Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Live in the city, St Paul, Mn
In comparison to dogs:
1) Cats canít fetch slippers or newspapers like dogs
No, but they can be taught to fetch......or put it this way, "There are no poor students, only poor teachers who couldn't teach properly." But a dog, I think, fetches and does tricks because somewhere in their brain, they are conditioned to please......not so with cats...cats think too much and come to the conclusion that fetching is demeaning to them.
2) Cats arenít as affectionate as dogs, They arenít out to please human as much as a dog
They are affectionate on their terms. But if summoned, most will come after they think it over, and they will be as affectionate to you as you are to them. Beat a dog and it will come back looking to please the one who beat it.....again......something is wired in the brain differently.
3) Cats arenít as loyal as dogs (read in a book that cats do pack their bags and leave home if they feel threatened in the house).
Well, maybe they didn't get the loyalty memo. A cat will give you what you give to them. A cat who escapes from cruelty only proves higher intellect. also, I think a cat has a better memory disc in their brains and is capable of reasoning on a higher level. At least we see Kermit think things over, assess the options, and then decides what to do. A dog merely comes first and then doesn't remember previous behaviors by the summoner.
4) Cats are harder to train, unlike dogs
I left for work once and wife was throwing a cig wrapper and having our cat bring it back...I scoffed and said good luck....8 hrs later the cat brought the wrapper back even when I tossed it.....Hard? Well, she used praise and perserverance for sure but she did it. Ever toilet train a puppy? Compare that to plopping a kitten in a sandbox, litter box, they pick up on it right away...How come?
Headcount!....didnt take long to teach them all (4) to come to me when I got home....that way I knew all were accounted for...no treats....just a hello and a little petting and then off they would go.....Trained? I guess.
5) Cats canít guard the house like a dog
and not all dogs are good security guards but their natural instinct is to bark....so protecting their surroundings is a natural thing probably evolutionary.
Some dogs have done extraordinary rescues, no doubt...Their size helps in that....how many tiny dogs have rescue badges?
I've heard many a single woman tell me that when she brings home someone, her cats instincts are almost always correct. If the cat don't like that person, she is on alert. When I was in the service trade and went to a home, I would sometimes hear, "wow, my cat doesn't usually go to strangers, but she came right up to you." To which I usually replied, "cats can look into your soul thru your eyes". In other words, I guess I didn't represent a danger yet they had never seen me before.
All in all, it comes down to apples and oranges. I have had both, sometimes both together. I take each for what they are. I nuzzled with Kermit soon after he was born (he was little, maybe less developed than his 3 siblings) Mom was aprehensive at first as he was only days old then. Now, he rarely stays in another room and follows me room to room, is as affectionate as can be (on his terms) but will always come when I call him to lay by me. Been like this for almost 12 yrs now.