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Method2Madness
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Dogs are waaaaaaayyyyyyy better pets than cats!

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Started: 5/2/2012 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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RubiGee

Pro

This debate is NOT to be taken seriously.

First round is acceptance...

Go!
Method2Madness

Con

Thanks for the invitation! ...I argue cats are far better pets than dogs because they require less maintenance, since they're pretty much self-efficient plus require little to no supervision. Cats are exotic and have many different representations throughout history (I.e symbolic for royalty, status, karma predictors, etc.) ...Dogs are just dogs.
Debate Round No. 1
RubiGee

Pro

Anytime! :0)

Although you are right when you say cats require less maintenance than dogs, are self sufficient and require little to no supervision, but consider this: cats aren't loyal to their owners in the same way dogs are.
Allow me to elaborate: when a dog owner enters his/her home, the first to greet them is the dog, happily wagging his tail. Cat owners on the other hand, don't get the same greeting. In fact, they may just stumble across a dead rodent, or bird the cat may have left behind as a "gift".
You say cats are exotic, so are dogs. They may not "look" the part, but each kind of dog had been bred to serve a specific purpose to its owner. As far as I know, cats don't have a "specialized role" to serve to their owners.
....Cats are just cats.... :0P
Method2Madness

Con

The fact that cats are not capable of taking a person's life is another solid reason why they are better pets than dogs; the idea of a dog just snapping and in an instance turning on their owners is not foreign, and many are aware of numerous news reports or personal accounts of this. Cats are less invasive than dogs. Dogs have a tendency to follow their owner through the house (which becomes annoying) and have to be aware of everyone's move in the house...there's no flexibility with dogs, you can't just let a dog be as you can with a cat. One have to adjust and modify their enitire lifestyle to accomodate a dog *thumbs down*
Debate Round No. 2
RubiGee

Pro

"the idea of a dog just snapping and in an instance turning on their owners is not foreign..." while this is true, dogs don't "just snap". The cases one hears about in the media are rare. However when it does happen, one has to take into consideration the history of the dog itself. Was it mistreated? Starved?Beaten? Upon prying, most times the answer is yes. There is a saying that goes something like this, "feed a dog and he'll be loyal for life". I tend to agree. You say cats aren't capable of taking a person's life...what about wild cats like lions and tigers? They also have sharp nails. Although they won't cause life threatening injuries, they're still capable of scratching someone.

"[dogs] have to be aware of everyone's move in the house...you can't just let a dog be..." Not entirely true. Although dogs seem to be EVERYWHERE, its often when someone is in the kitchen, hoping they'll come across dropped food. This actually comes in handy, when one accidentally drops food on the floor: little to no cleaning required. Who doesn't love THAT?! Dogs are also found "everywhere" when they need to be walked, or fed. Believe it or not, dogs communicate to their owners in their own special way. For instance, my dog follows me around when she needs a walk. If her water or food bowl is empty, she touches my hand with her paw and sits in front of me. Besides the aforementioned circumstances, dogs can be found curled up in their favorite spot, sleeping.
Method2Madness

Con

Method2Madness forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
RubiGee

Pro

All arguments extended ;0)

Go!
Method2Madness

Con

In disagreement, dogs are everywhere even when they do not need anything because they are just clingy and territorial by nature; They also have a vicious trait and more often than not can barely be in the same room with another dog, unless it's one they may be already familiar with. When cats come encounter with each other, they sniff, greet and become acquainted. The argument about wild cats doesn't apply to this debate, since we're speaking in terms of house pets, in which one will not have a lion or any other wild cat as a pet in ordinary scenarios.

Many cats will allow their owner at least enough space to cook, unless their feeding bowls are located in the kitchen. A dog hovering over you while cooking isn't desirable and cleaning is still required since they leave drool & food residue behind after using the floor as a plate. Allowing dogs to eat house food often leads to greater issues, such as lingering around the dinner table, taking food off plates, and establishing an overall preference for house food over dog food.

Dogs are more prone to experience anxiety when their owners are away. This often leads to them disturbing surrounding neighbors with loud barking, crying, scratching etc. Cats owners do not have to worry about this and can even leave their kitties in the dark.

Cats are cute & petite, plus they clean themselves! :-P
Debate Round No. 4
RubiGee

Pro

"Dogs are clingy and territorial by nature...they also have a vicious trait..." You say this as if cats are not territorial, or vicious. Cats will often mark their territory, in the same manner a dog will, only a cat will mark its territory on let's say your bed, or a pile of laundry. I have encountered many vicious cats where you cannot get near them, or they will bite or claw at you. You claim dogs "more often that not can barely be in the same room with another dog, unless it's one they may already be familiar with..." not always true. While it is true that some dogs bark at anything that moves (likely small dogs, as they tend to have Napoleon complex), most dogs exhibit the same behaviors that seemingly only pertain to cats. After dogs sniff each other out, and get a feel for the other dog, they run off and play until they tire themselves out.

It may be true that cats give their owners ample space to cook, but they also climb on the dinner table when their owner is trying to enjoy their meal (gross). I would rather have a lingering dog at the dinner table than a cat walking on top of it as I'm eating....

Certain dogs are prone to anxiety, and experience it whether they're left alone, or are in a room full of people. As a matter of fact, they experience even more anxiety when they're around more "beings" (humans or other animals). Although cats may not exhibit obvious signs of anxiety, they can still tear up your furniture and curtains when their owner is away at work.

Cats clean themselves; what about the nasty hairballs they cough up afterwards? (eew!)
Method2Madness

Con

The argument claiming "only cats will mark their territory on..your bed or a pile of laundry" is ludicrous because dogs release themselves anywhere in the house as soon as their owner is not available to walk them when they're ready to be walked or out and about; they also do it as a form of communicating dissatisfaction. Dogs also have a negative impact on the quality of living because many dog owners fail to clean up behind their pets, which leaves pedestrians dodging pooh all over the neighborhood,hoping for a rainy day :-/

"most dogs exhibit the same behaviors that seemingly only pertain to cats"..this claim is completely false since anyone on any given day can bare witness to the fact that dogs can barely be within the same circumference of one another; they automatically get on the defense and attack mode even a block away from each other. Even the cute little dogs lash out on humans and everyone they come encounter with.

Cats mainly damage furniture and jump on tables as a result of poor discipline or in response to some form on mistreatment, such as food deprivation or aggression; however, cats are a lot easier to train than dogs. Cat owners only have to discipline their pets to refrain from mild behavioral issues, while a dog's behavioral issues can be overwhelming, costly (i.e. structural damages within the home, personal belongings etc.), and even life threatening.

Despite their independence, cats are affectionate pets and play the role of little detectives around the house; they hold down the fork at ground level and fineness their way into the family. Whether balled up in your lap as you catch on a good read, or doing their own thing in the living as you make dinner, cats are waaaaaaaayyyyy better pets than dogs because they're petite, self efficient and easier to discipline. :-p
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by RubiGee 5 years ago
RubiGee
Anytime darling!
Posted by Method2Madness 5 years ago
Method2Madness
I just did...Thanks again Rubi!!!!!!!
Posted by RubiGee 5 years ago
RubiGee
YAY! We both "won"! Hahahaha. Remember to post the link on BlackBoard.
Posted by CTNYC 5 years ago
CTNYC
Cat fight!
Posted by Method2Madness 5 years ago
Method2Madness
Yes, I enjoyed it .. :-)
Posted by RubiGee 5 years ago
RubiGee
I know the debate isn't over, but this was FUN!
Posted by Method2Madness 5 years ago
Method2Madness
Thanks. I'm here :-)
Posted by RubiGee 5 years ago
RubiGee
It's cool. No worries.
Posted by Method2Madness 5 years ago
Method2Madness
Session timed out! :-/ I missed the chance to extend my argument..I'll make sure to post promptly going forward..
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