You’ve probably been asked at some point in your life if you’re a dog person or a cat person. Some people love both animals. But if you had to live with only one, which would you choose? There’s been an ongoing war between “dog people” and “cat people” for decades, maybe even centuries. Now it’s time to face off just for fun. Let’s explore some reasons why dogs may be better than cats.
Let’s face it. Owning a cat isn’t really that much different from not owning a cat. They’re haughty, they’re temperamental and most of the time they act like you don’t exist. On the other hand, dogs are loyal, cuddly, goofy and best of all, love you no matter what. Here are 13 reasons why dogs are way better than cats.
Canines enjoy running or going on long walks with their humans. Daily exercise is absolutely important for dogs. This means dog owners will have to indulge in some form of physical activity & interactive play to keep their pets motivated and engaged. A five year study performed on 2000 people in Australia brought to light the fact that dog walking can increase the level of physical activity in a large section of the community. Even older folks are seen participating in daily walks with their pooches. Cat people are rarely seen walking their felines on a harness since this isn’t a standard practice. Kitties like to be on their own whether indoors or outdoors and do what they like to do regardless of others.
It may be a cliché, but only because it’s true: There are no bad dogs, only bad owners. Dogs are beautiful creatures that we are capable of destroying, but none of them are born bad. Cats, however, are certified assholes from fetushood on. Any love you sense from a cat is projected entirely on them, or because of the camaraderie you feel with their general disdain for life and human beings. Cats are just waiting for us to die, so they can eat our yummy faces and have free range of the furniture.
Most cats are homebodies (feline agoraphobics if you will) and going out into the big scary world just isn’t their idea of fun. Most dogs see outings as invigorating; they eagerly explore new places and meet new people, and happily go along on your summer road trips. (In the interest of fairness to felines, I must point out that some cats actually do like going places, and much has been written lately about these intrepid Adventure Cats).
It’s important to take your dogs for walks, so they can do their daily business and get some exercise. But you might not realize taking care of your dog is helping to take care of yourself. One study found older people who are dog owners were covering distances of close to one mile daily, which is probably more than they’d be compelled to walk without the motivation of their beloved pet.
No matter how busy you are, your dog would not let you skip the morning walking sessions. Studies suggest that people with dogs are more likely to keep up with their morning routines when compare to those who do not own dogs. Playing with dogs has been proved to relieve stress among all age groups. If properly trained, your dog can even imitate your yoga poses. You don’t believe me right? Check out the picture posted by Imgur user. Her dog just imitates the doggy style yoga pose.
Let‘s begin with the little unwavering fact that dogs do their business outside. Yes, that does mean that you have to carry around little baggies and dispose of the poop on your walk, which admittedly can be kind of embarrassing, but at least their unmentionables don‘t hang around indoors until someone gets around to cleaning it up. On that note, if you‘ve ever stepped barefoot on stray kitty litter that has spilled out of the litter box, that‘s reason enough to prefer canine companions. Seriously revolting.
I was on Facebook when someone shared an article listing 10 reasons why dogs are better than cats. As a writer for Catster, it felt like my civic duty to write a rebuttal since IMHO, an animal that sniffs butts doesn’t deserve to be called “top dog.” I found a number of similar top 10 articles and compiled a list of the most common reasons given as well as some of the asinine ones too.
A study conducted at the University of Lincoln’s School of Psychology and the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, presented a bunch of dogs with images and sounds portraying either positive or negative human emotions, and found that they were indeed able to associate negative voices with negative faces, and vice versa. The participants answered survey questions about their personalities and well-being. The researchers concluded from the responses that all pet owners were more satisfied with life than non-pet owners. They also found that dog owners had a greater well-being than cat owners.