Cats are better than dogs 

Three reasons why cats are better than dogs… which are all the reasons needed

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Ava Irizarry

Snuggling with a cat can be one of the most delightful and relaxing experiences in the world. Whether you are a lifelong cat lover or a new adopter, there is nothing quite like the warmth, softness, and affection of a purring feline friend nestled in your lap.

From their gentle pawing and playful nips to their comforting purrs and soothing presence, cats have a way of bringing peace and comfort to our lives. In this age of constant stress and business, taking the time to snuggle with a cat can be a simple way to unwind.

Despite cats being the best cuddly friends on the planet, there seems to be a never-ending global debate on which pet is better: cats or dogs. Many people swear by a dog’s companionship and loyalty and are convinced that cats can’t provide the same benefits as dogs. This, however, is simply not true. Cats are much better than dogs and can provide both of these qualities and even more.

You may be wondering exactly how cats are better than dogs. Well, let me tell you.

1. Cats are low maintenance

As both a cat and dog owner myself, I know from first-hand experience that cats are more independent and easier to take care of than dogs. They do not need constant attention or human interaction, and they are capable of maintaining themselves. Whenever I am tired after a long day, my cats do not annoy me to go outside and play fetch. They give me space and rest quietly nearby.

Some dog lovers may think that cats are unfriendly because they do not constantly pester for attention. However, they actually just respect your personal space and are content on their own.  


2. Cats cost you less than dogs 

Over their lifetime, cats are cheaper to own than dogs. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the annual cost of keeping a dog is $1391, whereas a cat is only $1149. 

On average, dogs are bigger than cats and consume more food than them, making their food bills significantly higher, while cats are normally smaller, leaving less of a dent on food bills. 

Dogs also require more essential items such as leashes, kennels, crates, and training classes. Cats are generally more docile and well-behaved than dogs and do not require training. They also do not need to be put in cages or require walks, so they do not need the extra treatment that dogs do. 

On top of it all, dogs are more prone to vet trips. According to the National Library of Medicine, over 90% of dog owners visit the vet at any time, while only 40% of cat owners visit the vet at any time. All of those vet bills racked up are definitely taxing on your bank account… yikes!

3. Cats provide health benefits 

As if you needed any more convincing as to why cats are superior to dogs, cat lovers are reported to be healthier and have a longer life expectancy compared to those who do not own cats. This is because cats can help reduce stress! Simply petting your cat can be very therapeutic and has a positive effect on calming your nervous system. This can result in lower blood pressure and a lower chance of heart attack or stroke.

Along with reducing stress, cats can aid in the process of healing certain injuries. Purring has been shown to fall between 25 and 140 hz, which is the same frequency that has been shown to aid in the healing process of joint and tendon repair, broken bones, and healing wounds. I’d like to see a dog do that.

Owning a cat is a win-win situation, really. You reduce your chances of having a heart attack by 40%, and heal your injuries, all while snuggling a fluffy little friend that doesn’t stink. What’s more perfect than that?!

There you have it, cats overall improve the quality of living for their owners far more than dogs do and are a huge help to their owners. You can’t argue with science; cats are officially better than dogs.