Cats or dogs.. ? The debate is never-ending. There are certainly good arguments to be made for both sides. In this post we will be taking a look at the pros and cons of cats and dogs. By the end, you should have a pretty good idea whether you should choose a cat or a dog as your pet.
While you read our analysis of these pros and cons, please do keep in mind that we do not think one animal is better than the other. People may be of the opinion that dogs are better than cats or vice versa, but that’s just what it is: a personal opinion. Both animals are wonderful creations of nature that have lots of love and companionship to offer you.
Pros and cons of cats
Known by scientists as Felis Catus, cats were domesticated right after humanity had started to settle down. Archaeologists have discovered that house cats have been domesticated for thousands of years. The main reason humans took them in was because of their growing problem with rodents in their grain storage. Cats proved to be the perfect animal to keep mice and rats away.
Longer life span
With the average life span coming in at around 15 years (and sometimes more than two decades), cats live longer than dogs. Getting to spend more time with your pet is something that every pet owner will want.
While the need for attention and care can vary wildly among individuals, cats are significantly lower maintenance than dogs in many regards. On some days, they may even be perfectly fine with roaming the house and relaxing in various spots, asking nothing from you.
However, this does not imply that indoor cats don’t have needs; many cats also have days where they want to play, cuddle and cozy up. My own cat has these moments about once or twice a week, where she just wants to be with me and feel safe for a few minutes, and then she’s off to do her cat things again.
They are quiet
Cats are very quiet animals. Even when in pain, a cat does everything in his power not to draw attention. This quality makes them an ideal pet for those people who prefer to live in silence.
There is one big exception: unsprayed/unneutered indoor cats can become VERY loud if you don’t allow them to go outside.
Cats are ideal for those people who live on a budget and can not afford to spend a lot. Since a cat’s body is small, the volume of their daily food intake is much lowered compared to most dog breeds.
Keep in mind that cats do need a trip to the vet every so often, and those are not cheap in most countries. All things considered, the average cat costs just over $800 a year.
Sharp claws.. ouch!
Like humans, cats also have a darker side; if you cross their boundaries, you could end up getting scratched or bitten. You can avoid this by learning when your cat wants space.
There is another potential downside to their sharp claws: if you have furniture, there’s a chance it’s going to get scratched. Still, you should NEVER declaw your cat. It’s really painful for them and they need their claws for various things. With some effort you can perfectly train your cat not to scratch certain things, and another thing that will help massively is picking the right scratch post.
A significant percentage of people are allergic to cats. Even if you yourself are not allergic, having a cat around can cause trouble for your family and friends that are visiting. I have heavy allergies myself, and I can tell you that it’s nothing to sneeze at (Pun intended! :P)
Yep, like most animals, cats will shed a hair every now and then. They will shed even more frequently when they are kept indoors all the time. Certain breeds like the Sphynnx are born almost completely hairless, so this could be an option worth looking into.
Can throw-up occasionally
Cats may throw up due to an illness, food poisoning, allergies, but also as part of their normal behaviour. You should be prepared to clean up vomit and hairballs every now and again. Vomit may also leave stains on your carpet and furniture, that are not easy to clean out.
Pros and cons of dogs
We’ve discussed cats. Let’s continue to explore our question, what are the pros and cons of cats and dogs? – by shiftin our focus to dogs.
Dogs have the honour of being the first domesticated animals in our history. Biologists estimate that they were first domesticated about 30,000 years ago. They are also the most popular pet amongst the American population. There’s a saying that goes:
‘Dogs are man’s best friend’
Note: We humbly apologize for the issue that this quote may cause for feminists.
They can read your mood
Dogs have well-developed instincts which allow them to accurately read the subtle body language of their owners. If they find you in a great mood, they will bark excitedly and wave their tails. But if you’re feeling low, they will just quietly sit beside you.
They are one of the few animals who serve humans selflessly. There are countless real-life stories in which dogs have saved lives and even have sacrificed themselves to do so.
Your real-life friends and even your partner can turn their backs on you in times of need. A dog is loyal to the very end, and will never abandon his owner no matter what happens. They are in it for the long haul.
Are active companions
Dogs are perhaps the most active of all pets. They’re always up for a game of throw and fetch or a cuddle session. Plus, since many of us live alone these days, we get bored. Getting some canine companionship may be just the thing you need to feel less lonely.
They keep you safe
Depending on the breed, they may add to your safety at home since they can act as guard dog. Dogs are very aware of the sounds in their enviroment and instinctively know when something is wrong. Should a burglar attempting to break and enter your home, there’s a good chance your dog will pick up on that and sound the alarm with a loud bark.
If you fail to train your puppy properly, the grown-up version of your dog will probably cause you stress in the future. You can either hire a qualified trainer for this, or try to do this yourself. You’ll need some patience and a lot of treats!
They are loud
Dogs can make a lot of noise when they bark, so they aren’t exactly the best choice for a pet if you like a quiet enviroment. We should mention that there are some breeds of dogs that bark less loudly or not at all.
They need attention
Many dogs constantly look for validation from their owners. If you’re the type of person who enjoys validating others, that won’t be a problem. But if you see this as a hassle, getting a cat may prove to be a better choice for you.
Pros of having a pet
So far we examined the differences between cats and dogs. But what do they have in common? Indeed, having a pet in general has many great benefits!
They make you laugh
Any cat or dog owner will attest to the fact that these animals do hilarious things when they are in a playful mood. Want to have a good laugh? You can’t go wrong with either. But cats in particular can do some crazy things:
They improve your mood
Beeing around a pet has been proven to boost to a person’s mood. Their love can do wonders for you. The companionship which they offer is invaluable. For those who are all alone in this world, pets like dogs and cats can give hope and a reason to keep going.hey improve the condition of depressed people
If you suffer from depression, a pet may help your condition. But always visit a good mental health professional, and never use a pet as a substitute for professional advice or medication.
Can help you become more social
Single guys out there, we have good news for you! Many surveys have found that women are more inclined to date a guy who has a pet like a cat or a dog. So, what are you waiting for? Jokes aside, do remember that you will have to take your pet’s responsibility.
They teach you responsibility
If you have kids and teens who are irresponsible, then getting them a pet will improve that. The fun and love offered by these creatures will make them care for them and they might start taking responsibilities related to their dog/cat. This also goes for those adults who run away from responsibilities.
They reduce your stress
Do you come home from job stressed out and frustrated? Do things just get worse when you try to browse social media for solace? There is a dog or cat in your nearest shelter home which might make things better for you. In return, they won’t ask anything but your love and affection. Their companionship is something which no amount of money can buy in the world.