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17 Reasons Dogs Are Better Than Cats

Updated on November 23, 2015

*Disclaimer, this is a lighthearted opinon about cats and dogs, not to be taken seriously. To all of you neurotic cat owners out there I'm sure that your cat loves you and is much smarter than my filthy dog.

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As the owner of two dogs and one cat who thinks he is a dog, I feel I can safely say that I am a dog person. Nothing against cats, but dogs are a lot more fun. Loyal to a fault, they just want to please their owners. Sure, cats have their redeeming qualities, but there is usually a motive behind their antics. A cat will decide when it wants attention or affection, and it’s usually near the food dish.

Cat people will point out that dog owners have a complex and need a pet that will answer to their every command. As for me, I just like for a pet to be a pet. A dog wants to be a pet and is perfectly willing to accept his role in the family. I often have no idea where the cat is.

So with that in mind here are 17 reasons why dogs are better than cats:

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  1. A dog will play fetch – I’m sure there are a few cats out there that are the exception, but for the most part a cat is not going to lower himself to a game of fetch.
  2. Dogs are happy to see you when you get home – Coming home after a long day, my dogs are waiting at the door with their tales wagging. My lab will always greet me with a toy or whatever he can find as to say I missed you!
  3. A dog is a better alarm system than a cat- If a few prowlers are outside of the house sneaking around and up to no good, I'm not sure hissing is going to do the trick.
  4. You can take your dog for a walk – Once again, I’m sure there is an exception, and I will laugh.
  5. Dogs are more open minded – I'll bet that monkey has never ridden a cat.
  6. You can’t take your cat to the beach – Taking your dog for a walk or run along the beach is a great way to start a day.
  7. Cat pee stinks – It's just a different formula.
  8. A dog doesn’t, or shouldn’t need a litter box – Except maybe for a snack.
  9. They make better movie characters - Marley and Me could not have been about a cat. Let’s see, he eats a fern, claws the couch, naps and sleeps. Jennifer Aniston would have had to do a lot more acting.
  10. Cats don’t swim – At least not without a little prodding.
  11. A dog will play with children - Dogs seem to be more accommodating to the little ones.
  12. Cats are arrogant – Call it self-reliance, but a cat will just sit there on the windowsill flipping his tail as if to say, “Simple humans, you disgust me!”
  13. A dog can catch a frisbee – Well mine can’t but still…
  14. There are no seeing eye cats – Sure, there are stories about a cat that wanders into a hospital and lives there for 14 years while visiting patients and napping on the counter, but you won’t find too many working cats.
  15. Dogs smile – After a good walk with the dogs, they will both lie down beside me with a big old smile on their face
  16. A dog will sit shotgun in the car - A cat will be under the seat and ready to claw you if you come near.
  17. Try taking your cat to petsmart – I hope you’re wearing long sleeves.


Dogs are far more sociable animals, most of them need and want attention. Many cat owners take pride in their cats’ independence, pointing out that dogs are clumsy, dirty, and that they drool. Maybe so, but it's a deal I'm willing to take.

As far as which is smarter, I’m not sure there is a definitive answer. Dogs are open to learning tricks, commands and most will happily perform them at will, anything to please. Cat owners will point out that Felix will not lower himself to these antics, to which I say pass the laser pointer.

It all comes down to us. Our lifestyles, our living arrangements, or just our personal preferences. For some, the low-maintenance, independence of a cat is just what they are looking for. Others like me feel that dogs, while more work, are more rewarding in the end.


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    • moneyshot profile image

      moneyshot 4 years ago

      Two paws up!!

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Dogs don't spray inside the house!

      Voted up and funny!

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      LOL a great hub weestro. Voted Up!

      I love the dog in the truck!

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      Weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks moneyshot!

      Great point WillStarr, and that ammonia smell is awful!

      Me too Curiad, Thanks!

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      Diana L Pierce 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      I'm a dog lover, but have also known cats to be nearly as devoted. Voted up.

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      Weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

      There are a few out there I suppose Diana, Thanks!

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Great list. I actually like both cats and dogs. With dogs, its all about their companionship, I'm not really interested in having a well trained dog, as long as she's loyal to me, that's fine. As for cats, we had one at work (took in off the streets) and she was magical. She was both affectionate and independent, she never responded when you called her. That's what I loved her, she was her own animal, she did what she wanted to do.

      While people choose dogs to live with, cats choose people to live with. So if you have a cat, that stays near home, you're good with animals. Voted up and shared.

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      Weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

      Well Put JKenny, I'm a dog person but not a cat hater! Thanks for the great comment!

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      Vampsdes 4 years ago from Missouri, US

      I consider myself a dog person definitely. I like cats just fine but not for a companion, just personal preference. I fully agree with just about everything on this list! I want my dog to jump in my lap and give me a big old sloppy kiss on the cheek. With in the last 2 years I lost both my dogs, a ten year old German Shepherd and a 8 year old Old English Mastiff. I loved both dearly and have no doubt they loved me dearly as well! When I go to get another pet, it will be dog just for all those reasons you listed above! Voted up!

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      Weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

      Vampsdes, I'm sorry to hear about your two dogs, that is the hardest part of being a pet owner. I'm sure they were loved! Thanks for sharing.

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      BJC 4 years ago from Florida

      Love it. We love to watch Milo and Otis - story of a cat and a dog.

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      daisynicolas 4 years ago from Alaska

      You said 'em all! Also, having one or two friendly dogs open up your own human-to-human friendships, too.

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      Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      My cat eats dog food. He thinks he's a dog. But he laughs at the dogs because they can't climb trees :-)

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      Love the picture of the dog driving! I was always a cat person until I got my first dog. I'm now on my second dog and I can't imagine life without one. I also have 3 cats (including one who thinks he's a dog and comes when called, sits on command, and eats bits of dog biscuits). I love all of my pets, but my dogs hold a special place in my heart, for sure.

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      Weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

      I think I would like your cat Austinstar!

      I only wrote this because of that dog Deborah! I have one cat, but yours sound impressive!

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      Lori Colbo 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Cats are stuck up and aloof, dogs are friendly, happy, and act so excited to see you even if you just stepped out to get the mail.

      If I come back from a long day at work, the cat, sitting on the top of the back of the couch looks at me for a nano second and turns his head as if to say "Oh, it's only you."

      My dog nearly knocks me off my feet and licks me half to death with whimpers and barks of eurphoira.

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      Weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

      Exactly lambservant, and that's after he's watched you from the window the whole time! Thanks1

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      MarloByDesign 4 years ago from United States

      My dogs have personalities and are my "little people". They also want to be around us *all* of the time & are definitely part of our family! I vote for dogs any day!. VOTED UP & INTERESTING.

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      Weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

      I know what you mean Marlo, gotta love em! Thanks!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I just found this and enjoyed a good laugh. I also begrudgingly agree. I say that because I adore cats as much as I do dogs. I recently lost what I consider the coolest cat on the globe. We named her Cleo, short for Cleopatra because that was the attitude she had when laying around the house. But she was very cool - we walked her on a leash like a dog - seriously! She also loved to go for rides in the truck - so much so that the drive up crew at the bank got to know her well. She loved to play chase and hide -n -seek with our dog and enjoyed scaring the crap out of her as well.

      She was an exception to the rules and I thoroughly enjoyed this humorous and truthful read.

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      Weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

      Cleo sounds like a cat I could deal with shining! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Disillusioned 4 years ago from Kerala, India

      I have no fancy for dogs or cats or any other pet, but I found your hub very engaging!

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      Weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks C.V., I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I have laughed every time I read this. I want to link to it on my "Canine Philosophy" hub; let me know if this is okay with you and I will put the title over there tomorrow.

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      Weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

      By all means DrMark, thanks!

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      Billy 4 years ago

      If you want a recommendation for a movie based on a true story that shows just how truly and deeply loyal dogs can be to their humans, watch Hachi: A Dog's Tale. I'll warn you though, have plenty of Kleenex handy because it's a major tear jerker, even more than Marley & Me.

      Great article, too! I like cats a lot, but dogs get my vote for favorite furry family member.

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      Weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

      I'll check it out Billy, thanks for stopping by!

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      dog lover 4 years ago

      i love dogs only because they are loyal

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      Weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

      Me too dog lover, thanks!

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      RavenBiker 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA.

      Dogs read your emotions and act accordingly: when you're sad, a dog will empathize and comfort, when you're playful and capricious, a dog is there to be a willing participant, a dog's love is unconditional, he will love, respect and value their masters no matter how awful their masters are, if we behaved more like dogs (sniffing butts included), the world would be a much better place.

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      Weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

      Well said RavenBiker, couldn't agree more!

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      Marilyn Alexander 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      Doggone it, this was worth the paws to read! But my beautiful and talented cat, KC, is why I think cats are better than dogs!

      (KC: The Renaissance Cat)

      Beautiful: voted up and funny - and shared.

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      Weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Maralexa! Cats have their good qualities, I suppose!

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      Dawn Ross 4 years ago

      So funny and cute! I love that photo of the dog sitting on the cat. I like dogs better than cats too. Dogs are more work than cats, but I enjoy the responsibility and the return rewards. BTW, for you cat lovers out there, there is a great video on YouTube titled, "Proof that Cats are Better than Dogs".

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      Weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Dawn, glad you enjoyed my silly list! I'm heading over to check out the video now!

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      Delaney 4 years ago

      I love dogs they are so c...u...t...e!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      candy dog 4 years ago

      i know dogs are my bffs

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      Dogs are best 4 years ago

      My favourite dog is a Siberian Husky

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      Bob 4 years ago

      Hate cats!

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      Kristinmcr 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I am a dog person, a million times over! I don't have anything against cats, it just seems like my dogs like being around me more. And when I talk to them, they actually listen. They are so happy all of the time, and they make me happy just being around them.

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      Amy 4 years ago from Oswego, NY

      Amen...for us lovable people persons, dogs are the best!

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      Stephen Hodgkinson 3 years ago from Sydney Australia

      Now we turn the applecart over.

      Ever seen a sign that says "no cats allowed"

      Dogs smell bad, cats do not smell

      Female dog is called a bitch, female cat is called a Queen

      Dogs poop needs to be cleaned up by humans, cats bury theirs

      Dogs need to be washed by humans, cats clean em selves

      But I still love dogs.

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      Weestro 3 years ago from Virginia

      Yes but cat pee is gross...Thanks Que!

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      Sherrie Young 3 years ago

      Not to mention they pee on your stuff when they're jealous vs being more in your face for attention! just sayin :) I love all living creatures no matter what it's genetics are :)

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      Weestro 3 years ago from Virginia

      Me too Sherrie, but I love some wayyy more than others!

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      Sherrie Young 3 years ago

      Lol, short and sweet to me is better than shaggy, but either way, they are all great!!

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      Rebecca Furtado 3 years ago from Anderson, Indiana

      My 17 year old Manx thinks this is hate speech. He plays catch.. well it is undignifed to walk on a leash... right not our hamster sized puppy is being beat up by Loki the Anti Christ Cat. I am going to read this article to him so he can feel better . In this house cats rule dog drool and the cockatiels think they are all idiots.

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      Weestro 3 years ago from Virginia

      LOL Rebecca, and yes, leashes are for suckers!

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      lee 3 years ago

      great post

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      Weestro 3 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Lee!

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      Mr.Tinkles 3 years ago

      ''And how much do dogs cost? and the damage they inflict to our homes? yes. VERY Much. Unlike cats who are enjoying their lives with our slaves or these humans you call them. Simply unneccessary to prove that you mutts are better.''

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      Weestro 3 years ago from Virginia

      Woof

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Pete.....This is my best "find" of the month. What a totally delightful article, right down to the perfectly chosen photos. Love them.

      I happen to adore (and am the mom of) both. As much as I have this knee-jerk reaction to defend Kitty-cats.....your points are quite difficult to argue. Your sense of humor is definitely terrific and made me laugh out loud.....as in doubling over laughter.

      My cat, "Tommy2" would have a few choice words for you, but in fact, you're 100% correct.....he's arrogant and couldn't care less what some Pete-guy thinks of him!

      Simply delightful. It may take me some time to come up with a rebuttal hub, but never fear.................Up++++shared, pinned & tweeted......Peace, Paula

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      ROFL! Please see my hub on why cats are better than dogs! LOL

      Seriously, though...I love all animals, and used to have a dog or two now and then, but at the current state of our health and physical stamina, we are just unable to keep up with a dog, so we have kitties now to maintain our connection to sanity. Cats are much lower maintenance, because you do NOT have to take them for walks, and scooping litter boxes is much easier than prowling the yard with a bag and shovel. ;-)

      Most of them are affectionate; three of them do greet us at the door when we return home from errands/appointments; one plays fetch; all of them sleep on our beds, keeping us company at night.

      In fact, one is a self-appointed "nurse cat." When my husband was having some breathing issues, she would stay on his bed all night, and wake him up if his breathing became distressed. She would even know to sit on his belly, as the pressure there helped him get his breath (he wore an abdominal binder during the day for the same reason).

      I do miss our doggie, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge back in 2004, but we would not have been able to continue to care for her in our current situation.

      Voted up and funny.

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      B Lucy 2 years ago from Podunk, Virginia

      I read this to my Mastiff and we both concur that you are correct on all points!!! Voted Up and Awesome!!

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Being a dog person it is very easy for me to agree with everything you've said. I only wish I'd said it first ;)

      Voted up, funny, and interesting.

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      DogSpot 22 months ago from Gurgaon, haryana

      Dogs are seriously better than cat. Cats are drama queens as well as moody. You can not handle them if you are not having enough patience. On the other hand dogs are great companion, easy going with everything.

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