Which makes for the better pet: cats or dogs? | The Tylt
Which makes for the better pet: cats or dogs?
There is no better sound than a cat purring. Imagine coming home from a long day, sitting down with your dinner, and having your cat curled up beside you. Contrary to popular belief, cats are incredibly affectionate, and it's quiet moments like these–with your cat purring in your lap–that prove it.
Like humans, cats have a wide variety of personalities, which often leads to them being misunderstood. Cats are extremely intelligent and never forget what they learn. Sure, this means they can hold the occasional grudge, but it also means that once they bond with you, they will love you for life. As further proof of their intelligence, cats also have almost twice the number of neurons as dogs, enabling them to solve cognitive problems that dogs cannot.
Plus, cats require less maintenance. They are virtually self-sufficient, and cat owners benefit as a result. According to Mental Floss, cat-owners reportedly have better heart-health than dog owners, a direct benefit of cat ownership causing far less anxiety than dog ownership.
Dogs embody unconditional love. Who needs superior intelligence when you have a pet with peak emotional intelligence? There's a reason dogs are used for emotional support and therapy; they pick up on their owners' body language and respond accordingly.
Dogs also make for a much more protective companion. Whether you have a small or large breed, you know your dog is going to yap and yell if you are anywhere close to danger. For this reason and more, dogs make much better family pets. They act as both a security guard for the house and another child in the family.
Plus, dogs also keep you active. You don't go outside to walk a cat, but rain or shine, you'll be taking fido out multiple times a day, every day, making dog owners much more likely to reach their fitness goals.
Dogs bring consistency where cats do not. They take care of owners' emotional well-being and make every day a new adventure.