Which are better - cats or dogs?
April 15, 2008 11:42am CST
Which would you prefer to own as pet? I personally prefer dogs as think they are more home type animals and love playing fetch and things like that with them where as with a cat you can't exactly go to the local playing field to have a run around with him or her! Be interested to know what others think!
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15 Apr 08
OH..dogs, by far, are the best pets! (Especially short haired ones that do not need grooming!) When you come home, a dog s always at the door waiting. He/she is all excited, jumping up and down or running circles. No matter how lousy a day you have had, a dog loves you without condition and wants to sit on your lap or play tennis ball catch! They don't leabe your arms all scratched..or shun you like a cat does. I'll take a dog any day over any cat!
17 Apr 08
I like both cats and dogs. But I prefer dogs to cats. As I have noticed cats love to eat and sleep. They lose their interest in playing as they grow up. But dogs, they are really different. Once they are close to you it would be really hard to separate from them even for a day or two.
29 Apr 08
Neither is better!!! Only a better pet for the person who keeps one! Of course dogs are friendly and playful and protective and family oriented, after all in the wild they are a pack animal just as WE are. All their instinct is to behave in those ways. Our breeding and keeping of them as made them more like the 'adolescents' of the wild cousins. They do however need a lot more attention from the owners than a cat does. It's very unfair to leave a dog by itself all day then go out in the evening leaving it alone again. They need company! Until modern times Cats have been mainly kept to keep down vermin and could do the job without human 'guidance & control' as Lone predators in the wild, they were perfect for us. They are a lot nearer their wild ancestors and most cats could survive without us! To me the ideal pet for someone like my single daughter who lives alone is a Cat and she finds hers very playful. He does play fetch and he goes for a walk on a harness, and even greets her at the door but unlike a dog he doesn't 'pine' when she's not there or tear up the house because he's bored. She doesn't have to walk him in the rain either. For a family with some member around most of the time and someone who loves to play then the dog is ideal. Even training or working can be seen as a game to a dog! I have both and love them equally, and have always had one or the other or several of both, from babyhood. I think the longest period I've gone without an animal in my life is 12 months and so it's a good 56 years of companionship. My cats are good company and when my hubby is away always sleep on my bed, whilst my dog lies at the top of the stairs so that she can protect both my son and myself! (She's a 4yr old German Shepherd and her instinct is to guard) My cats 4 & 17 are still playful but unlike the dog if I'm not in the mood they'll happily sleep! They are both wonderful creatures and to compare them is as silly as comparing men and women!
29 Apr 08
oh dear I am sorry if I have angered you by saying 'which is better - of course I do not mean in the way of which animal is better but maybe it should have been wordered differently instead and maybe I should have used which is better fot you as the title!! You just seemed so angry at the question and that wasn't what I inteneded by it so apologies if it did offend. I completey see the reason behind why different people would keep either a cat or dog or even both! They are both very different and make loving pets in different ways!
4 May 08
well, technically, dogs have more use to humans instead of cats, coz the only helpful thing that i can think of when it comes to cats helping people is that they chase rats and other bugs. but i personally prefer cats, im a cat-lover, coz they are so cute and cuddly. and less maintenance as compared to dogs. dogs need so much attention from its owner while cats are pretty much independent and ok to be left alone for hours, unlike dogs. and you dont need to walk them or even bathe them. plus they are graceful too.
29 Apr 08
Please don't say which is better, it's wrong to compare the two as they are opposites in nature, it would be fairer to ask which is the best for you? Of course a dog is always going to be a companion, and a protector as it's a pack animal and all it's instincts are to be with others. It also needs to be with people which is why they are so happy to see us when we come home. They are far more reliant on us, and that's great if you have the time to 'walk & play'! Cats are loners in the wild and don't spend a lot of time with others which is why they are usually 'independent' pets. I think they are better pets for single people who like to go out with friends a lot! To me no home would be complete without at least one of each and at the moment I have a GSD and 2 cats. I love them equally and they provide different 'kinds' of pleasures. The dog needs exercise and I love to walk, and the cats keep me company at night when my hubby is away (which as a coach driver he is a lot) The dog likes to patrol the house and sleeps on the landing so she can protect my son as well as me! My 17 year old cat still plays with both the other 4 yr old cat and the 4yr old dog, and often accompanies us on the nightly walk to a nearby field.