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Dogs Rule over cats, according to Canadian Study

post #1 of 13
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http://www.canada.com/topics/lifesty...a-b9389fa50bdb
I think that it is sad that of pets in the same test family groups, only 13% of the cats received proper veterinary care while over 33% of the dogs in the same household got the care they need
IMO, there is a great bias against cats, all undeserved, of course. For instance, look at all the commercials that are pro-dog; the animal rescue shows that are predominantly about dogs; our own local shelter who has a manager who is on a "save the pitties" crusade, but doesnt' give much of a care about cats, in fact, she turned down a phone call for a reliquish of a cat because ( I overheard her tell someone on the phone) "all the cat cages were filled" -( yes, I admit to eavesdropping ) - the cages were filled alright, because the donated mom/kitten cage (with barriers to create accommodations for 2 moms w/litters or indiv. cages for 3 cats) was filled with 10 pitbull puppies, not to socialize the puppies to cats (yes, I asked about the situation) but because they divide the dog area according to type, and those full grown dogs wanted to attack the puppies and the puppies would be stressed by being around other dogs Why not put the puppies next to the toy breeds When I told her that it was the cats who were being stressed, I was told that it was the cats' problems.
post #2 of 13
they must rule TCS also with all the dog adds as of late lol
well since studies have showen that there are more cats in homes now then dogs.
Tell her she is behind the trend.
post #3 of 13
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[url]only 13% of the cats received proper veterinary care while over 33% of the dogs in the same household got the care they need
what bothers me is that even on their own these numbers are terribly low for proper vet care.
post #4 of 13
I can see that. People act like I'm some "crazy cat lady" because my cats see a vet when necessary, they get expensive food, and I take them with me when I go out of town.
post #5 of 13
I think people find it easier to relate to dogs because dogs have more "human like" traits. I think that makes them more likely to feel dogs should be treated like humans and to treat cats as "just animals".

I think true cat people know and respect that cats are a much different species from us. That does make it more difficult for us to understand them though.
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I think people find it easier to relate to dogs because dogs have more "human like" traits. I think that makes them more likely to feel dogs should be treated like humans and to treat cats as "just animals".
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Uh,oh....I must be a "crazy cat lady" cuz I find more traits in common with cats than dogs....however, I have met other women who, like dogs, put up with all kinds of abuse because they depend on their master to provide for them, cuz they can't survive on their own
post #7 of 13
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....however, I have met other women who, like dogs, put up with all kinds of abuse because they depend on their master to provide for them, cuz they can't survive on their own
How catty of you!

Unfortunately I agree though.
post #8 of 13
Dogs are much easier to take to the vet's office and give medication to than cats, IME. They're also far more likely to display signs of pain/physical ailments. Given the number of "indoor only" cats, it's not surprising that their vaccination rates are lower than dogs'.

I have to wonder if the study took those factors into consideration?
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Dogs are much easier to take to the vet's office and give medication to than cats, IME. They're also far more likely to display signs of pain/physical ailments. Given the number of "indoor only" cats, it's not surprising that their vaccination rates are lower than dogs'.

I have to wonder if the study took those factors into consideration?
I wondered that too but if you read the article it is mostly about people's attitudes not just a collection of "how many times" stats.
post #10 of 13
That is really sad that people so not take care of their cats. But cats tend to be very good hiders when it comes to vet visits. That may lead to the the "less vet care" thing too. I know my in laws would spend hours trying to find their one cat for her vet appointments. Even Limerick, who sleeps in his carrier, hides when it's vet day. I had to reschedule several appointments because I just could not find him. haha
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Originally Posted by mschauer View Post
I think people find it easier to relate to dogs because dogs have more "human like" traits. I think that makes them more likely to feel dogs should be treated like humans and to treat cats as "just animals".

I think true cat people know and respect that cats are a much different species from us. That does make it more difficult for us to understand them though.

Oh, I don't know. I grew up in a dog-only household (actually, more like a one-dog-only household! ) , so when I decided to adopt some kitties (and not really having any experience with living with them), I was way surprised with how "dog-like" they are. Maybe that's just my cats, though.

I agree that, within our society, cats seems to get the shaft. Just go into 99% of pet shops and compare how big the cat section is to the dog section.

Tricia
post #12 of 13
I think at least some of the reasons for vet care, and I think those percentages are really low for both dogs and cats, is the whole cats have nine lives thing. The stereotype is that cats very rarely get sick and when they do they get over it themselves. When I got my first cat after a lifetime of having dogs I thought that, $2,000 in extra vet bills later I know better. Cats are better at hiding sickness but they can get sick and need vet care just like a dog can.
post #13 of 13
I've seen quite a lot of that kind of behaviour and it always makes me mad. On top of the reasons already mentioned, I think the problem also has to do with the fact that at least here most people buy their dogs from breeders, but get their cats for free from farms etc. Sadly, many people think it is not sensible to pay for expensive vets and food, when you can get a new cat for free.
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