Dogs are waaaaaaayyyyyyy better pets than cats!
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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
"[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.
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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
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!)
"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
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