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Started: 1/16/2018 Category: Miscellaneous
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dogs are better than cats


According to a research between 20-30 deaths happen in America alone because of dogs, not wolfs, Just dogs. The average amount of cats killing people are called Mountain lions and only one death every year in the Us.
Debate Round No. 1


would you rather be a slave or a master, most people would say master because there are more pros to being a master. well having a dog you can be the master but if you have a cat you will be the slave. dogs may treat u on the same level as they are on but cat always things you are below them.


Do cats like being around people, or are they only using humans to open doors and operate can openers? A new study suggests that human contact is more important to cats than previously suspected (though, arguably, cat owners knew that all along).

While it is commonly accepted that dogs enjoy and seek the company and attention of people, there is less of a consensus about felines. Cats " which typically need more sleep and less daily maintenance than dogs " have earned a reputation (particularly among dog lovers) for being standoffish and nonchalant, and less interested in the affection and approval of people than canine pets are.

However, when researchers investigated cats' preferences for food, toys and social interaction with people, most of the cats sought human attention over everything else " even food. In other words, cats like us! They really like us! [6 Secrets to Unlocking Your Cat's Personality]

The study originated at Oregon State University's Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) lab. Prior research had explored cats' preferences for food, visual stimuli and scents, evaluating the impact these could have on the animals' behavior. But this new study was the first to also investigate cats' interactions with humans as a behavior that could affect the felines' quality of life, the authors said.

Scientists tested groups of adult cats between the ages of 1 and 20, gathering results from 19 cats that were living in shelters and 19 cats living with owners. For 2 hours and 30 minutes prior to the tests, the cats were isolated from social attention and food. They were then introduced one at a time to different stimuli, provided in separate sessions.

In one session, a person offered the cats vocal calls, petting and a chance to play. In another, the cats had free access to food, a toy mouse with a shaker inside, or cloths marked with the scents of catnip, another cat and a gerbil.

During the sessions, the researchers noted how engaged the cats were and how much time the animals devoted to the different activities. However, the final test offered the cats all of these diversions at the same time, to see which offering the animals liked best.

Overall, there was no significant behavior difference between the shelter and nonshelter cats. The scented cloths fascinated one cat. Four cats went for the toys first, and 14 cats were most attracted to food.

But 19 of the cats, 50 percent, chose people over all else, spending 65 percent of the final session time enjoying the company of humans.

"Although it is often thought [that] cats prefer solitude to social interaction, the data of this study indicate otherwise," the authors wrote. The researchers noted that even when the cats showed similar preferences for human affection as for other activities, the animals still exhibited a range of individual behaviors. This suggests that factors such as life experiences and biological predispositions could influence the cats' social interactions, the authors wrote.

"It is therefore possible [that] some populations of cats may display greater preference for social interaction than others," the authors concluded.

The findings were published online March 24 in the journal Behavioral Processes.
Debate Round No. 2


if your dog seen you dead on the side of the road they will walk over to you and sit there.

However, scientists have found out which out of our feline or canine friends love us more.

As part of a new BBC2 documentary called "Cats v. Dogs", hosted by animal experts Chris Packham and Liz Bonnin, a neuroscientist has investigated which species prefers humans.

We already knew that, like humans, dogs release the 'love hormone' oxytocin.

This test has never before been done on cats.

"We have pretty good evidence that dogs actually love their humans," according to Dr Paul Zak, who conducted the study. "A couple of small-scale studies have shown that when owners interact with their dogs, the human and their dog appear to release oxytocin.

"It"s one of the chemical measures of love in mammals. Humans produce the hormone in our brains when we care about someone. For example, when we see our spouse or child the levels in our bloodstream typically rise by 40-60 per cent."

The neuroscientist checked the oxytocin levels in both cats and dogs after playing with their owners.

He took saliva samples from 10 cats and 10 dogs on two occasions - 10 minutes before a playtime session with their owners and immediately after - and tested both samples for oxytocin.

The results show the hormone increased by an average of 57.2 per cent in dogs but only by 12 per cent in cats.

This means in theory, dogs love their humans more than cats do.

"I was really surprised to discover that dogs produced such high levels of oxytocin" the dog level of 57.2 per cent is a very powerful response. It shows these dogs really care about their owners. It was also a nice surprise to discover that cats produce any at all. At least some of the time, cats seem to bond with their owners," he added.

Some think that cats don't actually like their owners at all - this study at least proves that wrong.

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Cats beat out dogs in one area, however - they are better at surviving.

A study of 2,000 fossils has revealed that the felids are much better at surviving than canids.

A team of scientists found that cats have played a significant role in making 40 dog species extinct.

Cats often out competed dogs for food rations because they are generally more effective hunters.

No evidence has been found that dogs have ever wiped out a cat species.

The dog family - which includes wolves from which our domesticated dogs descend - originated in North America 40 million years ago.

20 million years later there were more than 30 species of dog on the continent. Then the cat family arrived and caused a period of dramatic decline among the dog family.


When the first cat was found it was probably hunting mice near human settlements making them have less disease.
Saying that cats are a walking vaccine.
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