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Top Ten Reasons Dogs Are Better Than Cats

Updated on March 25, 2014

I’ve seen a few of these articles on the top ten reasons cats are better than dogs so in good natured retaliation I’ve written one of my own on why dogs are better. I have nothing against cats and have had a few over the years. When given a choice I’ll choose a Boston terrier over a feline any day of the week.

1) Dogs don’t jump up on your kitchen counters putting their dirty feet all over areas we prepare food. I have a thing for cleanliness and the thought of any animal walking around on my clean counters where I prepare food turns my stomach. Cats have had their nasty feet in a litter box and then want to put their feet all over your table and places you eat your food. Not in my house.

On this same note, I had a cat that climbed a shelving unit, knocked off two antique teapots and broke them as they hit the rock hearth below. You cannot teach a cat not to climb. Someone mentioned how much more graceful cats are and how they don’t break things. My dog has never broken any of my antiques.

Cats will climb all over your keyboard wanting you to pet or feed them. Dogs can be taught to stay off of your computer equipment and once you tell them to go lay down, if trained, they will leave you alone. You can’t train a cat.

2) Dogs don’t sharpen their claws on your furniture shredding your upholstery and drapes. I’ve had cats that ruined pieces of furniture as well as curtains by climbing and sharpening their claws. I bought scratching posts but it did no good.

3) Trained dogs don’t dig up your garden defecate in your flowers leaving behind a terrible stench. My neighbor’s cats all think my flowerbeds are their personal litter box. I’ve tried spraying cayenne pepper/water and other store bought remedies with no luck. It is disgusting.

Someone in another pro cat article mentioned that cats bury their feces so there aren’t any droppings left behind. That may be true but the odor is much worse and you can’t get rid of it aside from digging it up and putting it in plastic bags to cover the stench. Dog feces doesn’t smell good but it’s not near as offensive as cat manure.

4) Dogs bark and let you know when an intruder is nearby or when someone is at the door. Another writer mentioned that cats don’t bark annoying their neighbors. This is true, trained dogs won’t do that either. I blame the owners and not the dog. However, my neighbor’s cats fight and mate very loudly outside my bedroom window almost nightly until I go out with the hose to run them off. At least my neighbor’s dogs are sleeping during the night.

5) Dogs can defend you if you are attacked even a tiny Chihuahua will fight to his death protecting his owner. Cats don’t care if you are attacked, in fact, if you die and are left for an extended period of time cats will eat you to survive.

Dogs don't eat their master and grieve for years at the loss of their human companions. Statues have been erected for dogs who waited for their master to return. Cats don’t love people they only see us as food dispensers. If not you someone else will take care of their needs. People are all the same to them.

6) Dogs are happy to see you no matter what. Even mistreated canines will wag their tail and wiggle happily to see their master. They are the most forgiving beasts on this planet. They love unconditionally.

7) Dogs can be trained to do tricks, walk on a leash and stay. Granted, there are many untrained dogs left in yards that bark incessantly out of boredom but that is the fault of the owners, not the dogs.

Someone in another article mentioned that cats catch mice. Not all cats catch mice and incidentally, some dogs can do that too. My Boston terrier caught mice when he was younger. He’s old, deaf and can’t see very well these days so his mouser days are over but he caught more than any cat I’ve ever owned. He also caught squirrels, moles and gophers.

8) Dogs can be trained to stay in their own yard. Cats go wherever they please. Again, my neighbor’s cats walk through my yard like they own the place, doing as they please at all hours of the night. Cats have no respect for fences or other people’s property. You can’t train a cat to stay in or out of a yard.

9) Dogs can be trained to help those with disabilities such as blind or mobility impaired. Cats don’t care if you can go anywhere or have anything to eat they only care about whether they have food. Dogs are pleasers and want to help humans. There are no seeing-eye cats.

10) Dogs can be trained to go outside so you don’t have a smelly litter box. If you have a doggie door you don’t even have to get up to let them out. If given healthy foods that don’t contain a lot of fillers you won’t even have to scoop the yard unless you have many dogs or larger breeds.

This video makes me teary eyed every time I see it.


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      The Timekeeper 3 years ago

      This is kind of a biased survey, in my opinion.

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      Lybrah 5 years ago

      Well written article. However, cats are the most adorable creatures on the planet, in my opinion.

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      FullOfLoveSites 5 years ago from United States

      I love pets, dogs and cats alike. Thanks for the wonderful hub :)

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      New Newbie 5 years ago

      That was great~! I love cats too but I agree with your list of dog virtues. Great video too. I'm still smiling.

      Funny, awesome and interesting .

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      Zephammo 5 years ago

      I could easily argue with every point in this, like the fact that you can train cats, or that dogs chew where cats scratch, but I won't do that. I see this is a funny hub. I personally like both cats and dogs. I own both, and there is never a dull moment xD

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      I have had several cats over the years, it's been my experience that they are not as easy to train as dogs. Some can't be trained at all.

      I also know many cat owners that share with me the woes of having cats and their ill temper behavior.

      Yes, I agree, some of us very much prefer dogs as they are much easier to train and love us unconditionally.

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      Informed 5 years ago

      This made me laugh till I cried! You clearly know NOTHING about being a cat owner. I have 4 cats and have had cats all of my life. They never scratch my furniture, they don't walk on my counters, and every day they choose to sit with/by/on me showing that they choose to spend time with me, showing they CARE. You say cats can't be trained? Well you're wrong! I trained one of my cats to come, sit, sit up, and roll over, it's pretty funny to be honest. Some people are just better dog owners and some people are better cat woners, I understand this, but I think it's wrong to say a whole species of animals is terrible just because you don't understand them.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Chris, I have heard of them waking up their master during a fire. That would be a good article to write.

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      Chris Hugh 6 years ago

      Cute and funny and it has useful information, too. I wrote a Hub with the opposite point of view, but all animals are wonderful. There are lots of cases where a cat has saved an owner's life. I thunk I'll write a Hub on it, so thanks for the inspiration.

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      jaichhattisgarh 6 years ago

      in country like india where there is no food to feed our population there is no chance of taming dogs are cats, in return they are hunted for our survival.

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      karmicfilly 6 years ago from Franklin, TN

      Living out in the country has it's advantages. I've had cats that lived for almost 20 years that never died until their time was up.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks, Beth.

      Nancee, sorry to hear of your loss. Our pets are our children.

      Kelley, dogs can be trained not to lick your face, mine never does. Bathing usually works for the smell.

      Karmicfilly, you can't train a cat to stay in your yard so unless you keep them indoors they will wander and are at a danger of being killed. Most dogs don't appreciate cats intruding on their territory.

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      karmicfilly 6 years ago from Franklin, TN

      I currently own 3 dogs and all my cats are gone. Gone because the neighbors Boxer killed all 3 of them. Mine were outdoor cats which makes them more like dogs in lots of ways and the only way I like them. I won't do littler boxes and all the other things that household cats need to have done. Thus now I am a dog/horse owner only. Maybe some day I will be a cat owner again. We shall see. Good Funny hub.

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      TheMMAZone 6 years ago from Kansas

      This was a great read and made my day.

      Voted Up!!!

      Dog lover

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      gramarye 6 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      Great Hub! I have had both cats and dogs, so I don't agree with everything you say, however, I do appreciate the humor of taking a one-sided view. Doesn't matter whether I have cats or dogs or a mixture, I keep them inside or in an enclosed outdoor area so they don't disturb my neighbors.

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      kelleyward 6 years ago

      Great hub Pamela! I love cats and dogs but I have to say I like cats better because they don't lick my face and smell!! I love outside dogs and inside cats. Great hub! Take care, Kelley

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      Nanceespages56 6 years ago

      I am an equal oppurtunity animal lover but I draw the line at anything that is very small, and scurrays fast or slithers......but I do love date I have 2 dogs...1 bird.... 1 turtle....I use to have a cat but a few years back I had to put him to sleep he was about 12 years old... I miss him...checkers...God Bless all you lovers of animals

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      BethDW 6 years ago

      Love this! I have an ongoing debate with a friend about whether dogs or cats make better pets...and I'll be forwarding this to her! :)

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      Dr Pandula 6 years ago from Norway

      A touching and a beautiful hub for anyone who had the experience with the 'mans best friend'. great hub!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 6 years ago from Cardiff

      Great hub, every point is true! Dogs all the way for me!!

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      kjrzeek1 6 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      I have spent all my life with dogs and they bring so much to my life. Unfortunately we had to put down 2 dogs in the last 3 years because of age and health, so we are down to just one. Our dogs are part of our family and bring so much happiness to everyone. Great Hub!

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      Moobjam 6 years ago

      Why cats are better than dogs.

      1)they only care about themselves

      2)they climb on things and knock stuff over


      forget it, you're right dogs are better.

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      am301986 6 years ago from New Delhi

      I love the dog so much..and you explained nicely.... thanks so much... :)

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      johnakc 6 years ago from New Delhi

      Yes I also think so, he is really my best pal. :)

      HE also loves me so much..

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      John, I bet Tuffy is a special pal.

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      johnakc 6 years ago from New Delhi

      I also have one such friend named Tuffy, a spitz species. He is my best friend too.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Kebennett, cats are a different creature altogether. They are beautiful animals but we can't expect too much from them.

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      Kebennett1 6 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

      Awesome hub! I love my dogs they are truly great companions. I have two cats also but I have to agree they are guilty of everything you talk about :)

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Deshala, I enjoyed that joke too. Funny.

      Goods, if they miss us they sure have a lackadaisical way of showing it. Dogs will let you know you are loved and missed.

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      Lisa Dewey 6 years ago from Far left of The South & Extreme west in my best imagination!

      I enjoyed your hub! Yes, no doubt. Dogs actually miss you when you're away. And, they show it when you return! Cats, even after a few months' absence, will not remember you. Or, they will pretend that they don't. The end result is the same. They simply don't care. Dogs. Dogs. Dogs!

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      Deshala7 6 years ago from Maryland

      I found myself laughing out loud to the comparison of a dogs day to a cats day, hilarious. Im a dog lover for life I must say!

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Felina, dogs are like children, if we teach them to be clean they usually prefer to stay that way.

      MzLadyD, I've heard some apartments allow cats but no dogs. I've seen damage cats have done to sheetrock with their claws so not sure why they have that rule unless they don't want droppings on the lawn. Cats are great too, I just prefer dogs.

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      MzLadyD 6 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      I love this Hub. It feeds more of my desire to want a dog. I currently have a cat and have raised him for 2 years. When I got him he was younger than 8 weeks and it was the only pet my apartment allowed me to have. I can testify that cats don't give you the bond that dog can. Cats are independent but at the same time too dependent. I love companionship in a pet and dogs take number 1 forthat spot. Great article.

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      Felina Margetty 6 years ago from New York, New York

      My goodness, the comments on this hub. A provocative statement goes a long way. I would have to agree with you even having four pussies at home. It is said that cats are clean animals, what they mean is once they have made a spot filthy they move to a clean spot and start again. hehehehe. I mean to say that dogs are very clean animals as well and are truly as the saying goes hu MAN ities best friend. Nicely done hub thanks for the lesson in hubbing. Cheers F.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Greekwarrior, some dogs are great mousers.

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      greekwarrior 6 years ago from Sylvania, Ohio, USA

      Excellent read, also I've seen my aunt's dog catch several mice in her backyard and at a stable and I've never seen the cats who live at the stable catch one.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Dogs do require more time and care. I love having someone to take care of so that is probably why I love dogs so much plus they give back so much it's worth it.

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      Ann-Christin 6 years ago from UK

      I would choose a cat but only because they don't take up so much of your time. I've never had a dog but from what I hear they give a lot more back to you than cats.

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      Tara Carbery 6 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      I enjoyed this hub but would choose a Cat over a Dog any day! Dog's are far too similar to Children for my liking and need constant attention. I have a Siamese cross and she adores me and cuddles me in bed each night. I really miss her warm, purring cuddles when I'm away from home.

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      Rockvale 6 years ago from Loveland

      What I particularly love about my dogs is when I come home. It's like they haven't seen me in years. Not that I'm starved for attention or need to feel accepted, I just love how they react. Like nothing else in their world matters. I call them my kids because they are my family.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Tiffany, I have read a few comments from cat owners that say they can be trained. I have only seen those that do as they please and even many cat lovers tell me the same thing.

      Chelsea, I love that video too.

      Famously, that is a big turn off for me too. I love dogs.

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      famously-twisted 6 years ago

      This is a great Hub and points out the honest differences between owning a cat and a dog for companion purposes. I love the humor in this hub. I for one also thought it was quite nasty to have litter box feet on my counter tops and in my kids's beds! Yuck! Many people will always be feline lovers but there is a reason a dog is and will always be a man's best friend. A dog is loyal and protective and if you own one you might say they have have the best personalities too :)

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      chelseabellea 6 years ago

      I love this, the video of them reuniting was so sweet I cried almost instantly!

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      tiffany delite 6 years ago from united states

      ok, so i have to disagree (in a nice way of course...hehe) but cats CAN be trained. i have a great cat - spicy - who does not walk on the counter tops or table and who will sit at the front door and look but not go outside. i know it sounds hard to believe, but i promise you it's true. i voted this hub up...blessings!

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      Mel 6 years ago

      i got a dog for ma birfday and i hate it cos it poos all around the house even in ma bed! i tried to spray perfume on it but ma mates say ma house stink o poo now i have the dog in a kennel and it poos in ma flower pots :((( I can't win

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      seo4site 6 years ago

      Absolutely agree with u))) very interesting and impressed post

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      Johnny 6 years ago

      Macy Gray covered SAIL by AWOLNATION and my BOSTON TERRIER covered Macy Gray's version of #SAIL RT

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      MelChi, many people that live in small homes opt for cats. Some apartments won't let you have a dog but will allow cats. I'm surprised because a cat can do as much damage as any dog.

      Thanks for reading, Mia.

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      Mia 6 years ago

      Dogs are way better than cats ......but i do like adorable kittens !

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      Melanie Chisnall 6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I grew up with dogs and cats, so this is a tough one. We have two cats in the house as your yard is too small to keep a dog at the moment :( What a beautiful video on the dogs! Great hub and voted up!

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      Puppyhugger27 6 years ago from Indiana

      Dogs rule, cats hack up hairballs on the carpet ;) too cute!

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      I love that, "Big kid trapped in a big doberman's body." I don't see many of them around here any more. It seems breeds go in cycles of popularity.

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      El Ray 6 years ago

      I have to agree with @Debbie Roberts - I love the way you balance the facts with humor in this hub article. Voted up + awesome!

      Count me in with the dog lovers Pamela. When my Prince was alive he was a loving member of our family. He was a big kid trapped in a big doberman's body. He was such a great dog!

      I like cats, but only from a distance.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 6 years ago

      @ausip we found it just the opposite. If we were gone for the weekend, we could stock up the water and food dispensers and leave a clean litter box, and the cats were fine. The dog, however, had a tendency to bite anyone coming into the house to feed him, so we had to take him along. One time, though, we had four cats and one was trained to use the toilet. They ran out of water, and he had contaminated their "auxiliary water supply", so they were quite glad to see us come home and refill the water dispenser in the kitchen.

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      jamesbond0409 6 years ago

      only in her mind!

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      Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 6 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Great Hub. Dogs rule.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Jennifer, I've read a few stories of cats eating their masters after they died. It's pretty gross.

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      jenniferg78 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      We had a cat that was very well trained not to go on the counter tops. You have to be very strict and use a water gun but they can be taught!

      #5 is horrid. I never heard of cats eating humans. Yuck!

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Ausip, sorry to hear of your loss. My dog is old and I know my time with him is short. Not sure if I will get another one when he's gone but I probably will.

      James, this was a fun retaliation to several cat articles I've read lately. For some of us dogs are a better choice. Have a good day.

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      jamesbond0409 6 years ago

      In some cases dogs are good and in some cats

      but you can't say dogs are the best...

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      ausip 6 years ago from Australia

      I had a cat, we loved him very much and he was a great companion for our dog. Our lifestyle made owning the cat quite a challenge, yet the dog was easy, as she is able to travel to all our social destinations. Once he passed it made our weekend and holiday outings much easier to plan for

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Landscapeartist, our pets leave a lasting impression on us and are never forgotten.

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      Roberta McIlroy 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Awesome hub! I love both cats and dogs but I must say that I am more partial to dogs. When they pee somewhere they shouldn't you can clean it up but cat pee has a distinctive odor that lingers and does not go totally away. I had one cat and she lived 17 yrs. I miss her dearly and no other cat will ever take her place in my heart.

      Mmargie1966, I loved the email that your son sent you. It was funny. Thank you for sharing that one with us as well.

      Keep the hubs coming. Voted up!

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      PSTraubie, I like cats, I just prefer dogs. I think we all do best with one or the other and I'm a dog person.

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      Patricia Scott 6 years ago from sunny Florida

      While I respectfully disagree with your agruments concluding that dogs are superior to felines, your points are well taken. Truthfully I have had both as pets and for me it is a toss up...there are enough positives on both sides to make me love them equally. Maybe it seems I am someone who cannot choose...and sometimes it is difficult to make decisions that involve choosing one something over another. In this case, I just love them both so much I can't choose. Thanks for sharing this...I really did enjoy reading it.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Factsknowing, I didn't know that.

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      factsknowing 6 years ago from Jos

      That is a nice one. In Nigeria many people dislike cats because it is used by witches to attack people. That is what they say; meaning that dog is safer to keep.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      David, you are smart to think of space when considering a dog. They do need room and area to play. Thanks for reading.

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      David Warren 6 years ago from Nevada

      I loved this hub! I am currently a "cat" person but loved the humor here. I do by the way also love dogs, I just don't have one because although it's a beautiful property I don't have enough outdoor space to be fair for a dog. Anyway great hub!

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Freddy, sounds like your pooch keeps all the pests away. Good dog.

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      FreddyM 6 years ago from Everywhere USA

      I have a beagle that is a holy terror. She is absolutely fearless. She takes one gulp and polishes off a mouse. Rats and possum beware. Jehovah Witnesses are also leery to approach the house.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Pstraubie48, we love our pets no matter what.

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      Patricia Scott 6 years ago from sunny Florida

      I love nailed it. Dogs are opposite of cats..but I do so love my kitty. She is moody and smart and she rules the roost. Dining on my kitty, o, no...could not, ever, nor anyone else's either.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      lol, Mikey, you are funny. Thanks for reading.

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      mikeydcarroll67 6 years ago

      I totally agree! Dogs definitely have a lot more advantages over a cat. Additionally, I found that cats are perfectly tasting, especially if you find a good Chinese chef ;).

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      lol That is funny. I had a friend who grew up with dogs. She moved to an apartment that allowed cats but no dogs. She taught her cat to sit up and beg. The first time I'd ever seen that before.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 6 years ago

      Just a hint about dog convenience: I had a friend who trained his two small dogs to use a litter box like a cat. The dogs didn't have to hold themselves all day while he was at work, and he didn't have to clean up any accidents. I was incredulous about it, and he said, "Well, nobody told me I couldn't do it, so I did."

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks everyone for reading.

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      SeekingMJ 6 years ago from Bryan, Texas

      I love cats! Sadly, I am very allergic to cat dander, and am kinda fond of breathing, so no cats for me. :)

      I have had amazing dogs all my life. Loyal, loving, happy. Even my rescue, once he settled into our home and learned that my sons were not going to torment him. He has become the most loyal and loving dog I have ever had.

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      acewebdesign 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      I can understand the connection of men and dogs..its so much more even more than the cats..

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      LyKae Frates 6 years ago

      If you have said you can't train cats its clear you haven't tried or gave up to soon. In fact some cats are easier to train than dogs. You can train them to stay of counters with a single push and they stay off. Dogs on the other hand if you don't want them jumping on you, you constantly had to knee them in the chest to teach them no and sometimes they still jump. They can turn on your kids, cats can do that, but that just means somebody is treating them wrong or they need to spend more time together. And cats do care for their owners, look up Homer's Odyssey. He was a blind cat who protected his owner from a man who was watching her in the night, when the man spoke as age reached for the phone, Homer tried attacking him, barely missing. Then the man ran away with that BRAVE BLIND CAT chased him. They soon moved to GROUND ZERO and went through September 11's tragic event, Homer was home alone while his owner was evacuated. Homer and his fellow cats survived three days without food or water. Soon Homer and his owner were united and he latched onto her, not letting go of her.

      Many cats share an amazing bonds with their people that dogs cannot touch.

      I know dogs have been man's best friend, and there is some heroic stories of dogs. But all dogs and cats are different, there are some terrible dogs and cats, and there are some amazing cats and dogs. I have lived with many dogs for many years and when I finally got a young cat, I actually realized how easy cats are.

      Cat claws are easy to take care of, simply give them a bowl of food, and while they are entertained, take their claws and snip them with nail clippers. They are easier than dog claws, nightmare.

      Just do a little research on cats and you can find out how caring, easy, and amazing cats are. Their litter boxes are way better to clean then bending over dog poop, being tripped by the dog, and landing face first in it. But I am not trying to put a bad name on dogs, you can train them cover their own poop sometimes. I have no idea how you train it to do it, but I have seen a dog do it.

      That end this, I just wanted, to get the truth out to people, cats are easy and many times easier than dogs. Thank you.

      (P.S. a cat in Scotland caught 29,000 mice in twenty one years, can a dog do that?)

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Okay, lejonkung. I'll go take a peak.

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      lejonkung 6 years ago

      Thank you for a very interesting hub! voted up. Check out my hubs about dog and cats!

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      wiserworld 6 years ago

      I believe I was a dog in a past life. Great hub!

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      Eliminate Cancer 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      I used to be a cat person, but my daughter was born a dog person. We finally got her a Jack Russell, and now I've converted. Love Dogs!!!

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      Natasha 6 years ago from Hawaii

      I could not agree more. I grew up with outside cats, and that was fine. Now I have two dogs and a roommate with a cat. My dogs have never broken any furniture (knock on wood!), but the cat scratches stuff all the time. I also hate the way the litterbox smells!

      Voted awesome.

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      zzron 6 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Great hub. I have always been and always will be a dog lover even tho I have nothing against cats.

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      skinsman82000 6 years ago from Frederick Maryland

      Yes, I don't really see much upside to having a cat vs. a dog. Maybe if you're really into purring and not letting your dogs out or taking them for a walk. Cats, the pet for those who don't really want a pet...but like spending money on food/etc and scooping poop from a tray.

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      Jaye Denman 6 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I've been reading the comments and enjoyed all of them. I do understand that many people like cats and bet most of them learned to do so as children. I never had pets as a child or even as an adult until my 60s, but have already explained why I didn't choose a cat (due to bad experiences with my mom's mean cats).

      I forgot to mention I'm highly allergic to cat dander (but not dog dander--I've been tested by an allergist), and it's worse with longhaired cats. I suppose the long hair causes more dander--I'm not sure.

      When I was in my 30s, I had friends who had both a dog and a very large, longhaired cat. When I visited them, they usually shut the cat into another room in deference to my allergy; however, the cat's dander was already in the room so I wheezed and sneezed anyway. One evening when I was there, one of their children allowed the cat out of its temporary room, and she made her way directly to me (almost as if she KNEW what her proximity would cause--ha,ha). I immediately had a terrible reaction, deep wheezing, difficulty breathing and my lips swelled up within a few minutes. I had to be driven home. So...even if I wanted a cat (which I never would), I could not have one.

      One more comment and then I promise I'll bow out! After seeing a cat walking on another friend's kitchen counter, I would never eat or drink anything at that person's home, not even a cup of coffee. I don't see how cat-owners can overlook the hygiene factor of their cats going straight from the litter box to walk on the kitchen counters! Although my dog sleeps with me, I clean her butt with baby wipes after she potties (don't laugh--it's recommended) and wipe her nose and feet with baby wipes after she comes indoors to get rid of dirt, pollen and anything else that might cling. After all, she lies on one of the sofas and sleeps with me. I've talked with other dog owners whose dogs share their homes, furniture and beds, and they do the same. Do any cat owners clean their cats? Somehow, there seems to be a prevailing attitude that when cats lick themselves, they are "self-cleaning." With saliva???

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      GD, they do love us and that makes them lovable.

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      GDiBiase 6 years ago from Portland, ME

      I have owned both at different times in my life. I have to say my heart is with dogs they are just such good companions with their unconditional love

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      I see, MizBejabbers. I didn't know that but it makes sense. I've only had one cat that caught mice and the other three didn't.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 6 years ago

      Oh, the comment about all cats don't catch mice -- I read recently why that is true and I wish I could remember where. The article said that a cat has to be trained by another cat to catch mice. Our male cat, Tas, is a great mouse catcher and so was his mother. They were both rescue cats. Then I noticed that our elderly cat, Katrina, had made a couple of attempts to catch a mouse, but gave up when she didn't succeed. She will be 19 in May, so I appreciate her heroic effots. I guess the trainer does not have to be the cat's mother.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Oh my, dogs and cats will both misbehave on occasions. They are lucky to have you.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 6 years ago

      We love both cats and dogs, and I do like your sense of humor. Reason no. 5 is a fallacy because my son's cats woke him when he had a prowler at his house in the middle of the night. Also, a few years ago, a baby kitten saved a whole family in our state by jumping on his little boy and pawing him awake when their house was on fire. Did that ever make the news! My big dog tore up my new custom made venetian blinds the first week trying to look out a floor-to-ceiling window. My husband left them down because he swore that a dog wouldn't do that. Then a new puppy chewed up the edge of a couch cushion while we weren't looking. BUT, the cats have scratched up my leather love seat and they potty in the potted plants, killing them. My 100 lb. dog sleeps at my feet on the floor and my cats sleep on my lap. The crazy dog is professionally trained, but he still won't come when I call, but the cats do. I find them both equally destructive and equally protective, and I love them all.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Natasa, I might try that. I read to put them in a spray bottle of water and spray around the flower bed but that didn't work. Maybe putting the whole pepper will work better.

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      natasa 6 years ago

      you put chilli powder or you put chilli seeds in the garden bed (make sure they're hot)

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Phoebe, that is funny. I've heard some cats like water.

      Pannonica, I love dogs too. Thanks for reading.

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      Pannonica 6 years ago

      Hi Pamela. Fantastic hub, loved it. What more can I say that hasn't already been said, even the comments that were bound to follow this piece are brilliant.

      You may have guessed, obviously a dog lover, as they say 'Man's Best Friend' Dogs Rule - Cats Drool.

      Thank you - Voted up

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      Phoebe Pike 6 years ago

      I have seen so many hubs about how cats are so much better, but it is so refreshing to find one about dogs! I have a cat, but before I had dogs. I must admit, I got a lot more sleep when I had two dogs than one cat. My dogs would sleep on the foot of my bed or on the floor... but my cat loves to curl up in my hair, while clawing at my head. Then he's climb over me and bat at my face and meow until I get up and pet the spoiled brat- er, I mean cat.

      He also climbs into the shower with me, which I honestly thought cats hated water, but my little Rudy loves showering and trying to climb my legs to get to the faucet. I love my cat, but sometimes I wish I had gotten a dog instead.


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