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10 Reasons Why Cats Are Better Pets Than Dogs

Updated on April 18, 2011

We all love our furry friends, but the fact remains that some are simply more manageable than others. While dogs are great pets in their own right, cats are far easier to take care of and live with. The following is a list of ten reasons why cats are a better choice than dogs, especially if you are considering getting a pet for the first time

2: Independance

One of the best things about cats is that they don't require 24/hour supervision. Whereas a dog needs constant attention for there emotional well-being (a.k.a: keep them from pooing in your favorite shoes) cats for the most part take care of themselves, and make it plain that you should count yourself luck to be graced by their presence.

1: Catch Mice

Dogs will chase about anything, but mostly for fun and games. Cats are invaluable for getting rid of mice and other houshold vermin; even their simple presence can keep them away.

A cat wouldn't take this kind of attitude.
A cat wouldn't take this kind of attitude.

4: Safer for kids

If you have young children, dogs, especially big ones, can be a hazard. True, cats have claws and teeth, but the difference in size is a significant adavantage. Also, cats don't have the same level of protective instinct towards the family. While this may sound like a drawback at first, it really means that there's a much smaller chance of an accident resulting from good intentions.

3: Less Destructive

Dogs love to nibble. As a result, they can reak havoc on your possessions. Cats on the other hand, resrtict most of their activities to scratching, and usually limit it to a specific spot. If it becomes a problem, they can be declawed, whereas dogs would need to have all their teeth removed to achieve the same effect

5: Quieter

Cats don't bark. It's just that simple

6: Clean up After Themselves

Any pet is going to require a certain amount of maintenance, but cats are a lot less messy than dogs. They give themselves baths and are fairly easy to house train. In addition, they give off a lot less 'interesting' smells than their canine counerparts.

Unless you can train your dog to do this, you're probably better off with a cat.
Unless you can train your dog to do this, you're probably better off with a cat.

7: They Do Cute Things With Yarn

Years of intesive emotional therapy, or a half-hour of watching a kitten chase a ball of yarn: you decide

8: Easier to Move

If you ever find yourself needing to transplat yourself, it's a lot easier to move a cat than a dog, especially big dogs. Cats take confinement much better than dogs and use up less space. (just remember to use a cat-carrier)

Cats usually handle small spaces better
Cats usually handle small spaces better

9: They Like to Stay Home

Dogs need to be walked on a regular basis or they go stir crazy. Cats tend to regard their home as their own little kingdom and prefer to rule peacfuly from on top of the fridge.

10: No Slobbering

Enough said

If you're considering adopting a pet, the following websites are very useful:

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      JASON 2 years ago

      i hate DOGS!

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      jason 2 years ago

      cats are awesome

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      CocoasNose 4 years ago from Tennessee

      As others have said, I strongly disagree with declawing as well, but otherwise, good hub! Cats are great.

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      beffkin 4 years ago

      Actually, phdast7, declawing a cat is not akin to ripping out fingernails. Fingernails grow back. Declawing is akin to cutting ones fingers off below the first knuckle. Still think Jaime's an arse for not taking that little "tidbit" out of the blog. Really, Jaime? Really?

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      fryda 5 years ago

      i love cats i had like 12 cats at the same time i will always love my cats now i have 2

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      Love the pics! And, what you said. Cats rule. If you get Siamese, they'll also protect the house.

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      I had cats for 18 years, despite the fact that I am allergic to pet dander (I can't even crochet or knit with wool during the spring allergy season). And let me tell you, cats do bark. Perhaps not as much as dogs, but they do. My male cat actually barked at another male cat that was encroaching on his territory. I'd never heard a cat bark before and was absolutely amazed to hear it.

      If I didn't have the allergies, I might try a dog just for a different pet experience.

      And I agree with phdast7 and others. Declawing a cat is not something I support. Otherwise, good points to consider when deciding which pet to get. Voted up and useful.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Nice and funny and interesting Hub. But we should be honest...declawing a cat is a painful. traumatizing, mutilating surgery. It is equivalent to ripping out all of a person's fingernails; that is only done to torture people.

      If you have very expensive furniture or carpets, then exclude the cat from the room or perhaps a different pet would be best for you....birds or fish.

      If you adopt a cat from the pound that is already declawed, that is a noble and good thing. Please never adopt or buy a healthy cat and mutilate its front claws by having it declawed. Thank you.

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      Choc 5 years ago


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      Chris Hugh 5 years ago

      Good points. I wrote a hub along these lines too. Cats are our furry overlords!

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      mattdigiulio 5 years ago

      Cats are superior to dogs, humans, and gravity. Seriously great hub. Cute cats! Voting up, and all that jazz.

      Best, Matt D

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      beffkin 5 years ago

      You lost me at this "Cats on the other hand, resrtict most of their activities to scratching, and usually limit it to a specific spot. If it becomes a problem, they can be declawed...". BOO HISS. You really should take that out, unless you are fine with mutilating cats' feet...

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      Cat man 7 years ago

      Meow.I like this.

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      hunterhead32 7 years ago

      cats r like the best pets in the world

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      Jaime Wise 8 years ago

      Thank you, I have now corrected the error

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      tudor 8 years ago

      you mispelled easier