Dog people will always tell you that dogs are better than cats. But cat people beg to differ.
It’s a hot-button debate that’s been going on for decades. Dog lovers are drawn to the loyalty and obedience of their favourites and feline lovers prefer the low-maintenance lifestyle and independent spirits of cats. Which furry friend really makes the better companion though?
There is a reason why dogs are referred to as ‘man’s best friend’. They look to us for direction, read our communication cues and feel with us. But even some of the die-hard dog lovers have inched toward the light of the feline, drawn by their playful nature and often comedian-like personalities. If you’re looking to buy a pet as part of the family, cats and dogs are generally the best. Choosing an ideal pet involves more than falling for those big brown eyes though. Make sure you weigh up these pros and cons before deciding which is right for you and your children:
Dogs are Easier to Train
Besides their loyalty and companionship, dogs are arguably the better of the battles because you can train them. Cats are easy to train when it comes to using their litterbox in the house, but dogs need to be trained to socialise effectively with other dogs and people, and to be housebroken. Dogs that are professionally well-trained from a puppy are more obedient, will less likely chew on your favourite belongings or dig and can be taught commands.
Dogs are naturally smart and compliant animals. Whilst cats are intelligent too, they don’t like to be controlled by anyone. Dogs can be taught tricks and once trained properly, are obedient and respectful of the rules. Not to mention, children will always have fun teaching them to fetch a ball or ‘shake hands’, whereas cats will just play, cuddle and sleep.
Cats Require Less Space
One of the main reasons people buy cats is they don’t need much space. You can live in a small apartment and own a cat, whereas most breeds of dogs would be difficult or cruel to contain. They’re also friendlier for rental properties because of their low-maintenance lifestyles.
For homes that have limited living space or small/paved outdoor areas, the quiet nature of these furry felines is best. And with kittens usually being the childhood favourites, the right cat can be very suitable around the kids in a small property too.
Dogs are Family-Oriented
Whilst this trait can be dependent on the animal, dogs are more family orientated. Felines seem to have a special bond with a certain someone, whereas dogs are people pleasers and love almost everyone. For families that want a pet to connect with everyone in the house, a dog makes a true companion.
Cats are Independent
Cats have the advantage of being able to take care of themselves for longer periods of time, which is a huge plus for busy owners. Their independent personalities are a big benefit for some people too. Because felines are easier to look after, they can be ideal pets for young children to help care for. They don’t require walks, have immaculate personal hygiene and crave less attention than dogs.
If you and your family travel a lot, lead busy lifestyles or aren’t home much, a cat will be the better choice of the two. Dogs need a lot of commitment of time and effort with daily exercise, training and attention. They usually take considerably longer to housebreak as opposed to their feline opposition too.
Dogs Love to be an Integral Part of Your Life
Dog lovers often prefer their furry friends over felines because of their unconditional love. As social beings, they are quick to become an integral part of your life and lap up all the attention. Their loyalty provides years of friendship and for children growing up with their pet puppy, this can be super valuable. They will be their wagging their tail ready to greet you after a long day, can accompany on long walks and are always excited to see you. On the flip side, felines can be fickle when it comes to love and attention from their human – it’s always on their terms!
Cats are Generally Quieter
Owning a dog can be associated with too much barking and complaints from the neighbours. Cats don’t make as much noise (if any) as their rivals, usually only meowing when they’re after food, or in pain. If you do decide a dog is a better pet choice for your lifestyle needs, make sure you invest in training from an early age. This will help to eliminate any unnecessary barking.
The quiet nature of felines means cats will mind their own business if another pet comes into their territory. They prefer to keep to themselves and hide until the time is right, whereas a dog will be wanting to size up the new arrival and (hopefully) play.
Dogs Provide Extra Security
Well-trained dogs can be a great security precaution too. Dogs that bark at potential intruders are an effective deterrent for reducing the number of break-ins. Depending on the breed of dog you choose, dogs can function as guard dogs, protecting their owner and home. This can be beneficial for younger children walking the pet dog too and contributes to families feeling safer.
Cats and dogs are very different breeds and come with their own set of pros and cons. When the right animal is chosen and proper housebreaking and/or training takes place, both pets offer companionship, fun, love and furry snuggles into your life.