The dog vs. cat debate

While pet lovers generally unite in their love for their furry—sometimes scaly—friends, it’s not uncommon to find dog lovers and cat lovers at odds as to which is the better pet. Check out both sides of the great debate—dogs versus cats.

11 Jan 2017 By Leanne Philpott Comments

Let’s face it, there are pros and cons to owning both a cat and a dog and really it just comes down to personal preference and which animal best suits your lifestyle.

To help you discover where you stand in the dog v cat debate, here are five arguments for each.

Dogs are better than cats because…


Dog is man’s best friend

Man and dog have been besties since, well forever! Dogs are well known to be a faithful companions; they’ve worked alongside man to hunt, farm and guard and will give their life to protect yours. What more can you ask for from a friend?


You can train a dog

Dogs are clever and love having a sense of purpose. Intelligent, well-trained dogs have made huge differences to the lives of many humans. Where would we be without blind dogs? Dog’s prowess is also proven in the fact that the police and army employ them as rescue dogs and sniffer dogs. Do you know how tough it is to get in to the police?


Dogs offer protection

Okay, so not all dogs have the ability to save your life if the need should arrive; yes, I’m thinking of that pooch that Paris Hilton carries around in her handbag! Yet, most dogs will instinctively protect their home and will bark or growl to ward off intruders.

Put it this way—would you feel safer running at night with a dog in toe or carrying a cat?


There’s greater variety of dog

While cats do vary in size slightly, there’s a much larger variety of dog shapes and sizes. You can choose from a tiny dog or mid-sized canine to a dog the size of a horse. Think: Great Dane!


Dogs are more fun

Dogs love to play and have fun. They can fetch a ball, run with you, play rough and tumble, or take part in a tug of war. While cats can play too, how often do you see someone take their cat to the beach, or camping or to a café? Let’s face it; the dog is the ultimate furry fun chum!


Cats are better than dogs because…


They’re cleaner with better toilet habits

Cats can be trained to use a litter box from the get go so you’ll be cleaning up ‘little messages’ far less often than you would with a new puppy. When outdoors, cats are good at burying their pooh and wee. It might end up in your flowerbed, but this is better than having a dog who poohs and wees wherever it pleases, then watches as you clean it up.


Cats behave better with visitors

It’s not often you hear of a postie being attacked by a cat, that’s because cats have manners. Whereas a dog will growl and bark at a visitor—be it friend or foe—cats observe from a far. A cat might approach to give your visitor the once over but he or she certainly won’t leap and paw and sniff your visitor’s crotch!


Cats are les smelly

How often do you hear, “Ewe, it smells of cat in here”? You don’t, because cats are clean and love to spend hours grooming themselves, which gets rid of any nasty odours.


Cats are low maintenance

Cats require way less attention and work than their canine counterparts. You don’t need to walk them or throw balls for hours on end. Pop some food and water down and they’ll pretty much fend for themselves, making cats a cool choice for any animal lover with a busy lifestyle.


Cats are quieter than dogs

No neighbour wants to listen to a dog barking for hours on end, not to mention the whining and whimpering keeping him or her awake at night. This can cause stress for dog owners. Ditch the dog and get a cat and noise is no longer an issue! Even the loudest meow is unlikely to travel over the garden fence.

11 Jan 2017 By Leanne Philpott Comments

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