Cats are Better Pets than Dogs


Leslie Kain

The debate over whether dogs or cats are better has been on the table for decades, and probably even centuries. Because of their popularity, dogs are generally deemed the “better” house pet, however, cats have been growing in their popularity in recent years.

Cats are, in many ways, easier to care for than dogs. An example of this is the difference in cost between the two. A dog’s cost of living is typically $10,000 more than a cat’s, over the course of their lifetimes. Their expenses include veterinary care bills, food, collars/clothes, and toys, most of which is less expensive for cats, because of their relatively smaller size. By adopting a cat instead of a dog, you’ve already saved yourself a large sum of money, which could be used to buy a car, pay for college tuition, or just spoil the cat.

Another example of ease in care is the activity levels of cats and dogs. Many dogs require walks, play time, and other activities that many individuals cannot afford to give them due to work, school, or errands. Cats, on the other hand, don’t need as much exercise as canines. A short amount of play time with a pen laser, feather, or toy will allow a cat the exercise it needs to stay healthy.

Studies have shown that cats are also living longer than dogs,“The average lifespan of a cat in 2012 was 12 years, which has increased by 10 percent since 2002, adding a full year to a cat’s life. The average lifespan of a dog in 2012 was 11 years, a four percent increase adding a half a year to a dog’s average lifespan,” claimed Steve Dale. This simply means feline companions will be by our sides longer than the canines.

Though this evidence “proves” that cats may be “better” than dogs, we can agree that all pets are good. As long as animals are cared for by people who love and cherish them, they’ll always have a special place in our hearts.