In the pet world, there are dog people and cat people. I have two dogs and three cats. There are advantages and disadvantages to both animals. Dogs are loyal and loving companions. They require a lot of attention, walking, grooming, and care to keep them happy. Owners of dogs will tell anyone listening that cats are inferior to dogs as furry friends. Myths persist about owning cats that aren’t entirely accurate. Cats are said to be aloof, indifferent, unaffectionate, untrainable, and not loyal to their owners. When families make the choice between a dog or a cat, there are five advantages cats have over dogs.
5. Litter Boxes
Cats have the advantage in how they get rid of their waste. Yes, litter boxes can get dusty and stinky. However, litter boxes are easy to maintain and clean. If you are a person that leaves the house for long periods of time, cats are the perfect animal. You don’t have to worry about calling your neighbor to let your cat out to go potty. All you need to do is make sure the litter box has fresh litter. Cats can be left alone for hours as long as they have water, food, and a place to go poop. When the weather is less than desirable, you don’t have to worry about taking your cat out to do their business. Add a scoop of fresh litter, and your furry feline will do their business in the comfort of your home.
4. No Exercise Required
Dogs need a ton of exercise. Working and hunting breeds of dogs are high energy, and they need daily walks. When you are working a fulltime job, it can be hard to figure out how to get your furry friend walked. Many dog owners hire dog walkers to take their dogs out while they are gone. Cats, on the other hand, don’t need a ton of exercise. Kitties can find ways to get exercise in the home. In fact, they are fantastic at running manically in your room at 3 o’clock in the morning. Cats sleep between 15-20 hours a day. Which means for most of your waking hours, your cuddly feline will be sleeping.
3. No Fleas or Ticks for Indoor Cats
If your cat lives indoors, you don’t have to worry too much about checking for fleas and ticks. Naturally, humans do sometimes carry bugs into their homes which can transfer to your friendly feline. However, your kitty won’t be roaming the mean streets picking up fleas, ticks, or airborne diseases on their own. Owners can decide whether flea/tick medicine is necessary for their indoor cats. I’ve owned cats my entire adult life. My cats have always been indoor cats. None of the cats I’ve owned have picked up fleas or tick bites from living inside. Which is way better than I can say for my dogs.
2. Cats can be left alone for Long Periods of Time
If you or your family spend a lot of time away from home, a cat is a perfect pet for you. As I noted above, they do their business in a litter box. Cats don’t need to be taken for long walks or go to a “cat” park for exercise. In fact, as long as you have a litter box, water, and food for your cat, your furry friend can survive hours alone. Being gone from your house for 12-16 hours a day won’t bother most cats. They will sleep the bulk of the time you are gone. When you get home, your furry friend will likely greet you at the door. Cats love to be with their people, but they also like their alone time.
1. Cats are Superior CuddlersI’m confident dog owners will say their dogs are the best lap dogs. However, I’ve owned a lot of dogs, and a dogs cuddling ability doesn’t compare to the love from a kitty. Cats love their humans, and love to be warm. Cats are not easily distracted like a dog and will stay with you for hours. They show affection by purring, giving head butts, kneading their paws and snuggling up on your chest or lap. When you are asleep, many cats enjoy sleeping on your chest or near the top of your head. The warm hum of the purr reminds their owners of their happiness and peace. Absolutely nothing beats a good headbutt and nuzzle from a cat after a long day.
Cats are amazing and loving animals. They are independent and sleep a ton. While dogs are wonderful pets, the five reasons I highlighted give cats the slight edge in pet ownership. Picking between a dog and a cat can be challenging. However if your family is busy and can’t dedicate the time and energy to a dog, a cat is a wonderful option for a pet.
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