Although cats may be the un-official mascot of the Internet, it often seems that cats and their owners suffer from a serious case of poor public perception. This problem of perception feels especially pronounced when compared to the public perception of dogs, which is, with a few exceptions, overwhelmingly positive.
A recent Gallup poll put cat approval ratings somewhere between Congress and the President (this statement is entirely fabricated, but I think you see what I mean). In an effort to lessen this imbalance of feeling between our two most loyal companions, I have compiled the following list outlining eight reasons why cats are better than dogs. Don’t get me wrong, dogs are great and I could easily write an equally compelling list about why dogs are better than cats. But, today is not the day for that list. Today is the day of the cat! It is the day for cat people everywhere to stand up proudly and shout, “I am not a weirdo!” Why is today the day of the cat? Well, because I’m writing this list today, that’s why. And, I’m sure that after reading it, if you hadn’t before, you’ll give cats a chance, right?
1. Cats meow and purr, dogs bark and whine.
Every night my two cats snuggle up next to me and purr. I adore their little purring sounds, which have a two-fold effect on me. First it makes me feel content and happy, because I know my cats are feeling the same way and secondly it puts me to sleep much like a white noise machine. Cat purrs do not only serve to help their humans feel contented and relaxed, they have also been found to be therapeutic and healing. Check out this info-graphic from dailyinfographic.com. The main cat vocalization, the meow, is also pretty great. I enjoy meowing back and forth with my cats when they are so inclined (okay, maybe, cat owners are a little weird). The pitch of a meow, for some reason, is just so much less annoying than the pitch of a bark. I have also never heard anyone complain about the cat next door meowing all night and keeping them awake.
2. Cats like to be clean and are self cleaning.
One of my dogs loves to roll around in dead things, and gross things and stinky things, and rotting things. I know she feels like she’s spent a day in the salon after rolling in these things, but I disagree. If you have ever had to suffer the misfortune of cleaning up a dog that revels in rolling around in filth, then you should be able to appreciate the cleanliness of cats. Cats do not like being dirty and if they find themselves in such a predicament, they take care of it themselves, immediately.
3. Cats do not knock people to the floor.
Well-trained dogs generally do not either, but I rarely meet those dogs. I recently witnessed a 100 lb. Rhodesian Ridgeback knock over a four year old and then proceed to show the child “who’s boss,” if you know what I mean. Cats do not do this.
via Funny or Die
4. Cats are uniquely suited for apartment life.
Cats are small. They don’t need walks and can poop in a box (or your toilet with some extra effort)! Cats are great small living space companions.
5. Cats at play are much more amusing than dogs at play.
If you have never had the pleasure of witnessing two cats play with each other, you are missing out. It’s hilarious and amazing all at the same time. Playing cats sometimes resemble their wilder cousins, like tigers, so closely that you can forget for a moment that they’re tame creatures. Dogs are pretty cute when they get a new toy and proceed to chew/shake it to death, but they just cannot compete with a cat who has just received a catnip toy. My cat Neko goes crazy for catnip mice; when presented with one he will grab it with his paws and then pull it into his face and rub it all over himself. He will then to toss it on the floor and flail around on top of it. My other cat Minerva is a laser chaser. She will run halfway up the wall in her efforts to subdue the evil dot. These cat play behaviors are just really amusing and beat the heck out of a game of fetch.
6. Cats offer quiet affection and companionship.
I have two dogs and I adore them both. Every day when I come home from work they greet me with infectious enthusiasm and unbridled happiness. I love this about them. But there are some days that this feels a little overbearing and I prefer my cats’ quieter greetings. They simply walk up to me, meow, rub against my leg and go about their business. In this way, dogs are sort of like toddlers or insecure significant others, they need constant attention and reassurance. Cats are more like teenagers or self-confident partners, they know you’re there, but can entertain themselves for a while if you’re busy.
7. Cats can live without you for the weekend.
Put out some extra food/water and voila! You can take a weekend trip without having to worry about boarding or arranging care for your pet.
8. Cats are super cute and unreasonably photogenic.
Cats are the supermodels of pet world. As evidence I present, Exhibit A – the entire Internet.
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