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Why Cats Are Better Than Dogs

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Cats are better than dogs (preaching to the choir here, we know). But cat people swear by their feline friends for plenty of reasons. From their independence to their low-maintenance nature, cats have a lot going for them. If you’re a dog person, don’t worry, we won’t judge you. But we will try to win you over to our side with some compelling reasons why cats are better than dogs.

Cats are low maintenance

Cats are independent animals that require less attention and care than dogs. They are generally self-sufficient and can entertain themselves for long periods, making them an excellent choice for busy owners.

Cats are quieter than dogs

Dogs can be noisy, barking at anything and everything that catches their attention. That noise can be problematic if you live in an apartment or condo, have shared walls, or your neighbors are nearby. Cats, on the other hand, are much quieter and more laid-back. They may meow occasionally, but it’s usually less obnoxious and persistent than a dog’s barking.

Cats don’t need much space

Cats are great for small spaces, such as apartments or condos, as they only require a little room to roam. They can be perfectly happy living indoors and don’t need access to a backyard or large open spaces like dogs. What’s more, their stuff doesn’t need a whole separate storage room. Minimalism is a cat’s way of life.

Cats are affordable

Most people who adopt cats aren’t aiming for a specific aesthetic or breed. They just want a fluffy ball of love. So they find a compatible kitty at a shelter or rescue, and that’s that. Dogs, on the other hand, have a huge, expensive industry surrounding them. Owning a specific dog breed can become an obsession for some, inciting people to spend thousands (and even tens of thousands) of dollars for a dog that looks a certain way or has a particular personality.

But cats fit everyone’s budget. Once your cat is home, there will be few expenses beyond food, litter, and veterinary care. Cats are happy to play with DIY toys or objects they find around the house. House cats generally don’t need clothing or leashes because they don’t go outdoors. There are also no wages paid out to a dog walker or pet sitter because cats can fend for themselves for days as long as they have food and water. Finally, you won’t be dropping big bucks on grooming for a cat. No haircuts necessary!

Cats are better in bad weather

If you’ve ever owned a dog, you know the dread of taking them out on bitterly cold nights or during a downpour. Because cats are content staying inside, you’ll never have to brave the elements on their behalf!

Cats are clean

Dogs constantly drag in dirt, fleas, and weird stuff they sniff out on walks, requiring regular baths. Cats, in contrast, clean themselves. Besides a bit of litter on the floor or the occasional hairball, they don’t leave big messes in their wake as canine companions do. While cats do need baths from time to time, bathing a cat is the exception, not the rule.

Cats purr

No matter your opinion on cats versus dogs, we can all agree that purring is among the most divine sounds in the world. And according to The Spruce Pets, purring “may have therapeutic healing capabilities on human muscle and bones. The frequency of the vibrations has been shown to have positive effects on joint mobility after an injury.” You can’t say that about any dog sounds!

Have we convinced you that cats are better than dogs?

Cats rule. Dogs drool. It’s as simple as that. Cats are low maintenance, quiet, and clean. Of course, this doesn’t mean that dogs aren’t great pets, but when choosing between a cat and a dog, cats are the clear winners. So, if you’re in the market for a new pet, consider getting a cat – you won’t regret it!

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