
Moreover, some authors have also criticized the over-simplified view of oxytocin's role in social relationships in general and in the dog-human relationship in particular.
A group of researchers investigated cats' preference for food, toys and social interaction with people, most cats sought interaction with humans over everything else, even food!
4. Dogs have a better relationship with humans than cats do.
Dogs who have been domesticated for nearly 12,000 years are expected to have a better relationship with humans than do cats, who have been domesticated a scant 6000 years.
However, several studies have shown that cats develop affection towards their owners. But, this is related to the time and effort the cat owner invests in it, in terms of bonding. Moreover, there are also cats who have saved human lives.
5. There are therapy dogs but no therapy cats.
Ever since the beginning of the domestication history of dogs, dog-lovers seem to uncover obscure reasons to praise the dog. John Caius mentions in his book named Of English Dogs that a dog placed to the chest will ease an ill-stomach or disease of the torso by the virtue of its heat. (Source: Medieval Pets by Miekle Walker, page 9)
This statement seems almost funny today, especially given the effect that zoonotic viruses have had on human populations and the fact that some researchers have suggested viruses like measles were evolved from the distemper virus that was passed to humans via animals like the dog. (Source: Animals, Disease, Human Society Joanna and Swabbe, 1999)
Here are some facts about cats providing health benefits:
- Cats can help children with anxiety and/or depression.
- A study by researchers from the University of Minnesota showed that cat owners were nearly 40% less likely to die from a heart attack than those people who have never owned a cat.
- Overweight in dogs, but not in cats, is related to overweight in their owners.
- Cats are now beginning to be used as therapy cats more and more.
I must confess that I am a cat person, although I have nothing against dogs. Also, I am not trying to declare that cats are the most popular pet.
Which of the two makes a better pet depends on the owner needs and pet personality rather than pet type. In fact, most pet behaviour studies are concerned with understanding what owners perceive their pets to be capable of.
Take this fun poll!
- Labels for a cat person: Graceful, subtle, independent, thoughtful, mysterious, more neurotic, open.
- Labels for a dog person: loyal, direct, kind, faithful, utilitarian, helpful, a team player, more extroverted, agreeable, conscientious.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Sherry Haynes
Michael J McMullen on September 03, 2020:
I had a dog as a child and loved him so much. He was my best friend. However now thatni have grown up I don't like the blind loyalty most dogs have. When a cat loves you it's because he has decided that you are a person he wants to love. A csts love is something earned.
Steve from Chingford London on June 17, 2020:
I prefer Racoons. Teddy bears in striped pyjamas lol
Sp Greaney from Ireland on June 16, 2020:
I think cats get a bad rep from society. I personally prefer cats as they require less work. Great article. I think any cat lover will enjoy reading this.
Liz Westwood from UK on June 16, 2020:
You make a good case for cats. Dog lovers might disagree. At the end of the day it all boils down to personal preference. Some people even own both cats and dogs.