The age old battle of DOG vs. CAT continues till date. Most of us are pet lovers, and why shouldn’t we be? Generally speaking, pet owners have lower levels of cholesterol, lower blood pressure and are less likely to suffer from stress, depression and anxiety. So having a pet is about more than just cuddles!
Although there are people who own ferrets, rabbits, rats, fish, birds and other species as pets, dogs and cats are the most popular choice. Canines and Felines are both great pets, which is why choosing one can be a difficult decision to make. So here are a few pointers that can help you out
Although the companionship of an animal is priceless, their upkeep costs money, and too many people get involved with pets before realizing they can’t actually afford to take proper care of one. Taking into account the cost of adoption, the vet bills, grooming and training, food and supplies… dogs turn out to be the expensive ones, and not by a small margin. There are lots of variables, including where you live, the size of your pet and the amount of free time you can spend at home taking care of it, and the health of your animal. But with all things being equal, cats have the edge.
Provide them with a litter box, and cats don’t even need to be toilet-trained, whereas it takes deliberate effort to train a dog in that area. Apart from toilet training though, it’s nearly impossible to train cats to obey commands, whereas dogs can be trained to a long list of commands.
- Social interaction
Dogs are social animals. In the wild, they prefer to stay with their pack, and in a domestic setting they love to spend time with their owner. Cats on the other hand are solitary by comparison and their primary attachment is to their territory rather than their owner or other animals. No wonder they say that you own your dog, while your cat owns you!
Cats are generally more independent, and hence show less affection towards their owners in comparison to dogs, who show great affection through licking, jumping, snuggling against their owners, which also makes them more protective of their owners. The evolutionary traits of dogs and cats are also different- Cats can jump and climb, giving them more options when they feel threatened, while dogs are earthbound. Thus, in a fight vs flight situation, cats are more likely to run for cover while dogs aggressively stand their ground, and will protect you.
Dogs and cats have different needs, and so you should choose the one that fits better to your life style and schedule. Dogs need a lot more care, love and attention than cats. If you have a tight schedule at work and have to leave your pet alone during the day, a cat might be a better option, as dogs require constant care and might get sad being alone, while cats being more independent don’t mind staying alone at home. Dogs also require more space in comparison to cats to run and play around. So if you stay in a condo or an apartment, a cat might be better suited, while a dog would be a great choice if you stay in a bungalow or a villa.
– Saumya. M