5 Ways Cats Are Better Pets Than Dogs

5 Ways Cats Are Better Pets Than Dogs August 13, 2018


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 Cuddlers

I’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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  • Lovely piece on kitties, Katie. I, too, am a lifelong cat person. My last cat, a wonderfully screwball tabby named “Razi” (after that great medieval Muslim skeptic of the same name) knew how to fetch. He never figured out the “return” part but would grab in his teeth whatever was thrown and toss it repeatedly around the room, chasing it down each time. Sadly, he died suddenly of an unexplained illness earlier this year, and his ashes are now next to the TV to remind me of this superlative cat and how charming a companion he was to the end. Oh, he also hid behind furniture and jumped out to “scare” me, and then ran away to hide and scare again. I miss the little guy.

  • Awe, I love that story! We just put our kitty, Monty, down last week. He played fetch too! He also brought it back. He would drop the ball at your feet and meow. If you didn’t respond fast enough, he would tap your leg with his paw until you answered him.

  • Jim Jones

    If you let your cat out, please be sure she wears a bell. It gives the birds a little better chance of surviving. It is reported that cats kill far too many threatened species.

  • Our cats don’t go outside. But good point about the bell. Cats primarily are mousers

  • gimpi1

    Our cat Pixie is a fetcher, too. She has a specific style of ball – small, plastic, with a bell inside and slits all around the sides – that she can carry easily. These are the ‘fetch’ balls. Occasionally she’ll decide she wants to play fetch at 3 in the morning. She’ll drop one of these balls in an ear until someone get up to play with her. She has us well trained…

  • igotbanned999

    Fake News!

  • Michael Neville

    Cats sleep between 15-20 hours a day. Which means for most of your waking hours, your cuddly feline will be sleeping.

    Cats are delicate creatures who can suffer from a myriad of illnesses and medical conditions. Insomnia is not one of them. (Written while Genghis Khat is sleeping on the carpet next to my chair and Kublai Khat is sleeping on her cat tree.)

  • Clancy

    I’ve never had a dog, but I’ve had cats my whole life, except for December 2, 2016. One of the regular commenters at Roll to Disbelieve, WereBear, has a cat care blog, https://www.wayofcats.com , that might interest you.

  • Wow, I thought Razi was smart, but Monte can fetch AND return! He’s a genius.

  • Ha. Love the names. I once named my dogs after articles I’d clothing: Teddy and Socks.

  • 3 am – sounds about right!

  • YES! Very true! Though right now I’m trying to type over a very active kitten

  • thank you!

  • Monty was one of a kind!

  • Rann

    Dogs have masters…. Cats require a staff.

  • No no no. cats are so loyal to their owners

  • Rann

    THAT is funny!!!! (Yes, I’ve owned cats………)

  • oh I get it! They are our masters! Which is true. My cats are currently chasing each other and being wild. Which is perfect since it’s time for bed.

  • Rann

    Mind you, this is ONE of my friend’s cats…… Sioux re-enacts as a Canadian Army nursing sister of WW I.

    Meet Pvt. Julius, Hospital Cat F00001, CAMC.

    Dang cat always steals the show at these reenactments we’ve been doing lately for the 100th anniversary of the Great War. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e3c540787a3eaf24a27c5a2890bf796406feb24b27c3765ad5934b16c994cbf4.jpg


  • Rann

    Get in line…… with luck, you might be able see the front! (I mean that truthfully…..he’s ridiculously popular!)
    During the war, they used them, of course to keep the mice and rats at bay…. but they discovered the cats would climb into the beds of the wounded and cuddle up – the first known examples of therapy animals.

  • He’s adorable!

  • TheBookOfDavid

    Except for mine. Coco-Puff does not hesitate to go after the birds as well, and is surprisingly efficient for what appears to be an overstuffed lap cushion.

  • LOL. We have an over-stuffed lap cushion. He’s 17 lbs.

  • Oh, the old joke about:

    Dog: This person feeds me, pays attention to me and gives me a place to sleep. They must be a God.
    Cat: This person feeds me, pays attention to me and gives me a place to sleep. I must be a God.

  • tomonthebay

    I prefer my pet to worship me rather than tolerate me. That is why I love my Golden Retrievers. My current one is closing in on 14 years old and starting to have some issues but he has been a truly wonderful companion all these years. Had hopes of him being a great hunter like my previous one. He isn’t but he is a fantastic dog. Hillary Rodham Retriever was a great hunter but rather ill-behaved at times.

  • tomonthebay

    Outdoor cats are claimed to kill a significant number of songbirds annually. Good that you keep them indoors. Great that you enjoy them!

  • My cats LOVE me. It’s not about tolerating. 🙂 You are super lucky with your retrievers. I just did an article on unhealthy dogs – and Golden Retrievers are in the top five for most health issues

  • tomonthebay

    Yeah, my first had HORRENDOUS hip dysplasia. Jake is almost 14 and is starting to show some neurodegenerative age changes but otherwise he has done really well. Considering a goldendoodle for the next dog just because of the lesser shedding. We’ll see. I really love my goldens. They have the sweetest dispositions and are so doggone smart. I can’t do cats. Only thing I know of that can induce an asthma attack for me is cats. Interestingly, the response varies from cat to cat. Guess it depends on how much of that salivary protein gets on their dander.

  • Maybe consider getting a mutt? Sometimes the best dogs are mutts. THey have better overall genetics because of the wider gene pool. Golden’s have been overbred so much that they are one of the sickest breeds now. The designer dogs are produced at puppy mills where the mothers and fathers are treated terribly. My Sweetie is a Puppy Mill rescue. She was bred incessantly. She has scars all over body and slashes on her face. I advocate for responsible consumer action with dogs. Puppy mills keep these dogs in cages and under terrible conditions.

  • tomonthebay

    I used a very reputable breeder for Jake. Pups are only offered on a rather rare basis. I will not deal with a puppy mill.

  • GOOD! I wish all people were as thorough as you. Females need time to recover and be dogs. THey need to live outside of cages.

  • tomonthebay

    Yeah. They made ME visit before they would sell to me. We took all the pups out in the snow one visit. It was so much fun.

  • that’s wonderful. My parents got a puppy from a breeder like that years ago. They showed us where the dogs lived, and the puppies lived in the house. Good breeders are not easy to come by.

  • Flint8ball

    Love dogs and cats, but cats are my favorite for the reasons you mentioned. Less needy is how I sum it up. Kind of like me, they enjoy some alone time.

  • YES! I need my space!

  • shay simmons

    Our obedience class has nine dogs in it; five are golden retrievers.

    Talk about wrecking the curve.

  • FaunaAndFlora

    Don’t get a Goldendoodle. The ones I’ve known are about as dumb as a dog can be. Not sure why because both Goldens and Poodles are smart, but put them together and you end up with a real dufus. Just my two cents.

  • Flint8ball

    Yes, cats should be indoor pets

  • Rann

    ….and one for you to watch on an emotionally stormy day…..


  • I agree.

  • Any dachshunds in there?

  • shay simmons

    All big dogs, which is unusual; usually there is a wide variety including a number of pooches of mixed ancestry. We’re not snobs.

    The remaining four are two German shepherds, a Doberman pinscher, and a dog that looks as though he’s at least half German short-haired pointer.

  • shay simmons

    I bought the spousal unit a GSD pup way back in 1985 (it was our first dog).

    There were d four or five adult dogs on site and about a dozen puppies. I was afraid I was never going to be able to drag him away.

  • shay simmons
  • Sonyaj

    OMG…..LOOK at him!!! He’s absolutely adorable in his official uniform (but, clearly, he feels dignified, not adorable).

    (another hardcore cat lover here)

  • Sonyaj

    Ha! I can relate; I just got a new feline overlord last week, and I’d kind of forgotten about “kitten energy”.

    My forever cat, Nelson, was with me for all but about 8 weeks of his 17 1/4 years. I had to say goodbye to him on July 10, and while it was clearly the right time, it sucked horribly. Honestly, I love/loved this cat more than my own biological family members. People who are related to shitty people will probably understand ;). Nelson was totally into people, and my man-unit and I were the center of his world. He was very dog-like, even from a young age. As a senior, he became an Adventure Cat, and came on RV trips with us, and would hike, off leash, with us, when we were out boonie camping.

    Here he is, canyoneering in southern UT, at age 14:


    I definitely prefer cats for all the reasons you mention, and then some: 1) they don’t stink like dogs do; 2) they clean themselves; 3) they don’t eat or roll poo or rotting dead things; 4) they are quiet (well, the noises they make generally only annoy their keepers and not the neighbors). I know not all dogs are like that, but most do stink, and a barking dog is one of the most annoying sounds on the planet to me.

    I don’t dislike dogs, other people’s puppies/nice dogs are a blast to play with, but they are too much work and I just don’t want to own one. Had a couple growing up, and that was enough. Also, cats are graceful, beautiful and an endless source of entertainment.

  • Rann

    It’s more like “Where is my staff??? I am supposed to be held and cuddled………..”

  • I’m a recovering Crazy Cat Lady — at my peak there were nine cats in the household. Lost the last member of the Dark Legion two years ago and haven’t auditioned any new furry overlords as of yet. Went looking for pictures and found this shot of Walter, one of my all-time favourite cats:


  • shay simmons

    I’m sorry. Everybody quotes Byron or Kipling when a dog dies, but poems eulogizing cats are not as well-known.


    In life, death
    was nothing
    to you: I am
    willing to wager
    my soul that it
    simply never occurred
    to your nightmareless
    mind, while sleep
    was everything
    (see it raised
    to an infinite
    power and perfection) — no death
    in you then, so now
    how even less. Dear stealth
    of innocence
    licked polished
    to an evil
    luster, little
    milk fang, whiskered
    friend —

    (Frank Wright)

  • Sonyaj

    I love it, thanks for posting. Nelson, despite living with kidney disease for half his life (possibly more), had an incredible life force and with our help, lived a joyful and rich life. Not too many cats get to chase chipmunks around pine tree trunks in the mountains, or explore the washes of southern Utah. Even though we have the new kitten, I still miss my sweet tuxedo boy. He was the love of my life.

  • StevoR

    Cats & dogs = both marvellous. Got one of each here. Old kelpie currently snoozing on my sofa & old black torty currently purring on my lap.

    Different but both family & individuals as pets & people are. Get on really well together too.

    “Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.” – James Herriott.

  • Sounds like Nelson had a great life!

  • Thank you for sharing!

  • shay simmons

    BTW I notice the comments are closed on the That Which Shall Not Be Named forum.

    Next time pick a nice non-controversial topic like evolution, abortion, or maybe gun control. 😉

  • Oh don’t worry I’ll provide more of those topics. But 1200 comments is enough. Especially given people were not even on my blog anymore. If you are going to comment, at least be on my page. When the commenting is done via disqus I get no credit for the views.

  • shay simmons

    Is there some kind of remuneration attached to the # of views? I hope so; it would be delightful to find out that the more frequent and obnoxious posters were putting $$ in your pocket.

    Especially the one who threatened to “out” you on FB and drive more traffic to your blog! Oh, the horror.

  • LOL – I don’t think they even get that by viewing my article they are making me money. LOL. I do think many people bookmark the conversation via disqus. There were more than 1200 comments – which should have meant my blog views should have been higher – but it didn’t correlate.

  • shay simmons


  • After awhile it gets exhausting watching the same points being hammered away. Don’t worry, I write on other topics that piss off the fundies soon enough

  • Another problem with the designer breeds is that there’s a tendency to cross, say, a Golden and a Lab –both breeds that you need to keep an extra eye on their hips with.

  • E.A. Blair

    I was staff to two cats growing up: Kitty and Nico (named after the singer). When I struck out on my own, I gave my cats Viking names: Astrid, Thorbjorn, Freti, Kveldulf, Isa and Samone. Yes, Samone isn’t a Nordic name – it was her shelter name, but she was such a solitary and reclusive cat that a new moniker didn’t suggest itself. Freti was a street cat that a shelter trapped and brought in for adoption, and I took him in because he looked like Thorbjorn’s twin, except that he was smaller. His name means “little foul-fart”, and that was because his shelter diet made the litter box reek until he adapted to his new food.

    I attribute my relationship that led to marrying my wife to the cats. She had moved in with her newly divorced sister shortly before we met, and had to give up her cats because her sister’s kid had allergies. I once accused her of only hanging around with me to get a fur fix, to which she said, “A man who loves cats always treats a woman better than a dog guy. Dog people are only interested in mindless obedience.”

  • E.A. Blair

    Cats are crepuscular animals, which means that they are most active during morning and evening twilight hours. For the best book on what makes cats tick, I recommend Paul Leyhousen’s Cat Behavior: The Predatory and Social Behavior of Domestic and Wild Cats (Garland series in ethology), but it’ll cost you: A used copy on Amazon is priced at over $200.00 (I paid $17.95 for it when it was published in 1975).


  • I love cats

  • E.A. Blair

    The #1 disadvantage to cats: hairballs. I really hate stepping on one when I’m making a nocturnal bathroom trip. Isa is a Maine Coon, and the last time I brushed her, I got so much loose hair that I asked her, “What am I supposed to do with this?” She gave me a look that said, “Make yourself another cat.”

  • Ugh!!!