Are cats more loving and affectionate than dogs?

United States
October 6, 2008 7:42pm CST
I'm a cat lover. So, don't get me wrong when I say that I think dogs provide more unconditional love than cats. Cats are loving, but have an agenda. If my cat cuddles up on my lap, I feel loved for about five minutes. But, then I realize that she is cuddling up on me cause I'm warm. And, if my cat rubs up against my leg, I can guess that his food bowl is empty. Not that dogs don't have ulterior motives, but I think they are better at hiding them. Growing up, I had a dog and I swear that dog would sit for hours and listen to me talk. He seemed very happy, just to be around me, no ulterior motives! With that being said, no way I'd ever trade my cats for a dog. What are your thoughts? Are cats more affectionate and loving than dogs? Do dogs provide unconditional love without strings attached?
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@pyewacket (43953)
• United States
7 Oct 08
Since I've owned cats all my life, I think I can testify that cats can be very affectionate. Yes, they do tend to be more elusive than dogs, but I think that cats can give out just as much unconditional love as dogs or any pet can. I love how my two kitties for instance love to cuddle up next to me as soon as I go into bed, and they pretty much stay with me the whole time. Just this morning was a "magical" moment. It wasn't really time for me to get out of bed yet...Pyewacket was right along side me. I petted him and told him I loved him...he looked me in the eye and put his paw on my cheek...one of those priceless moments that made my day
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• United States
7 Oct 08
I've had a couple moments like that with "Big Man" and in those moments I swear I'm looking into his soul! P.S. I don't know if I believe in reincarnation, but if I did, I'd swear that "Big Man" was my brother reincarnated as a cat. He's just like him! Spooky!
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@Rosekitty (19760)
• San Marcos, Texas
7 Oct 08
Of Course Beauty!!!..Look at me..lol.. I have lots of Kitty cats and they are very loving..they love to hang on my feet when i'm on the computer or wherever they know i need to be..doggies tend to lose interest and sniff out other things..
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• United States
7 Oct 08
My cats have their good moments. And their annoying moments. Right now, one of the cats is trying to hide behind my computer. She just adopted a kitten recently and that baby keeps her going 24/7! Guess she's looking for a private spot to sleep where the kitten won't harass her.
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@philjas (1134)
• United States
7 Oct 08
I'm a cat lover too but I would never try to deny that dogs indeed do give more unconditional love than cats. Or at least, they give unconditional OBEDIENCE. It's the nature of dogs vs. the nature of cats. That being said, however, I do think when you reach that point in a relationship with a cat where they genuinely DO love you and give you affection not just because they want something but because they just plain like you, then that's a greater achievement than getting that kind of affection from a dog. It's easy to get a dog to love you but no so easy with a cat.
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• United States
7 Oct 08
Isn't that the truth!
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@raclie (1735)
• Singapore
7 Oct 08
well... never had a pet, at least, those furry kinds, cat, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, hairy monsters, nope, none at all... but i think, listening to your discussions, i will like a dog when i am going though the teenage years, where i have so many thoughts and feelings bottled up, and a cat when i am an adult, so i am able to have affection when i want it, but also do not have to bring it out for a walk everyday and also do not need to be free all the time.
• United States
7 Oct 08
Both animals are very good pets, indeed!
• Canada
7 Oct 08
Both dogs and cats are extremely loving and affectionate in their own way. My husband and I are cat people. Our cats love us, but it's in a more independent way. Sure they drive us nuts pushing our hands off of the computer keyboard, but it's not the same as dogs acting like they would go nuts without us. Even if cats do things on their own schedules, atleast they leave us alone on occasion. LOL For us dogs are way too clingy.
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• United States
7 Oct 08
Yeah, dogs are too needy for city dwellers. And they bark too much.
• Australia
16 Sep 09
I love both cats and dogs, personally i think cats have more ways to be a ffectionate than dogs, for example i found that cats, roll over, need, purr, smooch, love bite, snuggle and roll up against my body. I have only known dogs to lick you and thats it, im sure there are other things that dogs do but i don't know. The reason why dogs seem more loyal and faithful is because dogs see us humans as members of the pack, so it is a dogs natural instinct to be loyal to anything that feeds it. Dogs also see there master as the leader of the pack, and a hunting companion. I think that people like dogs more is because a dog would be a doormat to an owner even an abusive owner, some people just get off on the fact that they can push a living creature around, dogs are much to tolerant. Those people need to understand that you cant control and own another living thing, animals need to be free and cats know that, it is best that we EARN an animal love and loyalty.
• United States
7 Oct 08
I actually believe both can be loving and affectionate. My puppy loves giving me kisses- and I don't mean licking. When he was really little, I taught him to put his nose to mine when I made the smooching sound. Now, I don't have to do a thing and he just does it. My cat loves getting attention from me as well. If i'm not playing with the puppy, she'll come sit on my lap while i'm at the computer and will even sleep on my chest at night. I wouldn't trade EITHER one of my cats or my puppy!!
7 Oct 08
I believe that cats only look out for themselves, they show affection to whoever feeds them. Dogs are truly loyal, but I guess they would still eat your face if you passed away But I think both are cool in their own ways
• United States
7 Oct 08
I think it's 50/50. Both my dog and cat sit and lay directly by me. My dog places his nose on my thighs and look up at me with his droopy eyes wanting me to pet him, while my cat loves to rub up against me even after she's been feed. I think dogs are just as affectionate as cats.
@kleynie (129)
• Philippines
7 Oct 08
I love dogs..and yes, much as like as cats, dogs provide unconditional love, they are happy whenever someone dear to them comes around, they are the best companion as they can be your guard, i so love them..i can't spend my time living without having a dog around aside from the family I've had..They are also cuddly and lovable, they can be trained to be very agile and alert..for so many reasons, i just can't resist dogs!!
@belk89 (1105)
• Philippines
7 Oct 08
I love cats and dog. I have a cute cat and a dog and they really made me happy. But now that i move here in US i have left them. We cant raise a pet too since my husband have some allergies. But regarding to who is more affectionate i agree with you that dogs are more affectionate than cat. Dogs also protect you at times when they think someone hurts you and they always wanted to be around you not because they are hungy but because they wanna play with you. But still i love them both lol. I love my cat and my dog very much and i am starting to miss them.
• United States
7 Oct 08
Dogs show more affection for their master then cats. Cats usually just ignore the master.
@williamjisir (22912)
• China
7 Oct 08
Hello beauty queen. I see that you are an animal lover, not just a cat lover but a dog lover as well. I also find it very comfortable and warm when my poodle touches me and lies next me close to my legs in cold weather. My poodles looks so cute when she sits close to the heater to get warmth after being given a bath with shampoo...
@Gorzata (185)
• Poland
7 Oct 08
It's disputable whether cats or dogs. Well, in my humble opinion & experience it depends on the way U treat your pet. If U treat him/her right, the animal should be loving too. I observed that I tend to treat animals as persons. Then they also treat me this way, I adore it.
@mojcica (1512)
• Slovenia
7 Oct 08
I used to have a dog (german sheperd...a big dog) and two cats. Still have one cat. Cats are very gentle and affectionate but only when they in need of something, either food, warmth, ect. Dogs are happy to see you and show this even if they are not just hungry lol but because they do love you. Cats show it too, just not to that extand as dogs do.
@nlcapricorn (1115)
• Philippines
7 Oct 08
I dont think so..I think they are just the same. But if i am going to choose dogs are more loving and affectionate than cats because dogs will do everything for their master even protect them from harm.. I do love dogs a lot..I even like the movie snoopy dog haha..Its just so fun to look dogs so brilliant in the movie lol
@carlaabt (3510)
• United States
7 Oct 08
I think it depends on the pet's personality. I have three dogs, and two cats. The dogs all have similar personalities, but the cats are completely different from each other. The dogs are all three very loving. They all like to cuddle (I'm their favorite to cuddle with, but they all like cuddling with my husband, my toddler, and even each other as well). They are all obedient for the most part. They are always excited when my husband gets home from work. They love it when they get to see my toddler first thing in the morning, because his 10-11 hours of sleep is just too much for them to bear, ya know? :) Shortie, our male cat is cuddly when HE wants to be. He will jump up in my lap to get attention, and he likes to be scratched any time he sees us. If I go downstairs, he doesn't follow, though. He likes to hang out upstairs by himself, while I'm downstairs with the dogs and the other cat. He sleeps in bed with us, unless the dogs are iritating us. Trinitie, our female, is much more independent. She will demand attention from one of us, maybe once a day. The rest of the time she keeps to herself, unless she needs food or thinks her litter needs changed. She rarely comes upstairs, unless the dogs are downstairs being obnoxious, and she can sneak upstairs with one of us while the dogs stay downstairs.
• China
7 Oct 08
LOL~~,I am a pets-lover,though I still have not any pets.(cause my mom is scared to any animals with four-legs.....) But I am told by my father when I am a kid that "a dog would follow you no matter what you are poor or rich,but the cat would leave you without hesitate if you miss it's food for just one day......" I don't know whether he said true or false,but my friends is also told me the same things.so I think maybe dog is more loyalty to the master bottom of it's nature. and cat is a little bit selfish compare to the dog.....LOL~~~ Due to my English is not very good(actually....it's poor....),so I don't know whether I have express my opinion clearly~~~Excuse me pLZ~~~~
@sylvia13 (1851)
• Nelson Bay, Australia
7 Oct 08
I think dogs are more loving than cats, especially cocker spaniels, which are my favourite! Dogs seem to be attached to people, while cats like the place where you live, be it a house or flat. Dogs are good listeners too and I think they are more affectionate!