cats vs. dogs

United States
September 23, 2007 12:58pm CST
I hope I don't start World War III here, but I really wonder why anyone prefers dogs to cats. We have two cats and a dog. The dog is ten times the work. You can't go away for more than a day without boarding him, he needs haircuts, drags mud in the house, and took a lot of time to train. If you get between him and his food he'll take your arm off, whereas my cats have never growled at me or threatened me and their presence is far more soothing. I would never get another dog, but I would never be without a least one cat.
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@izathewzia (5142)
• Philippines
23 Sep 07
My mom used to have dogs when we were growing up. I am so used of taing care of them. But I don't prefer them over cats. Because aside from dogs, my mom also adopted strayed cats. And my siblings used to have other pets like monkey, fish, rodent, etc. I am used of pets but no particular favorite. I just love taking care of them. feeding them or bathing them. Believe me, of all of us in the family, it was only me who haven't have my "own" pet to be proud of. lol
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
23 Sep 07
I have two dogs and a cat. I don't think the dogs are any more work than the cat is. The dogs do have to go outside a few times every day to potty, but I would much rather let them out, than have to clean the litter box after the cat. The dogs go with us anytime we are going home, so we don't have to board them. They don't get haircuts, because they don't really need them. We have a lab and a terrier mix. My dogs are well behaved, and allow us to touch them while they are eating without any problems. Our cat is the one more likely to swipe at someone. My one year old son can even run into the dogs when they are eating and they don't even growl or anything. My dogs are super protective of my son, and they would never let anyone near him that didn't have permission. They let me know when someone is at the door if I'm downstairs and don't hear it. They would scare away any potential robbers. I do love my cat, too. But she takes almost as much work as the dogs. I can't imagine not having both kinds of furry friends.
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@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
23 Sep 07
I agree with you about dogs being ten times the work. My sister owns two big dogs AND a cat. She's got to walk both dogs, for one thing. She's also got to put up with more. One of her dogs was pronounced overweight by the vet and required a special diet and more exercise. On the other hand, the cat is fairly independent. She is happy and healthy. All my sister has to worry about is making sure the cat is fed and her litterbox cleaned. Speaking for myself, I like to look at dogs, but I would never own one. I don't like to walk dogs or wipe mud off their feet or do other things that dog owners do. Give me a cat anytime! I think that cats are smart and independent, more than dogs.
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• United States
23 Sep 07
...All pets come with responsibilities. They all have their own personalities and any can prove to be a pain in the butt. ...Cats have always been my favorite pet. Although, I have had two dogs and miss having one now. Dogs are better door bells, cats could care less if someone comes over. Dogs are messier, cats are cleaner. Both get fleas, both need to be seen at the vets office for shots and when their health is bad. ...There is no way I could choose after having dogs. I adore them both. My new man has a small yorkie and that is why I am waiting ongetting a dog. Not to mention finances will not support another animal right now. ...Good discussion question. Peace be with you. =(^;^)= Della
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@NatashaG (100)
• United States
23 Sep 07
What kind of dog do you have? We have mixes.. One is a beagle mix and the other is a basset hound/lab mix. Boy and girl.. They are probably the gentlest dogs I have ever been around. They have short hair so we don't have to get their hair cut and the definetely don't even growl if we mess with their food. BJ, the beagle, practically potty trained himself. We used puppy pads and he learned to go on those if it was an emergency and then we just moved it to the door and then outside it so he learned to go outside. He's really good in the house. Cali was a little more difficult, but because we had BJ who wouldn't go inside, she followed his lead. I love to cuddle with them and play with them outside.. And when we go home to visit family the come with us. The family gets them presents and what not and the dogs all play together and entertain us. On the other hand, I have only had one cat.. I was ten years old and it was a stray cat that we adopted. We wanted to take it to the vet to get it's shots and make sure it was safe to have. We couldn't afford a carrying case for the cat at the time so we just put it in the back seat. It went crazy before we even got to the end of the driveway and we had to let it out. We all sustained many cuts from the claws. I also had a friend that had a cat and she got scratched and got cat scratch fever. She was out of school for a month and a half. I've never heard of a dog giving anybody anything but fleas and rabies.. but if you take care of them then that's not an issue. So I guess you see I prefer dogs to cats.. maybe it's just some ppl are naturally more inclined to take care of a dogs and others are more inclined to cats..
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@pkosher (71)
• United States
23 Sep 07
I feel exactly the opposite. We have 2 cats and 1 dog also. The cats drive me nuts. They don't get along with the dog and one will instigate problems with him. The cat will attack the dog and hiss at him and make him very anxious. I hate the litter box and all that goes with it. Also, we have one cat that throws up at least once a week in the house. We also have cats that have some territory issues with our daughter and urinate on her stuff if it is in a space that they think belongs to them. Our dog is very loving with her and very loyal. After these cats are gone, we will probably never have another.
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• United States
23 Sep 07
YOU can own a dog but friend as a devoted cat person i can say you cannot own a cat a cat owns you!they are less dependant than a dog and far cleaner
@CarlHalling (3629)
• United Kingdom
23 Sep 07
I like individual dogs, and prefer certain breeds, but in general I'd say I prefer cats because they tend to be less aggressive with people. I also like the fact that you can befriend cats on a casual basis, and they make good friends too, and seem to appreciate casual but affectionate friendship.
@eden32 (3976)
• United States
24 Sep 07
I'm not sure that I can agree that cat's are less aggressive. I had a cat bite me a few years ago, (indoor, pet cat that belonged to my mother not a stray). I ended up in the hospital with a severe infection that lasted weeks.
• United Kingdom
24 Sep 07
I see your point. I have heard stories before about how terribly dangerous cat scratches and bites can be; and I'm sorry this happened to you. Domestic dogs and cats make wonderful companions for humans and are a blessing; however, the fact remains that they are related by kin to animals in the wild. They are our best friends...most of the time.
• United States
24 Sep 07
I know what you mean. I used to have a dog and it was sooo annoying becuase he was so needy. Now I have a cat and well although he's better, he's annoying too. lol. He meaws all the time. If it's not cause he wants to go outside, it's becuase he wants me to stop everything I'm doing to pet him. Does he not know that my life does not revolve around him? lol
@rosie_123 (6118)
24 Sep 07
I feel exactly the same. I was bought up in a house with both dogs and cats - and - please don't get me wrong - I would never hurt a dog, - but I would never choose to have one either. Cats are cleaner, quieter, more independant, easier to care for, and generally easier to get along with. I have 6 cats and adore them all - they are the best and cleanest pets.
@ssf12ster (489)
• India
24 Sep 07
it is like big vs small dear!so u need to be far away from big ones. the lil ones dont do anything to you. u r always afraid of the big unes. so be small and beautiful rather than bold and beautiful!
@Bunsdk (242)
• Denmark
24 Sep 07
I think I read somewhere about how cats and dogs "treat" the family they are in, and thats why ppl like one or the other, or even both. Cats see themselves as the head of the family. They need to take care of their members, and keep an eye on them. That is why you see a cat following you when youre within its area, and start calling for you when you leave it. A dog sees itself as the mother/father of the family. They will protect you and guide you if it can. In some cases it sees it self as a packleader but thats bad. The dog has a more loving approach to both big and small. Im not too sure if the upper statement was accurate but at least very close to. I dont really know what I would prefer. I like the less work there is in having a cat, but I adore the devotion and closeness with a dog. Ive got neither though atm, and probably wont get either for a long while still.
• China
24 Sep 07
I like dogs, because he is the loyal friends of human. The dogs are able to keep house for his host
• Australia
24 Sep 07
Dogs. Because of their warmth, those eyes, and how reliant they are on you! Plus, i'm allergic to cats :)
@eden32 (3976)
• United States
23 Sep 07
The growling at you when you approach his dish is not acceptable dog behavior. I'd seek a professional trainer to help stop that asap. Dogs should be entirely & completely submissive to the "Alpha-Dog" in the pack and they should see you as that dog. I could reach in my dog's mouth & remove an item if I needed too- I actually had to do that once when she got a hold of a chicken bone. Although I agree a dog is more work, they're also more rewarding imo. A cat isn't going to go hiking with you, or play frisbe on the beach. She's not going to alert you when someone enters your home. For the most part they don't come when called, and are much more aloof than the average dog.
@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
23 Sep 07
Cats rule dogs drool...dogs have owners while cats have staff. Actually, cats are a lot more independent then dogs with one important exception... while dogs and cats both lack opposable thumbs, the cat is much more dependent of someone capable of operating a can opener for the simple purpose of acquiring tuna. I know, a lot of people say that tuna is bad for cats....what they fail to take into consideration is the fact that cats have teeth and sometimes claws, and if there is something that they want, then it is in the staff's best interest to provide it. Cat's are self cleaning, and as hunters they tend to keep wandering insect wildlife under control. Dogs generally sit there staring at you with their tail wagging and drooping drool while generally looking stupid... not to mention the incessant barking at absolutely nothing. While we may get another hound at some point, we will always have a cat.
• China
23 Sep 07
i think i was and strante,i do not support goldfish,birds ,cats ,but love the dog ,i do not support toldfish and birds do not like because i think it would be too inhuman ,and i not like cats and birds i think too soiled ,i would not comsider cats inhumane issues because i do not i like or ever hate cats ,i like dogs also with the same reason ,because i is a dog cats are born enemies is not it ?!only her cat eyes and i have in common, that is ,love to eat fish which i hate more of a cat fish ,which i hate more of a cat and i would like to have a cat as a friend!