• Paulina Horvilleur

Which Pet is Better, Dogs or Cats?

Many people around the world are cat or dog lovers, but which pet is the best? This is a controversial question because both pets have good and bad sides, and some people connect more with one of the two animals. In this article, we will reveal the pros and cons of owning a dog or cat. It is clear that both are great pets, but it depends on the owner which one of the two is suitable for them.


According to a pilot study of 95 people by the Animal Society Institute, dog owners laugh far more than cat owners. Dogs are fantastic animals, they are the perfect companion and are suitable for all ages. They are man's best friends. Dogs view us as family, cognition scientists at Emory University placed dogs in an MRI machine and scanned their brains; at the same time, they presented the dogs with different aromas; some were of food, other dogs, and some human companions. The dogs' brain reward centers light up the greatest when they were exposed to human smells, indicating that they treasured human connections, this proves that our dogs do value us and prioritize us more than anything.


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Dogs can also help you make friends. When you go for a walk with your dog, you are more likely to interact with other people than if you were walking alone. This brings me to another point; dogs help you stay fit; your canine needs walks, which helps you exercise. They are also extremely intelligent; you can train them to perform various tricks and to conform to your lifestyle. Dogs have incredible sniffing abilities that can aid in the detection of drugs and other illegal substances. There are also so many dog breeds, The Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI), the world's largest registry of dog breeds, recognizes 339 dog breeds. Consider how many dogs breeds there are to choose from; they all have different personalities, and you can choose which dog breed best suits you.


However, owning a doggy also comes with a lot of dedication and responsibility, they consume much more time than cats. Healthy dogs require regular exercise, this means you have to commit to playing with your dog or taking them on long walks every single day. They also seek attention and dislike being alone, which means you must devote a significant amount of time to them; otherwise, they may engage in destructive behavior such as being aggressive and destroying things. Dogs are also more expensive pets than cats; between general expenses and veterinary costs, owning a dog is not cheap. According to Forbes, a large dog can cost upwards of $22,000 over a 12-year lifespan, including various one-time expenses. It is obvious that owning a dog is not as cheap as one might think, and expenses for them can quickly add up. Dogs are great companions and are perfect for people who can afford to give them time and a healthy lifestyle. They are very cuddly and are always loyal to their human friends.


Cats are cute and funny; some are black, ginger, white, or gray. They are cool pets to have, they come in a variety of colors, and are very easy to care for. Cats are relatively low maintenance, don't require much of your time, and are very independent, they don't need you for entertainment, and they can be happy without a lot of attention. If you are a very busy person and don't have a lot of time to spend with your pet, cats are perfect for you; you can still enjoy them without having to worry or feel guilty if you left them alone for a long time. They sleep for roughly 15 hours a day, so you don't have to worry about them being bored while you're at work or school. Cats are also more likely to be pleased with just being in your presence when you are home, but dogs may want your complete attention.


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Cats cost much less than dogs, according to ASPCA, the overall cost of caring for cats is lower than for medium or large dogs. This is because they require less food, fewer toys, and lower overall grooming costs. They can also be accommodated in small places, so they can live a comfortable life in small houses or apartments. There is a source of warmth and a window from which they can observe their surroundings. Also, many people who live in small places allow their cats to go outside, so they don't feel pent-up.


Cats are also very quiet, yes, of course, they meow but not constantly only when they need you, or you are interacting with them. Cats won't distract you from important tasks, and you will not have to wake up hearing them. They will also help keep your house pest-free, cats have the instinct to hunt, they love hunting! They love to hunt small animals like insects and mice, they enjoy exterminating these small animals. You are getting pests out of your home for free while your cat is also doing something they love.


Now cats also have some cons, cats are not so used more than to get rid of pests. Cats are pretty boring and might not be the best pet if you're looking for a family pet. It has been scientifically proven that the affection shown by cats has nothing to do with the owner. Cats have a high sense of smell, so when they are “cuddly,” your cat is simply secreting his scent onto you to avoid interaction with other cats. You may have thought your cat liked you, but you had no idea your relationship was emotionally abusive. Cats can look cute and chill pets, but even if they act a certain way, these pets' real intentions might not be what you are expecting. In contrast to dogs, cats are strong-willed and don’t care about you. They can be selfish, cats will not obey orders or directions. They don't want to do whatever you tell them to. They don't regard you as an “owner,” but rather as the one who feeds them and gives them anything they desire. Cats also use litter boxes, which can be a problem because their facade smells disgusting. Therefore, you will have to learn how to live with that awful smell, you will need to clean the litter box every day which can get disgusting. In conclusion, cats are more socially awkward and are more trouble for people that do not tolerate the smell of excrement. If you are a busy person, cats might be the perfect pet for you, however, because cats spend most of their time alone.


Both dogs and cats make excellent pets but they like everything else in the world, have drawbacks. I prefer dogs to cats since I think they are cuter and like spending time with you. It is up to you to decide which of the two pets is best for you. What do you like the most? An independent little hunter or a cuddly loyal friend, tell us which animal you prefer!


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