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10 Benefits To Owning a Cat Instead of a Dog

Updated on November 19, 2009

I love my Dogs, but...

My dogs are cute and fun and loveable. They're great company-no kidding. But my cat, now there is a low maintenance relationship!

  • Dogs need to be walked, Cats don't.
  • Dogs have to be let out to potty, Cats don't.
  • Dogs will eat as much food as you give them, Cats don't. They eat a little bit several times a day and they generally eat less overall and their food is typically less expensive.
  • Most dogs have to be bathed and groomed on a regular basis, Cats are very clean and keep themselves groomed for the most part.
  • Most dogs will help themselves to a sandwich left on the coffee table for a bit, Cats would never.
  • Dogs Bark, loudly. Cats meow.
  • Dogs require you to interact with them, cats would prefer that you do not.
  • Some Dogs eat their own poop. Cats? Not so much.
  • Dogs will bark at people who stop by for a visit, cats just ignore them.
  • Dogs will try to sniff your crotch, cats wouldn't dare.

 

Now, before you argue-

 I know that cats have their issues too. Their litter boxes stink and have to be changed, They shed, they scratch and tear up furniture, sometimes male cats will spray or mark their territories, they throw up hair balls, etc....But this hub is not about the downside to owning a cat or even the downside to owning a dog-it's just some key points someone might be able to use to argue why having a cat could be considered better than having a dog. It's actually meant to be funny, not serious. Both cats and dogs have many benefits. I have three dogs and one cat myself, so I know what I'm talking about.

I am working on another hub for dogs right now.

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      Jlady 5 years ago

      Hmm as an owner of 3 cats 2 dogs and 3 guinea pig si think I can tell you what I was thinking while reading

      My pups are potty pad trained so they don't need walks

      Again potty padded

      Not that much more money mainly because there teacups (:

      Teacups are so easy to groom one bath a week but my cats get them every 3 days so...

      Teacups aren't much trouble with that

      They bark for a reason most the time

      Not really when they sleep most the time kinda like cats

      Yes they eat poop but that's why you clean it up

      I want my puppy to interact with people

      My puppy can't she's to tiny.

      Lol liked ur post.

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      Lioness 5 years ago

      Hmm... I think I need to defend my canine:

      Dogs need to be walked, Cats don't.

      This is part of the reason I like having a dog - she makes me get out there and do stuff; I wish she had more energy so I could go walking and biking with her more!

      Dogs have to be let out to potty, Cats don't.

      Nope, she is an outside dog.

      Dogs will eat as much food as you give them, Cats don't. They eat a little bit several times a day and they generally eat less overall and their food is typically less expensive.

      They ARE more expensive :) But, when my dog is full, she buries the rest of her food.

      Most dogs have to be bathed and groomed on a regular basis, Cats are very clean and keep themselves groomed for the most part.

      I really enjoy grooming my dog.

      Most dogs will help themselves to a sandwich left on the coffee table for a bit, Cats would never.

      My dog would not help herself. All I have to do is indicate that I don't want her to touch it and she will leave it alone.

      Dogs Bark, loudly. Cats meow.

      My dog only barks when there is a dog or stranger in the yard.

      Dogs require you to interact with them, cats would prefer that you do not.

      I love the companionship of my dog.

      Some Dogs eat their own poop. Cats? Not so much.

      She only eats it when I have been neglecting her.

      Dogs will bark at people who stop by for a visit, cats just ignore them.

      She also will enthusiastically greet them! Most visitors like her, and it gets the conversation started.

      Dogs will try to sniff your crotch, cats wouldn't dare.

      She has only done that a couple times :)

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      Chris Hugh 5 years ago

      Haha, I wrote a hub along these lines too. I thought I was so unique!

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      labpatti 5 years ago

      Dogs are like toddlers, they need lots of time and attention,

      Cats are like teenagers, give'um a roof, food and a warm place to sleep and then let them come to you

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      Caroline Paulison Andrew 7 years ago from Chicago, IL

      We've always had a dog and cats. Love them both--but cats are truly easier and less expensive. Couldn't live without either, though.

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      VICKI HARPER 7 years ago

      I LOVE DOGS

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      Army Infantry Mom 8 years ago

      Cats also bring you gifts,..LOL (dead mice, rats and birds) I have 1 dog and 3 cats,..cats are definatly easier.

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      Rebecca Sue Mallory 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks so much for the comments Ehern, Escritor and Jerry.

      Meow. :)

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      jerrydel44 8 years ago

      I am a fan of dogs but enjoyed this hub.

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      escritor 8 years ago

      Fun Hub :)

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      ehern33 8 years ago

      Always have had dogs, never cats. Not because I don't like them but my kids and grandkids are allergic to them and my oldest daughter will get an asthma attack if one even comes within a few feet. I also had a Siberian Husky that didn't like cats so much. It was dangerous for them..