Which makes a better pet: A dog or a cat? – Part 80

Its a cold night. You wish there was someone to cuddle, but you’re the only one home. Suddenly your cat jumps on your lap and curls up, purring affectionately. You feel yourself instantly warming up, and cannot help but appreciate the loving nature of your feline.

Sound nice? I think so. Yes, dogs are great too. But many of us do not have the time or energy to devote to a dog. They deserve someone who can take them for walks, run around with them, and just devote a large amount of time each day playing with them. Cats are not quite so high maintenance.

The main reasons I prefer my cats over a pet dog is the fact that I hate being jumped on and licked. I’m only small, so can you imagine a small person trying to fend off a massive dog, who stands almost as tall on two feet? It can be difficult. And suddenly you’re left with footprints all over your nice clothes… and that smell. I really hate the smell dogs get within days… hours… of a bath. And little dogs so often have terrible temperments. Animals love me, but of the very rare negative experiences I have ever have, its been with a small, yappy dog that decides it wants to take a nip out of your hand. Not fun!

Cats on the other hand are patient pets, who will leave you alone when you want to be left alone, and give you company when you are lonely. They only smell when they go to the toilet… but who doesn’t? They can be playful, but only when you want to play with them. They can be calm, when you’re feeling calm. And purr when they want to tell you they love you. Cats are protective creatures, and their intellegence never ceases to amaze me. Something bad happens to a cat, it’ll avoid that situation in the future. A dog will make the same mistake again and again.

Cats are just very easy going pets. As long as you feed them and give them somewhere to curl up, they are very content. They do not get bored as a dog would if you’re at work day in and day out. They are great companions, and ideal for children as they are not rowdy like dogs are.

I love both dogs and cats, and would gladly have both, but I do not have the time right now to devote to a dog as it deserves. My cats are happy just sleeping beside me while I type, or sitting at the end of the bed while I sleep. I do not need to feel guilty if I cannot play with them today, because they are happy just being comfortable. And each cat has such a distinct personality, that no two are ever the same!

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