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    Dogs make better pets than cats. Read full comparison


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  • Which animal is smarter?

    Cats

    Dogs

    Dogs is marginally better

  • Which animal is more useful?

    Cats

    Dogs

    Dogs is significantly better

  • Which animal is more hygienic?

    Cats

    Dogs

    Dogs is marginally better

  • Which animal is friendlier?

    Cats

    Dogs

    Dogs is significantly better

  • Which animal is more fun?

    Cats

    Dogs

    Dogs is significantly better

  • Which animal is more popular?

    Cats

    Dogs

    Both have equal merits

Dogs make better pets than cats.. One measure of animal intelligence is the Encephalization Quotient or “EQ.” It is a comparison of the actual brain mass of an animal compared to the expected brain mass based on the animal's body size. Based on the EQ, dogs are smarter than cats – but it’s close. However, it appears that dogs are becoming progressively more intelligent over time because they are more highly socialized. In other words, not only are dogs smarter than cats today, but the gap between the species is increasing as time goes on.



Based on anecdotal evidence, dogs are more useful than cats. Among other things, dogs can herd, guard, attack, sniff drugs, smell diseases, guide, assist, search, and rescue. Cats can catch small vermin. Except for protecting stored crops, the house cat doesn’t practically contribute much to human survival.[1]



Cats may seem more hygienic than dogs because they wash themselves, but that’s not the whole story. Because cats constantly have “tongue to fur,” they get fur balls and cough them up all over the house. Cats are also TRAINED to go to the bathroom INSIDE. Not only are litter boxes less than the epitome of hygiene , but cats touch everything with their paws – the same paws they use to dig around in their litter boxes!



Again based on anecdotal evidence, dogs are much friendly than cats. As I heard one person say, ''Dogs treat you as family. Cats treat you like house staff.'' Based on their pre-domesticated lifestyles – dogs as pack animals living in close proximity to humans[2] and cats as isolated hunters[3] – it’s not surprising that dogs are more social than cats.



“Fun” is in the eye of the beholder, but by all accounts a dog is more fun to have around than a cat. Cat play tends to mimic hunting behavior and is limited to honing those hunting skills. Dogs, on the other hand, are highly trainable and can be taught to do an array of activities. For example, dogs can be trained to maneuver obstacle courses, compete in agility trials, and participate in many outdoor other activities such as hunting, tracking, backpacking, hiking, and playing Frisbee. Most dogs will participate in water activities, while most cats won't.



As for popularity, here are the numbers from a recent poll of American adults: 74% said they like dogs "a lot," but only 41% said they like cats "a lot;" only 4% said they dislike dogs "a little" or "a lot," while 26% said they dislike cats "a little" or "a lot." And who dislikes cats the most in America? Married men - draw your own conclusions.[4]