Which makes a better pet: A dog or a cat? – Part 92

I adore both cats and dogs but, as far as which is the better pet, my vote has to go to the dogs. There’s a few reasons for this.

*Dogs are more energetic: Granted, this isn’t always the case. Some cats zoom around the house crashing into walls and clawing the furniture to bits while some dogs like nothing better than lazing in front of the fireplace. But a dog is a lot more likely to greet you at the door bouncing up and down with glee. You’re lucky if a cat even notices you unless it’s their dinner time.

*Dogs are easier to train: Cats can be trained but, generally, they’re more independent and it requires more time and energy from the owner. A much larger percentage of dogs know how to fetch, sit up, roll over, and beg.

*Dogs require more exercise: Dogs need to be walked regularly no matter what their size. This can be a bad thing if you’re short on time but, for those who have trouble keeping up an exercise regimen, it provides an extra incentive.

*Dogs provide better security: Cats aren’t exactly going to terrify a burglar. A thief will probably just pat it on the head and continue to pillage your house. An angry Rottweiler, on the other hand, would make anybody sit up and take notice. Of course, this depends on the size and breed of your particular dog. An angry Chihuahua is just hilarious.

*Dogs can go with you: If you’re the sort of person who likes to bring your pet along with you on your various errands around town, dogs can come along with you. I’ve met very few cats who responded well to a leash.

*Competitions: If the animal is a pure breed, both species can be entered into dog and cat shows. However, dogs can also be entered into agility competitions. While it’s not for everybody, this can be a fun hobby for both you and your pet. No equivalent competition currently exists for cats.

I do think a cat is a better pet for families where everybody is away for long periods during the day. Cats really do require a lot less maintenance. Dogs are more likely to suffer from separation anxiety which can result in their tearing up furniture and other mishaps. While cleaning a litter box is never fun, it’s much easier than taking the dog out multiple times during the day. And those with physical health problems will have to find somebody to walk a dog regularly. And, really, many cats are just as affectionate as their canine counterparts.

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