In this post you’ll discover 10 reasons why cats are better than dogs. If you see yourself as a cat person like me I’m sure you can relate to this!
There will always be debates on which is better than the other, and to be honest those who see themselves as dog people will always favor canines as their favored companions.
The myth that cats are cold and indifferent couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, most are just as loving and playful as dogs. If you’ve ever believed otherwise I hope this post will help change your mind!
They take up less space
If you live in an apartment with limited space a large dog would be impractical. You’d be forever tripping over him, and your best buddy could soon become your worst problem!
A cat on the other hand doesn’t take up much space unless you get a large breed. Also, dogs generally speaking have little respect for personal space. While this may be ok in a large house, it could become a problem in a small apartment.
Unless you have a really clingy kitty, most are happy finding their own little space to curl up and sleep. Also, as cats are great jumpers this could even be on top of a bookshelf!
As long as you have enough space for a litter box and food bowls you should be fine. In fact, if you’re renting you may find cats are far more likely to be accepted than dogs.
They live longer
One of the worst things about being a pet parent is the heartache of losing your beloved cat or dog at the end of their life. Sadly, both cats and dogs have short lives compared to humans.
However, a healthy cat could reach late teens or twenties, whereas, the average life span of a dog is somewhere between 8-12 years. Non-pedigree cats though tend to live longer, with the same rule applying to dogs.
This is down to genetics as variations in genes through natural selection often produce healthier offspring.
When it comes to costs involved in caring for a pet, you’ll find cats are typically far cheaper than dogs. This is because a dog will usually require more food and get through more toys than a cat.
In fact, dog toys can be more expensive as they need to be made from tougher material. Whereas a cat may be happy with a small felt mouse, a dog would destroy it in seconds!
Insuring your pet is essential and pet insurance for dogs is often more expensive than cats. Of course, this can vary widely though depending on age and breed.
Veterinary fees tend to be higher for dogs than cats, and you are advised to get public liability insurance for a dog.
You don’t have to walk a cat
One of the disadvantages of being a dog owner is having to walk your dog every day whatever the weather. Even if it’s cold and windy your dog will still need exercise! A cat on the other hand will exercise itself.
Even if your cat doesn’t have access to the outside she can still get enough exercise indoors. A cat tree with multiple perches and a few toys will usually be enough to keep her active.
Cats sleep more
If you’ve been a cat parent for any length of time you’ll know how much they sleep. In fact it can seem as if your feline friend spends most of her time asleep!
On average a cat sleeps between 15-20 hours a day dependant on age. In contrast, dogs sleep less, needing anywhere between 12-14 hours.
This means a cat will generally need less entertainment, allowing you to work in peace. Although cats can be very active when awake they are usually content to sleep next to you while you’re working. In contrast you may find a dog wants a lot more of your attention.
Cats are quieter
Having owned a German Shepherd in the past I can vouch for their excellent ability at guarding your property. However, you also have to be prepared to live with a noisy companion!
Cats are quieter, with even the noisiest and chatty breeds making less noise than a loud barking dog. Most cats are very quiet with the occasional meow when it’s feeding time.
In fact, you get a wide vocabulary with cats including trills and chirps. Cats spend much of their time quietly contemplating their surroundings, leaving you in peace to get on with things. The same may not always be said for dogs!
If you live in close proximity to your neighbors you’d be unlikely to get complaints about a meowing cat, but you may about a barking dog!
Cats clean themselves
One of the things I love about cats is they’re fastidious about keeping themselves clean. In fact, cats spend around 50% of their waking time grooming. Dogs on the other hand love rolling around in dirt and muddy fields.
Cats rarely need bathing, while some dogs require a weekly bath especially if they’ve been rolling in mud! In addition, some breeds of dog require regular visits to a groomer for trimming which can work out expensive.
Cats help protect your heart.
While owning a dog will certainly get you out of the house and exercising, a cat may offer other health benefits. These include lowering stress levels, helping protect against heart disease and stroke.
Simply stroking a cat releases pain killing chemicals known as endorphins. In addition, a cat’s purr has healing qualities that can benefit both you and your cat. Find out more about the health benefits of owning a cat here
Cats keep creepy crawlies away!
If you want a home that’s uninviting to creepy crawlies and rodents, get a cat! They’re masters at hunting and love nothing better than chasing the odd spider or fly! In fact, even the mere presence of a feline serves to deter rodents.
This is because they can detect a cat’s scent. However, if your cat manages to catch a mouse don’t let her eat it. In fact, try and rescue the poor thing if it’s alive and release it outdoors.
I’ve rescued several field mice from my cat who’s a keen hunter! Of course, make sure the rescued rodent is well away from your home!
Cats provide emotional support
If you’re feeling sad or upset there’s nothing more comforting than hugging a cat. If you’ve ever owned one you’ll know exactly what I mean. Despite their false reputation of being aloof, cats can provide emotional support.
Although they can’t talk cats seem to know how you’re feeling. Many cat owners suffering emotional distress find they get great comfort from their feline friends.
While there are more than 10 reasons why cats are better than dogs, I haven’t included them here. However, if you see yourself as a cat person maybe you can share a few more in a comment below!
I’ve always owned cats and rarely been without one for long, but also owned a dog as well. Dogs certainly have their good points and I loved my beautiful German Shepherd.
Despite his muddy paw prints everywhere, a scratched front door, and daily walks even in wind and rain, I loved my dog. However, I still believe cats are easier to look after and reward your kindness with a quiet loving presence.
Finally, if you love dogs but don’t have the lifestyle or space, you could always consider one of the few cat breeds that act like dogs! This way you’d get best of both worlds.
A loving companion that’s quiet, doesn’t need taking for walks, yet can be trained to fetch! These breeds are often more chatty, yet still quieter than a barking dog.
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