Cat vs. Dog

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Cats and dogs are the most popular pets in the world. Cats are more independent and are generally cheaper and less demanding pets. Dogs are loyal and obedient but require more attention and exercise, including regular walks.

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Kingdom Animalia Animalia
Family Felidae Canidae (Canis lupus familiaris)
Phylum Chordata Chordata
Class Mammalia Mammalia
Order Carnivora Carnivora
Genus Felis Canis
Species F. catus C. lupus familiaris
Hunting ability Cats still have their hunting ability. Due to their domestication, dogs have a weaker instinct to hunt. most breeds of dog's teeth are too small to rip open a deer's throat, indicating an adaptation to a different diet.
Life Expectancy 12-25 years 7-20 years
Grooming Less frequent – no baths Less frequent if short-haired, very frequent if longer-haired to avoid matting
Loneliness Can be left alone during the day Can be left alone during the day if necessary, but usually require attention throughout the day. Varies widely between breeds.
Space Can live in small apartments Depends on breed
Annual cost $450 $660 (varies depending on the breed)
Affection Very affectionate towards owners sometimes, but are more independent Affectionate if taken care of
Medical Costs Approx. $160 per year Approx. $290 per year
Protection Do not guard owners Some are protective of their owner.
Good with children Can be; depends on the cat If socialized. Some small dogs are OK with children but are fragile if handled roughly. Wait until children are 8 years old before getting a dog. Ironically, some small breeds are the most agressive.
House training Easily trained to use a litter box One to two weeks, if trained properly as puppies
Energy Generally lazy; can sleep for 16 hours a day depends on age and breed
Walks Some cats like walks Dogs need exercise; a daily walk.

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edit How to choose

When choosing between a cat or a dog, you should consider how much time you can dedicate to the pet (dogs require more time than cats, and don’t like to be left home alone), how much you can afford to spend (dogs are more expensive than cats), and what temperament of pet you would before (dogs are more needy and affectionate than independent cats).

A dog petting a cat
A dog petting a cat

When choosing a cat, consider whether you want to get a purebred cat from a breeder, or rescue a cat from an animal shelter. If you are not getting a kitten, consider whether you want an indoor or an outdoor cat and choose accordingly, as certain cats will be trained for different situations. Different breeds have different temperaments, but they vary less than dogs. For example, Siamese cats are intelligent and playful, but can be very noisy, while long-haired cats are laid back and short haired cats are usually affectionate and even-tempered. Individual cats also have different personalities, so interact with them before taking them home. Consider the hair length you can handle, as longer fur, such as the fur of a Maine Coon, Persian or Ragdoll, will require daily brushing.

When choosing a dog, consider its size. Larger dogs, such as a German Shepherd or a Labrador, need more space and cost more to feed and care for. Some breeds, such as Labradors, Corgis and Spaniels, are also easier to train than others, and have more friendly temperaments. Take into account the length of the dog’s fur, as those with longer coats will need more regular grooming. Although purebreds are popular, they can suffer from greater temperament and health problems. Mixed breed dogs usually have fewer health problems and can be adopted more cheaply from shelters.

edit Care

edit Equipment

Cats require a food and water bowl, a litter box, a few toys and scratching posts, and a brush for grooming.

Dogs require a food and water bowl, a leash and collar, a dog bed, toys and chews and treats.

edit Feeding

The amount a cat needs to eat varies depending on its size, but cats require less food than most all dogs. Cat food comes in dry or canned wet form. Adult cats require between 250 and 300 calories per day.

The amount a dog eats depends on its size. Commercial dog food comes in both dry and wet forms, and most dogs need between 25 and 30 calories per pound per day

edit Grooming

Cats do not need bathing, but they should be brushed regularly if they have long hair.

Dogs –especially those with long hair – need grooming and bathing frequently.

Both cats and dogs can get infected with ticks, lice, fleas and other pests. When this happens, disinfectants like Frontline or Advantix are required to rid the pets of the infection. Some of these chemicals contain harmful pesticides. Care must also be taken to ensure Advantix is used only on dogs because it is very dangerous for cats.

edit Health

The average life expectancy of cats is around 12 to 14 years, but they can live into their 20s or even their 30s. Medical costs for cats are around $160 per year.

The life expectancy of dogs varies depending on the breed. They range from 7 years to 14 years. The oldest dog was 26 years old. Medical costs for dogs vary depending on size, but are estimated between $210 and $260 per year.

edit House Training

Cats usually already know how to use a litterbox or can easily be trained to use their litterbox. This requires cleaning once a day.

Dogs need to be trained, socialized and housebroken. Training usually takes around 2 months.

Here's a video of stand-up comic Eddie Izzard comparing the temperament of cats and dogs:

edit Protection

Dogs can function as watchdogs or guard dogs, protecting their owner and the house.

edit Space

Cats can live in smaller areas, while dogs generally need more space to run around. Cats can be kept indoors, but dogs need to be taken for regular walks – at least twice a day.

edit Tricks

Although some cats will learn to do tricks, they do them to please themselves, not their owners, and so are more difficult to train.

Most dogs can be trained to do some tricks with patience.

edit Your Work

As dogs need more personal attention than cats, they are less well suited to people who travel a lot or work long hours. Dogs should preferably not be left home alone all day, while cats will cope.

edit Cost

According to the ASPCA, a typical cat costs $670 per year, including food, litter and medical costs.

A small dog cost approximately $580, while a medium sized dog costs $695 and a large dog costs $875.

edit Popular breeds

The most popular cat breeds in the US are the Persian, the Maine Coon, the Exotic and the Siamese.

The most popular breeds of dog in the US are Labrador Retriever (with over 123,000 registered individuals), Yorkshire Terrier (48,346), German Shepherd (43,629) and Golden Retriever (42,962).

edit Statistics

According to US census data, there are around 86.4 million pet cats in the US. 33% of households in the US own at least one cat. On average, cat owners have two cats. [1]

There are approximately 78.2 million pet dogs in the US. 39% of US households own at least one dog. On average, dog owners have one dog.[2]

AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association ) statistics are slightly different — about 74 million cats and 70 million dogs. Dogs are found in more American households than cats but cat-owners tend to own a larger number of cats on average and so the over all population is larger for cats than dogs.

edit Common Games

Cats enjoy simple games that allow them to stalk and pounce. Popular games include bouncing a ping-pong ball on the floor for the cat to jump after, rolling a crumbled ball of paper along the floor, dragging ribbon along the floor, or playing hide and seek.

Dogs enjoy games that allow them to run and chase. As well as playing “fetch,” dogs enjoy playing tug-of-war, hide and seek, find the treat, and running races.

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Anonymous comments (11)

February 13, 2014, 4:48am

Oh goodness gracious. Both beings have it's advantages and disadvantages. And whatever they are, we just have to accept it. I cannot choose between cats and dogs since I love both. I own a dog and two cats. And being an owner of both, I could say they compliment each other.

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October 16, 2013, 11:51am

You are a jerk. Cats are wonderful that's why they are the most popular pet in the world. You don't know a cat until you have loved and owned one.

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March 8, 2014, 11:52pm

I like cats

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November 7, 2013, 2:50am

I agree cats have feline grace they climb trees, can balance on fences, and if someone drops them they will land on their feet

If u drop a dog from high up they might get severely injured or die I love animals but Cats Rule Dogs Drool

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December 17, 2013, 6:19pm

This is Written to look like a pet war, I just wanted to know differences between them and ended up cheering on dogs

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September 23, 2013, 6:38pm

I love both cats and dogs but I think cogs are a little better since they are more interactive with people and aim to please.

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February 26, 2014, 12:52pm

Clearly cats dont rule if they are less liked. Look at the user ratings above. Obviously the dog outweighs the cat on the more liked. So quit your ignorance and just understand that dogs are clearly more liked. Satisticts can prove it like the user rating, again, above.

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September 1, 2013, 2:59pm

Cats are jerks

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March 8, 2014, 11:52pm

Can't we just have favorites and leave it at that?!

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November 1, 2013, 8:10am

Dogz Rule ! ! !

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November 26, 2013, 8:18pm

dude really are you 2 these are opinions. my opinion is that dogs are the sweetest most energetic animal in the world,......... so what are you gonna pull a gun to my head?

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