Cats vs. dogs… Cat owners vs. dog owners. It’s a war that has been waged for as long as people and pets have lived together. While some animal lovers are what I would call “ambi-pet-rous” (equally fond of both cats and dogs), there are just as many die-hard fans of dogs, and cat connoisseurs that would have no other pet.
Today, we’re going to take the stance of the cat lover, and discuss 5 valid reasons why cats are better than dogs. Now, before all you dog lovers start growling at me, in a future article I promise to take the opposite viewpoint, and give dogs their day.
So, without further adieu, here are the top 5 reasons that cats are better than dogs!
- Cats are self-training. Many a dog owner has been faced with the problem of house training their puppy. And some dogs, despite the owners’ best efforts, never quite get it. Kittens, on the other hand, take to the litter box like ducks to water. It’s a cats’ natural instinct to dig a hole and bury it’s pee and poo. All a cat owner needs to do is ensure that their pussycat has a clean litter box tucked away in a quiet corner, and that’s pretty much it.
- Cats are quiet. One of the most frustrating aspects of dog ownership is barking. And barking. And even more barking. Many dogs will seemingly bark when so much as a flea farts. Not so with cats. Although some breeds of cat, such as the Siamese, can be more vocal than others, cat owners definitely do not need earplugs.
- Cats are healthier. With the exception of some purebred cat breeds, cats tend to be healthier than dogs. Dogs can suffer from numerous health problems, including such things as hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, arthritis, allergies and skin conditions. Cats, on the other hand, are generally healthier and live longer – as much as 25 years.
- Cats are low maintenance. Cats self-regulate their feedings. Leave a bowl of good quality cat food down for your kitty, and you can rest assured your cat will eat only as much she needs – when she is hungry. Dogs, on the other hand, can only be fed what they should eat, otherwise they will eat, and eat, and eat (and eat). Dogs wolf down their food and go looking for more.
- Cats are self-reliant. It’s a rare occurrence that a cat will suffer from separation anxiety when the family is away at work or school. Cats are happy to take a nice nap while on their own, but still enjoy the companionship of their family when home. Dogs and puppies are not good when left on their own. They can become destructive, anxious and neurotic, and very often need the care of a sitter, or someone to be home with them most of the time.
These are just a few of the reasons cats are better than dogs. I’m sure cat owners will have many more. So if you’re looking for an affectionate family pet that is lots of fun but not so much work, consider a cat or kitten.