It’s Raining Cats and Dogs

Two of our staff members debate one of the most controversial topics in existence: Cats vs. Dogs.

Keely Groholski and Mikalya Havison

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Why Dogs are Better
By Keeley Groholski

The warring debate over whether cats or dogs make the best pet continues even today and will throughout the course of history. The facts and statistics clearly show that dogs are clear winners.

Now, cat lovers may say that dogs are more aggressive than cats. Although this is sometimes true, cats are not out of the woods yet. Despite dogs’ perceived aggression, dogs are protective over their owners, where cats are protective over their personal territory. Dogs may not be the friendliest around strangers, but with time, they learn to love any human who comes towards them.

Although dogs are very defensive of their owners, cats seem to despise everyone. They hide under beds, avoiding people everywhere. Cats are bipolar and unpredictable, one minute they act all sweet and kind, another they hate you.

Ever since the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia, dogs have been used to protect humankind. Ancient History Encyclopedia tells us that “The Epic of Gilgamesh” from ancient Mesopotamia, dogs appear in an elevated role as the companions of one of the most popular goddesses of the region; the goddess Inanna (Ishtar) travels with seven prized hunting dogs in collar and leash.” Dogs are worshiped as the protectors and bringers of happiness to humankind.

Dogs have migrated to many parts of the religions, like Hinduism and Christianity. A cute reference in the Christian religion is that Dog spells God, when written backward. Dogs were even tamed by Saint Francis of Assisi, who talked to and tamed wolves because he thought they were creatures of God. Additionally,in Hindu Mythology they are said to guard the gates of Heaven.

Cats, on the other hand, are popular in one ancient civilization, Egypt. Cats were worshipped because of an ancient war and death goddess Bastet. Bastet is depicted as savage and unforgiving, but kind and gentle, making her hypocritical, like cats.

Dogs give off a chemical called Oxytocin, aka The Cuddle Chemical. This chemical is produced when someone feels love, and it causes the people around the little canine to feel comfortable as well. A bond with an animal is supposed to be filled with love and care, not scratches and sniffles that cats cause. Therefore, all cats give you is allergies.

Cats show more signs of kids and even adults being allergic to their fur or shedding. According to LiveScience, 6 out of 19 children are allergic to cats. Although it isn’t just hair that causes kids to sniffle, it might also be catspit or even the dander under their fur.

Plus, dog owners are known to have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and are less likely to have minor or even serious health issues. Dog owners build up a stronger immune system, which means fewer doctor visits and fewer prescriptions.

People recover faster from heart attacks with a dog rather than not, and taking a dog on walks improves your mental health and psychical health.

Among the 7 billion people on Earth, dogs are considered the most liked pets. According to the ASPCA, 44% of households own a dog, while only 35% own a cat. Some of the most famous people own(ed) dogs such as Stephen King, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and the Queen of England.

Elvis Presley even wrote a song about his little pooch called Old Shep. Along with Paul McCarthy and even the famous Audrey Hepburn!

Speaking of show business, there are a lot of movies featuring dogs, like Isle of Dogs, A Dog’s Purpose and Cats vs Dogs. Dogs are seen as the universal friend of man while cats are seen as nasty and malicious.

Now it isn’t just show businesses folks who own these prized pups; even world leaders such as John F. Kennedy and the Queen of England are dog owners. John comes up with a total of 9 pouches while the Queen has a total of 30 corgis! The Queen calls them “sophisticated yet so cute!”

Japan also thinks that dogs are much better in a short story named Hachi. Hachi is an Akita Inu and was born in 1923. Hachi’s owner had to move with her husband so she left the pup with her father. Upon first glance, the father saw the dogs’ legs were crooked looking like the symbol 8 (八, which in Japanese is pronounced Hachi) so the father, named Eisaburo Ueno, called him Hachi.

The professor took good care of him but had to leave to his job by train so Hachi would follow him and wait by the train station for him to return home. A few years later Ueno died of a cardiac arrest. Hachi did not know his master had died and waited by the train station, day and night through rain or shine. Hachi unfortunately died but the train station commemorated his death with a statue calling Hachi, the faithful dog.

Hachi is just one example of how dogs are caring, faithful and will always be there for you. Dogs are one of the best animals to have that will protect you, care for you, and always make you happy.

Why Cats are Better
Mikalya Havison

There is nothing purer than a cat. Nothing more temperamental, real, sweet and bipolar. Cats know what they want and if a person is lucky enough, the cat will want them and give to them love unlike that of any other creature.

The bond between a human and a cat is real. A cat’s selective nature does not invalidate their purity, but rather enhances it. Many dog lovers would suggest that the bipolar nature of cats makes them unlovable; however, the bipolar nature only makes the love more real. If a person loves everyone, do they really love anyone?

The argument for cats is simple: the only people who don’t like them aren’t fortunate enough to be loved by them. Cat-haters’ ignorance for the reality of cats is the only explanation for their dislike. If a person truly understands cats, then it is impossible not to love them.

A love for cats is justified, irrefutable and logical. To state it bluntly, the facts for cats are more prevalent than the facts against them.

One of the common misconceptions about cats is that a person must be crazy to love them.

Loving cats does not mean that a person must have four or more of them. In fact, having that many cats is unhygenic, and reflects abuse rather than love depending on the size of the space the cats are occupying.

Although having many dogs is less stereotyped than having many cats, the effects are the same. It is illogical to assume that one is any more or less crazy for having many cats, when having many dogs has the same effect.

Additionally, people with cats are often stereotyped as being antisocial. This statement may have some truth; however, being loved by cat reflects a multitude of other characteristics that are worth more than sociability: patience, resilience and compassion.

Apart from just the stereotype of a cat lover’s characters, most cat-lovers do not resort to the “insanity” of owning ten cats, invalidating the argument that cats make people crazy.

In 2012, 36,117,000 U.S households were cat owners. Within these households, there was an average of 2.1 cats, much lower than the required number to be crazy.

In conjunction with their adorable meows, fluff, purrs and tail flicks, cats also have a majestic, secretive nature uncanty to other creatures.

Even before 2920 B.C.E, humans began to notice this undeniable trait of cats. Not only did the ancient Egyptians reflect adoration for cats, but they also went as far as to worship them.

The deities of Egypt, such as Mafdet, Bastet and Sekhmet, were represented using various cats, as the Egyptians considered cats to be symbols of fertility, justice and godly power.

The Egyptians weren’t the only civilization to hold cats in high regards. The Mesopotamians may have domesticated cats as early as 12000 B.C.E and civilizations like India, Persia and China followed suit.

Although ancient civilizations varied in their methods of admiring cats, they all believed cats to be destroyers of evil. Throughout history, cats have been known to kill pesky mice and even snakes, making them cleansers of the world’s vermin and worshipable in the eyes of many.

Despite dog’s being dubbed “a man’s best friend,” the psychological impact of cats on humans is just as profound, if not more profound than those of dogs.

Despite people associating dogs with loyalty and cats strictly with aloofness, this is simply not the case.

One of the most prominent psychological findings during the 1950’s was the Attachment Theory that describes the relationship between human beings. When the same theory was applied to cats and their owners, researchers found that cats were more hospitable with their owners than they were with strangers, suggesting that cats are less aloof than dog-lovers believe them to be.

Cats also share their affection. Similar to dog’s tail-wagging, cats purr to show happiness or gain attention from their loved ones. They also blink slowly to reflect trust, follow their owners to show attachment and knead their paws to reflect joy, all emotions that cat-haters seem to ignore when pinning their disdain on them.

Apart from their cuteness, cats are also the most practical furry companions.

Financially, cats are cheaper. According to the ASPCA the average cat costs roughly $670 per year where as medium dogs cost $695 per year and larger dogs can cost $875 per year. Cats are also cheaper with insure, costing an average of $20.99 per month, compared to dogs whose insurance cost roughly $42.45 per month.

Cats are also more practical in the sense of time. Dogs have to be walked and let out to use the restroom; however, cats are much less demanding and use a litter box. Additionally, most cats despise being walked, saving owners time and effort. On average, cats sleep 15 hours a day, meaning that there is time to play with them, but they don’t demand constant attention.

In total, when compared to dogs, cats are victorious. Their fluffiness, cuteness and wonderfully unique personalities make them pets that are worthy of love.


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