When one thinks of pets, one primarily thinks of getting a cat or a dog. These are the two most popular kinds of pets out there, but how can one decide on which one to get? Thankfully, there are a few key differences that can be considered that will help on a quest to get a new pet. In this essay, we will examine the main differences that exist between cats and dogs.
Dogs are more social creatures, while cats like to keep to themselves. If you are looking for a more steady companion, who will remain with an owner through thick and thin, get a dog. On the other hand, if it should be something to hold or have around the house that will not miss the owner immensely when they are gone, a cat might be the answer for them. Dogs are also more active than cats, always needing regular walking and exercise; cats sleep throughout the day, preferring lazier environments.
Cats are more three-dimensional creatures, being able to jump and climb places that it is more difficult for dogs to get to. Cats are always concerned with the fight or flight reflex, and so they need to have more places to climb up to and hide. Dogs, on the other hand, are not as skilled as cats in climbing up and staying on vertical surfaces, so they stay on the ground more often. If an owner wants to make sure that their pet stays on the ground for the most part, it would be a good idea to invest in a dog.
Dogs are much easier to discipline than cats, who do not respond to punishment. Being able to get a pet that more closely matches your own disciplinary style is perfect. If an owner wants to have a pet that will stop doing something when they train it to, get a dog. Dogs can learn easily with just a bit of reinforcement about whether or not to continue a behavior. However, cats will just avoid the source of something that causes them punishment; trying to get a cat to change its behavior is much less likely to happen.
The way in which cats and dogs drink water is extremely different. When a dog drinks water, the tongue is used to pick up the water and pull it into the mouth, which can leave a large mess. The cat uses the tip of its tongue to pull the water up towards them, and they shut their mouths to trap the water, effectively flinging the water into its mouth.
In conclusion, both cats and dogs have their unique appeal - dogs are boisterous, fun-loving, and always energetic. Cats are low-maintenance, attractive, and easy to maintain. While dogs can be taught to do tricks and always want to do things with you, cats will be content with a bowl of food and plenty of space; they are never very active. When selecting a potential pet, these differences in attitude should be rule number one when considering what an owner needs.