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People love their pets. More often than not pets are treated better than most humans. I for one look at my Chihuahua like she is my child. My five-pound, hairy child. There are many different types of animals that are kept as pets, but the most typical pets are dogs or cats. These four legged critters make excellent companions but the age-old question remains; what makes a better pet? A cat or a dog? When the two are compared and contrasted, I find that dogs always come out on top.
It’s a great feeling coming home after a long day to be greeted at the door by your dog. They are overcome with excitement to see you and typically will jump up and down and shower you with kisses. They truly are happy to see you. On the other hand, a cat would probably shoot you an evil stare from across the room and go back to plotting against you.
Dogs are pack animals and love company while cats tend to be loners. This absolute love for their owners that dogs show is one of the main reasons I feel they are the best.
One of the reasons dogs are better pets than cats is that they are easily trainable. This could be attributed to the fact that dogs are smarter. Dogs brains have been changing over the last 8,000 years due to them being a more social creature according to a study done by Oxford University(Smith). The more social the animal, the larger the brain.
The larger the brain, the smarter the animal. So when it comes to training, dogs are much easier to teach than cats. Dogs bond strongly with humans. I don’t think this can be said about cats as much. I have found myself wondering sometimes what my dog thinks about me. When she is wagging her tail when I speak to her or comes up to me and cuddles her little head on my neck I wonder if she is truly feeling love. I also wonder if they posses the ability to feel emotions like we do.
A study was done to answer this question. Scientist at Emory University did a neuroimaging study about odor processing in dog’s brains. When presented with smells that the dog would recognize, like the smell of their owner, the reward center in their brains would light up like crazy on the MRI. (Upin). So it shows that when presented with variety of different everyday smells, the dog is able to sniff out their humans odor and this makes them very happy. This reminds me of a video I saw online of a man who had been in the hospital for 5 months and had lost a considerable amount of weight. When he came home his dog did not recognize him at all and began to growl at him as if he was an intruder. As he slowly crept closer to the man, the dog began to recognize his scent and immediately went berserk, jumping up and down and licking him because he was so extremely happy to have his owner back. It goes to show that we are imprinted on these animals and they are truly our best friends. I don’t think I have ever heard of a cat expressing this type of emotion over a human.
Another reason that dogs make better pets is that they can protect you. It is in a dog’s nature to be protective since they are pack animals and the dog owner is in a way the pack leader. Any threats to the owner and the dog’s instincts would kick in to exert protective behaviors. Cats not so much. If anything, I’ve seen cats attack their owners by scratching them or hissing at them for usually no reason. Some breeds of dogs are more protective than others. These breeds are Bull Mastiff, German Shepards, or Cane Corso. (Lotz)
Dogs are considered ‘man’s best friend and I can see why they have coined that phrase every day when I look at my dog. I receive nothing but loyalty and affection in return for the love that I give to her and I could not ask for anything more in a pet. While cats can make a great companion for certain people, they just don’t do it for me. I truly feel that we don’t deserve dogs. They are all that is pure and good in this world and I love and appreciate mine more than she will ever know.
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