The general population typically falls into two camps of people: those who love dogs, and those who love cats. The cat vs dog ownership is an age old battle. These two common household pets differ significantly not only in personality, but in the care required as well.
In the cat vs dog battle, both require mental and physical stimulation in order to remain happy and healthy members of the household. Playtime for dogs consists of games of fetch, tug of war, and tag in the back garden, while play time for a cat primarily involves activating the feline hunting instinct. A common game that cats enjoy is chasing the light from a laser pointer around the house. For active pet owners, a dog is often a better option because they enjoy long bouts of physical activity more than their feline counterparts.
In cat vs dog ownership, cats are certainly cleaner than dogs. Cats are self-grooming animals and typically abhor additional care, such as brushing. Baths are rarely necessary and while nail trimmings are sometimes needed, a cat’s natural urge to scratch typically keeps claws at a manageable length. Dogs, on the other hand, jump at every chance to get dirty or roll in something particularly smelly. They require frequent baths, fur clippings, and nail trims in order to remain healthy.
If you are looking for a companion that you can easily train to obey common commands, a cat is not the right pet for you. Cats prefer to live independently of their owners, viewing them more as “staff” than the pack leader. Dogs, on the other hand, can be trained to respond to a variety of commands, and enjoy being given “jobs” to do, such as practicing obedience routines.
Both cats and dogs require exercise and taking a cat for a jog around the block isn’t exactly easy. Dogs can accompany their owners on a variety of activities, such as hiking, running, cycling and swimming. Cats receive their exercise through guided play time.
Cats can be finicky about whom they grace with their presence, while dogs will accept a pat on the head and a scratch behind the ears from nearly anyone. Dogs are also better able to provide companionship outside of the home, such as during car rides, on camping trips and on the patio of a local bar or restaurant.
Dogs can thrive off a variety of diets ranging vegetarian, vegan, carnivorous, canned, dry, or rawfoods, while a cat’s diet is more specific. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning that they cannot survive without meat in their diet.
Cats are more independent than dogs when it comes to being left alone. Thanks to their ability to use a litter box, cats can be home alone for a few days without any issues, so long as they have access to fresh water and plenty of food. Dogs on the other hand, require boarding or a pet sitter if left alone for more than 12 hours.