Truth be told, this article is really just an excuse to rave about my cat and give other cat lovers the opportunity to share what makes your cat so special. In no particular order, here are the top 10 reasons given why dogs are better than cats.
One of the most popular reasons why dogs are better than cats is because you can train them. This amounts to being able to have your own robo-slave. If I wanted to surround myself with sentient beings that followed my every command, I would certainly never have gotten married or given birth for that matter.
Cats and dogs are the most popular pets. But which of these pets are better? Vote for in our poll for your favorite companion and tell us why!
On size alone, then, the results are ambiguous. That is perhaps all to the good, because brain size is not a reliable measureof intelligence. In fact, if you want to assess smarts you are far better looking at behaviour than crude neuroanatomy – more on that later. However, there is one anatomical measure that gives a pretty good indication of information processing capacity: the number of neurons in the cortex, or executive brain. Here cats trounce dogs, with 300 million neurons compared with a piddling 160 million ().
Cats and dogs are the most popular pets. But which of these pets are better? Vote for in our poll for your favorite companion and tell us why! and have lived among humans thousands of years. Still today they are by far the most popular . However cats and dogs are also very different in their characteristics and behavior.People these days often value cats for their independence: you can live your life as normal, and when you come home your furry friend might be there for a cuddle. There's no "might" with dogs, however. Dogs are always there and usually want to be with you. Many dog owners feel that their pet bounding up to them when they come home is the highlight of the day.
I was on Facebook when someone shared an article listing 10 reasons why dogs are better than cats. As a writer for Catster, it felt like my civic duty to write a rebuttal since IMHO, an animal that sniffs butts doesn’t deserve to be called "top dog.” I found a number of similar top 10 articles and compiled a list of the most common reasons given as well as some of the asinine ones too.
At first, the cat was yet another opportunistic creature that evolved to take advantage of civilization. It was essentially a larger version of the rodents it caught. Somewhere along the line, people shifted from tolerating cats to welcoming them, providing extra food and a warm place to sleep. Why? Perhaps because of the cat's innate predisposition to tameness and its inherent faunal charm—what the Japanese would call kawaii. Look up photos of the thirty-eight or so wildcat species and you might be surprised at how easy it is to picture one curled up on the couch. Dogs likely initiated their own domestication, too, by prowling around campfires in search of food scraps. Whereas our ancestors quickly harnessed dogs to useful tasks, breeding them to guard, hunt, and herd, they never asked much of cats. We have also been slow to diversify cat breeds. Many dog, horse, and cattle breeds are more than five hundred years old, but the first documented cat fanciers' show didn’t take place until 1871, at the Crystal Palace, in London, and the most modern cat breeds emerged only within the past fifty years.
This relatively short and lenient period of selective breeding is manifest in the cat genome, Wesley Warren, a geneticist at Washington University in St. Louis*, said. In a study published last year, Warren and his colleagues analyzed DNA from several wildcats and breeds of domestic cat, including an Abyssinian named Cinnamon. They confirmed that, genetically, cats have diverged much less from their wildcat ancestors than dogs have from wolves, and that the cat genome has much more modest signatures of artificial selection. Because cats also retain sharper hunting skills than dogs, abandoned felines are more likely to survive without any human help. In some countries, feral cats routinely breed with their wildcat cousins. "There's still a lot of genetic mixing," Warren said. "You don't have the true differentiation you see between wolf and dog. Using the dog as the best comparison, the modern cat is not what I would call fully domesticated."