To choose a dog or a cat as a pet, that is interesting. I remember this saying
'A dog is man's best friend'. That common saying may contain some truth, but to
me, a cat is a better friend. I am one of those people who enjoy the
companionship of cats.
Firstly, cats are affectionate.
I like my pets to be affectionate. They will snuggle up and want to be petted or
scratched under the chin. If I have a pet cat, I cannot resist doing that. I
just love a purring cat. I can think of nothing more interesting than playing
with cats. They are generally quite playful. They love to chase balls and
feathers or just about anything dangling
from a string. They especially enjoy playing when their owners are participating
in the game.
Contrary to what people think of cats as being impossible to train, cats can
be trained. By using rewards and punishments, just like with a dog, a cat can be
trained to do what we want it to do. It can be trained to avoid unwanted
behaviour or perform tricks too. Cats can even be trained to fetch our
newspaper, for instance.
Moreover, cats are civilised members of the household. Unlike dogs, cats do
not bark or make other loud noise. They generally lead a quiet existence. Cats
also do not often mess up the place. Mother cats train their kittens to use the
litter box and most cats will use it without fail from that time on.
One of the most attractive features of cats as housepets is that they are
easy to care for. Cats do not have to be walked. They get plenty of exercise in
the house as they play and they do their business in the litter box. Cleaning a
litter box is a quick and painless procedure.
As cats take care of their own grooming by licking themselves especially
after a meal, bathing a cat is almost never necessary. In fact, cats are more
particular about personal cleanliness than people are. In this aspect, they
differ from dogs. Dogs like to run around and mess themselves up with the
garbage outside homes. For this reason, I find them dirty animals.
Another benefit of keeping cats is that they can be left home alone for a few
hours without fear. Unlike some pets, most cats will not destroy the furnishings
when left alone. They are content to go about their usual activities until their
Finally, cats are low maintenance civilised companions. People who have small
living quarters or less time for pet care should appreciate these
characteristics of cats. Cats do have claws and owners must make
provision for this. A tall scratching post
in a favourite cat area of the house will often keep the cat content to leave
the furniture alone.
So considering these benefits of keeping pet cats, I prefer to choose them as
pets. I always tell my friends this: no pet dog for me.