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Dogs are better then cats

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Started: 3/1/2012 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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agreco3

Pro

I would like to debate that dogs are better pets than cats.
sammyrep

Con

Cats are better than dogs for many reasons. The first very important reason is that cats are extremely independent. They do not need to be walked everyday, and they do not need a human to let them outside to go to the bathroom. Cats are smart enough to go on their own.
Debate Round No. 1
agreco3

Pro

Even though dogs do have to be walked, the walking experience is a bonding experience that helps you and your dog to become closer. Also the walking is not only fun and healthy for your dog, but it is also healthy for the owner too. Dogs may need to be let outside to go to the bathroom, but they do not make house smell with a litter box. Also dogs can be trained to use a doggie door and go to the bathroom by themselves.
sammyrep

Con

That may be true, but there are many remedies for preventing an odorous litter box. For example, many litter brands have added baking soda to remove the smell. Dogs smell worse than cats, especially when they are wet or haven't been bathed.
Debate Round No. 2
agreco3

Pro

As any animal who is not taken care of can and will smell bad. If a litter box is not taken care of and cleaned regularly it will smell, just as a dog will smell if the dog is not bathed. Another reason however that dogs are better is that dogs can act as service animals. They are able to be trained to help the blind, in becoming guide dogs. Cats cannot be trained to help people in such a way. Dogs in their nature are loyal animals when trained with a purpose will devote themselves to that purpose, such as becoming a seeing eye dog. Even dogs who are not trained as service dogs are loyal to their family and can be useful in the sense that they can protect a household. If someone is trying to break into a house and a dog is barking and growling at them the chance is that they will not enter. On the other hand if a cat sees an intruder, what do they do? Meow and hiss, i do not think this will scare away an intruder.
sammyrep

Con

Cats are loyal to their owner as well, but in ways that aren't so obvious.It is not in a cat's nature to fight, but they can be intimidating if they are provoked. Cats have sharp teeth and claws and if they are aggravated, they will act on it. Cats are polite and are rarely ever hostile to guests because they tend to mind their own business. If guests arrive at your house, they will not bark and jump on them as a dog would. Maybe if a cat is in the mood, they will peek their head out to say hello but that is the extent of it. They do not beg for attention.
Debate Round No. 3
agreco3

Pro

Cats may be loyal, but cats are not very loving. Cats may not jump on guests and get excited when they walk in, but that just means that they could care less about these guest. This fact leads me to believe that cats do not really love or care for their owners either. This leads me to my next conclusion that dogs are extremely loving and loyal. You could leave your house for twenty minutes and when you return to your house they act like they have not seen you in forever. They show you how much they missed you by whimpering and crying. They show you how excited they are that you returned by wagging their tails and jumping and just all in all acting like happy animals. They treat you as if you are a part of their pack. This is why dogs are especially better than cats.
sammyrep

Con

Dogs may be happy to see you, but their barking is loud and unnecessary. Cats can display their affection towards their owner by simply purring and closing their eyes. You will never get complaints regarding the loudness of cat, however neighbors often complain about noisy dogs. Cats display their love in different ways than dogs, by bringing their owners toys and collectables. They aren't as forward with their love as dogs are, but that doesn't mean it isn't there.
Debate Round No. 4
agreco3

Pro

It is possible that cats can be loving, but it is not even in the same realm as dogs and how loving they are. In my last argument i would like to show how loyal dogs truly are. There is one example (and im sure many more) of a dog being so loyal to his owner that the dog risk its life. A very famous story is that of a blind man, Omar Eduardo Rivera, and his dog, Dorado. Dorado was a guide dog for Mr. Rivera and when they found themselves on the 71st floor of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001 Dorado risked his life for his owner. Mr. Rivera once realizing what was going on, when the plane hit the World Trade center, he released his dog and told him to go and to be safe. After a few minutes Dorado returned to his owner and would not leave him, the dog lead his owner down 71 flights of stairs never leaving his side. Even though Dorado had the opportunity to leave, he never did, and he saved his owners life. This just goes to show that dogs are in their very nature loyal as can be. I thank you very much for your debate.

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sammyrep

Con

That is a very touching story, however, not every dog has that ability. As I said before, cats display their loyalties in different ways than dogs. Dogs and cats have such different personalities from one another and it is impossible to say that cats don't love their owners like dogs do. There is no factual proof, besides real life examples that can interpreted in many different ways. Some dogs can be hostile towards their owners and bite them, especially if they have a dark history or tragic experience in the past. We often hear of pitbulls and large dogs attacking innocent people/owners and holding them down or biting them so badly that the victims are sent to the hospital. You have a very sound argument and it has been a pleasure debating against you.
Debate Round No. 5
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