The Dog vs Cat Debate: Which Side Are You On?

There are two types of people in the world: dog people and cat people. Both of these ancient animals have evolved with humans over the span of centuries. Today, these two pets are most popular pets in the world, with over 43 million households in the US owning at least one dog, and 36 million households owning at least one cat. Both of these pets have their benefits, with cats being independent animals that are easy to care for, and dogs being loyal and trustworthy additions to the family.

With me owning two dogs and a cat, I can accurately list the benefits of owning both of them. Both pets have their advantages and disadvantages, but what makes them both awesome?

First up to the stand: Dogs!

The Dog vs Cat Debate: Which Side Are You On?

Lets see all the good things about dogs, shall we?

Dogs have been named "man's best friend" for centuries.

According to many studies, dogs were the first tame animals, accompanying humans for 10,000-15,000 or so years. Scientists speculate that dogs, domesticated and wild, all share the common ancestry of the South Asian Wolf. Today there are hundreds of dog breeds, some of which who wouldn't stand a chance in the wild. As different as these pooches all are, as Golden Retriever to Chihuahua, they all share the same genus and species name, Canis familiaris. All dogs are related to wolves, foxes, coyotes, jackals, etc.


Dogs have been with humans for centuries. Dogs were domesticated by the lure of an easy meal. While humans were still hunter-gatherers following herds, canine ancestors were drawn to their camps by the smell of food and followed to scavenge leftovers. When humans realized they would bark when predators were near, they began to feed them willingly. Dogs have loyally followed and protected us ever since.

Dogs are highly intelligent.

Dogs, on average, are smarter than toddlers. According to a language development test done on dogs, they can learn on average about 165 words, which is on par with a 2 year-old's brain capacity. The number one smartest dog breed is the Border Collie, followed closely by the Poodle and German Shepard. Smart breeds like this require extensive stimulating brain activities and attention.

Dog owners are happier.

According to a study conducted by researchers at Mahattanville College, New York, dog owners have a better sense of well being overall than cat owners do. They conducted a survey on 263 participants in order to investigate the relationship between pet ownership and subjective well-being. The results showed that people who owned pets did not significantly differ from non-pet owners when it came to levels of happiness, positive emotions, negative emotions or major personality traits. However, pet owners were found to be more satisfied with life than non-owners - and dog owners scored higher than cat owners on all measures of well-being.

Dogs love their owners.

A study was conducted to see which animal is more fond of the company of humans. Both animals, like humans, release a hormone called oxytocin, which indicates happiness.

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.”

said Dr. Paul Zak, who conducted the study.


The neuroscientist checked the oxytocin levels in both cats and dogs after a play session with their humans. 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. Take that, cats!

Dogs can detect cancer.

Well, it is quite obvious that dogs have amazing noses, but did you know that it widely believed that they can actually sniff out cancer?


Studies of dogs and cancer detection are based on the fact that cancerous cells release different metabolic waste products than healthy cells in the human body. The difference of smell is so significant that the dogs are able to detect it even in the early stages of cancer. Dogs are able to identify the chemical traces in the range of parts per trillion. Some studies have confirmed the ability of trained dogs to detect the skin cancer melanoma by just sniffing the skin lesions. Furthermore, some researchers have proven that dogs can detect prostate cancer by simply smelling patients’ urine. Dogs may also be able to sniff out the presence of cancerous cells through a human’s breath.

Okay, we get it. Dogs are awesome, but it's time for the cats to step up to the stand and defend themselves!

Next up to the stand: Cats!

What's so awesome about our feline friends?

Cats have been domesticated for over 9,000 years!

It was hard for scientists to piece together the puzzle of the origins of the domesticated cat. It is estimated that cats were first domesticated in the Near East about 10,000 years ago. The modern domesticated house cat is thought to have originated from Felis silvestris lybica, or the African Wildcat and have experienced genetic mutations to have our feline friends today. All 600 million house cats in the world can have their DNA traced back to five females of the African Wildcat's ancestors. The ancient Egyptians worshiped cat goddesses and believed that cats were sacred animals. There were laws made to protect cats, and it was even considered a grave crime to injure or kill a cat. They even had their beloved cats mummified and buried along with them, along with mummified mice.


Cats are so smart, that they are believed to have domesticated themselves! When humans stopped following herds of animals as a food source and began to farm crops, they ate grain as their main source of food. This in turn attracted vermin such as rats and mice, which attracted cats to hunt and kill them. Humans were appreciative of the cats, so they allowed the cats to stay. They fed them and protected them.

Cats are independent animals.

You already noticed this. Tell a cat to sit, they don't listen. To a cat to come, they walk away. All they want from you is food and a place to stay. You don't own them, they own you. You care for them! Cats are a cats best friend, eh?


This may be because cats are solitary hunters. They prefer to work alone. This can be observed in the wild by their larger cousins (except maybe lions). While dogs prefer to hunt in packs, like you see with wolves, cats prefer to hunt in solitude. They use tactics such as stalking and pouncing to catch prey. These methods work better if only one cat does it. While cats do live in clans, they don't have to.


Cats also used to be worshiped like gods, so if your cat acts like an a-hole, then he or she is probably exerting their ancestry! Cats are the descendant of god cats, and they can trace their origins all the way back to Cyprus and Egypt!

Cat owners are smarter.

Uh oh! The cat team is out for blood it seems like. According to a study conducted by Carroll University, Wisconsin, cat owners are smarter on average than dog owners.


The research revealed that the owners of the two animals tend to have different personalities - with cat lovers being more sensitive and open-minded than dog lovers who are largely energetic.


The study also found out that cat owners scored more highly on an intelligence test than dog owners and are more sensitive too.

Cats are independent thinkers.

There is a lot of anecdotal evidence to back up the phrase that cats are smarter than dogs and vice versa, but there was never a scientific study to back it up. So, who's smarter? There's no telling, but there was a study that shows that cats like to think for themselves.


While dogs on average have a bigger brain than cats, there is evidence that brain size does not account for intelligence. Research showed cats and dogs can solve simple puzzles to get food, but when the puzzle is unsolvable, dogs will look to humans for help, whereas cats will keep trying.

Cats see the world similar to us.

Cats don't just have awesome night vision, but they also see the world similarly to us. Artists have hypothesized and created pictures in they way they think cats see the world.


The biggest difference between human vision and cat vision is in the retina, a layer of tissue at the back of the eye that contains cells called photoreceptors. The photoreceptors convert light rays into electrical signals, which are processed by nerve cells, sent to the brain, and translated into the images we see.


The two types of photoreceptor cells are known as rods and cones. Rods are responsible for peripheral and night vision. They detect brightness and shades of gray. Cones are responsible for day vision and color perception.


Cats (and dogs) have a high concentration of rod receptors and a low concentration of cone receptors. Humans have the opposite, which why we can't see as well at night but can detect colors better, and cats have superior night vision compared to us.

Here is a sample of how it is believed cats see the world.

Woah, an epic comeback by #TeamCat!

Who's better? It's time for a tiebreaker! What do dogs do better than cats? What do cats do better than dogs?

Cats hunt less efficiently than dogs!

We all know how cats hunt. They hide, stalk, then pounce. However, there is a study that says that this is not as efficient as how dogs do it, and they end up expending their energy quicker.


The bio mechanics of the dog gait, for example, enables them to reduce muscular effort required to move forward by 70 percent. The cat gait efficiency gains max out at 37 percent and drops precipitously in a stalking posture.

Most scientists think that energetic efficiency is the currency of natural selection. Here we've shown that some animals make compromises when they have to choose between competing demands."

Said Schmitt, the conductor of the study. Another comeback by the dogs!

Cats for the future of computing?!

Computer engineer Wei Lu at the University of Michigan is trying to develop a computer as smart as a cat.

The cat brain sets a realistic goal because it is much simpler than a human brain but still extremely difficult to replicate in complexity and efficiency"

he said.


He is developing devices called "memristors" that remember past voltages they were exposed to. They function like real brain synapses. Wow, this could be the tiebreaker we all needed!

Both have their humans well-trained!

This is obvious!

So which side are you on? #TeamDog or #TeamCat?

No matter which side your on, it can be agreed that both animals are awesome!

#SeeMyWork #CatsvsDogs


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What Guys Said 57

  • Why can't I like both cats and dogs? Also cats have done many of the things you say that dogs have. There has been many cases where cats have saved their owners life including sniffing out cancer. Cats also love their owners. You have to know how to treat a cat just like you have to know how to treat a dog but you can get a lot of love out of cats. Owning a cat has some major health benefits as well, like being 30% less likely to have a heart attack. There are also many cat owners that are just as happy as dog owners. I like both cats and dogs.

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    • Didn't say you couldn't. I like both because I have both.

    • That was more of a general statement rather than directed at you personally. That is cool you have both. How many cats and dogs do you have? I hear people say to me how can you have cats and dogs without them fighting but you can easy.

    • I have two dogs and a cat. :) They are on my over photo. They play a lot but they can get annoyed with each other easily.

  • Rather than say that humans domesticated cats, I would suggest that it was probably cats who domesticated humans.
    I think that cats probably moved in and began to train humans how to look after them, feed them what they enjoyed, give them cuddles and a warm, dry, soft place to sleep. Cat lovers know what I mean.
    Dogs have owners. Cats have domestic staff.
    I adore both equally.
    I have two dogs and five cats, all rescues. I cannot say no to a cat, or a dog, who needs my care.
    Abandoned cats have been known to arrive at my door and meow until I let them in.

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    • That's great. I volunteer at an animal shelter and I rescued my cat and second dog from one.

  • I like both but as far as owning a pet, I prefer a cat over a dog (less work - walking them etc). But this statement nailed it I think...

    "The research revealed that the owners of the two animals tend to have different personalities - with cat lovers being more sensitive and open-minded than dog lovers who are largely energetic."

    I think that the people who don't like cats, don't like them because they are independent and often aloof. That's what I like about them myself and I actually don't find them aloof if you show them lots of attention/love.

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    • Yeah all you have to do is feed the cat, clean it's litter box and play with the cat.

  • I have a deep appreciation for dogs, and I have known some who are truly amazing and will always be in my heart.
    By I love cats.
    And for all their vaunted independence? They can be the sweetest, most loving things some times.

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  • I'm really on neither side, since I think I would want a penguin or a rabbit as a pet.

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  • I'm a dog person. I really cannot stand cats and they must know cuz they never like me either. Dogs are exactly opposite. They always love me. It's like my friend said once, my dog can be mean so do----by that time, the dog was on the floor while I was scratching his ear being a ham. My friend was stunned lol.

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  • #TeamDog
    Dogs >>>>> Cats
    (Coming from a cat owner)

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  • Cuteness overload. :P

    I grew up with both so I fully understand the benefits of both. But at this point in my life, I give cats the edge. I have one, at any rate.

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  • Team cat for me. I have always loved cats and I own two presently. :-)

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  • I've grown up with both and own both soo I have to go as a cog person.

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  • I like dogs for sure but i love cats. My cats however show so much affection towards me as my family doesn't spoil them all the time and they listen when I tell one of them to follow me. Cats just need to be raised a certain way for them to not be considered this cat stereotype.

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  • I like both, but I kinda prefer cats, dogs are sometimes too loud.

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  • Dogs are SO much better than cats.

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  • I prefer dogs, cats are just a neutral point lol

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  • Dogs will always win!!!

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  • I love all animals but do prefer dogs ( one of my close friends has a cat and trained it like a dog and acts like a dog). Growing up with red hair I never really got close with females and felt isolated and found animals to be my theorpy. My dog Billy will come running at me when I get home and jump all over me... Waits for me outside of my room , shower , bathroom. Nothing but love from him. For that reason I choose dogs

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  • I used to consider myself a cat person, but my new cat has changed that. hw is 100% asshole, if I could have a dog I would

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  • Dogs makes you happier while cats reduce your stress and sadness.

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  • 25.media.tumblr.com/...m81k017nEG1rw47tho1_400.gif
    They're different species; apples and oranges fam...

    I like both.

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What Girls Said 44

  • I'm a cat person all the way.

    I like dogs, for sure, but I'm just a cat person. =)

    Also - cats can sense any kind of sickness in their owners and they sit on them and purr - because purring for them makes them heal, so they think they'll be able to help their owners heal too. So sweet!

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  • I would gladly take both :)

    If I had to chose one pet, I would chose my dog. She's a trooper, and I love snuggling up to her because she's so big. Plus, I really feel like we have a special bond. And before her, the pet I loved the most was also a dog. I love all animals, but my special dogs have always had a private place in my heart.

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  • I think cats are pretty funny and cute!. But I feel the they don't mesh well with me. I use to have one but he was very independent ! Always out exploring the world and I believe being a hoe. Haha so I was use to just saying hello to him and goodnight XD I'm more connected with dogs!. I just love every single thing about them!. I feel stronger bonds with them more then anything!. I'm an independent person so having a cute lol I puppy needing me is just so damn adorable XD. It balances each other out ! Cx for me at least. Haha. Teamdogs!

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  • Cats all the way. Cats don't require a $5000 surgery when they eat your socks for the fifth time, and they won't mutilate the mailman. As a plus for us New Englanders, you don't have to bring a cat outside in -15F weather just so it can poop.

    In all seriousness though, not hate to dogs lol. My family has always owned cats, and I've always loved them.

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  • Damn girl... you are writing the hell outta some takes!

    I have a dog and a cat and they're both awesome. The dof doesn't really know she's a dog... and my cat kinda acts like a cat-dog. 🙋

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    • My cat too. He cuddles with me haha.

      Thanks. :) I had a long period of writers block for like 4 months and it's all pouring out at once.

  • I like dogs a lot more than cats. Like you said, a dog actually likes you and to be with you. A cat just likes you for food. My dog is very sweet and he loves nothing more than just to be with us.
    The only thing I like about cats is that they do stupid shit and it's funny to watch.

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  • 😸😸😸😻
    Cats💓

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  • Both actually, I love animals!
    I have cats but I enjoy the friendliness from my neighbor's dog, he always the one who taking care of my cats, if there's any stray cat come and try to hurt my cats, he'll bark to acknowledge me. and I'll give him some food through my house's gate as a reward for that.

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  • i love cats and dogs. I had one dog and two yellow cats , they were very friendly and they follow me everyhere. When i pet my cat the dog always get jealous and jumped to my lap just to have more atention. Animals are great when we have apet we feel more happier.

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  • #teamdog i love all my friends' dogs and they love me <3 i would adopt but i'm not home enough and my roommate isn't down for it. maybe in the future.

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  • Oh, Mylanta, those gifs. <3 I'm for dogs on this one, though.

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  • dogs of course

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  • I love both animals... But I'm #TeamCat sorry!!

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  • I love my cat but I would choose team dog. I love my dog, he is my best friend.

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  • I like both dogs and cats. I don't get why some people say they hate cats. You must be a hateful person then. I could encounter a dog that was aggressive or was a fear biter and then say I "hate dogs" but that wouldn't be fair right?

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  • I like both but I'm not much of a cat person because I'm allergic so I'm going to have to say I'm a dog person 🐶

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  • I am definitely a dog person <3

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  • Dogs brah, all day errday for the rest of mah life.

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  • If I had to choose I'd choose a dog

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