Dogs Vs Cats
Dogs and cats are by far the two animals most commonly kept as pets worldwide. Surveys indicate that some people are naturally disposed to either of the two as pets to the exclusion of the other animals. In other words, some people may be classified as ‘dog’ people while others are designated as ‘cat’ people. Simply put, some people love dogs but just can’t stand cats and vice versa. The jury is out as to which of the two makes a better pet. As in all cases of subjective debates, personal preferences inevitably influence perception but realistically, what are the objective facts?
The Case for Dogs
Several scientific research efforts have been conducted in the United States regarding the comparative attributes of dogs and cats as pets in order to determine which of the two makes a better pet. The results seem to be inconclusive with arguments both in favour of and against the two animals. What are the findings that favour domestic dogs as better pets than domestic cats? Research has revealed that dog owners have lower blood pressure, lower levels of cholesterol and are less prone to developing serious health issues. Dogs have been found to make people laugh unlike cats. Dogs help people to make friends. A recent survey shows that people are more likely to stop and chat with a person walking with his dog than one going alone.
A dog’s sense of smell can be put to a good use. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are currently training some specific breeds of dogs on how to detect ovarian cancer by sniffing. Dogs are more advanced technologically than cats. Dogs are easily trained to make use of gadgets such as iPads to take “selfies” and to respond to written commands on such gadgets. Dogs keep their owners fit by encouraging them to walk which is a great bodily exercise. Dogs are true heroes, being useful in crime fighting. They have been used to detect bombs and prevent multiple deaths of people. Dogs are known to be capable of detecting heart attacks 12 or 15 hours before it happens. They display tell-tale signs such as whining and anxious barking hours before the seizure strikes. Dogs have been proven countless times to be loyal creatures. Dogs have been known to be trained in helping to save endangered animal species such as killer whales. Studies reveal that children exposed to “dog dust” early in life are less prone to developing allergies or asthma later in life.
The Case for Cats
Generally speaking, cats are easy to please, make good roommates and are entertaining. Cats are naturally neat, clean and tidy. Cats hunt pets such as rats thereby reducing their potential health dangers. Cats are cheaper to keep than dogs and are very quiet. Cats do not need their owners in order to exercise themselves and are more flexible when it comes to the choice of a home.