Pets are a big part of all of our lives and we simply adore them! They are always great companions and a source of endless fun. But there’s a famous debate that has never been fully resolved – cats or dogs – which one is better? Cats and dogs are the most usual pets and some people have both, but there are a lot of people who call themselves either cat lovers or dog lovers. Both have great arguments why their pet is better and why the other one is inferior, but it’s really hard to objectively decide which one is better to own. Certain types of personalities in people have been linked to having a cat or a dog. So your personality can actually be a key to finding out which pet to own. Both cats and dogs have their own special quirks that we love so much and are both very fun to own. It’s really hard to decide which one is better, but we can try to look at some arguments from both viewpoints and maybe we’ll finally solve the famous cats vs. dogs debate.
Maintenance and Cleanliness
Cats require a lot less maintenance and they are really simple beings. You only have to clear the litter box a couple of times a week. Cats also basically clean themselves so you don’t have to worry about that, and generally, they don’t get too dirty anyways. Cats also cover their poop in the litter box to hide the smell. Dogs on the other hand require a bit more maintenance. You have to take them for walks in order for them to do their business and you have to pick it up after them. Dogs also love to get dirty – whether it’s by jumping in a puddle of mud or rolling around in the park. Dog hair is also generally longer than cat’s fur so there’s more maintenance there as well.
Did you know that the biggest killer of wildlife besides humans is cats? They are natural born killers and predators and dog owners could argue that it’s better to pick up poo after their dogs than a dead mouse or a dead bird presented to you by your evil cat. But cat lovers could say that dogs can kill too. 4.5 billion Americans are bit by dogs every single year, killing 38 people in 2016. So dogs are not so harmless as well. But it has to be said that those statistics are only looking at animals that are not even domesticated at all. So we’re talking mostly about stray dogs that can be very dangerous, not your lovely pet dog.
Studies have shown that cat owners are more open-minded, sensitive and less likely to conform than dog lovers. They’re also more introverted, mysterious, and intellectual. On the contrary, studies show that dog owners are more lively, energetic, more social and tend to follow the rules more closely. When you own a dog, you just have to be more social, you have to take your dog to park, you go outside and meet people and you really grab life by the snout. While cat people tend to just stay at home alone, be with their cats and read and interesting book. Both can be fun, but the question is which personality type fits you better?
Cats basically do nothing; they spend 4% of their day eating and drinking, while for the 85% of their day they do absolutely nothing. They simply lie around, walk around, or simply sleep. Sounds pretty lazy! Dogs are much more active, they always seem to be doing something and are always up for playing, running, jumping around or going outside. So dogs are definitely for someone who is a sporty and active type.
New research suggests that dog owners are actually much more likely to take leisurely strolls outside and just generally be more physically active and healthier. One study has shown that dog owners are 60% more likely to go on walks for leisure even without their dogs than cat owners would. That results in dog owners being a bit healthier and leaner. And that does make a lot of sense, however a study in the UK found out that 40% of dog owners don’t even take their dogs for walks with the less than half of the adults that actually own dogs don’t meet the recommended requirement for weekly physical activity. So it doesn’t have to necessarily mean that cats=fat and dogs=fit.
Who Is Smarter?
Cat lovers would say that dogs are only as smart as a two year old human and they can only count to five. In the wild, they travel in large packs, led by an alpha male or a female which is one of the reasons why they’re so easy to manipulate with food. Cats on the other hand are more independent and this leads to them being a much more interesting pet to observe and they’re not as easily manipulated and controlled.
But of course, dog owners would argue that dogs are extremely intelligent. They can understand human physical communication. If you point somewhere, a dog will actually look to that place unlike a cat that would just stare at the tip of your finger and not know what you’re talking about. They’ve also found stray dogs that are able to use subways to commute to populous areas to find more food. Also, we all know that dogs help human in many ways like dogs for blind people, rescue dogs, police dogs etc. So they must be pretty smart to be able to do all of that. On top of that, dogs have incredibly crazy hearing; they actually hear way larger frequencies than humans. And actually in a Beatles song called a Day In The Life, they actually include a whistle tone so that Paul McCartney’s dog could hear it on his own. I don’t know that cats can say that they have any Beatles songs written for them.
However, one study found that dogs don’t actually know when they’re guilty, they only act guilty and give that guilty after someone has made an action or used a tone of voice that makes them seem as if they’re guilty. So many owners think, oh, my dog is so smart, he knows he did something wrong and knows that he’s guilty. But in fact it’s just you that’s made him feel that way. So maybe all of this intelligence we’re inferring on dogs it’s not all it’s cracked up to be and we’re simply projecting our human emotions onto them.
Dogs have been put up to some pretty incredible tasks. In World War II, 10 000 dogs were trained to use their incredible smell and incredible hearing to alert solders to any incoming surprise attacks. And even today they’re used to sniff out drugs and bombs, they’re given life vests to protect them and they simply protect human beings. There have not been instances where cats have helped people in such ways.
All of us like to play with our pets, and that’s one of the reasons why we have them in the first place. Especially if you have kids, a pet can be a great source of fun for children. But which pet is more playful? Some would say that dogs are definitely more playful because they are so active; they like to run around, jump, roll, play fetch, play with toys, play hide and seek, you can teach your dog different cool tricks etc. It seems like the fun is never ending with dogs. They also like to play with other dogs in park and it’s just a whole lot of fun. Dogs are also always so happy to see you and actually want to spend time with you and play while cats seem more uninterested, lazy and not really up for playing. They don’t wait for you to come home, they actually don’t seem really bothered whether you’re home or not. They also usually lie around or sleep. But of course, cat owners would say that cats are absolutely playful and you can have a lot of fun with them. Cats can also play fetch and hide and seek and can be a lot of fun. They maybe have to be stimulated by you more to get them to play, but they’re certainly up for it and you can play many games with them.
So are you a cat owner or a dog owner or maybe both? Which is better? It’s very hard to decide.