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post #1 of 26
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I was wondering who do you guys think that which "rival" pet could be the more social pet? Or maybe how dogs and cats are different in general.

Me.. I say dogs. Reason.. because they are so social and I met dogs that always want to be by your side.. I Could why people call them "mans best friend." my friend has a dog and two cats and I must say the dog( Her name is Emma BTW and she is Absolutely adorable and fun to hang out with) is so social that she even watch T.V with us. The cats were shy and not wanting to come out so much.. They were cute though.

And yes I do believe that you can train a cat same way that you can train a dog. I tried to train Vinnie to come and my older sister thought I was nuts. I love my Misa.. but I wish I could train her things like you would to dogs. Maybe if you train them as kittens.. than that will be a different story.
post #2 of 26
Dogs are MUCH better with strangers in general.

However, my two cats always insist on being in the same room with me, and often either sit in the crease on the blanket next to me or pushed up against my leg on the recliner portion if watching TV/movie. One of my sister's dogs though when watching TV usually just goes upstairs or sleeps under her bed... which is funny because he is a gigantic lab and doesn't fit.

So I try not to make generalizations about species TOO much.
post #3 of 26
There is nothing better at being a dog than a dog. There is nothing better at being a cat than a cat.

I try not to compare them, as there is too much genetic background in every species on the planet to do it based on human interpretation. For that matter, there is nothing better at being a human than a human.

I appreciate the differences in all species.
post #4 of 26
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Originally Posted by Momofmany View Post
There is nothing better at being a dog than a dog. There is nothing better at being a cat than a cat.

I agree with that 1,000,000,000%!
But to the op the dog is a far more social creature.
post #5 of 26
Dogs and cats have different personalities. You can teach a dog to do most anytihng if you have enough treats on hand, even a biscuit. On the other hand, you can't teach a cat anything it doesn't want to learn. Cats are definitely more independant. I have had both, even raised cocker spaniels for awhile. At heart, while I can love dogs, cats almost own my soul.
post #6 of 26
I think the question is also based on the owner-- IMO

If you are generally an active person, a dog would be better as you can go out and play with them, go on walks/run and usually up for the dog's attention grabbing ways. Plus, the ways to train them.

If you are inactive, a cat might be better as you don't have to walk them and give them so much attention as a dog requires! With lots of patience, you could train a cat, but not all cats are willing!

main reason why I like cats.. they don't require as much attention as dogs, lol
post #7 of 26

I was just about start a new thread about cat vs dog.

But then I saw all these threads about the same thing, so I'm replying with my own IMO:

 

I believe it depends on a human as to who that human prefers: cat or dog.

For me naturally it's cats that are the best persons to share my life with.

 

But I like dogs too (I have 2 of them).

 

The reason I prefer cats is that they are unlike dogs will not wag their tails for attention and will not lick you and get under your feet any time you come home.

Cats just seem to be more mature as persons and more understanding to my moods.

 

And yes - I'm half-disabled person physically, so I couldn't walk a dog and I don't want myself being licked if I don't want to be licked.

 

If cats show affection to me - this is really special and because they really mean it, not because they are meant to do so as species.

And cats are so very clean - I enjoy any time they choose to kiss me in their own way - that is so very special then.

 

And for the last, but not the least - cats for me are such independent and their attention means much more to me than that of a dog.  

 

To say the least - when it comes to the security  - my cats alert me to the true danger, whilst the dogs bark for nothing most of the time.

And in two occasions I have avoided a break-in into our place due to my cats jumping at me in the night and growling, whilst dogs didn't even bark once in those occasions.

 

Well, not to mention that my boy-cat is a real scare to all strangers entering our house, and my two dogs are not.

post #8 of 26

Not all dogs are super social, not all cats are skiddish, cats are naturally cautious, in the wild they are predators, but they are also prey, where as nothing eats wolves.

 

 

I like dogs, but I'm not a big fan, and it takes a special dog to get to me, where as I click with almost all cats instantly.

 

not only that but no matter WHAT you do to a dog cleaning wise, they STINK. you bathe a dog it stinks, you don't bathe a dog, it stinks.cats don't stink.

 

the barking, I cannot stand a dog that barks and barks and barks, I've had dogs, and I loved my dogs, but they NEVER shut up, I had a cocker spanial mix who Barked at the couch for NO reason. I had a lab mix who would bark at the curtains if they moved.

 

yet when a stranger they hadn't seen came into the house,not a peep, they'd usually hide where as my cats were out there investigating the "newcomer"

 

I would love another dog one day, but it won't be any time soon.

 

but I will always have cats.
 

post #9 of 26
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The reason I prefer cats is that they are unlike dogs will not wag their tails for attention and will not lick you and get under your feet any time you come home.

I don't know what kind of cat you have, but mine are under my feet as soon as I walk in the door, and in my lap, butt in face with tail wagging when I sit down to take off my shoes. It's the "mommy's home! It's dinner time" routine. laughing02.gif The only thing they don't do is bark, but I get a meow seranade most nights.

 

I think it depends on the individual animal. Dogs are more social because they want to please their owners (and get treats), cats are more aloof and scope things out before they venture out and meet and greet. But, Harley is a people kitty. He will be in anyone's lap that allows it, and some that won't. I swear, someone could come in with a gun and point it at my head, and Harley will still try to get pettings from him.  The dogs (I have 4) would attack him and that would be that. My dogs aren't vicious, but they protect what is theirs. If DH playfully swats me on the butt, Snickers is up and watching him. Same with the other way around. I couldn't hurt DH if I tried. 

post #10 of 26
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Originally Posted by Ambermay View Post
If cats show affection to me - this is really special and because they really mean it, not because they are meant to do so as species.

And cats are so very clean - I enjoy any time they choose to kiss me in their own way - that is so very special then.

 

I agree with this. Love from a cat is so precious because it's so rare. Dogs love everyone, cats are more picky, in general. Don't get me wrong, I love getting snuggles from my dogs, but snuggles from my cats mean more because they don't happen every day.

post #11 of 26

For which pet I would rather socialize with, it'd definitely be cats. I have a pretty sensitive nose and while I love dogs as much as cats, I would rather be directly next to a cat because I have never met a dog that didn't stink. Even a freshly bathed dog smells horrible compared to a cat.

post #12 of 26
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Originally Posted by calico2222 View Post

 

I agree with this. Love from a cat is so precious because it's so rare. Dogs love everyone, cats are more picky, in general. Don't get me wrong, I love getting snuggles from my dogs, but snuggles from my cats mean more because they don't happen every day.

Not quite sure I agree with that statement, my dogs dont like other people that much unless I am happy to see them then the dogs are happy to see them.

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Originally Posted by rad65 View Post

For which pet I would rather socialize with, it'd definitely be cats. I have a pretty sensitive nose and while I love dogs as much as cats, I would rather be directly next to a cat because I have never met a dog that didn't stink. Even a freshly bathed dog smells horrible compared to a cat.

Now its strange because my OH who is mainly a dog person says cats smell I love the smell of all my animals smile.gif

post #13 of 26

It can be true for some people.  Some tolerate smell of almost all animals well.

I used to like the smell of cows and horses when I worked with them.

 

But for me personally - I'll stay away from the dog smell, same as for my DH and my whole family, even though we like dogs.

Ironically, our young dog (4 year old girl) doesn't smell bad, she just doesn't have this dog smell, only on seldom occasion she smells if she gets to sleep with our other dog.

 

I read somewhere that animals (including human beings) will smell really bad if fed wrong diet.

 

Still, I will hold a cat over a dog for my choice any time.

But it's good to have both too.

post #14 of 26
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Originally Posted by calico2222 View Post

I don't know what kind of cat you have, but mine are under my feet as soon as I walk in the door, and in my lap, butt in face with tail wagging when I sit down to take off my shoes. It's the "mommy's home! It's dinner time" routine. laughing02.gif The only thing they don't do is bark, but I get a meow seranade most nights.

 

I think it depends on the individual animal. Dogs are more social because they want to please their owners (and get treats), cats are more aloof and scope things out before they venture out and meet and greet. But, Harley is a people kitty. He will be in anyone's lap that allows it, and some that won't. I swear, someone could come in with a gun and point it at my head, and Harley will still try to get pettings from him.  The dogs (I have 4) would attack him and that would be that. My dogs aren't vicious, but they protect what is theirs. If DH playfully swats me on the butt, Snickers is up and watching him. Same with the other way around. I couldn't hurt DH if I tried. 

I agree, a lot depends on individual animal person.

My all six cats are moggies (of feral origin).  Very affectionate to me and my DH, but in no way to other humans.

I deliberately did not socialized them with other humans as they were growing up.  I saw it as a safety measure, because not all humans are good when it comes to small animals.

For some reason our cats never appear under our feet to trip on (that would be a disaster for two oldies like myself and my DH).

And my cats are inside-outside ones.  So, the less danger - the better.

 

And your last words reminded me of a sweet calico cat my family had when I was a child.

When father would try to be cross with his two girls (us) for always good reason (we were naughty) - that large cat would go with loud meows and get on her hind legs with front legs on our father, and she would not stop the noise until he would stop first.

He then would melt and just laugh.

post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by Momofmany View Post

There is nothing better at being a dog than a dog. There is nothing better at being a cat than a cat.

I try not to compare them, as there is too much genetic background in every species on the planet to do it based on human interpretation. For that matter, there is nothing better at being a human than a human.

I appreciate the differences in all species.

I love this saying!  Very wise.

post #16 of 26

I am actually both a dog and a cat person.  I am now back in an apartment and working full time so I have two cats and no dogs.  I appreciate each for what they are.  Dogs wild ancestors are wolves which are pack animals so they are usually more social if they have been treated right.  I know there are exceptions, lions live in prides and cheetah brothers from the same litter often remain together for life, but otherwise cats in the wild are solitary animals.  They only come together to mate and a mother raising her cubs.  Both of my cats are affectionate but it is on their terms.  I think that is why affection from them means so much.

post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by Momofmany View Post

For that matter, there is nothing better at being a human than a human.

 

 

There's also nothing worse at being human than humans sometimes.

post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by rad65 View Post

 

 

There's also nothing worse at being human than humans sometimes.


Oh My. I never expected to read that here. I do agree.agree.gif

 

I find dogs stinky,obnoxious, loud and clingy.  But I love them anyway.   Same can be said for humans! 

post #19 of 26

I guess I have three very weird cats?

My cats come when called, greet us just as vocally and exuberantly as my dog, two of them will lick and kiss, and all three swarm visitors for attention, just like the dog.

post #20 of 26

l much (MUCH) prefer cats to dogs, although l have both.

My dog doesn't smell at all, but he's just a little fella (Pomeranian). People with big dogs say he isn't a real dog, lol.

 

The biggest difference to me is that l co-habit with my cats.

l have to raise the dog.

post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post

I guess I have three very weird cats?

My cats come when called, greet us just as vocally and exuberantly as my dog, two of them will lick and kiss, and all three swarm visitors for attention, just like the dog.

Fancy you said that...!!!

My 6 cats also come when called, even that they wonder away from property sometimes.

I feel safe with them around more than knowing my dog is there...

 

Sorry, we lost an old dog, but my young one is still there and will always be there with my cats.

And guess what - that dog and my cats love each other so much....   They don't even know our preference for a pet and being sociable.  They just are there with all the love they have for us.

 

But...  Believe it or not...

 

My boy-cat and his twin sister are the ones who are most reliable against any bad humans who exist around unfortunately...

Though, normally I have about 3 to 4 of my cats pounding on my bed and growling at night if something is wrong.

Their alert can't ever be taken for granted by us (two oldies - my DH and myself), because they saved us not once from brake-in, whilst our darling dogs never did alert us to the true danger.

 

Mean time our darling dogs were keeping us awake by barking at stray dogs or so, which we also appreciated anyways...

post #22 of 26
I love cats and dogs for their own personalities and traits.

I love dogs because they are social and trainable. They live in the moment and are up for anything at any given time. Well, at least mine is. I love when my dog greets me at the door and her paws go up and down because she knows she's not allowed to jump. It's nice to be greeted with happiness when I walk in the door. Dogs aren't inherently dirty but they just don't give a poop if they are. While I don't like a dirty dog, my dog doesn't mind taking baths and I enjoy it too! My dog doesn't smell but I know some dogs do have a natural smell. Some cons of having a dog is that they are more dependent as you can't leave them for a whole day and you have to let them outside to do their business. But that's tiddlywinks.

I love cats because they are independent. My cats greet me at the door, not with the same exuberance as my dog. And my cats are so sweet. I don't know if I couod live with a grumpy pet, dog, cat or human! But I don't think they are any cleaner than dogs; they are definitely more diligent at keeping themselves outwardly pristine but they lick themselves everywhere so they've spread their dirt all over themselves. They walk in their litter then lick their paws. Just my opinion. Some cats do smell too. There's one cat who comes in the clinic and she smells like poop. I combed her out, shaved her butt, but she smells like poop. My one cat smells so good, I always bury my face in his fur and inhale. Probably not the most hygenic thing to do, -especially for someone who's allergic. My other cat doesn't smell but he won't let me snort him.

I think it all depends on the person and the individual animal. I used to hate cats until Schweppie came into my life. And there are days when I say I wish I didnt have a dog or I didn't have cats. They are all boarding right now because I have to clean the cat urine out of my concrete floor and I am missing them so much. I took my dog to Woofstock today and had to take her back to the kennel. I felt so bad. I think if I was forced to choose I'd choose neither because I couldn't!
post #23 of 26
I love both cats and dogs half of my cats are friendly towards strangers and will ask to be petted by them while the other half hid lol Marty will freak out and spazz and hid if he sees a stranger but his sister Jazmine is the opposite lol

My dogs brisk will bark constant at strangers tell I tell him to be quit then he hids badger will wag his tail and beg for love and Layla will bark and ask for love

So I think it depends on the animal etc

I love all my pets dearly

I will own both cats and dogs but I'm more a cat person.

My fav with both cat and dogs
My fave is I can tell both cat and dog to stop or make my weird noise when doing something wrong they will stop instintly .
All will stay at there own plate during feeding.
They will come to me when I call them.
They learn there name fast
They learn fast there meds are helping them when they have to have meds
Love up to us etc
Mikaela don't mind me at all getting near her baby's
They love being brushed etc
Being cute
My problem with both cats and dogs
Dogs
I have to take out side if tired sick etc if I take to long I hear whining and barking tell I do if I don't they go on the floor < happens once a month or so
Begs for food even they just at try's to eat kitty tootsie rolls the cats make get jealous over each others treat toys Layla chews stuff up. Will walk out the door before I have a chance to put there leash on now we have a leash law ugh
Cats
Knocks the moniter on floor Brandon sleep in the cat litter Bucky sets in the food bowl Gigi sets in the water bowl try's to get under bed that's a no no knocks the one cat litter box every were makes a mess inpatient on treats sometimes gets on the laptop carnation hates wet food with a passion Bucky thinks he is starving even thou he is chubby sneaks out of the cat room and runs in the front room I have to dig them out we use the front room as storage room for now or climbs in the kitchen cabinets or try's to sneak out side

There's more lol sorry about the long post
post #24 of 26

I just recently came about some info:

For everyone who wants to to read something interesting...:

 

Did you know that when a Dog 'loves you' and protects you - it is because a Canine serves its instincts of protecting a pack leader?
That is when a Canine was domesticated... - DOG had no choice as to see the PACK LEADER being a HUMAN.
Ansestors of dogs lived in packs and served their Pack-leader to death...
*****************************************************
Whilst cats did not evolve in a least and remained being solitary animals, only apart from Lions, (who are also 'Feline' - they are the only ones who live in 'Prides' out of all Feline species)...

So... when a domestic cat loves you and protects you - this means something entirely different...!!!

I recently watched a documentary on this and it is truly amazing...!!!

A plea to any human who was graced by cats' love - PLEASE cherish what your cats give you and try to understand their nature and their needs as very special and rare animals, even in feeding them...!!!
They need what they needed long time ago, and they are still obligate carnivores nowadays...

But... Cats' love for human is NOT because of food (though it might appear so - cats are very crafty...), and NOT because they were born like that.
Cat's love for you is not because you rescued a helpless kitty or so...

It is because their Love for you and understanding of you is for what you trully are...!!! And this is a miracle!!!

A cat normally will not protect you if not for that strange out of their instict love for you...

Cherish your kitties' love for you if you can...!!!

post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by Mewlittle View Post

I love both cats and dogs half of my cats are friendly towards strangers and will ask to be petted by them while the other half hid lol Marty will freak out and spazz and hid if he sees a stranger but his sister Jazmine is the opposite lol

My dogs brisk will bark constant at strangers tell I tell him to be quit then he hids badger will wag his tail and beg for love and Layla will bark and ask for love

So I think it depends on the animal etc

I love all my pets dearly

I will own both cats and dogs but I'm more a cat person.

My fav with both cat and dogs
My fave is I can tell both cat and dog to stop or make my weird noise when doing something wrong they will stop instintly .
All will stay at there own plate during feeding.
They will come to me when I call them.
They learn there name fast
They learn fast there meds are helping them when they have to have meds
Love up to us etc
Mikaela don't mind me at all getting near her baby's
They love being brushed etc
Being cute
My problem with both cats and dogs
Dogs
I have to take out side if tired sick etc if I take to long I hear whining and barking tell I do if I don't they go on the floor < happens once a month or so
Begs for food even they just at try's to eat kitty tootsie rolls the cats make get jealous over each others treat toys Layla chews stuff up. Will walk out the door before I have a chance to put there leash on now we have a leash law ugh
Cats
Knocks the moniter on floor Brandon sleep in the cat litter Bucky sets in the food bowl Gigi sets in the water bowl try's to get under bed that's a no no knocks the one cat litter box every were makes a mess inpatient on treats sometimes gets on the laptop carnation hates wet food with a passion Bucky thinks he is starving even thou he is chubby sneaks out of the cat room and runs in the front room I have to dig them out we use the front room as storage room for now or climbs in the kitchen cabinets or try's to sneak out side

There's more lol sorry about the long post

You are totally right...

So, will my darling Mia (the dog) bark at any strangers and/or visitors...

 

And recently I have a sad experience about cats being friendly to other humans.

 

It so happened that one of my cats - white fluffy beautiful Princess Janie is super firendly (I hope she WAS, but not IS anymore).

 

Janie was stolen on the 2nd of July, and she came back herself - 10 days later being badly wounded on her tummy and very skinny...  Perhaps she ran away from her capturers over the wall where some sharp glass was glued on for security...  This could be the only explanation for her wound (referring to our vets).

Fancy THAT for decication to the family...

 

In short - after all vets did - she now is fine, and back with us and very cautious, (I hope she is NOT very friendly anymore to any stranger...)

 

Yes, cats can be very friendly, but I did all I could to raise mine NOT sociable....

My cats ARE very friendly to us, but I hope no-one of them is sociable with others anymore, whoever they might be - just safer that way...

post #26 of 26
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Originally Posted by Ambermay View Post

 


..................... It is because their Love for you and understanding of you is for what you trully are...!!! And this is a miracle!!!

A cat normally will not protect you if not for that strange out of their instict love for you...

Cherish your kitties' love for you if you can...!!!

I think perhaps dogs relate to us in a similar way too, but generally dogs have a more dependent relationship with humans. For me, I like dogs but I love cats and relate to them much more easily - and yes, I do think dogs smell what ever you do to try and stop it. :(  Mind you, so did Mouse when he was little coz he had stomatitis and was really sick with it. Bad bad breath.

 

Like people, some cats are sociable and some are not. My current cat follows me around the house, appears to dislike being left on his oven for more than a few hours at a time, and when anyone arrives at the door he is the first to be there to see who it is.  Funnily enough, unless he has some rare sense that who ever is there might be too loud, he wants to be lifted up to greet people at eye level as I open the door laughing02.gif.  Well, I guess it is his house..... There's only a couple of times he's chosen not to do this, even with complete strangers, and seems to remain wary of these people however often they come round (usually loud speaking people who also ring the door bell for a long time).  He then sticks with who ever is in the house and only hides from children who don't get the 'I've played enough' message!  I've had all my family in so there's hardly space on the floor and Mouse is still strutting his stuff, checking out everyone's feet, and looking for strokes. He even gets in the way of workmen with power tools when they're making a total racket - to the point I've had to shut him in another room (which he hates)!  dontknow.gif Maybe he thinks he's a dog?

 

And no, I don't let him out, he'd be off with anyone that was nice to him, he's way top much of a sweetie. heart.gif  I'd never get him back.

 

As for cats not barking - has anyone else looked up 'cat barking' on U Tube? LoL

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