As children, my friends and I would compare our pets and sometimes these discussions would get quite heated. Oftentimes, these discussions would revolve around whether cats or dogs make better pets. Looking back, I regret my hardline position; I would obstinately argue that dogs were superior. I still prefer dogs over cats, but over time I have come to appreciate the cool and independent nature of cats.
Unlike most dogs, cats can often freely roam around the neighborhood and return home at night. Cats are famously independent. They will hunt birds, mice, and rats instinctually and their agility is something to behold. Cats can easily traverse most household surfaces, and owners may sometimes find cats on tables or countertops knocking things over. Compared to dogs, cats are generally less considerate, and they care little for what their owners think of them. Similarly, cats cannot typically be trained like a dog. They do not follow orders and are largely self-interested. Self-interest makes cats quite self-sufficient. For the most part, they do not need to be consoled and can be quite solitary. Cats are perfect if you are away from home a lot. Cats are as cool as a cucumber, just do not put a cucumber anywhere near them (Cucumbers Scare The Life Out Of Cats | Pets Town – YouTube). If you are like I was as a child and refuse to acknowledge that cats can be unique, sophisticated creatures, just watch this video and try not to groove along:
Dogs vs. Cats: Doggy Loyalty
Dogs are pack animals. Fiercely loyal (https://youtu.be/amR_gAXVkNY) and sometimes overly dependent on their masters, dogs are man’s best friend. Their barks can scare off thieves and friends alike, while also annoying their owners, but their territorial behavior can help guard property, animals, and children. While their bark is often worse than their bite, a dog’s bite will likely hurt a lot more than most cat attacks.
Dogs vs. Cats: Trainability
Dogs can be trained and are always looking for praise and affection. As a result, dogs stand alongside humans in a variety of different professions (https://youtu.be/6j9X3Fnswmo)—there are police dogs, watch or guard dogs, sled dogs, service dogs, guide dogs, search and rescue dogs, etc. Because of their obedience, dogs are well-equipped to help humans in a variety of different circumstances, while cats are best used to exterminate pests or as therapy pets.
Your preference for dogs or cats will depend on if you are looking for loyalty or independence in your pet. If you want to take command of your pet or are looking for a loyal companion, a dog may interest you more than cats. But if you want a pet who can take care of themselves and be left on their own, you may prefer cats. Dogs make for good companions while cats are generally more solitary animals. Your choice between dogs and cats will depend on your personality, lifestyle, and needs. Both dog and cat lovers can agree that a furry little friend can enrich your life.