10 Reasons Cats Are Better Than Dogs

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    Why Cats Are Better Than Dogs

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    We're finally settling the age-old debate: Cats do make better pets than dogs. From their ease of care, to their cleanliness, to their adorable antics, there's plenty of proof that cats are, in fact, superior pets.

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  • 02 of 11

    Cats Don't Take Up Much Space

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    If you've ever tried to share a bed with a Golden Retriever–or, who are we kidding, even a tiny dog–you know they take up a ton of space! Between their size, their love for stretching out into everyone's personal space, the room they need to play and exercise, and their stuff (like a dog bed or dog toys), dogs need a solid amount of room to live a happy, healthy life. 

    Cats, however, don't need a lot of space to thrive. As long as you can fit their essentials, like litter boxes (you need one box per cat plus one extra!) and food and water dishes, you can pretty much guarantee your kitty will be happy. That's not without the occasional random burst of energy, of course.

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    Owning a Cat Is More Affordable

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    Over the course of their lifetimes, cats are generally more affordable than dogs. How?

    • Buying a specific breed of cat can be expensive, but generally, adoption fees are lower for kittens and cats than they are for puppies or dogs–particularly during kitten seasons, or times when the shelter has a major influx of kittens. Some shelters may even waive their fees or offer a two-for-one deal on pairs of kittens.
    • Because dogs have a tendency to, ahem, destroy their toys, they have to be made from much tougher (and much more expensive) materials. Cat toys are relatively cheap to buy and even cheaper to DIY!
    • Plenty of exercise is absolutely vital to a dog's health–but getting two or three walks a day can be tough when you have a full-time job. Considering the average dog walker charges $15 to $20 for a 20-minute walk, costs can add up quick. Cats, however, are perfectly content lounging, napping, and playing with their toys while you work the day away. Bonus if you have two kitties–they'll keep each other entertained! 
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    Cats Are Perfectly Content Indoors

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    It's virtually impossible for dogs to have an indoors-only lifestyle–they need a lot of exercise, plenty of walks and time spent outdoors to live happy, healthy lives. But if you don't have a yard or access to parks, or have limited mobility, this may present a major challenge.

    Not only are cats much safer indoors, but they're perfectly happy perched next to a window or curled up in a sunny spot on the couch. Simply crack a window for some fresh air (but make sure it's not open wide enough for kitty to escape!) and she'll be totally content watching birds and bugs all day long. 

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    Cats Are Quieter

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    Even the biggest dog lovers have to admit: Whether your dog is barking at a passerby, another animal, or simply because her favorite toy is stuck under the couch, incessant barking can get pretty annoying

    While cats certainly do make some noise–especially at night, when many cats are most active–meows and purrs tend to be pretty quiet. It goes without being said that meowing and purring is super cute, but the coolest part? After awhile, you'll begin to recognize what your cat's meows actually mean; you'll learn how to differentiate a meow that means "I'm hungry" from a meow that means "Cuddle me, human!"

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    Kittens Require Less Work Than Puppies

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    Both puppies and kittens require an incredible amount of time, energy, and attention. Between getting them comfortable in their new home, introducing them to their new diet, and starting some preliminary training, you may be a little bit sleep deprived during the first few weeks with your new pup or kitten. 

    Puppies need ongoing training (especially for potty training), but once kittens are weaned from their mothers and have learned the basics of using the litter box, they can be left at home unsupervised during the day. Want to be extra safe? Put your kitty in a room where she can't get into mischief while you're gone. It'll keep her wrangled in one safe space and, due to her smaller size, she won't be able to cause much (if any) damage from being contained. 

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  • 07 of 11

    Cats Keep Pests at Bay

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    Does your cat love to stalk bugs? Or even try to bat moving images on your TV? Cats are natural-born hunters, so it's in their DNA to stalk, hunt, and pounce on their prey–even if it's on a television screen. 

    While you should never, ever let your cat eat a bug or mouse he catches, a pest-free home is just one of the many benefits of owning kitties. What's more, your cat's scent alone can keep rodents away from your house! If rodents detect a hunter in the home, they're far less likely to shack up.

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  • 08 of 11

    Cleaning the Litter Box Is Easier Than Constant Walks

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    While it may be a little weird that your cat pees and poops in strategically placed boxes all over your house, cleaning out a litter box is far easier than walks late at night, during scorching summer days or through freezing snow. 

    Cats are naturally very clean creatures–and one of their instincts is to bury their pee and poop. Why? To hide his or her territory from predators who, like cats, use their sense of smell to find their prey. Although house cats aren't necessarily being hunted by predators, we humans can reap the benefits of neat, clean, and completely covered waste. 

    Plus, if you've ever picked up dog poop with a plastic bag over your hand, you know it gets old–fast. 

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    Cats Clean Themselves

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    Dogs love stuff that smells bad–from garbage, to dead animals, to poop–and they really love to roll around in it. Accordingly, dogs require routine bathing and grooming, which can get very expensive if you take your dog to the groomer. 

    Cats are essentially self-cleaning machines. You may want to groom her with a brush every once in a while and definitely clip her nails as needed, but otherwise, cats do a very good job of keeping themselves clean.

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    Cats Understand Personal Space

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    Sometimes after a long, stressful day at work, the last thing you want is a slobbery, excitable creature trying to lick your face as you walk through the door. And if you've had a dog, you know this is a daily occurrence. 

    And while cats may get a bad rap as cold or distant, they really just understand (and appreciate) the concept of personal space! Cats don't require your constant attention or energy–which will give you plenty of opportunities to enjoy a glass of wine and Netflix session on the couch after a long work week. 

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    Cats Were Worshipped as Gods

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    It's common knowledge that ancient Egyptians worshipped felines–but can you think of a single culture that worshipped dogs? We didn't think so.