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Cats are better than dogs

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Started: 11/28/2012 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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chickennuggets11

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cats are amazing, smart, and adorable creatures. Dogs are quite stupid and messy. Cats, are the better one of the two.
Muddy-Rivers

Con

While you do state points regarding the qualities of cats and the deficiencies of dogs as a superior animal, you fail to provide any evidence to your argument.

To your first point, "cats are amazing." This is a strictly subjective statement, as the definition of "Amazing" states:
1. Causing great surprise or wonder; astonishing.
2. Startlingly impressive.
While there are instances that cats have performed feats that are surprising or wondrous (though still a subjective concept, for the sake of argument I will address it), dogs have done equally, if not greater, feats that are both surprising and wondrous. Now that the initial subjection is out of the way, time for some factual data.

"cats are smart." As are dogs. While if you want to consider anatomy and the fact that, yes, cats do possess nearly twice the amount of neurotransmitters as dogs, that doesn't imply stupidity nor does it imply the cat's genius. People often characterize dogs as stupid because they rely on their owners, that's just called domestication. Their ancestral brethern, the wolf, is very much an independent animal and quite good at problem solving, including opening complex doors and systems, as well as basic survival and hunting intelligence. That being said, the domesticated dog is not stupid, it's just understanding of it's limitations. In the Journal of Comparative Psychology they conducted a study involving cats and dogs and hidden food, during this experiment the dogs that were unable to find it often used visual glances and body gestures to interact with the human in respect to the proper location or to assist them in finding it. The cats on the other hand would simply try, vastly in vain, to find the food without any assistance. In other words, a cat will simply wander aimlessly and give up whereas a dog will communicate with someone that can assist them and as such succeed.

Also, in the brains category, cats and dogs were found relatively equal in regards to cognitive abilities, cats just prefer not to listen (Journal of Comparative Psychology). Dogs, however, also tend to understand expression, tone, gestures, and other cues of communication much more than cats (Behavioural Processes).

"adorable." Again, subjective. Dogs come in a much wider range of sizes and shapes and personalities. That alone is a basis for defeat on your claim that cats are more adorable. The common reason that cats are considered more adorable is actually not a result of the actual attraction but due to a "purr" that transmits on a frequency that equals a baby cry thus invoking a human nurturing instinct (Current Biology vol. 19) and therefore is simply a trick and not a true attraction.

Dogs are stupid. Well, being as I just addressed that in a previous paragraph I won't address it much more, other than stating that dogs are some of the most intelligent, trainable, and versatile animals known. Not only is a claim of stupidity an ignorant claim within the context of an intelligent debate, but it is also completely factually inaccurate. Dogs are far more versatile and useful than cats, in that they can protect, hunt, track, and even rescue with training. I've never seen or heard of a cat rescuing someone off a mountain or that was drowning, never heard of a cat taking down an animal bigger than a bird or mouse. And this is strictly domesticated cats and dogs, not talking lions, tigers, wolves and dingos. Even domesticated dogs can do all that. Beyond that dogs are also utilized in one of the greatest fashions, as seeing eye dogs, providing safety for the blind and allowing them greater access to the world.

Dogs are messy, please explain how a litterbox is not one of the grossest and fairly messy things for a pet?
Debate Round No. 1
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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by ilanakf 4 years ago
ilanakf
I think that cats are way better than dogs in some different ways. For one, cats are a better beginning pet fort new owners. They don't need a lot of care in a way. All you have to do is feed them and clean out the litter box. Also, cats are much more quiet and don't cause as much trouble. Dogs bark all the time and are sometimes clutzier because they are so huge. Many cats are small enough and though they may cause trouble, it usually doesn't involve knocking over things and making a huge mess as much as dogs do. I also beleive that dogs are just an animal that you need a lot of time to attend do, which many do not have that.
Posted by amarifg 4 years ago
amarifg
I disagree!!

Dogs are way better than cats, and for many reasons too. Besides the fact that dogs are loyal, friendly, and fun, they teach people how to be responsible. You have to be very responsible when you own a dog, for you must walk him, feed him, and make sure he's okay. Yes, you have to do some of these things with cats too, but cats are much more independent. And in many cases, they are meaner. They scratch and much more. I have never met a cat owner that has never been scratched by their cat. Also, because cats are so independent, they are less fun to play with and own. Thank you for reading!
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