Cats vs. Dogs

United States
February 19, 2007 1:54pm CST
I started dating a girl that has three cats. We don't go back to her place often because I can't stand cats. I have to assume they're about as much work as dogs, right? I just don't get the appeal of these animals. My dog (a Rottie) is well behaved, doesn't beg for food, attack strangers, or think he's king of the house. This girl's three cats, however, and actually every cat I've ever been around believes they are king of the castle. They jump up on counters, and tables while you're eating or preparing food, sleep wherever they want, etc. Plus, you can't play with cats like you can a dog, nor will they fetch you the paper, or protect you from strange intruders. I just don't get it. Can someone explain the appeal of cats over dogs?
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@Ciniful (1589)
• Canada
19 Feb 07
Actually, cats are much LESS work, precisely because they're so independent. Where dogs are members of the family, and require as much time and care as an actual child does, cats pretty much care for themselves and are simply pets. The appeal? Depends on the person. I have a dog and 3 cats. I love them all. My dog is a big suck, requiring a lot of care and time, where my cats are sweet and affectionate, and require no more time than it takes to refill their food bowls and change their litter. That's a definate plus for cats .... I don't have to pick up their crap, I simply have to dump the litterbox. They take care of the rest themselves. I do find that a lot of people underestimate cats, simply because they don't like them. Cats are far from stupid, I find them very intelligent actually. They learn to understand key words, the same way dogs do. When someone says 'treat time' in my house, 3 cats come running at breakneck speeds to get their treats. They definately can be taught tricks, like standing up on their hind legs ... but it requires more time simply because they just don't care. No, they won't fetch your paper, but then again, they know they don't have to. You'll feed them and pet them regardless, and that's really all they want .. where dogs are constantly vying for your approval as well. Cats can be taught, the same as dogs, to stay off counters, tables and out of certain rooms. That simply takes the same time, energy and consistency that it would to teach a dog those same disciplines. And if you don't believe a cat will try to protect you from intruders, you need to spend more time near cats, lol. Cats can be fiercely loyal, and they'll try .... they're just not as effective. I understand everyone seems to be either a cat person or a dog person ... I guess I'm a little of both, since I own and love both. But don't underestimate an animals intelligence, wit or learning ability just because it's not on your list of favorites. :)
• United States
20 Feb 07
You're right, I guess I was naive. I thought the whole Meet the Parents deal with their cat was impossible. I've only been around cats that weren't trained, so I grew up believing they were untrainable. I would like to see a cat's reaction to someone they are unsure of, or suspect of.
@Ciniful (1589)
• Canada
20 Feb 07
One of my cats is a 2 year old egyptian mau/tabby, her name is Princess. This cat dislikes anyone new that steps in the house, and she'll stand just around the corner from the front door all hunched up and hissing as ferociously as she can until she sees I've allowed the person to sit down, lol. My oldest cat, Princesses mother, absolutely hates everyone that isn't part of our family, simple as that, lol. Neither are doing very well with the idea of accepting a full grown german shepherd, he's only been here a week lol.
@healer (1783)
• India
20 Feb 07
I like cats and dogs but i cannot compare a dog to a cat. Dogs are almost human to me, cats are adorable but thats all they are simply nice to have one in the house hehehe but i hate their furs and heard that its very poisonous. Dogs just wanna have them anywhere and i feel very secure when i am with my dog. So, for me dogs rule
• United States
21 Feb 07
Cat fur is poisonous?! I have never heard of that. I know I'm allergic to them, and I have to assume it's their fur I'm allergic to, because I'm allergic to dogs as well...but poisonous? So, what happens if some cat fur gets in your mouth, or your food, and you swallow it on accident?
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
19 Feb 07
I believe cats have a spiritual link, maybe that explains their superior attitude, have you ever seen how a cat sometimes looks you straight in the eye, like they are looking directly into your soul. Cats are like dogs they are all different, different breeds give different personalities. I have had three cats, all have come to me and all at a time when I needed something in my life because Of losing someone, they have been life savers to me, one in particular was the most loving animal I have ever seen. To me I like the cat over a dog because if a cat loves you he loves only you not everyone who is willing to pat it, a cat is particular who it likes unlike a dog, so when a cat really likes you you can take that as a compliment. They are beautiful proud animals.
• United States
20 Feb 07
Not that I believe everything I see in movies, but I have seen cats depicted as sacred (I think in Egyptian times), and yes, I've been eyeballed by a cat or two in my day. I never took it as you describe it, but I suppose it's possible.
• United States
20 Feb 07
I agree with you, I think dog is better pet than cat.
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
20 Feb 07
While I am an animal lover,and have had cats, I dont like the way they climb on everything. I got real tired of them on the counters and jumping on the table when I was either fixing food or eating it. That is my main problem, climbing. I have had dogs all my life. I did have a cat who stayed outside most of the time. She was a little like a dog though. She would follow me if I walked somewhere. Like a kid or a dog when I came home from work she raced into the yard from where ever she had been to tell me hello.
• Brazil
20 Feb 07
I think Cats are really LESS Work... I have been with cats that don't even care about their owners and Don't like humans... Technically they only stay there to eat... Maybe cats are good to people that want to have a beautty pet just for having one.. But i think dogs are for whoever wants to have a friend, Dogs are much more friendly and don't run away because they don't like you, most of the dogs protect their owners and like of them. Also you can play with your dog much more than you can play with a cat since dogs likes to play with humans, and most of the cats don't.. Well it's an own-opinion based question but i think dogs are much more better Pets than cats...
@rissab (35)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Cats are great. This is from a person who at one time didn't want any animals in the house. We have two, one we just kind of ended up with and the other we got as a kitten to keep the first one company. KiKi the one we took in, is very much a typical cat. She sleeps most of the day, expects you to feed her when she says so and is constantly looking for somewhere soft to lay. Our other cat Chloe is more like a dog I think. She sits in the window waiting for us to come home, sways her tail from side to side to get us to pet her, begs for treats, cleans the kitchen floor of crumbs dropped while loading the dishwasher, and is content to curl up beside you on the sofa while you're watching TV or taking a nap. She is ours and wants our attention. All cats can be trained. We had some work cut out for the first one because she used to hop on the dining room table but after a couple of water spritz she got the point. Chloe loves to play and will pick up little superballs and bring it to you for you to throw. I swear I think she's part dog. With a little training cats can be fun and less expensive too!
@miryam (6507)
• Italy
20 Feb 07
the cat is a feline, he has remained wild, uses the man, he but is the master. The dog submits the master, the cat not, does the only melted when he wants the food or other, you cannot keep it bound. is one little tiger, cxane have domesticated it, the cat no..
20 Feb 07
ok im a cat lover and also a dog lover. i owen well my mother does she own 4 cats, they are the bestest friend any one can have, and yes a cat will attack an intruder if it was harmed, plus from what i know of dog, they stink, they smell they are lazy. where with cats they clean them self they go out on their own where with dogs their just lazy and will end up lost. and from what i know not all dogs will attck an intruders so if u ask me theirs nothink wrong with ur female friend having 3 cats, seem like u just dont have a liking to cats :o)
20 Feb 07
ok im a cat lover and also a dog lover. i owen well my mother does she own 4 cats, they are the bestest friend any one can have, and yes a cat will attack an intruder if it was harmed, plus from what i know of dog, they stink, they smell they are lazy. where with cats they clean them self they go out on their own where with dogs their just lazy and will end up lost. and from what i know not all dogs will attck an intruders so if u ask me theirs nothink wrong with ur female friend having 3 cats, seem like u just dont have a linking to cats :o)
@junior07 (973)
• India
20 Feb 07
i think it depends upon individual choice,somebody likes cats and somebody likes dogs,even some other likes totally strange animals which a normal person never like.
@Meg109 (95)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Ahh, cats. I do agree that they always think that they are the king/queen of the house. I think this relies on thier independence. Cats don't require as much work or attention as dogs. Dogs on the other hand, require a lot of attention. Either one is good for different circumstances, I suppouse.
@classy56 (2883)
• United States
20 Feb 07
i will take a cat anyday over a dog.you can train a cat to stay of of furniture an counter tops.i have one cat an he is trained to not get on anything in my kitchen.i love dogs, but they need to much attention were a cat dont.both cat an dogs leaves hair everywere.an a cat sleeps alot were a dog dont.then you got the poop! you have to clean up if someone is not home to let the dog out but a cat uses a litter box. but really they both need attention an can make a person happy an plus they make you relieve stress..ill take a dog if its a pugs.plus ill keep my cat!