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10 Reasons Why Cats Are Better Than Dogs

10 Reasons Why Cats Are Better Than Dogs

Cats and dogs couldn’t be more different, but both make amazing pets all the same. But for some people, cats just are so much better than canines. The “why are cats better than dogs?” debate brings up the many practical and personal reasons why felines come out on top. For one, cats are more independent and don’t require a lot of attention. They are generally cleaner because they know how to groom themselves. How else are cats better than dogs?

1.   Cats make you smarter and healthier.

Research shows that people who prefer cats tend to place higher on the intelligence scale compared to respondents who identified as “dog people.” It turns out that the kind of people who would take cats as pets are more insightful, open-minded, and non-conformists.

Owning a cat also helps you live a healthier and longer life, according to science. They reduce stress and anxiety and can even improve your cardiovascular health. A cat’s purr has also been found to have actual healing properties.

2.   Cats don’t need daily walks.

Why are cats better than dogs? You don’t have to take them out of the house every day to let them relieve themselves. All you need is to set up a litter box and keep it fresh. Your smart cat will take care of the rest.

Dogs, being extremely social and active creatures, require taking walks for their daily exercise needs. For people who don’t have the time to do such, adopting a cat makes more sense. While cats also require exercise and play, they will be perfectly content staying indoors most of the time.

3.   Cat care costs much less.

Another reason why cats are better than dogs is you spend less taking care of a cat. If you look at the expenses that come with taking care of a dog, the annual costs of taking care of a cat is about $300-$800 less, according to ASPCA. For one, dogs eat more than cats. Routine veterinary expenses tend to be more expensive for dogs than cats as well. Dog supplies like toys, leashes, and crates also cost more.

4.   Cats make less of a mess and are better behaved.

When dogs get bored or anxious, they could resort to destructive behavior that might take a while to fix. In the case of cats, some of them might scratch away at your favorite chairs or couches, but setting up scratching posts in strategic places should be enough to fix the problem.

5.   They chase away rodents.

Even the most domesticated cats would retain their predatory instincts. Having a cat would definitely keep harmful pests at bay—an obvious benefit of having a pet cat. Rodents won’t even dare set their paws inside your house if they detect the presence of a resident feline hunter.

6.   Cats don’t make a lot of noise.

How are cats better than dogs? Dogs are in the habit of vocalizing when they’re happy, excited, or anxious. Cats are far less likely to make a fuss whenever you leave the house or arrive home from work. They like to keep to themselves. While cat anxiety can occur, cats in general are capable of entertaining themselves. As long as their basic needs are provided for, they would be more than sleeping on their cozy beds for most of the day.

7.   They have better hygiene.

Cats don’t require baths as often as dogs because they’re perfectly capable of cleaning up after themselves. With adequate litter box training and upkeep, you can be sure that your pet cat won’t make a mess anywhere in the house.

Cats know how to groom and self-bathe. Ever notice how cats never smell the way dogs do? If a cat’s fur looks unkempt, it’s a clear indication that he may be suffering from cat anxiety or a health problem.

8.   Cats live longer.

One of the downsides of having a pet is knowing that their precious time with us is regrettably short. For dogs, the average life span is anywhere between eight to 11 years. Cats live much longer for an average of ten to 15 years. Indoor cats are found to live much longer than outdoor cats.

9.   Cats are less likely to run away.

If you’re caring for an indoor cat, there’s little to no chance of your pet ever running away. An outdoor cat would be a little more adventurous but all cats have a pretty solid way of finding their way back home. Dogs are more likely to run away from home if they find an escape. Cats, especially ones raised indoors, are perfectly happy lounging, napping, or sleeping within the comforts of home.

10.   Cats are better—ecologically speaking.

You may have never spared a single thought about how a pet can impact the environment. But did you know that a medium-sized dog leaves a carbon footprint twice as much a standard SUV, every year? This is because of the amount of meat a dog consumes.  Because they eat less, cats leave a smaller carbon footprint and are actually better for the environment.


Cats are internet-famous for many reasons. It’s easy to see why cats are better than dogs. In terms of maintenance and care, cats are simply much easier to look after than dogs. They don’t require constant attention, they eat less, are perfectly happy indoors, and don’t make messes or lots of noise. They require less space, less training, and won’t need a lot of your time and energy because of their independent nature. Cats may seem less affectionate but this only makes it more meaningful if you gain the absolute trust of your pet cat.


11 comments on “10 Reasons Why Cats Are Better Than Dogs”


April 19, 2021 at 11:58

Sherry L Winthers says:

Cats are more continent to do whatever they adjust very well I have a manx bobtail he is very adaptable to all laid back but playtime is a serious thing especially with little rubber balls bouncing off the wall only to catch it in his mouth and then trying to find it he's a very intelligent animal first time owner of a manx love him till death due us part


April 19, 2021 at 02:33

Carmen says:

I have 3 indoor cats and a huge German Shepherd they all live together wonderfully and he is there big brother ...I cannot explain my love for them all ...they are great pets and bring me more joy then I can explain ....pets are funny witty wonderful joys in ones life ...I would be lost without them ....I love my furbabies with all of my heart !!!!!!


May 18, 2023 at 11:44

Healey Partyka says:

Carmen, cats are so much better because they don't need attention but love you more, in a way.


May 18, 2023 at 11:46

Healey Partyka says:

I have five cats myself and they are so fun!!


June 16, 2021 at 05:13

Ujjol Mittra says:

Don't agree. Cats are more selfish than dogs. They seldom react with the physical and mental condition of their owners. The dogs have very expressive eyes, you can easily gauge their mood. They are quite possessive about their households. You can always correlate their predictable behaviour with human children. They are sentimental and has the most strong sense of belonging. They are Just like your family members with immense intelligence. Those who can't take them for walks or complaining about high expenses can always put a stuffed doll on their bed, It's a one time investment worthier than keeping a allday sleeping, selfish cats!!


October 08, 2021 at 04:21

donncha stacey says:

Ujjol Mittra, u are so wrong cats are the best


October 29, 2022 at 07:01

Kandi says:

How can you call cats selfish. Any cat Ive ever owned has been an innocent sweetheart. My cat fetches, cuddles with me, responds to my commands, demands to go outside, rubs my back, and so much more. You just half to be in tune with your cat.


March 08, 2023 at 08:04

Jenai Jones says:

Ujjol Mittra, you are awesomely correct and dogs are way more loyal cats are lazy.


March 27, 2023 at 01:21

Amber says:

Ujjol Mittra, I’ve had selfish dogs in the past (would steal food from my other dogs, demand attention and get jealous. It took some time to break those habits ) But very friendly and affectionate cats. It’s all about personality of the individual animal. I love both, but it just makes no sense to act like they all have the same personality. The world would be boring if everyone liked the same thing.


May 18, 2023 at 11:49

Healey Partyka says:

cats can be more gentle when you are ill or injured and are resting at home. they have the ability to lay down next to you and understand by the way you move differently that they can tell how you are hurt. they also have the agility to easily not wake you up.


May 28, 2023 at 01:31

Dalila says:

Ujjol Mittra, You are so so so so wrong. It looks like you never had a cat hahaha


June 16, 2021 at 09:00

Vibha Sarang says:

I had a male cat for 14 years. It was th most joyful period of my life.Its true you are stress free and if the cat can have a free outdoor life and indoor safety heor she is stress free and happy.


October 12, 2022 at 03:54

Israel says:

I LOVE cats. Cats are the best I mean I still like dogs cause I have some but cat are there with you to the end.


January 14, 2023 at 07:58

Theo says:

Well I have a cat and 2 dogs and I love them all the same and don't really care about having favourites they all bring me joy in their own way. Also who gets a dog a can't be bothered to walk it.


February 06, 2023 at 05:38

Pusheen the cat says:

i like caaaaats!!


March 07, 2023 at 05:07

catttt says:

Ujjol Mittra, i see why you say this but all animals have different personalities and id say that some cats do in fact have very expressive faces! i have a male and female cat and both tend to show emotions through sounds and body language but my male cat when hes upset he'll scoff like huff as if hes saying "UHG" to me if i catch him being naughty and then he will walk away with sass its very funny to see him do this. we even play catch sometimes. older cats do tend to sleep more but like i said cats have different personalities. my female whos about 9 tends to be a bit of a grump and sleeps when she can but because of my younger male cat who will pick on her she tends to be very aware and awake. before we got him she tended to be very quick awake and tended to prefer sleeping at night because of our lifestyle and schedule. all in all cats and dogs are great pets and show emotions through many different ways but cats aren't for everyone especially if they are sleepier cats. id also say if you tend to be more out going you may prefer a dog over a cat but i have seen my fair share of cats going outside with their owners.


April 18, 2023 at 10:12

cinamoroll🌠🌠 says:

cats are better than dogs, a lot of dogs just love their people because they are social animals, not because they actually like them. when a cat loves you, it actually loves you, not because they were born like that. cat love is just more special than dog love. also deaths of babies and toddlers caused by dogs is getting more and more common


April 25, 2023 at 07:11

harper says:

cats are just better, hm. no cap :D


May 03, 2023 at 06:12

freyja says:

Yes, cats and dogs have their differances and they each have diffrent personalitys just like us AKA humans. So it doesnt matter.

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