A while back I asked readers to give me their opinion of why cats are better than dogs, some crowdsourcing for an exciting event coming up this fall. There were lots of answers, and lots of ammunition for the “event.”
But one reader went further. Over at his own website, Further Thoughts for the Day, David compiled his thoughts into a very nice post, “Why cats are better than dogs.” Go over and have a look: it’s not long but has some good information and, of course, some subjectivity. Among David’s points are these (bullet points are direct quotes).
- I find cats more aesthetically pleasing. Sure, dogs can be cute, or handsome, or beautiful etc, but cats are more so. They look more graceful when they move, they look more elegant when they sleep, and basically are much more pleasing to my eyes. Whilst I’m not sure it’s true that “The dog may be wonderful prose, but only the cat is poetry” is a French proverb (my only source is a fridge magnet I saw), the sentiment certainly is.
I agree. I like to think of cats as “living sculptures.”
- Also, cats are just the right size, and feel more comfortable curled up on my lap than dogs have done. Dogs can be a bit too big, or a bit too small. Cats are just right.
Indeed! Do you want a German Shepherd cuddling on your lap, for crying out loud? And the real lapdogs, like chihuahuas and papillons, are repugnant.
- Using google, I couldn’t find anything on fatalities caused by pet cats. However, there were 256 fatalities caused by dog bites in the USA between 2000 – 2009. Indeed a google search for “pet dog kills” gives 69,200,000 results, but “pet cat kills” yields only 11,500,000 results. Wikipedia’s “Deaths due to animals” doesn’t even include cats. Given the scarcity of decent data on cat related deaths, but the wealth of decent (and poorer) sources for data on dog deaths, it seems safe to conclude that dogs kill more people than cats. And of course, I hope you’ve all seen “Hero Cat” saving a child from an otherwise potentially fatal dog attack.
I know some reader is going to mention bird deaths. A word to the wise: don’t. We’ve done that to death.
- Whilst we’re talking about humans though, what will it cost you to own a cat or a dog? Pet Education gives a range of $4,242 to $38,905 (with the author’s cost $12,468) for a dog over 14 years, but $4,521 to $18,322 (with the author’s cost $7,713) for a cat over 14 years. Cats are clearly better in terms of value for money. Those this is obviously an epiphenomenon, as without humans, this value for money would not be known.
Of course you’ll have to divide all the figures for dogs by seven, for as we know, a human dollar is the equivalent of seven dog dollars. However, the cat figures get divided by five, so cats still come out cheaper at the high end. And they live longer, too, reducing their annual financial burden.
This doesn’t even include the lagniappe of the purr, which David extols as well. I won’t mention how wet dogs smell, since David does that, too.
And, to celebrate the wonder that is the felid, I’ll append this cartoon, sent by reader Steve:
Now the “butt” thing is really novel!