Cats vs. Dogs: A Cat-Lover's Viewpoint

Tigger in Pretzel mode!
Tigger in Pretzel mode!

Which Is Better--Cats or Dogs?

I ask this question rhetorically, for I know better than to actually inquire. Outside of religion or politics, there is probably no other subject so likely to stir up debate and strong feelings on one or the other side of the issue.

Statistically, cats are more popular, with more cats being owned than dogs, and with a slim majority of cat-owning households having more than one cat. However, I believe those figures are extrapolations of some sort, for as far as I know, there is no decennial census taken of pets as with people.

Besides, as Mark Twain said, in defining various kinds of lies, "There are lies, damned lies, and statistics."

I present to you, then, (with some trepidation, aware that I may cause a flame war) my own considered opinion as to why I prefer cats.

Bobbie as a kitten--she loves to make the water bubble
Bobbie as a kitten--she loves to make the water bubble

Top Ten Reasons Cats are Better Than Dogs:

(With thanks to David Letterman for the concept.)

Here then, is my list of "top ten reasons" cats are better than dogs:


10. Cats won't chew up your slippers

9. Cats don't tip over, scatter and eat from the garbage

8. Cats don't generally need baths

7. Cats don't need to be taken for walks in nasty weather

6. Cats are natural-born comedians, but manage to look dignified in the process

5. Cats won't wake or annoy the neighbors by barking

4. Cats are happy with simple toys and will amuse themselves without destroying the place

3. Cats are soft and cuddly

2. Cats greet you with love, but don't slobber all over your face in the process

And the number one reason cats are better than dogs:

1. Cats love to be petted and will reward you with a beautiful, soothing purr-song.

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Bobbie's formal kitten portraitMunchkin--one of the older kitties, and self-appointed 'nurse cat' to her humansLittle Miss Fuzz as a baby; the perfect 'pocket pet'  As a full-grown cat now, she is still tiny, and has a kittenish look about herWolfman--one of our fosters who was adopted out
Bobbie's formal kitten portrait
Bobbie's formal kitten portrait
Munchkin--one of the older kitties, and self-appointed 'nurse cat' to her humans
Munchkin--one of the older kitties, and self-appointed 'nurse cat' to her humans
Little Miss Fuzz as a baby; the perfect 'pocket pet'  As a full-grown cat now, she is still tiny, and has a kittenish look about her
Little Miss Fuzz as a baby; the perfect 'pocket pet' As a full-grown cat now, she is still tiny, and has a kittenish look about her
Wolfman--one of our fosters who was adopted out
Wolfman--one of our fosters who was adopted out | Source

Be Nice, Please...

As I mentioned in my first section, I realize there are strong feelings on both sides. This is intended all in fun, so please, don't make inflammatory comments.

The truth be told, I love dogs, (and most other animals), too. I just no longer have the physical ability to keep up with a dog's needs.

When our last dog passed away in 2004, we decided then that as we were "getting older," we should stick to our kitties from there on out. Cats are easier; dogs are much more high-maintenance.

Where Do You Stand?

Are you a "cat person" or a "dog person"?

  • Cats, paws down!
  • Dogs, paws down!
  • I love both equally!
See results without voting

Cats as Comedians

All still photos by Liz Elias
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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

Fun hub! I honestly love both cats and dogs equally, though I agree that the number one benefit of having cats is that they purr- the sound can be quite soothing and stress relieving.

Voted up, funny and shared!


Chris Hugh 4 years ago

I'm sure all rational people realize that it's just a matter of opinion, that's why it's fun to have friendly arguments about which is better. It's a fun excuse to talk about two species we love.


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Daughter Of Maat 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

I'm really a dog person, I much prefer a dogs company to a cats, but I have 6 cats and one dog. Unfortunately, those six cats were all rescued on my property. I'm an animal lover first and foremost and I just couldn't let 3 week old kittens die because momma got hit by a car.

I have to say, since having cats, I've found my #1 reason for preferring dogs over cats is: (drum roll) dogs don't pee or poop in a box. I can let my dog out into my backyard and not have to worry about cleaning out the litter box right away. lol

I thoroughly enjoyed this hub however. I smiled all the way through lol


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

@ jennzie,

Gosh, thanks so much! You're quick on the uptake, here. I agree--and in fact, it has been medically proven that a cat's purr is stress-reducing. Did you know that a cat's purr is at about the same frequency as an idling diesel engine? At 26 cycles per second, it has been discovered to be a frequency that can even help in healing--right down to broken bones!

I'm glad you enjoyed this bit of fun--thanks for the votes and the share!

@ Chris Hugh--Thanks so much for your comment. You are right--rational people realize there are opinions on everything--and also exactly what "opinions" are worth!

@ D.O.M.--Hi, there. Thanks very much, and bless you for saving the kitties. A dog person who saves kitties is a true animal lover, and undertands the bigger picture. And I'll bet your doggie is actually nice to the kitties. (LOL about the litter box--but you do have to pick up your yard so you don't step in it....) ;-)

I'm glad you enjoyed this bit of fun--thanks so much for your comment.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Looks like the dog's votes have it! I am just not a cat person. I like the love that a dog returns to me. No cat has ever done that! I actually love all animals, no matter what they are.

I voted this UP, etc.etc.


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi, mary615,

LOL--well, we'll see--I doubt all the votes are in, yet. ;-)

Dogs are great..but so are cats. My cats are very affectionate, and do return love, and let me know they appreciate having a safe home. They just show it differently than dogs.

Thanks very much for participating and the votes!


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tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa

i have been rescuing cats for 12 yrs now. i have 16 right now. i am an animal lover and USED to be a dog person. but like you with the decline in my health i found them to be hard to keep up with. and to be honest, when my dog of ten years died last Jan. i simply did not have the heart to get another one. i tried for my parents sake but we finally agreed no dog could be like her. i love my cats as if they were my children and they shower me in so much love and affection it truly makes me feel like the richest person on earth. cats win hands...errrr....paws down from me!


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hello, tlmcgaa70,

Bless your loving heart for rescuing all those kitties! We foster kittens for a local rescue organization,until they are old enough to be spayed/neutered and adopted into forever homes. It is, indeed so very rewarding--even though we did "fail" on our first round of fosters and ended up adopting them ourselves! We have the last one of the second round with us now...and so far, no takers, and we're getting worried that he's becoming too attached and bonded to us, so that when we do find him a home, he'll be traumatized, and think "Mom and Dad don't want me anymore." :-( But, with 6 of our own, we don't have space to "fail" again. ... It is rewarding, but it is also bittersweet.. it does feel like giving up a child.

Thanks very much for your comment, your rescue work, and the poll vote. ;-)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

I love them both to bits! lol! cats are so cool, and they make me laugh til I cry sometimes, and dogs are just so cuddly and squidgy I love them too, in fact we solved the problem in our house, we had two cats and a dog! lol! love the photos! cheers nell


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi, Nell,

Oh, I, too love them all. We just no longer have the physical ability to keep up with a dog's needs. :-(

I also love horses, but they've never been in my budget!

Thanks so much for your comment; I'm really pleased you enjoyed the article and photos of my goofy kitties.

Cheers!


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Ann1Az2 4 years ago from Orange, Texas

I agree! Although, like you, I love dogs, too and all other animals. If I had my way and it was possible, I'd own one of everything! Great hub and voted up!


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi, Ann1Az2,

LOL one of everything! Yeah...make mine furry...I don't have much use for reptiles. ;-) (Although, I'd never harm one, (unless I was being threatened by such as a rattlesnake--and even then, I'd probably just run away!), as I understand their place in the ecosystem.)

Thanks very much for the praise and the vote!


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Ann1Az2 4 years ago from Orange, Texas

Yes, I think Noah and I will have quite a conversation one day! lol


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hahahaha! Indeed!


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

Sadly, my old roommate's cat got in the trash worse than my dogs! I don't know what his deal was, though.

I grew up a total, 100% cat person. Now I'm really a dog person. I like all animals, but I just don't know if I want to own a cat again. Dogs are a huge pain at times, but they have so much emotion and personality. Some cats do, too, but dogs...I like how you can really hang out with them and take them places.


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hello, Natashalh,

What a hoot! Silly cat! When my kids were young, we had a sliding door between the kitchen and the rest of the house. The cat, whose name was "Imp," (after his mischeivous personality), would help the dog get into the kitchen and the trash in the middle of the night. The cat was able to paw open the door far enough for the dog to stick his nose through and shove it open. Then, the dog would knock over the trash, and since we never caught them at it, I'm not sure if the cat helped further, or just sat and watched as the dog scattered the contents around the kitchen. We put up with this about three times before rigging up a peg through the door so it could not be shoved open by the animals.

Funny--I grew up with a dog here and there--my dad was a total "dog person." The above-mentioned "Imp" was the first cat he ever took a liking to. I love dogs, too, and so does my husband, but as I said in the article, we no longer have what it takes, physically, to keep up with and care for a dog. As far as 'hanging out,' I hang out with my cats all the time. They are all real cuddlebugs! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.


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carozy 4 years ago from San Francisco

I have a feeling more cat people than dog people are reading this. ;)


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

carzoy, I suspect you are right--I was half expecting flak from "dog people," but then again, I did state that I also like dogs, and this is done in a light-hearted tone... Thanks for stopping by!


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

I like cats, but only white ones because they seems so unique. I love all types of dogs and have owned different breeds in the past, but now not having enough space and time to look after it. Thanks for providing this hub, enjoyed it. Rated up and interesting.


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cat on a soapbox 3 years ago from Los Angeles

I truly love both but find that dogs are just far needier than cats. I sometimes get tired of being stared at in anticipation of food or a walk. My cat greets me with purrs because she's happy to see me, and she licks my face too! She is my constant companion, just curling up near me to keep me company. The comic relief is an added bonus, and there is always plenty! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and validating most of the reasons that cats rule! :)


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

@ dinkan53--Thank you for your comment. I'm sorry it took so long to reply, but for some odd reason, it did not show up when it should have. I'm glad you enjoyed the article, and thank you for the votes!

@ cat on a soapbox--"Needier," that's a good assessment of dogs, IMO. I don't do early mornings, so dogs are a problem in that respect for me. Thank you so very much for your comment and sharing about your kitty! I'm glad you enjoyed this piece of fluff...(pun--intended, or not--take it as you will) ;-)


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tlmcgaa70 3 years ago from south dakota, usa

have you all seen that pet debate thing where people vote on dogs or cats being most popular in the USA? well, it seems like cats are winning by a loooooong shot. =)


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hello, tlmcgaa70, I think I saw something like that on Face Book the other day...and it looked like there were far more "dog states." I think that was stats, though, and not votes.

But, it would not surprise me for cats to win. We have 7 ourselves.. LOL

Thanks so much for stopping by and adding your informative comment. (Yay for cats!) ;-)


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

I grew up in a family that had both dogs and cats. Right now my hubby and I have 1 dog and 2 indoor cats. They are all little loves with their distinct personalities. We love all of them.


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi, Peggy,

When I was a kid, we had a dog now and then; my dad was a 'dog person,' and didn't care much for cats. Of kittens he used to say, "The trouble with kittens is they grow up to be cats." (But, overall, he was an animal lover, and would never have allowed anyone to hurt a cat.)

In later years, when my kids were young I finally got the cat I always wanted...and he was an amazing cat...he even won over my dad. When dad would come to visit, "Imp" would jump in his lap, and dad would say, "Whats the matter with you? Don't you know I'm the man who doesn't like cats?" However, "Imp" was a sweetie, AND, he played "fetch." That may have been what got to my dad. ;-)

We also had a dog when the kids were young, and later, after they were grown up, I had another dog; rescued from going to the pound when some friends divorced.

At this point in my life, I have a bum knee, and my husband is a heart patient; neither of us have the stamina to keep up with a dog, so we've "gone to the cats!" Thanks so much for your comment; much appreciated.


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Riviera Rose 3 years ago from South of France

I'll take cats any day, so much quieter and great little hot water bottles in winter.


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi, there, Rose!

I, too like cats much better these days, even though I grew up having dogs, and had a dog most of my life until about 8 years ago when our last old girl crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.

Dogs are just so much more "high-maintenance," and we don't have the energy to keep up with them anymore, so we've become "crazy cat people." Thanks for your comment.


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tlmcgaa70 3 years ago from south dakota, usa

as much as i thought i would stick with cats only once my Delta passed...someone else has other plans for me i think as i keep ending up with dogs. besides my 15 cats, i now have 3 dogs. go figure. lol


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hello, tlmcgaa70,

LOL. 15 cats--wow--you've outdone us by 8 cats! ;-) Dogs are cool, too...sounds like you have your hands full...and thank you for stopping by and for giving a home to all those lovely kitties and doggies.


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catgypsy 2 years ago from the South

Very cute hub! While I love all animals, cats do have some advantages over dogs. Loved the videos!


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DzyMsLizzy 2 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hello there, catgypsy!

I'm most pleased that you enjoyed this bit of fluff... (no pun intended--or is there? ).. ;-)

Those are cute videos, aren't they! I laugh every time I see them. Thanks very much for stopping by and adding your comment.

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