They say that you’re either a cat or a dog person. While many people may be animal lovers in general, some have a preference. There’s a lot to be said for having a dog, but there’s also a strong case to demonstrate why cats are better than dogs. If you’re keen to pick a side in the age-old fight between cats and dogs, here are just some of the reasons why cats rule.
Cats are cleaner than dogs
Cats are pretty clean animals, and they don’t require nearly as much looking after as dogs. If you have a dog, there’s every chance that you’ll be mopping floors and hoovering carpets on a daily basis. You’ll also have to take time out of your schedule to bathe and shampoo your dog or pay for them to visit a plush grooming salon for a little pampering. Cats are very self-sufficient. They groom and wash themselves meticulously with very little need for human intervention. They also don’t create nearly as much mess as their canine counterparts. It’s very unlikely that you’ll come home to ripped cushions surrounded by chunks of foam or find that your slippers have been snacked on if you have a cat.
Cats are more independent and less needy
There’s a good reason why a dog is considered to be man’s best friend rather than a cat. Dogs are needy by nature, and they require human interaction on a constant basis. If you have a pooch at home, you’re probably familiar with scenarios like trying to work with a snout nuzzling your laptop or attempting to watch a TV show with a dog sat on your lap blocking half the screen. Dogs need feeding, watering, and cuddling on a cyclical basis, and you can’t leave them alone for long. Cats, on the other hand, are much less fussed about human interaction. They’re independent creatures, and even the most affectionate cat will only come for a snuggle when they feel the urge. If you have a cat, you might not have sight nor sound of them for hours on end, so you can get on with work, watching a movie or catching up with the family undisturbed.
Cats are cheaper
If you’re thinking of getting a pet, you might be wondering how much it’s going to cost you to add a new member to the family. When you have a cat, you’ll need to pay for insurance, vet’s bills, food, toys, and vaccinations. The same is true of dogs, but every cost tends to be higher for dog owners. Insurance policies cost more, vet’s fees are likely to be more expensive and dogs tend to eat more than cats. You may also have to include day-care fees if you work full-time, which won’t be an issue if you have a cat.
Cats have serious personality
This is not to say that dogs don’t have personality, but cats are pretty unique creatures. If you bring a cat into your home, you’ll quickly notice that they rule the roost. They will interact with you as and when they choose, and they’ll dictate when they want to be fed when they want to play, and when they’re keen to take a nap. Like human beings, cats are all different, and if you have two cats, you’ll probably find that they have very different personalities. One may be incredibly loving and docile, while another may be much more frantic and skittish. A cat will let you know how they’re feeling in many ways. They have expressive faces, their ears move frequently, and their tails can also give you a clue as to their current mood.
You know where you are with a cat
Cats are not people-pleasers like dogs, and you’ll always know where you are with a cat. Your cat may absolutely adore you and follow you around like a shadow, but not all cats are like this. Some really aren’t keen to be pampered and showered in affection all the time, and they’ll let you know if you cross the line. While many cats are affectionate, every cat owner has been on the end of a stray scratch or a nip on the fingers. If your cat’s tail is puffed up, their back is arched, or they’re pawing you away, this probably means that they’re not up for being your friend at the moment.
Being a cat owner can have incredible benefits for your health
Did you know that owning a cat has proven benefits for your health? Cats can provide companionship to keep loneliness at bay, and they also help to reduce stress levels. Stress is a risk factor for high blood pressure and heart disease. Research published by a team at the University of Minnesota found that cat owners have a 40% lower risk of dying from a heart attack than those who have never owned a cat. If you’re having a bad day, taking some time out to stroke your cat and enjoy those fuzzy feelings when their little face looks up at you can make all the difference. Sleep studies also show that cat owners sleep better. A study conducted by the Mayo Clinic suggested that 41% of people slept better with a pet.
Cats don’t need a daily walk
While cats do need daily exercise, they don’t require you to brave the elements and trudge along muddy tracks in the pouring rain for hours on end like dogs. Cats are perfectly content to run around after a toy mouse in the house or to amuse themselves without the need for supervision if you let them out.
Are you thinking of getting a pet, or are you trying to decide whether you’re a cat or a dog person? If you’re considering bringing a furry friend home, there’s no doubt that cats rule! They’re good companions most of the time, they’re independent and headstrong, they don’t make a lot of mess, they can clean themselves, they don’t need daily walks and they can also boost both your mental and physical health.
What’s not to love?