Which makes a better pet: A dog or a cat? – Part 31

You have never heard a nervous mother tell her single forty-two year old daughter that if she is not careful, that she is going to turn into a “crazy dog lady.” I’m sure that all of you are fully aware of the perfectly real “crazy cat lady” alternative however. I believe that this summarizes and illustrates my “Dogs are better pets” argument better than anything else that I can say, but don’t worry, I have more.

I believe that the true characterizing feature of a pet’ is the ability to name an animal, and have it come to you when called. After all, anything else is just an animal. Sure, you can give an animal a name, “Oh look, its Smokey the tourist mauling bear, run Johnny!” But unless it responds (at least 90% of the time at least) to your beckon, all you have is an animal, not a pet. With that in mind, I am not sure that it is even appropriate to label a cat as a pet since they look at you like you owe them money every time you call their name. So, to have a debate about which is a better pet, is seems pretty pointless since you can’t truly call a cat a pet. More like a loafing animal tenant really.

Now, I have heard the argument that cats are cleaner than dogs and I would like to address that because that’s well, just wrong. Yes, dogs do shed, and they do make messes in the front lawn. But cats are much, much worse. First, cats shed just as much, if not more, and in more inconvenient places than dogs. I have never seen a dog jump on top of a bookcase, or prance atop a television set and get their shed (no I’m keeping this clean, but that is still a four letter word) in thousand of unclean-able areas. Secondly, while dogs do make a mess of the lawn, that is outside, that is nature, and that is what that is for. True, cats go in the same little box, in the same little spot of the house (that is inside) but I don’t see how that is cleaner. More organized possibly, but certainly not cleaner. In addition, cats have hairballs, and they are not exactly particular about where they relieve themselves of them. If you have ever had the displeasure of seeing one of these kitty care packages, you too have probably wondered where the clean cat argument has come from.

I also don’t know how I feel about an animal (yes, I am talking about cats, they’re not pets remember) that I pay for, and finance medical cost for, and feed, looking at me like I’m a jerk every time that I get home. I also don’t buy that cats are just more independent than dogs

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