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How Some People Can Appreciate Cats

Updated on February 19, 2017
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To all the dog lovers and cat haters out there; welcome.

I am pointing out why owning a cat is not the beacon of all terrible pets to own.

And to people who run like the plague from cats, hopefully you will be more receptive to them after reading this.

It is truly all about understanding. One must understand the feline in order to appreciate the feline.


The Cat

There are all kinds of stereotypes about cats. Some people find it terribly discomforting to be around them. They don't trust them. Some even believe they just run up to people and bury their claws in someone's body.

Despite all stereotypes, cats need to be taught and trained. This ranges from using the bathroom, to behavior regarding what they can do and what they cannot do; they must be trained

The intelligence of cats freak people out often times. Cats learn by understanding what's going on around them and they all have traits one can appreciate.


Case In Point 1: Cats Aren't Needy Like Dogs

You don’t have to do everything for a cat. For example, a cat will take itself for a walk. You don’t have to walk with them if they are outdoor cats.

You don’t even have to open the door for them to get outside. If there's a doggy door, they will go through that. If there is a screen door or window screen, they will chew through that and squeeze out. If you open the door, they will breeze on through.

If their food isn't canned, they will get something to eat. They will squeeze into a bag of cat food or knock out the food little by little and eat, and they will definitely find something to drink. If they can't get something in the house to eat or drink they will get out and find something.

This is the way of the feline. They are just simple to live with. They don't need you to do everything for them.


Case In Point 2: Cats Have More Control Than Dogs

Dogs are sweet, they really are, but they are not that smart and have little to no consideration.

Dogs use the bathroom when they have to. They do not hold it in for long. Your dog pooping on the carpet would be much worse than the cat, especially if it just so happens to be runny.

Not only will you have to clean it up that instant, but you will have to shampoo your entire carpet or rug. Even a dog’s urine is more pungent than that of the cat on a carpet or rug. Overall, dogs give up too soon.

I have known cats to get on top of the trash can pile to use the bathroom. They will knock over the trash can to use the bathroom on the trash in it. They have more of an understanding of what waste is. They usually do this if the litter box has been moved and they can't find it. If they go on the floor, they at least do it on the bathroom floor or in the area where their litter box is supposed to be. (Note to the master)

Cats care about what they do simply because you have hit the roof about it before.They don't need the headache of you yelling at them, putting them outside in the rain or cold, placing them in that cat kennel for punishment, not feeding them wet food, or not stroking them when they want it.

They don't need any restrictions on movement, traits, needs, or wants for punishment in any way. Overall, you can't buy the consideration and intelligence of a cat.


Case In Point 3: Cats Are Cleaner

Sure you got to give them a bath in cat soap and water from time to time, but they do help out by licking themselves. They help save water, which saves on the water bill.

They don't swim in puddles. They don't play, try to walk, trot, run, or glide through mud if they are outdoor cats. They avoid rain and dirty areas in general. And they don't typically play with cats that are dirty. If you are dirty and smell funny, they are not going to play with you either.

Overall, cats at least contribute to keeping themselves clean.


Case In Point 4: Cats Are More Behaved Than Dogs

Dogs come to the kitchen table and steal food off people's plates. They tear out the trash openly, even during family gatherings. They chase anything, even the squirrel that somehow got in the house, which just so happens to be in your living room.

Dogs run up to you, your guests, your 80 year old grandma, your cousin with the broken leg, and jump on them to say hello. This is very nice of them, but can be quite hazardous. They nearly knock people across rooms, floors, chairs, tables and other people who are standing nearby just say hello in their dog ways.

Don’t get me wrong, dogs are loving animals, but they are a little too heavy for jumping on people to say hello.

Meanwhile, the cat is more subtle and gentle. A simple meow and stroke of the hand, ankle, or leg with their heads would suffice with a cat. Cats keep greetings short, simple, respectful and gentle.

And also, they are too sneaky to be caught eating food off the table.


Case in Point 5: Cats Have An Attitude

They have an, "I don’t take anything off anybody," attitude. Cats don't develop psychotic issues with their owners. These things are rare because they won't take anything off of any animal and anyone.

If an animal or person wants to tangle; it will tangle. It will throw paws; no problem. Cats have no problem with getting into a fight.

They are similar to dogs in that they will fight over their territory or home. Dogs take way too much before putting a stop to the abuse. Cat’s make it known; if you come here with an attitude or violence, you will get what you give.

Some of them are not that big on fighting for you but, their independence says you don't have to fight for them. Cats make a statement and stand their ground.

So if they come home with half of their ear gone, some patches of fur missing and a limp, you know what happened. A scrap broke out while it was trying to hang with its friends and it had to throw paws.

And you don't have to take them to the hospital, these are war wounds. The cat is a warrior in the domestic animal kingdom.

Last Note

I know one animal isn't truly better than the other. I think you can have the discipline of cat in a dog if you give it time.

Cats can behave like dogs. I have one girl-cat now whom I named Menace because that is what she is a little menace. Cats are funny and interesting. They do hilarious things, at least she does often.

So, if you're considering adopting or buying a pet, why not give a cat a try. They are one of the best types of pets to have.


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    • SonQuioey10 profile image

      Toni Northern 5 years ago from Williamston NC

      Having a great, and I mean great vacuum is very important when you have even one cat.

    • JBeadle profile image

      JBeadle 5 years ago from Midwest

      Loved the hub. Love cats. I've always had some cats in my life. We usually have 3. My wife is the dog person. 2 cats, 2 dogs currently. We vacuum a lot.

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      Toni Northern 5 years ago from Williamston NC

      I wouldn't mind this either. Hopefully one day I can make it so.

    • SonQuioey10 profile image

      Toni Northern 5 years ago from Williamston NC

      Cats are truly the best. :>

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      Toni Northern 5 years ago from Williamston NC

      Thank, I love cats.

    • LuisEGonzalez profile image

      Luis E Gonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Welcome to HubPages. Seems like you know cats pretty well

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      JoshuaDR 5 years ago from Charleston, SC

      I stumbled across this after I wrote a hub basically saying cats are evil =)but I'll admit you made some pretty good points. I still porefer my dog though.

      voted up

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      Rose Maria Rica D. Fuentes 5 years ago from Heaven

      i do really love cats!

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      Teri Silver 5 years ago from The Buckeye State

      Cute hub ... cats rule my world. I have three and am lucky they allow me to live in their house but then, someone has to serve them. They can break your heart and your wallet, but they give so much love.

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      wonderingwoolley 5 years ago from Madison, WI

      I love both cats and dogs. I love that cats are easier to cuddle on the couch, and I love that dogs respond to your emotions, they wag their tail when you laugh and reciprocate with obvious affection. I love that I don't have to let the cat outside to use the bathroom, and I love that I can take a dog for a walk. I love them both, but your points are valid also, cats make good pets and dog people shouldn't knock them until they've tried them- speaking from a former dog-person in love with her two kittens.

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      TransferAmerica 5 years ago from Torrance, CA

      Cats and dogs are both okay in my book. I think I would get one of each when I own my own house.

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      alipuckett 5 years ago

      I'm definitely a cat person. Your first point is my favorite reason for liking cats. They're independent and self-entertained. One of these days, I half-expect my cat to grab the keys, walk out the door, and go for a drive!