Dogs and cats are the most popular pets in the whole world. Even though they’re both very popular, they are different in many ways. Some people gravitate towards the calmness of a cat, while others seek the companionship of a dog. Cats are a lot more independent and less expensive. Cats don’t require nor do they want to be trained to be a house pet. Dogs on the other hand are very loyal and will act as your best friend. Dogs require more attention and training to be a well behaved family member. The main differences between dogs and cats are their personalities, habits, and training, which all determine what pet to choose.
When you’re choosing which pet to get, think about your situation at home and how much free time you have during the day. In today’s household, 36% of them have dogs and 30% of them have cats (U.S. Pet Ownership Statistics). This statistic shows that cats and dogs are the most popular pets and it can be tough to decide which one to get. People that aren’t home a lot shouldn’t get a dog because a dog needs to be played with everyday to keep it health and happy. A cat would be the better choice for someone that is busy a lot because cats wonder and do their own thing, but they will always come back to their home. If you have small kids at home, four or younger, consider getting a cat. Cats are a lot calmer and would be safer around young kids. A dog has a lot of energy and even though they are just trying to play, they could hurt a young kid many different ways. Another thing you need to think about is the size of the animal that you want. All cats are about the same size and there all lap animals. Dogs come in all different sizes; some are small like cats but others are very big. Even though there are small dogs that are consider lap dogs, if you want an animal to have on your lap, I would get a cat. Dogs are meant more to be on the ground and free rather than on your lap.
Dogs and cats have different personalities and show their moods in different ways. To figure out a cat’s mood, look at the ears, eyes, and whiskers. When a cat is happy their pupils will be normal sized and round with their ears in the normal position. When a cat is angry their ears turn to the side like devil horns and their pupils narrow to slits. The other mood a cat can show is being frightened. When their frightened their pupils get really big and their ears rest against their head (Bourgoing). A cat will also meow when they are mad or feel in danger but a meow won’t scare someone like a bark will. Dogs bark when they are mad or in danger and it’s a lot more effective than a meow which is why a dog provides more protection. Dogs are happy pretty much all the time and to show that a dog will wag its’ tail. Also dogs can only remember things for about five minutes then they forget they did it (Fogle). I believe that this is another cool thing about dogs because even if they are mad at you, they can’t stay mad.
When you’re looking at the habits of a cat...