Last Updated on: November 9, 2020
If you’re ready to get a new pet but are having trouble deciding between a cat and a dog, we’re here to help you make that decision a little easier. Spoiler alert: Cats are better than dogs! As avid cat lovers, we’d always recommend adding a gorgeous feline to your family. But don’t just take our word for it. We’ve rounded up our top 20 reasons that cats are simply the best.
1. Cats are affordable
If you’re budgeting for adding a new pet to the family, then cats are hands-down more affordable than dogs. It’s true that some specific types of pedigree cats can be expensive, but adoption fees are generally lower for kittens than puppies. It costs less to feed your cat per day, and they don’t need expensive daycare fees if you’re going to be at work — your cat will probably just nap the day away!
2. Cats don’t take up much space
Cats are excellent at finding a tucked-away corner of the house to while away the day. There’s less danger of them charging around the house and knocking glasses flying from tables as well. As long as you’ve got enough space for your cat’s food and water bowls, plus their litter tray (well separated from each other, of course!), then your cat will be happy and secure.
3. Cats are quiet
Even the most diehard dog fan will have to eventually admit that excessive barking can be a touch annoying. Cats are, on the whole, far quieter than dogs. Cats do make some noise, with certain breeds being more vocal than others. But compared to a dog’s barking, which can be extremely loud, your cat’s meows won’t be the cause of complaints from the neighbors!
4. Cats love spending time indoors
Dogs need a good amount of time outdoors every single day, so you’ll be heading out for walks in the depth of winter or in the freezing rain. Cats are quite happy to adapt to life indoors and will simply find a spot on a cozy windowsill to watch the world go by, rather than expect to go outside on a regular basis. Some cats love going outside too, but it’s definitely optional!
5. Cats are low-maintenance
Once you get your new kitten, you won’t need to worry about signing up for training classes or getting them used to sleeping in a crate at night. Once they’re weaned, most kittens pick up how to use a litter tray extremely quickly, and after that, they’re good to go! Of course, if you want to train your cat, that’s possible but certainly not a necessity.
6. Cats can help control pests
Cats are instinctive hunters — it’s ingrained within their very DNA! So, if you’ve got a farm with a huge vermin problem, getting a cat can be a great solution to keep those rodents in check. Urban cats can be the cause of many bird deaths, so you may want to kit your cat out with a bell on their collar or allow them to indulge their hunting instincts using toys instead!
7. Cats groom themselves
Cats are fastidious groomers, so you’ll often see your cat giving themselves a good wash to keep them sparkling clean. Contrast this to a dog, which can be found rolling in stinky fox poop that you have to wash off! Longhaired cats do need brushing to help keep their fur free from tangles, but compared to a dog, there’s less maintenance involved.
8. Litter trays are better than walks!
While scooping poop is honestly not going to be at the top of any cat person’s list of favorite things to do, it can be preferable to having to take a dog for walks in all weather. Plus, when you take your dog for a walk, you have to scoop up their poop too! So, between the two choices, having to clean the litter tray from the comfort of your own home definitely wins our vote!
9. Cats help you feel better
Owning a pet of any kind can help us feel less stressed and is even said to make us live longer too! But again, cats are the king here! Their purring has been shown to have therapeutic qualities, which can even help us heal ourselves! It’s thought that the vibrational frequency of their purr can have a positive effect on us after a joint or muscle injury.
10. Cats understand about personal space.
Dogs want to be right there with you, all the time. Sometimes this is great, but at other times, many of us appreciate a little bit of personal space as we unwind after a long day at work. Most cats don’t require constant affection, and they’ll frequently find somewhere to curl up for a nap while they wait for you to be ready to interact with them.
11. Cat people are smarter than dog people
It’s true! Cat people might always say that we’re smarter than dog lovers, but science actually backs us up on this one. A study from 2017, titled “Personality Differences Between Dog People and Cat People,” found that cat people scored more highly when it came to intelligence and self-reliance. So, we might not be as outgoing or bold as dog people, but we can live with that.
12. Cats aren’t messy
Most of us lead busy lives, and in between going to work, looking after the kids, and trying to keep the house clean, there’s not much time for anything else! Luckily, cats are tidy to live with. They don’t splatter water 2 feet from their bowls as they drink, or need a bath when they come back from spending time outside.
13. Most cats love humans
One of the classic negative points of cats is that people think that they’re haughty and don’t care much for their humans. In fact, science has shown that they do love us! A 2017 study, titled “Social interaction, food, scent or toys? A formal assessment of domestic pet and shelter cat preferences,” found that cats choose to spend time with their humans over toys, catnip, or even food.
14. Cats live longer than dogs
Many of us love our pets fiercely, and it can be heart-breaking to have to say goodbye. On average, cats live between 11 to 15 years while dogs only live from 8-11. So, on balance, you can look forward to enjoying living with your cat for a longer time.
15. Cats don’t smell
Dogs can be messy. Even when they’re not intentionally rolling in poop or eating something unmentionable, they can create a stink without trying hard at all. Have you ever smelled a wet dog after a walk? Yeah, it’s not great. Cats don’t ever smell that stinky. If they do get a bit grubby, they’ll soon groom themselves clean again.
16. Cats are independent
If you’re looking for a pet that can cope while you’re out of the house for hours on end, then a cat is what you need! These independent-spirited animals are frequently more than happy to chill out on their own, without the need for any human interaction. Sure, they’ll be happy when you get home, but in between those times, they might just nap the day away.
17. Cats are neat and tidy
You probably won’t find your cat leaving half-chewed bones around the house or destroying the house while you’re out shopping. In comparison to dogs, cats are incredibly neat and tidy. They might scratch the odd piece of furniture, but that can usually be remedied by treating them to a scratching post or trimming their nails.
18. You don’t need to walk a cat
Some cats love being trained to walk on a leash and harness, but it’s certainly not a necessity. So, if you’d love to stay in during a winter weekend rather than head out into the cold for a walk, your cat won’t mind a bit! Cats meet most of their exercise needs through playing or running around the house, no extra walks required.
19. Most cats don’t suffer from separation anxiety
Separation anxiety can be a difficult thing to cope with if your pet suffers from it. Luckily, most cats don’t have this problem! They’ll be happy to see you when you get home, but they won’t be pining for you while you’re away. Cats are masters at keeping themselves busy, and this can often involve a long nap in the afternoon sunshine!
20. Cats are awesome!
Quite simply, cats are awesome! All the above reasons add up to one undeniable conclusion. From health benefits to ease of care and cleanliness, cats are simply miles ahead of dogs. Add to that their adorable personalities and soothing purr that can make even the worst day’s worries fade away, and we think that cats are simply irresistible.
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Roland has been an animal lover all his life, with cats holding a special place in his heart. He is owned by three felines: Wheely, KitzKitz, and Nugget (all rescues) who bring all the laughter and mischievousness one can expect from the feline master race. As the creator of ExcitedCats, his mission is to assist in the search for the best gear to help improve the health and wellbeing of cats everywhere.
- 1. Cats are affordable
- 2. Cats don’t take up much space
- 3. Cats are quiet
- 4. Cats love spending time indoors
- 5. Cats are low-maintenance
- 6. Cats can help control pests
- 7. Cats groom themselves
- 8. Litter trays are better than walks!
- 9. Cats help you feel better
- 10. Cats understand about personal space.
- 11. Cat people are smarter than dog people
- 12. Cats aren’t messy
- 13. Most cats love humans
- 14. Cats live longer than dogs
- 15. Cats don’t smell
- 16. Cats are independent
- 17. Cats are neat and tidy
- 18. You don’t need to walk a cat
- 19. Most cats don’t suffer from separation anxiety
- 20. Cats are awesome!