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9 reasons why cats make better pets than dogs

cats make better pets than dogs
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Cats are not just any pet. They are a special kind of feline. They are more loyal and affectionate than most other felines. A cat’s sense of smell is many times stronger than a dog's, which makes them the perfect pet for people with sensitive noses. Moreover, cats are very good at interacting with people. We love to spend time with our favorite feline friends, and they love to hang out with us! So whether you live alone or have a Companion Species Policy at home, there is a good chance that you can convince yourself that you want to own a cat as your new best friend. Here are 9 good reasons why you should get one instead of getting a dog:



A cat is a more active pet than a dog.

Although both animals are indeed great at a variety of activities, a cat is almost always going to be an eager, active pet. They are lively, curious and always on the go. A cat will never be content to just stay in one place. They are active getaways, and exploratory creatures and will never be static due to both their nature and the fact that they are fast becoming our favorite feline species. Even indoor cats still need to get out and play every so often. There is always something exciting about a cat in the wild.


A cat can stay home alone less than a dog.

Unlike many other pet species, which are only interested in being cuddled up with their owners at certain times, a cat is a very independent animal. They make excellent housemates, as they get on quite well with other pets and even horses. Some cats are UTIs (urse sensitivity) and don’t quite know how to interact with others, so it is ideal to have a cat around that gets on with other animals and people very well.


A cat is more respectful of its environment than a dog.

A dog is a powerful breed that can wreak havoc in the most unlikely of places. A dog’s bark is often heard over a wide area. A cat, on the other hand, will usually only make a noise when she is actually in the vicinity of you. They are also more likely to avoid areas that are known to be dangerous, such as a dog’s home or park.


Even the tiniest cats can be obedient pets.

Although they can be independent at times, most cats are still very skittish around strangers. A cat’s sense of smell is much stronger than a dog's, making it perfect for detecting mildew, animal dander and other highly fragrant substances. It is also why you will rarely if ever, have a problem with a cat showing up with vomit or defecation. While a dog is often walked on a leash, a cat is perfectly capable of walking on its own.


The cat’s purring is so loud and continuous it can be heard from across the street.

Few sounds can agitate a cat more than a dog’s barking. As soon as you hear a dog, say ‘hi’ to your cat and pet her. Then, you will notice that she will start to purr too. It is just like being with a dog in many ways.


It’s easier to find a good home for a cat than it is for a dog.

With all the cuteness and joy that comes with owning a cat, how could you ever find a home for a dog? Adoptable cats get even easier. In fact, according to the American Humane Association, there are more cat adoption options than ever before, with more cats being adopted each year than at any other time in history.


Adopting is more intuitive and less stressful for everyone involved.

As previously mentioned, adopting a cat is often just as easy as getting one for a younger cat. You will automatically be supporting the Shelter Partner and helping to save a life. There is also very little stress involved in adopting a cat, as the animals are well taken care of and have unlimited access to free food, treats and playtime.


There are fewer breed-specific restrictions in regard to cats than there are with dogs.

As we mentioned earlier, there are very few breed-specific restrictions regarding cats, making it possible for you to adopt a mix of breeds. On the other hand, many breed-specific restrictions exist for dogs, making it important to go through a formal adoption process.


Finally, adopting or finding a home for an older Companion Species cat is often just as easy as getting one for a younger one.

Although not every older cat is a Companion Species, many of them are. Old cats, of course, are not spayed or neutered, which means they have had their spines removed. If you are interested in having a senior cat in your home, you will have the opportunity to find one that is not only perfectly healthy but is also a candidate for Companion Species status. The process of applying for Cat of the Year is pretty easy, and you will be glad you did. Once you have your new best friend, she will be your life companion. Contact us today to find a cat for adoption in your area.