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10 Reasons Cats Love Us More Than Dogs

Updated on March 30, 2012

To Begin:

As promised, if somewhat belatedly, the time has come for a little hub about cats. It seems that hubpages teems with dog lovers, and, while there have been a smattering of cat comments along the way, it became clear that cats are simply not well represented here. In the name of fairness, I thought a cat hub should be done.

Many people assume that, because dogs are so warm and affectionate and display intelligence of a man-like variety, they must love their owners more thoroughly and genuinely than cats do. Many suggest that cats are aloof and that they only marginally bond with their owners, if at all. It is often asserted that any affection displayed by a cat is instinctual pride-like behavior and that such "affection" is rooted to food drives and nothing more. Well, I for one, being dispassionate about the subject, can approach this issue with my typical analytical distance and scientific objectivity, which I did already, before sitting down to write this, so here is what I found:

Cat's love their owners much more than dogs are even remotely capable of doing, and they show it all the time. The simple truth is, cat's love is so enormous people don't even realize just how vast it is. It's like trying to look at a huge mural on a wall while standing with your nose pressed against the paint. You have to stand back to see. I, however, with my extreme pedantry and universe encompassing didacticism, have discovered what many have not: the ten reasons why a cat's love is better than a dog's.

Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies & Adult Dogs!
Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies & Adult Dogs!

You'll notice you need one of these for a dog, but no such thing for a cat.

 
I couldn't help using this picture of my cat, Slayer, again.  It's classic.
I couldn't help using this picture of my cat, Slayer, again. It's classic.

1. Display of Affection

No animal is more affectionate than a cat. Many dog lovers don't appreciate the kind of affection that cats give because, well, they are dog owners and therefore require that their pets slather them in buckets of frothy goo as a display of love.

Cat's on the other hand show their affection in so many other ways. The first and most obvious is the willingness to use the catbox, which I have discussed before in another hub, so I won't belabor it here. Simply put, the outright readiness to make their owner's life more bearable by making their... deposits... in a box is evidence of their love.

"NOOOOooooooooooooooo!!!!"

Illustration by Lauren
Illustration by Lauren

On the other hand, dog owners have to force their dogs stop doing their business everywhere with all kinds of troublesome training tricks. House training a dog is an endless, horrifying chore that can take months and even years to finally figure out, involving newspaper and expensive pet crates and sometimes even electric collars to shock poor poochy when he poops. But not cats. They love us and will go make doo-doo in the sand.

- - The moment you walk inside... WHAM! --

"Here kitty, kitty. Come on. Come on, kitty, come to mommy snookie wooky..."

More delightful work from Lauren
More delightful work from Lauren

2. Cat’s Give Us Our Space

Unlike a dog, who will run at you and ram his muzzle into your crotch like you're wearing Alpo underwear the moment you walk through the door, a cat loves you enough to let you have your space.

Cats understand how important your personal time is. And while many think cats are fickle and cold because they ignore you and won't come to you no matter how much you call or coo at them in that cute baby voice while waggling their favorite toy and trying to get their attention so you can play with them finally after your long hard day... they are not actually ignoring you at all. What's really happening is that your cat is so smart it actually understands when you need some personal time, even when you don't think you do. Especially then. You only THINK you want to play with your kitty right now, but the truth is that you don't. Kitty is blowing you off out of love. Cats have this special chemical scent gland thing that enables them to detect your too-much-companionship-already threshold and so they ignore you no matter how much you wish they would come snuggle in your lap. Be thankful and recognize what kitty does for you.

3. Cats Are Fun to Bathe

Bathing a cat is very simple. A few licks and it's done. Granted, if you have an outdoor cat the cockleburs and the ticks are a problem, but, beyond a few tongue abrasions and the occasional lyme disease, giving a cat a bath is easy and a great way to bond with your pet. Bathing dogs is nowhere near as easy. First off, dog fur tastes really bad (this will be discussed more thoroughly in item number six), so you have to put them in a tub or use a hose, which they enjoy. It is this enjoyment that is the problem.

Dogs are entirely too spastic to be allowed that much water in proximity to human beings, and the inevitable outcome is that the bather is completely soaked by the bathee by the time the project is complete. This romping deluge is very annoying and proves that a cat's love is definitely greater than a dog's simply out of thoughtfulness and respect. Cats will never get you wet. In fact, they love you so much they won't let you get them anywhere near a tub or a garden hose. Try it sometime and you will see how hard your cat fights to protect its love for your staying dry. Cats let you keep it simple, no water required, and you can even bathe them while watching TV. Who needs popcorn when you've got kitty sitting there?

I realize this is disgusting, but, well, it's the truth, so, it's my responsibility to report the facts as they are.  Sorry.
I realize this is disgusting, but, well, it's the truth, so, it's my responsibility to report the facts as they are. Sorry.

4. Cats Love You Enough to Eat Mice

Admit it, even you don't love yourself enough to do that. In fact, you don't love anyone that much, do you? I know I don't.

Now, it could be argued that dogs would eat mice for you if they could, but the truth is, they don't. They're either too busy eating the newspaper or your shoe to bother with mice, or else they're just too impatient to stalk mice successfully. Maybe they're just too slow, who knows. But a cat will eat mice for you to show you the nature of its love. Not only will it eat mice for you, it will eviscerate them horribly and spread some of their twisting little mouse guts all over the house in a display of love that anyone can appreciate. God knows how much I love finding a token of my cat's adoration when I'm walking around barefoot in the night. That is just love right there.

5. Cats Love You Enough to Prevent Injury

Speaking of barefoot in the night, that's another way to know how much your cat really loves you. See, a dog might love you enough to bark if there's a robber in your house, but that's about all a dog will do. Sure, it's very nice that Rover cares about your life and property, but he doesn't care about the little things. True love is in the details.

See, people think that cats throw up all the time because they have disgusting hairballs that choke them up and make them hork. But that's not why at all. They puke all over the carpet because they love you and are concerned about your health. Why, when you wake up in the middle of the night and make your way in the darkness towards the bathroom, you could easily trip and hurt yourself in the delirium of being parted from your dreams. But you don't because dear kitty has left a nice wad of vomit to snap you entirely awake.

-- Thoughtfulness in action --

(Again, image courtesy of Lauren)
(Again, image courtesy of Lauren)

Some cats prefer to leave you a nice fresh one, all warm and steamy oozing between your toes. Other cats go for the time-released cold goo and choose to puke long before you wake up - think how much planning that requires. Either way, the feel of that thoughtful little gob mooshing against your feet is just another way to be sure that your cat loves you very much and wants to prevent you from bumping into something in the night. Love of that magnitude cannot be easily dismissed.

6. Cats Love You and Want You to Be Fashionable

Everyone knows that cats are very cool. They are. You've heard the expressions "Cool Cat" and "Catlike Grace" a zillion times. But nobody ever says, "Cool Dog" or "Doglike Dignity." I mean, if someone tells you that you have doglike dignity, well, it's not a compliment, that's all I'm saying. Maybe take the lampshade off your head. But cats are cool. And they don't want the people they love to be uncool so they try to help us out. Particularly in the area of fashion.

Unfortunately cats can't speak human languages so they have no way to tell us that our clothing choices look like crap. But they can communicate in their way, which is why they shed all over the furniture. All that fur stuck to your butt and all down the backs of your nice black pants is really a feline way of saying, "Darling, please, that outfit is awful. Go upstairs and try again."

Who is doing the giving and who is doing the receiving here?
Who is doing the giving and who is doing the receiving here?

Now I know what you're thinking, you're thinking, "Hey, my dog sheds too. Maybe he loves me after all."

Nope, you're wrong. I mean, he might love you, but he ain't showing you by shedding all that nasty hair. Dogs shed because they like to roll in disgusting stuff like dead animals and garbage heaps. Dogs shed because they get tired of how revolting their coat smells after a while and figure if they dump it on the couch eventually you'll vacuum all that stuff up. And they're right, you do, so, who's doling out the love now? So, while you can see how easy it might be to believe your dog is trying to help you out, he isn't. It's true that both animals shed, but only a cat is doing it out of love.

This is not a naughty kitty at play no matter how much it looks like one.  This is a cat improving your home through "tough love."
This is not a naughty kitty at play no matter how much it looks like one. This is a cat improving your home through "tough love."

7. Cats Help You Keep Your Home Décor Looking Fresh

This is another area where people easily confuse dog actions with those of cats. You see, cats destroy your furniture for much the same reason they shed the fur that gets on your clothes. The reason old Pussycat pops out his claws and frappes your upholstery is not because he is a horribly un-trainable monster in need of a swift kick. No. It's because he, being a suave and dignified animal of grace, has realized well before you have that some particular piece of furniture has gone fashionably out of date. Even if it is brand new - in fact, particularly if it is brand new - cats will share their aesthetic expertise with you and show you their opinion with their sharply critical claws. Your cat knows that you will hold onto that sofa for several years to come, no matter how much contemporary style has changed, and so he makes the sacrifice of incurring your wrath by ripping that terrible thing up until it becomes too embarrassing for you to keep. Think about how much this cat loves you if he is willing to risk being tossed outside or squirted with your little water bottle just to keep you from looking foolish to your guests. How much more devotion do you deserve?

8. Your Cat Loves You Enough to Endure Your Monster Children

That's right, as if the last seven items were not enough, he does. Your kids are so mean to that poor bastard. He gets his tail pulled, his face mashed, his fur twisted, and he gets kicked and stepped on all the time. They tie noisy plastic bags to his tail and they put scotch tape on his paws. His ears get poked, his coat gets rubbed against the grain, and how hard do your kids laugh when they catch him drinking out of the toilet all the time? How humiliating for him. Poor kitty is thirsty and doesn't want that two day old water that you left him lukewarm in the kitchen in his bowl, and what does he get for taking a little initiative and getting some that's fresh? Mockery. That's what he gets. He is laughed at for making accommodations for someone else's laziness.

This is not funny; this is an act of love.
This is not funny; this is an act of love.

Now, again, it may be that some dog people out there are saying, "Well, my dog drinks out of the toilet too, and my kids laugh at him all the time." And, yes, again technically you are right. But you see, dogs drink out of the toilet for the same reason they roll in the dead animals they find. Because dogs are gross. They drink out of the toilet for the same reason your kids always laugh. Because it's funny. And it IS funny, but it is not a display of canine love. That's my point.

9. Your Cat Loves you Enough to Purr

That's right, they do. What's more pleasant than a nice soft kitty purring in your lap, its little belly rising and falling with the sweet subtle sound of contented love? I'll tell you, there's not much. I mean, there's stuff that's nicer to have in your lap, particularly for us men, but, this is not the hub to go into that, so we'll leave it at purring being very nice. But what does your dog do? Pant and loll his tongue over your leg like a limp slice of warm wet ham? Yeah, that's nice. And could Fido get a tic-tac over here? What the hell did he just eat?

10 Your Cat Loves You Enough to Show You The Way Philosophically

That's right, you heard it, they do. I took a metaphysics class once and in it we discussed the nature of free will. It's complicated so I won't go into it here, but as part of it the issue of cats and dogs came up. The point was mainly one of intelligence, and it was determined (by the more numerous and vocal dog people) that dogs have intelligence while cats have only instinct to guide their ways. The dog people concluded, therefore, that dogs have free will and cats do not. However, in a stroke of genius, the professor (a cat person) quoted some philosopher who said on that regard, "While dogs may have free will, cats actually use it." So, whether or not they "have" it, cats live it. How's that for philosophy?

Raphael originally painted the "School of CAThens" but dog owners were a powerful lobby and so they made him repaint this work.

Slayer's long lost great, great Grandfather pictured with his intellectual peers.
Slayer's long lost great, great Grandfather pictured with his intellectual peers.

So, cats win. And it is in this way that cats once again prove their love by choosing through their free will to continue living with us despite our not appreciating how clever and profound their love really is; they know we are standing too close to the painting to see. But they don't judge us. They teach us through their actions and through application of philosophy. The facts are obvious and glaring for anyone willing to look at them and see. Again, I hope that dog people will understand I mean no slight to their happy, boisterous pets. It's just that justice needed to be done for all those kitties out there who get a bad rap. Their massive intelligence is simply too profound and under-the-radar for most pet owners to realize.

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      Deidra 2 months ago

      Before I say anything keep in mind I own a cat but love all animals.

      Technically speaking I've read a study about cats and dogs when it comes to love. They studied humans and found that there is a hormone or something at humans produce more of when around or interacting with a loved ones one and based off of those findings they've studied it in cats and dogs. Sure these levels rose some when the cats owners were with them vs not which shows that they feel something good towards their owners but dogs levels rose much higher than cats did so it showed that cats may love you but dogs love stronger than cats do. Not saying cats don't love I'm just saying dogs love more similar to the way people do.

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      Vicki 2 years ago

      This is one of the best articles on cats I have ever read. I laughed out loud at several points, and want to congratulate you.

      I have a cat who has been missing for 5 days now - the only way I can keep my sanity is to read about success stories of cats coming home after being AWOL.

      I've had kitties all my life, and dogs for most of it. I love them both - they both have a tremendous amount to offer. In very different ways.

      Just wanted to let you know you made me laugh for the first time in a while. I won't give up hope - cats are far more resourceful than dogs (another sign they love us - they are not utterly dependent on us, and give us 'vacations' when they sense we need it...THEIR vacation of the premises, that is).

      Kudos for an excellent bit of wordsmithing and positivity.

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      Kari 3 years ago

      Dear izettl, I just love your comment, but I think cats have a reason for hating me, especially when I run after them, just saying:-)

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      Kari 3 years ago

      Yeah, I don't belive what you say. Cats claw, poop in sand, hunt birds and insects by theire instinct just like the dogs. I say it. I am a dog person and I know a lot of things about them. Cats are smart to. They don't come at me because they know I don't like them. If you don't know dogs personality and behavior don't comment bad things about them. They are very smart. One day, my puppy played with to other bigger dogs and they bite him a little harder. My doggie cryed. I stopped the dogs from playing and my puppy camed at me for thanking me that I saved him. The bigger dogs that I have mentionaded, are very lovely to. Dogs never growled at me! I just say my opinion.

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      Jim H. 3 years ago

      I like your site too.

      I dont agree with you that cats love us more, but i mostly got our dog because it is a good bird scarer.

      http://www.scarecrowvsbirds.com/

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      fateoccmsw 4 years ago

      I genuinely enjoy looking through on this web site , it holds superb articles .

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      Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California

      No problem. Thanks for reading so carefully and taking the time to reply.

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      guest 4 years ago

      Thank you for writing this.Cats are indeed better then dogs in every aspect!

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      You are welcome, AreYouSerious, it was my pleasure, and I'm sure you bill will make a nice liner for the litter box.

      And Tlmcgaa70, you aren't kidding about people. I'm not sure what's wrong with some of them, but a more judicious use of lightning on the part of Fate or God or whoever is in charge of this planet would be nice for the rest of us.

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      tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

      areyouserious...are YOU serious? in all reality i think cats and dogs are both capable of loving humans equally. it all depends on whether the human is worth loving. dogs have the capacity to love people who are unlovable. cats are smart and make you earn their affection. but then...look how many cats are tossed out and abandoned...maybe they arent so smart after all. guess they let themselves love unlovable people to. such a heartbreaker to see an add telling of someone who says they want to get rid of a cat they had for ten years so they can get a kitten they have their eye on. maybe the question here shouldnt be which is more lovable cats or dogs...but why they love us in the first place. and shadesbreath...u made me laugh on that fat cat thing, lol, my wolfieboy is quite fat, but he doesnt seem to realize it, and he insists on laying on my computer desk, and ends up pushing everything off if i cant catch it on time.

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      AreYouSerious 5 years ago

      reading this just gave me cancer...dogs love their owners more than cats do...you're thinking way too hard. Thanks for the cancer, I shall be sending you my hospital bill.

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Hah, SuZanned, I think you've summed up some key differences perfectly, and I agree, that's pretty much how it goes as far as smell and cat-astrophy. Although, our cats do break stuff too sometimes. Especially the fat one who is slowly losing his "cat-like" agility the fatter he gets and therefore has some epic fails when he tries to jump on stuff, etc. lol.

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      SuZanne 5 years ago

      I've had Dogs and I've had Cats...I prefer my feline friends over the Dog For starters...,They no better than to eat there own shit as a dog doesn't.,..hell our German Shepard got into our cats litter box and went to town on some cat poo,.no way,gross!!!!!Cats are way better than dogs anyday of the week in my opinion,..no training,no chewing your shoes,no god awful DOG smell...whoever commented that cats smell are just plain stupid,..they themselves do not smell,if you do not care for them well maybe yes,...but I can bet your Dog will smell of DOG,my cats spend all day grooming themselves and are clean freaks....I love all animals but I have developed a personal preference to Cats...I have 5 cats and 1 dog....Cats rule around here and the only nuisance or thorn in my side when it comes to them all...always comes from the DOGs end...hes always fing up shit around here,crapping on the front porch,chewing up my plants,..making huge messes,GAH!!!!!...Cats Rule,Dogs Drool!

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Kelly, I'm with you on the noise. A barking dog next door, or even just in the neighborhood, that won't shut up is like torture. I have lain awake at night with the most hateful thoughts swelling inside of me as hours tick off because of some selfish a-hole's barking dog. Three different times we've had neighbors with dogs like that and as night after night after night go by, I find myself filling with such fury it's hard to fathom. Every time I see another news story about somebody shooting a neighbor's dog or poisoning it or whatever, I can totally and completely appreciate where the desire to do it came from. I can't condone it, but I can sure see how it happens. Especially if the dog owner doesn't care and there are no local agencies willing to step in. But, as usual, it's the fault of the human, not the dog, which is why it's always so sad.

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      Kelly 5 years ago

      I can add:

      -My cats let me read and can sit with me without slobbering all over my book.

      -Dogs are a lot louder and in your face than cats...I get enough of that from people. My cats are a great way to have companionship AND quiet.

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Well, Piper, you're more of an optimist than I am. lol. I think I might go as far as to say my cats (my wife's really) trust me... or at least one of them trusts me, the other is just not terrified of me to the point where she has to run. And LOL@ dog puking in the car. I swear, we humans are crazy. I bet the aliens orbiting the planet look down and watch us cleaning cat boxes and riding around with barfing dogs... or just playing golf for that matter, and think, "Wow, so not worth invading that planet."

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      Piper 5 years ago

      Haha, My eye is almost exclusively for sarcasm, but I felt dogs were not getting the support they needed from the people that were commenting, I'm sure your cats love you. Just like I'm sure when my dog threw up in the car the other day she was just trying to share her tasty meal she enjoyed so much earlier with me.

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Piper, I'm going to pull back the curtain on this article a little for you. This is, well, it's kind of a spoof. Satire. A bit of comedy. In fact, you might find it amusing if you go back through and read it with an eye for sarcasm.

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      Piper 5 years ago

      Are you serious? I have both cats and dogs and that cats love more is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. You can't say a cat loves more because it tears at your furniture, that's just you struggling to come up with 10 reasons. I love my cats and I think they like me, but nothing compares to the bond between man and dog. A dog would rather live on the streets with you than not be by your side. A cat will never have the same love as a dog

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      I love Britishisms. But then, I'm one of those guys that still romanticizes Britain and imagine you guys are still at the height of the Empire except more medieval too, which is cooler, because all your chicks walk around in corsets and say, "'Ello Guv'nah" in that hot accent.

      As for the cats in the garden, that is a really, really sweet and sad story. You know, I bet there is a beautiful short story in that.

      Moggy would actually be a really cool name for a cat.

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      Peter Geekie 5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear Shadesbreath

      Sorry it's a British expression - Moggy = Mongrel i.e. a cat of many origins.

      It's what introduced me to Siamese; I once had a cat that I took from the vet hours before she was due to be put down. Somewhere in her linage one of the parents must have had a dalliance with a Siamese as Clara had all the great attributes but was as strong and fearless as a lion. She lived and loved with us for over 18 years and even now is sadly missed. All of our previous cats have been cremated and their ashes added to the soil of a special rose garden and their remains mingle with the flowers so I can chat with them again from time to time.

      That's a moggy !

      Kind regards Peter

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      A Moggy, eh? Not sure what that is, but it sounds fun. Or painful.

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      Peter Geekie 5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear shadesbreath

      Well my three Siamese certainly love me for the food and treats. But for a good old loving cat get a moggy.

      Kind regards Peter

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      That's cool, Anoumonous. I don't hold anyone to their opinions on the Internet anyway. Half the time, people are just trying ideas on for size. The other half stopped thinking years ago and have it all figured out, so there's no need to pay attention to their opinions at all.

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      Anoumonous 5 years ago

      I agree with the article... My 5 Dogs (My mom likes dogs)

      barked soo loudly when the pizza man came one time... I droppped the pizza. If we had all cats, it would have been a lot quieter. ??•?•?? ? ??? (-- Those represent my feelings at the time.

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Glad you enjoyed it, A.S.H.

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      alway sumwut hppy 5 years ago

      Hahahahaha thank you yo have brightened up my day. I will have to spread the joy of this picture.

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      LOL, alway sumwut hppy: go to your Google search window, click images and then search Free Cat.

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      alway sumwut hppy 5 years ago

      "Bring out your dead ting" "bring out your dead mreooow!!!"

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Tlmcgaa, thanks for stopping by. It's always a pleasure to have your input in this conversation. You have a rare and enormous heart, and your kitties are lucky to have you.

      Anonymous, you're right. This whole thing is all in good fun. People miss the sarcasm that masks how much I like my cats. Both types of animals are just that, animals. The rest is all about the people who bring them into their lives. (But don't tell anyone I said that, because I have to act like I hate cats to really carry off the joke here... just let me push my cat off my desk and get him some treats, and I will totally bag on him.)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I dont think this should turn into a competition. People should just realize they might need to self educate themselves and not just take the first bit of advice or sec, third, fourth etc. Before coming to any conclusions. Compile everything and go over pros and cons. Do realize though that you dont want to justify everything to death the cons.

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      tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

      cathy...cats carry no worse diseases than any other animal, like dogs and chickens and rabbits, every animal has their species specific diseases and diseases that can cross species boundaries. animals catch colds from humans, and humans have some pretty serious diseases themselves. cats happen to be cleaner than dogs. i would rather have cats running around than dogs, you must constantly clean up after dogs and they are very destructive. at least if you have cats running around outside you dont need to worry about stepping in their messes. as for cat hoarders, i could be considered one even tho i never let myself take in more than 20 as that is the number i can care for best. all my cats are fixed and vaccinated and well cared for and loved, and they love me. i am constantly showered with their affection. they cant get enough of me. i have seven kittens that will be fixed in july, and until then are kept separated males from females. six are from a batch i took in with their mother when they were 4 weeks old. the seventh i recently rescued from the local landfill (people like to dump their animals like trash out here) and she may already be pregnant, we are waiting to see. cats dont ask to be neglected and abandoned. they dont ask to be abused. no animal does. i thank those people who have big enough hearts to take in these animals. dont blame the animals for their condition, blame irrespnsible people for it. it is very easy to become addicted to cats because they are so filled with love and intelligence and beauty.

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Bast, I appreciate your enthusiasm. "Ever" is long though. Some of the dinosaurs were pretty cool, and you have to admit, even in modern times, horses are pretty awesome too.

      Cathy, I'm kind of with you on the cat herders. lol. I've seen some stuff on TV that's just so gross. (You do know you have "cat" in your name though, right? You should at least smile while typing this sort of thing. Let the kitties know it's nothing purrrsonal.) :D

      Dandy, I think for the most part, feral cats won't let kids get close enough, so probably not too big a danger except in the freakish rare case that, well, is probably so freakish it draws attention to itself, thus making there appear to be a significant problem where there is not any real statistically significant cause for concern. I think I'd be more worried about flea infestations, stench, and the noise of endless cat fights and yowling in the neighborhood.

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      Dandy 5 years ago

      Yes i agree that some people try to feed all the neighborhood cats thinking that there providing a some sort of safehaven when in reality there only making the problem worse. Think about it especially if you have young children. They might be outside trying to play with these cats in there curious young age. Taxoplasmosis is real and can destroy an immune system very quickly. Its a scary thing, but you guys need to know this. Peace, Love, and Empathy.

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      Cathy 5 years ago

      Cats are digusting creatures that carry disease. Cats only care about when there going to get there next meal and the only reason they use the litter pan is because its instinct to cover there messes. For those of you that hoard cats and let them breed out of control please stop its not healthy for you, your family or community. Sorry i had to be the bad guy.

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      bast 5 years ago

      cats are the greatest animal EVER!!!!!!

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Yeah, cats grow on you if you get one with even half a personality. And they are easier to care for than dogs, which is always nice.

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      Dubuquedogtrainer 5 years ago from Dubuque, Iowa

      Interesting and engaging writing! I just think that cats are very smart and very affectionate. I have owned several and until I owned a cat I had no idea what I was missing. I really love cats now, even though I am a professional dog trainer and have preferred dogs int he past.

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Tlmcgaa, happy to oblige. I don't have the energy or time to give to a dog, frankly, I think a dog would irritate me on that regard. Cats on the other hand, are great reading companions, and they crack me up with how spastic they are (except the couch shredding thing, but what are you going to do, right? lol).

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      tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

      you know Shadesbreathe, that actually makes sense. when i was younger, healthier and more active, i was a dog person. now i am disabled, and not so active, cats fill my needs more perfectly. thank you for clarifying that for me.

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Tlmcgaa70, I think it's a matter of what certain people define as "entertaining." Cat's are totally entertaining if you are the kind of person who can derive pleasure from observation and interpretation. Yes, cat's will play with you in ways too, but a huge part of what makes cats so fun is how fun it is to watch them.

      Dogs are also fun to watch. But, if you are in the mood to go out in the back yard and throw a stick, a dog will go. If you are in the mood to go on a walk and you don't want to go by yourself, you can take your dog. It will fall all over itself to go. It's that thing, that active energy to participate with you that makes for an argument (not saying it's "proof" just an argument) for why dogs count for so many people as being more entertaining. It really comes down to what the humans call "entertaining."

      I think that truly-thinking ANIMAL lovers can see the difference and not get stuck in a false binary that traps us into believing its an "either or" scenario. Both are awesome pets. What really matters is, what do you expect from your pet, and what does your life, lifestyle, and life-stage afford you as far as being able to provide an environment for an animal that is AS rewarding for it as it is for you.

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      tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

      i dont get it...all the time i hear how cats are aloof or boring...in the 12 yrs i have been rescuing cats i have not had one single boring or aloof cat. sometimes cats like space and privacy (hey, who doesnt) but for the most part they are very social animals...and cats are awesome entertainers, keeping me laughing all the time.

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      TNINOUB, I'm kind of with you in a way. Cats really do only provide so much in the way of entertainment. If someone wants and "interactive" pet, a cat is probably not really the way to go. I mean, you might get a good one, but, with a dog, you are pretty much guaranteed to have a pet that will interface with you on an active level.

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      the name is none of ur bussness 5 years ago

      i have 5 dogs and 3 cats i love dogs cats BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Depends on the cat, in my experience, but in general I agree with you, Guy.

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      Guy 5 years ago

      Cats are nice.

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Johnny Cakes, you are spot on with the "horse manure" comment. This is indeed horse manure, at least as I feel that folks of a Western inclination would that term for a "tall tale" or, perhaps, sarcasm. :)

      And you're right, both pets are good and bad, depending on which aspect of either you choose to focus on. Frankly, it works the same for people too. You choose to focus on the good qualities, most people are great. If you only focus on their negatives--which they all have (except me of course)--then, well, you don't like them.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Great comments.

      Tlmcgaa70: Isn't it fun! So many people have such passion for their pets. I love it. My article was just meant to be fun, and sort of in reaction to all the barf and hair and ripped up furniture that had me sort of laughing at myself one day... and look what it turned into.

      As for your animals, clearly you are a loving soul. It sounds like you have your hands full with all those furry critters running around, but, even with the two pups (who will get it together in time), it sounds like you have lots of love and companionship in your home. (I can't believe someone THREW THE DOGS AWAY. WTF?). Anyway, keep up the good work, and just enjoy your fuzzy family. Just watch where you step! lol.

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      tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

      wow, you really got the comments rolling in with this one. i want to add something to my earlier comment. the day before my birthday, on jan 10th, i lost my dog of ten years. she was the most loving, loyal dog i ever had, and pretty smart to. it was decided we needed a puppy to take our minds off of her. we ended up with 2, a brother and sister, and as much as i care for them, it is making me love cats more than ever. with cats you dont have to get up two or three times in the night to take them potty. you dont have to put up with yapping or constant whining or hyperness. you dont have to put them through obedience training. i have been rescuing cats for 12 yrs now...not one cat (and i have 17 atm) has put me through the trouble these two pups have. ten of the cats live in our old trailer, but if they were allowed to live in this trailer with me, i would be tripping over them as they would be my shadows, and i would be buried in cats for their sleeping with me, probably would not need a blanket. cats are very intelligent. from kittenhood cats are smart. pups must be trained. i recently brought home two pups around the same age as mine (3 months). someone had thrown them away at the local dump as if they were trash. one cried in great fear any time i picked her up. i cant stand animal abusers or neglectors. sadly we have to many of both where i live. i love all animals, but i love cats more than any. convict is the cat that is closest to me. when i am in bed his favorite place is snuggled up tight under my chin. he gets very distressed when i leave the house, even though other family members are still there. when i return he talks to me constantly to re assure himself i am indeed home. when he plays with his toys he calls out to me and when i answer he comes running and jumps into my lap for snuggles. i have had good dogs in my life but convict puts every relationship with any dog to shame. i love all my cats but he is my special, precious treasure.

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      Johnny Cakes 5 years ago

      What a load of biased horse manure. They're both great pets.

      Yet: (1) Dogs are easier to feed. Flat out correct! Whereas, many cats can develop an aversion or allergic reaction to particular foods, whether dry, canned or BARF diet. Even if you've been feeding this particular food for months, all of a sudden, your cat may refuse to touch it.

      Cats are obligate carnivores; the best diet being BARF or quality canned food. Not premium per se, but quality. This can be costly. If you go the dry route, you're rolling the dice and very likely will have your cat suffer from a whole host of problems. Sorry, Friskies, 9-Lives, Whiskas etc. don't make the grade.

      Whereas, dogs can withstand a certain amount of grains and by-products with less potential for health related issues down the road. It's there, but much less than feeding kibble to a cat.

      (2) Let's take a golden retriever as an example. Whether male or female, it doesn't matter. They love their owner and all family members, heck even strangers. Now, let's look at your average tabby cat (mixed breed), many cats will just not want to socialize at all and would sooner sneer at you, than give you a purr or meow. Same applies to purebred as well: Persian, Ragdoll, Birman. It doesn't matter: luck of the draw when it comes to that cat enjoying the company of everyone in the family.

      (3) Many, if not most cats are nocturnal. If you're lucky enough to have your cat on your sleep schedule, congrats. Otherwise, keep that bedroom door closed, lest you experience middle of the night toe biting or leaping on you. Sure, you can plop a cat video in, or get another cat to keep him/her company, but they can keep you up from their mischief. That's just the way it is.

      (4) Dog versus Cat poop: inside or outside the house. It's a draw here. Do you like scooping poop/pee every day from the litter box? Or were you smart and trained your cat to use the toilet? Versus, dog poop mine field and burnt grass. Yes, not pretty but once again, at least the smell is outside.

      (5) Exercise: do you lack it? If so, get a dog and go walking or jogging. Great way to get some fresh air and meet up with neighbors. If you hate exercise, ok...get an indoor-only cat, or fish!

      Or, get the best of both worlds and get both a cat & dog. Yet, be prepared to cat-proof your house; nothing worse than that damn scratching. Regardless of there being a scratching post or two. As we know, it's cruel as can be, and can lead to health issue for cats, if you have them de-clawed. So that's not a great option. Besides, they'll bite your arse since all they have is teeth left for defense.

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      Celltrex 5 years ago

      Hachiko was a dog, not a cat.

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Well, LOL, while I agree with almost everything you said there, I have to point out, I really do like dogs. If you read this carefully enough, you'll see it's actually sarcastic, and its making fun of cat people (of which, I confess to being one). Think of it more as an article written by the people who got the short end of the stick and are trying to find a way to make short sticks sound better than long ones. Then you can share in the joke. :)

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      LOL 5 years ago

      ok appearently the one who wrote the topic is a cat lover or a dog hater - it's common fact that dogs are actually way more sentimental than cats. They also shows way more affection than cats. a cat - sure, it will go between your legs, purr, and muzzle you and stuff - but a dog does pretty much the same thing - ok - it won't purr like a cat, but it can't bark - someone that actually knows his own dog will know what what emotion is the dog trying to show. it's not that hard.

      +a dog will hear you miles away and start barking and will welcome you home cause he's happy, while a cat won't even botter trying. the cat will go home when she'll feel like that.

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      I think it's hard to resist their charisma. They have a certain dignity that dog's don't. The open affection of a dog perhaps makes them more "loveable" in a way, via a vulnerability or humility, but cats have that "hard to get" thing going which, as everyone knows, works well too.

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      tsahpina 5 years ago

      he is mocking us and our cats,iknow. what i dont is whether he nevertheless loves cats. all he said is true,and i still adore them. and i love dogs too but nothing to compare with how i adore cats. and i am not sure why.

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Yes, my wife tells me to stop acting like that all the time. She says it's embarrassing. I haven't seen her talking to any lawyers though, so I'm probably okay. :D

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      Daniel 5 years ago

      I totally agree, Shades!! I used to be a dog person and became a cat guy just a few years ago. Mostly due to the times.

      When I was a boy, a dog had a doghouse outside, ate mostly leftovers and entertained itself with a bone or with the neighbor's dog.

      I didn't envision that 20-30 years later pet hotels, pet stores, pet clothes, etc... would pop up all over the landscape turning dogs into another commodity, like a Louis Vuitton bag. Now dogs have become "perennial infants" for women and males(notice I don't say MEN). The cuddly/cutesy obsession has spiralled out of control. Can you imagine if a woman's hubby or boyfriend took a dump anywhere and expected her to pick it up? Can you imagine if that same man followed her everywhere, panting and slobbering, just to name a few atrocities?

      She'd probably divorce him or put a restraining order out on him. But if it's a dog or puppy...it's perfectly OK. Yep, cats rule and give you respect. Too bad it took me so long to realize that. Btw, purring is so cool.

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Tenkay, I'll be the first one to tell you, I don't agree with everything I've written here. The best part of satire is that it allows you flexibility in expressing human experience, with a particular accommodation for the mood dominating the moment. :) And I will say that I love my cat Slayer as much as I can love a cat with a relative certainty that I know exactly what you mean when you say it.

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      TENKAY 5 years ago from Philippines

      It will be out tomorrow, after 24 hours it says here.

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      Jenny Pugh 5 years ago from Marion, Indiana, USA

      Ma'am Veron,

      I know, you have a very beautiful cat, Sabrina. But why is your hub about Sabrina not published? I wanted to read it but it's not there.

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      TENKAY 5 years ago from Philippines

      I might not agree with everything you've written here but it was fun reading it. Am more of a dog person but I got a cat who tolerates my presence. I love my cat Sabrina as much as I can love a cat.

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Que K, I suspect English may not be your first language. So, for whatever it's worth, this is satire. We're all cat lovers here. We laugh at ourselves in this, because, well, that's how much we actually love these damn critters, despite how insane it might seem from the outside of the cat-love bubble.

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      que k 5 years ago

      cats are ausome like me Que k people reading get a life.

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      I grew up on a ranch, and our cats and dogs got along very well (well, okay, there were a few really pissy cats, and a dog here and there that was mean too), but most of them were friendly as heck. The cats used to sleep ON the dogs (we had Mastiffs, so, it was like a carpeted living room for them to lay on). And yeah, less judgment here than one might think, though I suspect you already picked up on that, Katie. :)

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      Katie 5 years ago

      I have a dof and cat with and unexplainable bond. And cats have more flexibility with jumping so it gives them a higher advantage of knowledge. My dog learned to open doors and my cat jumps on my bed and wakes me up to get my dog to lay with us; my husband gets annoyed but he does the same. No need to judge dogs against cats;)

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Alysha, I love you. Thank you. That is all I have to say.

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      Alysha633 5 years ago

      Oh and also I think you need to educate yourself here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/pets/8151924/Dog...

      This link explains that cats are infact less intelligent than dogs because there solitary animals where as dogs are pack animals so yea I think you need a read up before writing such a blog sure I like cats I am an animal lover but you should get your facts right before writing such pathetic propreganda

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      Alysha633 5 years ago

      COnstant walker is right first things first a dog greets you as you come through the door because they miss you! Cats couldn't care none the less cats claw up your furniture oh and btw its in a cats instinct to make a hole in the ground and bury there "leavings" or toilets hence why they will go in sand box...... Because it is in there nature not because they love you I mean are you kidding me your clearly uneducated on animal behaviour. cats spew up fur balls because there fur balls..... And frankly it's gross dogs would never do that. Dogs put there lives on the line for people saving lives every day detecting drug protecting there handlers in the police force... What's more loving a cat ignoring you when you walk through the door or a dog putting its life on the line to protect it's handler from a criminal. Dogs help people on need... There trainer to help them do everything a cat could never learn such a thing a cats brain is not as intricate as a dogs to store or learn such information and infact your cat does not understand you want space are you having a laugh? Honestly I have never heard such pathetic talk in all my life. An animal no matter what animal does not have a brain as superior to humans and could never comprehend that it's owner needs space. Who ever wrote this article I laugh at how uneducated you actually are. I have had all forms of animals from birds to reptiles to fish to rabbits ect ect I have had loads I understand animal behaviour and all I have to say is shame On you. You own an animal but yet do not understand that animals instincts? Or even understand how there mind works the day a cat puts its life On the line for a human the way dogs do then tell me which animal loves there owner more

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      LOL, that's awesome anti-boogy man defense right there. My daughter can get our cats to play fetch every once in a while, but it's not the kind of thing I would be able to say counts as "our cat plays fetch" like it's something you can rely on for amusement.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

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      Jill 5 years ago

      My cats actually play fetch... Scooby, who was an outdoor cat for a while, also used to go for walks with my little sister up and down the block as she played or learned how to ride a bike. It was pretty amusing. And Cats would certainly be able to alert you to the presence of a boogy man in your house. My Cole would chase his shoelaces until he tripped and Scooby would likely claw him as soon as he entered the stairwell. lol

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Holy crap, 30 lbs? Good Lord! That cat doesn't "scratch" your furniture, it "yanks it over and pulps it."

      Pretty awesome home invasion defense, too. We always joke that we'll use our little tortie for home defense. She can't weigh more than 6 lbs or so, but she's cranky, so we figure we'll just throw her at a bad guy if we ever run into one. Like a ninja's star but with attitude. :)

      Thanks for reading and leaving such a great comment.

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      Otto 5 years ago

      That was so funny! Now when my cat scratches my couch, I won't be so mad at him because I'll be thinking about this. Cats are awesome. They exceed dogs in every possible way. I have a maine coon. He ways about 30 pounds. He's huge. Visitors are scared of him because whenever someone comes over, he is growling at them and sticking his claws out. I think he does to protect me because when it's my parents or siblings, he is chill. I'll never forget one night when I woke up to the sound of someone trying to break into the house. I got out of bed and got my baseball bat. When I reached the living room, the crook was already there. I got my bat ready, but turns out I didn't need it. My cat was growling as loud as he could and jumped at the guy. He knocked the guy over and started clawing at his face. He even bit the guy's forehead and blood started gushing out. When the guy finally got a chance, he pushed my cat aside and ran for his life, face gushing blood. My coon saved me that day. I am forever in his debt. Cats rule and dogs drool!

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Geoff, I'm kind of with you on that slobber thing. I love the warmth and enthusiasm of dogs, but I'm not a real touchy-feely kind of person, and dogs are very touchy feely. lol.

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      Geoff 5 years ago

      When I first read this, I thought you were serious. But after a thorough analysis, and reading the comments, I realized it was sarcasm. Sarcasm or not, it was whimsical and made me chuckle. I love both dogs and cats, but there's something about cats that makes me like them more. I just think that they're fascinating and they have diverse personalities. I love dogs too, but i just loathe the licking and slobbering with a passion. In the end, they are both unique in their own way. If I had to compare the two, cats would the rich and upper class while dogs are the commoners and peasants. Not making fun of dogs. That's just the way I see it.

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      nicole 5 years ago

      @kendra:

      "Looks like somebody's got a case of the mondays"

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Kendra, I love your enthusiasm here. I will point out that this piece is a bit of humor, though. Sarcasm, if you will. Tongue in cheek and all that rot, but, who knows, perhaps I am a dog hater and just don't know it. Keep up the good fight, and thanks for reading. :)

      Nicole, you may be on to something there. Although sarcasm is tough enough to pick up in print for anyone, and it's really hard to catch for kids because they aren't looking for it. It's something writers have to remember. John Gardner talks about responsibility in his book Making Moral Fiction (and it was the subject of an old Mathew Broderick movie, Biloxi Blues). But, I digress here on a cat hub. lol.

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      nicole 5 years ago

      @kendra:

      "Looks like somebody's got a case of the mondays"

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      kendra 5 years ago

      i have cats, and dogs... you are a dog hater, everything you just said was stupid, where are your facts? like cates have a thing that can tell that you really dont want to hold them?? really, wow. how do you know... i try to love my moms cat every single day,,, because i reallllly do want to hold him,,, and he does not let me,,, they are prissy... he doesnt know what i want to do more than i do. so funny, lol. thats like saying, im really hungry, so i sit down to eat a meal, and my cat spits a hairball into my food. not because he doesnt like me, nooooo its because he really actually knows im not hungry i just think i am.... you hate dogs... dogs, and cats love all the same. you are ignorant to think, or waiste your time making a blog otherwise.... wow. if your squimish dont reAD BELOW............................... A dog is going to poop on your porch. yeah i said it,, and your gonna half to pick it up... i know its nasty, BUT ITS a probably a fact.. and thats why im here, to tell you. this page is stupid! and who are you trying to tell that crap to??? a domb blinde, person new to planet earth???? Get over your cat, ya cat lady! :P

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Nicole, sounds like you have some really awesome cats. That's really touching about the photograph. We had a cat that would get into the shower with me in the mornings, so the bathtub thing is funny to me too. I think you have the right attitude about both animals, they are different, but in a way that makes neither less loveable. I just like making fun of cat owners, because, well it's so easy to do, and, well, I am one, so, I can get away with it. :D

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      nicole 5 years ago

      I'm neither a cat or dog person. I can appreciate the differences between the two since I have both. Both communicate and display things differently. I think of them as learning different languages: though said differently, the meaning is the same.

      Plus it's all in how you treat them too. I've had instances of my cats go to great lengths to show how they care just like dogs would.

      My eldest cat, nala (she's 11 now), was depressed for 2 weeks when my mom died in '06. She wouldn't eat. She would just stay by my mom's bedroom door and would only move unless I moved her myself. Plus she would take my mom's picture and leave it the hallway even after I would put it back on the dresser.

      My newest one, ginger, is intelligent enough to know how to hug and kiss when you say so without reward and still plays fetch and she's 3 years old. ( my local cat organization can testify to this).

      And god forbid if I get in the tub. Nala will have a fit and try to lick me dry if I did. My dog, yuki, would just look in confusion. ( not that that's a problem.)

      In the case of protection, I don't expect my cats to take down an intruder. They are not lions. However, if they sense something about you they don't like, my cats will hiss and growl at you until you leave. That's protection enough.

      So, it all depends on the individual animal. I don't throw cats or dogs into specifics, because both have displayed characteristics and capabilities of the same nature, but just differently and can appreciate both.

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      I tend to agree with you, Kouplias. Our cats have always been selective. And it's nothing but humbling that I always, without fail, and the lap of last resort. And that's only for the ONE cat (the white one, Slayer, above) who for some reason likes me. The rest have never liked me much. They adore my wife though. I think it's because they know a beautiful soul when they see one, so they just like her. ... hey, what's that say about my soul? My soul is just fine. Or something. :D I go back to the old saw: Dogs have free will. Cat's use it.

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      koupilias 5 years ago

      The thing i love about cats is that u really need to try to create a bond. With dogs u just feed him and e is on love. Cats are nore intelligent. While the yunderstand that u feed them that is not enough. They seem to me more like a real person. Things they don't like oh you will find out ! Dogs ... Dogs have no pride whatsoever... They relish in being that good doggy. Well not all of them of course. I love dogs too don't get me wrong but i don't like their charachter. My aunt has a cool dog. Yes there actually IS a cool dog. But this fellow is way above all standards... So i vote for cats too because ALL cats seem cool to me !

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      James, you are a poet and a philosopher. You clearly get both the nature of nature and life, and, I can tell you have had both dogs and cats. I salute your truth and vision. Oh, and LOL.

      Thanks for a fantastic and funny comment. Stuff like that makes having written this so much fun.

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      james 5 years ago

      They left one out.

      Cats care about us because they hunt fly's while dogs attract them. Cats don't want us to be annoyed of the constant buzzing and whizzing of a pesty pest. And on the other hand dogs just want to see us fidget until we get so annoyed that we have to leave our comfy recliner and walk all the way to where ever we leave the fly swatter and make search for it so that we can kill that annoying black buzzing bug of death. And when we finally find it the damn fly has tired it's self out so we cannot find the fly until later, until when the dog lets a poof of gas from their rear end that smells like the stench of a rotting egg from the 1600's, just to arouse the fly of doom to annoy us further.

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Hi Sharyn's Slant. Glad you enjoyed this, that makes a writer feel good to hear. And, I'm with you on dogs and cats. It's just fun to pick on cats. They are just so confident in themselves, it makes doing so fun. :)

      RealHousewife,at least you admit it. It's people who don't see who the goddesses are that crack me up. IT's like, "Yeah, I know, you are the human, in charge, etc. So, uh, who is serving whom dinner, paid for by what activity done all day, in the absence of which which of the two of you sleeps all day?" lol. Great and funny comment, thanks!

      U.W., how goes it?! And yeah, scars are clear evidence of love. Tough love. I'm sure your cat is trying to teach you the correct way to do some behavior you haven't mastered yet. Be grateful.

      Melovy, yes. Exactly. Clearly you brought something hideous home and only your cats have the artistic acuity to recognize it. And the puke, yes, you get it. The urine, well, there are stories in dirty magazines too indiscreet to mention about how that sort of behavior can be interpreted as a sign of affection. I choose not to go there or think too much on it though, as it is rather fringe for my sensibilities (or at least for the ones I pretend to have here). :D

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      So now I know why both our cats have scratched our new sofa since the day it arrived (presumably they don’t like cream!)

      And I also now know why one of our cats leaves piles of puke everywhere, but what about the other one who has peed on: the kitchen surfaces, in a corner over some electric sockets, BESIDE the litter box (but rarely in it) and - best of all - over Christmas presents under the tree! Is that proof she loves us very, very much or proof she’s psychotic?

      Thank you for this very funny hub.

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      Susan Keeping 5 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Love it :) I know my cat loves me...the scars on my arms tell me so...

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hilarious! I was just saying somewhere that my cat would never let a rodent in the house..my dogs would invite them in and share their food! lol The cat - she is the goddess of the house..she is out catting in the hood at night and taps on the kitchen window in the morning. Then she sleeps in my bed all day:) lol

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Loved this article! I am a cat and dog lover and very much enjoyed your humor throughout this piece. Voted UP!

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Hi Bob. Gotta admit, I kind of want to laugh at the crapping on the bed thing, it's pretty funny, but, well, the underlying circumstances are sad, so I'm not. Well, at least not so loud you can hear. Sorry your marriage didn't work out, but I'm glad you escaped, and, well, the cat seems to have been a good judge of character, eh?

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      Bob 5 years ago

      Works both ways... I'm a man, and whilst coming to the end of a horrendous marriage my beloved cat crapped right on the marital bed (her side).

      All the comment necessary: we left her.

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Hi, Me. I'm not a big fan of citing Wikipedia, but for basics, it's often useful anyway. Maybe this will clear things up:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satire

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      me 5 years ago

      Did anyone else notice that half of this article was against cats like #2, 4, 5, and 7 I'm sure there was some more but i stopped reading because it was so dumb.

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      Yeah, that sounds like cat behavior, Help. Some cats are just not really pet kinds of pets. Cats sort of run the gamut of affection from "I love you and want to snuggle" to just "Feed me and then go F- yourself." People are sort of rolling the dice on that every time they get one, as you have learned. Consider bathing in fish oil and strapping on a pair of bacon-strip earrings, maybe you can save that one.

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      help 5 years ago

      i have a cat ...... but all it does is eat in the house ... amd when its done it goes outside

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      Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California

      LOL, Terro, you are right about cats and sarcasm. Dogs are far too trusting to understand satire, but cats, cynical things that they are, expect sarcasm first and only decide to believe after they've watched awhile.

      The snake thing is pretty interesting. I grew up in the country too, and we had rattlensakes about. I never knew when critters got killed by them though. Big place. Sometimes animals went off on adventures and just never came back. Sad, but the upside is there were no vet bills on those occasions. Not that great an upside though, at least for the ones I liked. We had a lot of what we called "barn kitties," and, well, they weren't really pets. Most of them were friendly enough, but not in the "hey, I'm going to jump in your lap and go to sleep" kind of way.

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      Terro 6 years ago

      Cats are far more loving then dogs. My cat has sensed my fear of snakes and kills them out of love for me at her own peril. Twice she has come of second best to highly venomas Australia king brown snakes. And she never complained just walk in the house and collapsed at my feet resulting in speedy trips to the vet for antivenin ( $800 each time this never pleases me) The vet told me a dog would not have survived this as they selfishly run home pumping the venom threw there body were cat slow there heart rate and calmly walk home so understanding self-preservation as well. I had a great dog as a kid that died from a snake bite leaving me devastated. My cat loves me far to much to do that. Cats love more and are smarter. My cat even understands sarcasm better than some humans she found your article very amusing.

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      Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California

      Hi Teri. Thanks for reading, and, more importantly, getting the joke. Both creatures are awesome in their own, unique way. And it sounds like you have a pair of great ones. I think you are right that if a cat likes you, you've somehow earned their trust. That is something special in a way (assuming you like cats lol). Same with belly rubbing, like our fat, silly white cat Slayer does these days.

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      Teri White 6 years ago

      I lurrrvvve cats. My sweet kitty is asleep on the printer next to the computer as I type. He loves sleeping there as long as I'm with him. If I got up and went into another room, he would follow, but he doesn't like all that touchy feely stuff.

      I also now have a dog. And she is just like any dog. All love, cuddles and drool. Lovely girl. I like both cats and dogs, for different reasons. The cat was so upset when the dog came that he went off his food. We didn't understand it was a sign of nerves and 'jealousy' until we showed puss some extra love and attention instead of concentrating on our new (adorable) pup. Puss now eats well again and follows us around the house. It's magic having both and loving them both for very different reasons. Cats are not as smart as dogs in the sense we humans measure it. They train us as a by-product of their enviable independence and self-sufficiency. They don't take crap, so when a kitty snuggles close and licks you awake in the morning, it's a very special feeling. Because you've earned their love.

      Your post is really cool and funny, by the way.

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      Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California

      That's sweet. Sounds like you have a good cat, Ashley. And a lucky one. :)

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      Ashley 6 years ago

      my cat must love me because she was in a bad accident because she got loose and she hopped home and after she got home from the vt office shes been right by me dont matter where i go dispite being mutilated