Do Cats or Dogs make better pets?
My cat is so cute sometimes - and smart. And he knows how to be nice when he needs something... But he is not selfish - he lets me mess with him sometimes when I'm in a bad mood.
Dogs definitely make better pets in my view. My dog is loving, loyal and protective.
Dogs are better for pets. you can train them quite easy and they are more fun.
It depends on what you are looking for in a pet. But I love my dogs.
Someone said this before, and it really is accurate I think:
"Give all the love and attention in the world to your dog, and your dog will think that you are god. - Give all the love and attention in the world to your cat, and your cat will think that IT is god."
I think it depends on what you're looking for, really. Most cats are fairly independent and dogs definetely are not. You can't bring a cat out in the yard and play catch....or take it swimming with you...but you can with your dog.
dogs are definetely more interactive. cats just like to hang out with you.
i used to be a dog person...now i am a cat person. i had not planned on getting any more dogs after my one dog died. but when she died my parents convinced me we would get over her loss faster with a puppy. i ended up with 2 puppies. thing is, when starting from a puppy or kitten, kittens are far easier to raise...i have lost a lot of sleep since getting these pups, getting up in the middle of the night 2 or 3 times and standing in below zero temps waiting for them to do their business. kittens almost instinctively know how to use a litter box from the beginning. i had and have cats who love nothing more than a long game of fetch. I have had cats who loved going on hikes with me and going camping with me and even one who got seriously upset if i left him on shore when i went fishing in the boat. cats are highly intelligent, and so are some dogs. but there are more intelligent cats than there are dogs. cats can romp in the house without destroying stuff. a dog romps or wags its tail even and something goes crashing for sure. you can leave for a couple of days and leave a huge bowl of food and water and a clean litter box and a cat will be just fine. you cant leave a dog in the house that long without expecting accidents.
as far as what pet is best for you...only you know the answer to that question. do you live in the country (dog and cat) or in a small apartment (cat or small dog)? do you have time to exercise a dog? plenty of toys and your affection is all a cat needs to occupy their time with. cats are not aloof, some simply value their private space and quiet moments more than others...just like us humans do.
all in all dogs take a great deal more time and effort than cats do.
I have both cats and dogs, but I think dogs make better pets. I like that I can train my dog and she responds to me. She's also a good "pick me up" when I'm feeling moody.
I will choose dogs. Dogs are way more involved with you than cats. You can make a cat chase even a rat (against the cat's will) let alone making it go and fetch a ball.
I have both, but I am definitely more attached to my dogs, and they to me. Cats are better for people who don't have the time or inclination to pay a lot of attention to their pets. Most cats like to interact with humans, but they don't seem to suffer the separation anxiety common in dogs.
@ All the dog people. I love dogs, don't get me wrong. But the reason they call 'em 'pets' is because that's mainly what you do with them - you pet 'em in your spare time. Just compare petting a cat v.s. a dog - it's so much more pleasant with a cat, isn't it?
And with the whole protection thing, I think it's a bit overrated. Unless you live on a farm and have a whole pack of hungry attack dogs, that factor is pretty much irrelevant. Your dog won't stop a crazed looney with a gun. Nor will it rescue you from drowning because all you have in your house is a bathtub and the beaches have lifeguards.
I mean, if I was a different person and went hiking a lot, and solo nature travel, that sort of thing - then obviously a dog is a million times better. But in a city or suburban setting, cats are amazing and dogs can be pretty damn bad, even obnoxious sometimes. Like a little chihuahua that likes to bark all night long at the top of her tiny doggie lungs inside an inner-city apt. building with 1,000 other families.
Cats are more quiet and do require a lot less attention than dogs do. And dogs tend to smell more. You need to bathe them. Cats bathe themselves - which is awesome! Who doesn't like a self-cleaning kitchen appliance? So cats... At least for me.
Oh, I almost forgot - my cat does tricks for me - I trained him. They do train, and there are some breeds - like the Sphynx (or is it Bald Egyptian? No clue...), that are unbelievably intelligent and can train even easier than some dogs while still retaining that uncanny cat sensitivity and... I almost want to call it 'spirituality' - Cats have a 6th sense, you know... They really do.
I am partial, so I would have to say a dog. Cats can be very sneaky and have very strange personalities.
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