The Debate 'Dogs VS. Cats' Is A Serious One, So Let's Settle This Thing Once And For All

The Debate 'Dogs VS. Cats' Is A Serious One, So Let's Settle This Thing Once And For All

Heads up, dogs are better.

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The great debate about dogs vs. cats is widely known. Most people are strong on one side. Being a dog person, I can never see why anyone would ever like cats more. In my opinion, cats are the spawn of Satan. Despite my feelings, I had to figure out how other people felt I'm still strong on the "dogs are better" side, but I guess I can respect the fans of cats.

Actually, I don't think I can.

I took the liberty of asking some friends how they feel. Here's what they had to say.

*Some people wanted to stay anonymous, so I will respect that.*

1. "Name one cat that has ever helped a blind person...dogs are the real heroes" - Abbie 

Dogs are heroes with four legs.

2. "I like cats because they do things on their terms. It's hard to force a cat to do something." - Leah

I respect that.

3. "Cats can kiss my a**. Dogs are better because they will play with you and they're just so f*ckin cute." - Anonymous

I feel the same way.

4. "Dogs are more personable, they also like to cuddle/spend time with you." - Noelle

Yes! Thank you!!

5. "I like cats because all they do is eat & sleep, and I relate to them on a personal level." - Courtney

So maybe you relate to cats, but you can also relate to dogs.

6. "Dogs are better. It's simple." - Anonymous

You can't deny it, haters.

7. "I love my cat because it cuddles and catches mice and doesn't annoy me like my dog does." - Amanda

Alright, alright, alright. I get it. Cats love mice and if you live in the country it helps. I'll give you this one.

8. "Well, you say your dog is your soulmate..." - Anonymous

What else needs to be said here?

9. "Dogs, because they have hearts. Cats are just black holes of hate." - Lily

I can't disagree with Lily. And that is not because she edits my articles. It's because she's right.

10.  "Let's be honest here. Cats are great and all, but can you really compare them to the greatness of a dog who loves you no matter what?" - Sam

Dogs jump on you when you come home. Their tail wags like crazy. They LOVE you no matter how long you've been gone.

11.  "I'm just going to say it. Dogs are better. End of story. Deal with it." - Me

I have always loved dogs and always hated cats. I've only had great experiences with dogs and horrible experiences with cats. And you cannot make me believe your cat is the best cat ever. It is not an angel. It is Satan. I'm not sorry.

We may never be able to settle the whole dogs vs. cats debate. I am a hardcore dog lover, but I will respect the people out there who love cats...maybe.

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5 Ways Impulsively Getting A Dog Saved My Mental Health

Those four paws are good for a lot more than just face kisses.

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Shortly before my husband and I officially moved out onto our own, he surprised me with a puppy in hand on the morning of our anniversary. Moving out, tackling college, and everything in between, I thought another huge responsibility was the last thing I needed. However, in reality, Oakley, the lab/Australian shepard/collie mix, was exactly what I needed to get back to "me."


He provides emotional support

One of the most obvious reasons is how much emotional support dogs, (and other respective animals) can provide. His paws have been accidentally stepped on, and he certainly isn't a fan of the forced flea/tick medication doses, but less than 30 seconds later, he is without fail immediately by my side again, tail wagging and ready for more kisses. Although he is not trained or certified as an ESA, it's without a doubt he has effectively (and unconsciously) combated random anxiety attacks or feelings of being alone.

He requires being cared for

You'll heavily judge every crazy fur mama, as did, I until you become one. Getting Oakley immediately got me consistently back on my feet and forced me to ask myself, "What does he need today?"Even simple, easy tasks like taking him out to run/go to the bathroom had me excited and forced me to find a motive in the day to day activities. I loved no longer having even the mere choice to be unproductive. Don't want to start your day? Well, Oakley needs his day started, so let's get moving.

He serves as protection

It's no surprise how far a dog's loyalty will go to protect their owner. For decades, specially trained dogs have had life-saving responsibilities assigned to them. Even being married, my husband and I's schedules vary significantly to where it is not uncommon for me to be alone. The slightest sound or shadow from outside our door immediately initiates barking. In the bathroom taking a shower? He's there. Knowing that Oakley is looking out, even when I get carried away with tasks like cooking dinner, always calms my nerves.

He's become something to look forward to

The nice thing about having Oakley is regardless of how my day goes, I know exactly how it is going to end. Whether I passed an exam with flying colors or got the lowest grade in the class, I know what waits for me when I open the door at home. After a long day, nothing resets my mood like walking into a face that is just as happy and excited to see me!

He encourages bonds with others

If you want your social interaction to sky rocket: get a puppy. No, I'm serious. You'll have people wanting to come over and visit "you" (let's be real… your puppy), like it's your last day on Earth. For me, this was exactly what I needed. Getting Oakley had family members constantly checking in to see how he was growing, learning, etc. Not only did this encourage more interactions with family and friends, but it also "livened" my husband and I's home life. Instead of the "normal" weekend nights consisting of Netflix and MarioKart, (which are enjoyable in their own respective ways), spending our nights playing Monkey in the Middle with our new four-legged friend has proven much more entertaining.

So ideally was it the right time to get a dog? Probably not. However, adding Oakley to my small little family combated anxiety and depression in ways I wouldn't have ever thought possible.

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Why TNR Is So Important For Community Cats

The lives of many kittens could by saved with three simple steps.

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As spring approaches, so does the breeding season for pets. While this is great for breeders or people who have the ability to care for the babies, there is a large problem with stray or feral animals breeding and giving birth without any restrictions. For cats, in particular, this is a huge problem.

Cats can have several litters every year, the majority during the spring and summer. This is a problem because cats born feral are more likely to die as kittens, contract and spread diseases to other unvaccinated cats, or grow into breeding adults that will continue to add to the feral cat population. The uncontrolled breeding of the individuals causes countless needless deaths of newborn kittens and the spreading of preventable diseases.

Even if the kittens are rescued and raised, it grows the pet cat populations beyond capacity, causing a large number of the rescued ferals and even other rescues to stay in shelters and eventually be put down because there aren't enough people taking the animals home.

However, this all can be prevented by the TNR program. TNR, or trap neuter release, is a program that allows people to humanely trap feral communities of cats and take them to get either neutered or spayed, then released back into the wild. While being neutered, most cats are also given shots for preventable diseases such as rabies. This is an extremely beneficial practice because not only are the lives of breeding individuals helped because unregulated breeding can cause extreme stress on females who carry several litters a year, but it saves the lives of future kittens who could be saved by a simple procedure.

Kittens can start to reproduce between five to nine months, or around 4.4 pounds. A sexually mature cat can have kittens as soon as her very first heat cycle. Each pregnancy in a cat lasts around 65 days, and a cat can go into heat immediately after giving birth. Female cats typically go into heat in the warmer months of the year and can be in heat year-round if the climate they reside in is warm enough. A cat typically gives birth three times a year, with an average of four kittens per litter. That is 12 kittens per year. Cats have the ability to breed through their elderly years, though their ability to reproduce decreases as they age.

A cat lives an average of 15 years, so let's say a feral cat has her first litter at one year old and her last litter at 13, with three litters per year and four kittens per litter. That is 144 kittens from a population of one breeding male and one breeding female within a lifetime. Let's say that your local feral community has four breeding females and one breeding male to begin with. That population of cats could have 48 kittens per year. Around 75% of all feral kittens die within the first six months of their life, which in this population would be 36 kittens.

Assuming those 12 remaining kittens stay within that population and eight are female with four males. That is 12 breeding females and five breeding males. Those 12 breeding females could have 144 kittens with one male, and the other four males could breed with other cats of a different community. This is a huge problem, not only for the lives of the cats themselves but for the ecosystem which could easily get overrun with cats.

The problem cannot be solved without human intervention. Cats are animals, and just like every other animal they have the natural instinct to breed and will continue to breed until they are unable to do so. Communities can help stop this problem at the source by neutering feral populations. Vet clinics generally offer a discount to people bringing in TNR cats. You can tell a cat has been neutered if the tip of its ear has been cut. If you notice a growing feral population, remember the lives of cats you could save by taking them in and getting them neutered.

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