Cats are elegant, majestic, and beautiful animals.

They seem toappear just when you need them, or when they want you to think you need
them. Cats bring hours of entertainment to the people that love them and
somehow seem to lift even the most somber spirits. What could possibly be
better than a furry feline? The world is filled with many kinds of pets
and companions. How could this world have anything better that a cat, my
cat. He was a seven-toed cat. Paws was one of my most valued friends. He
seemed to know when to hang from a branch and when to pounce on the
unsuspecting, visiting dog. Paws was an amusing character that could not
easily be replaced. Eventually, I had to replace my valued friend. It was
not an easy task. That was when I made the decision to look farther than
just feline, but to evaluate all kinds of pets. It inevitably came down to
the feline verses the canine. The first question I asked myself was what
are the major differences in the two animals. One is a sole predator and
one is a pack predator. Another is the difference in social order and lack
there of. An obvious difference is, of course, size. The last difference
I found was cleanliness. My findings were rather surprising.

The cat is a sole predator. This simply means he likes to hunt alone.

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The cat can spend its whole life without a companion. Accept for the
occasional breeding mate. This translates into an animal that will be
independent and will only approach on its own terms. Canines on the other
hand are pack-orientated animals. That simply translates into many tings:
they work, play, and live in a family unit. The adults work closely and
carefully together for a common good. They tend to be very mindful of each
other’s needs. That trait is what makes canines attentive to a human
counter part. Dogs still retain pack instincts and will operate as
efficiently as the environment and surrounding pack will allow. This gives
canines virtually no limits with the right pack.

Another difference is social order. Cats have no social order due to
lack of necessity. When a cat approaches another unfamiliar cat there is
simply a fight and the winner gets the territory. There are very few
exceptions to that rule. A female in heat will most certainly accept a
male of the same species in her territory. Although it is only momentarily
and he will leave when his job is complete. A mother cat cannot allow any
male cats in her territory once she has her litter. A male cat will seek
out kittens and kill them to bring the female cat back in heat. This
ensures his blood legacy. If allowed, canines on the other hand start out
with two parents. Normally the two will establish an alpha dog. Normally
it is a strong female. I personally believe this is due to the
responsibility she has in producing and rearing the next generation. She
needs to not only make decisions, but she needs to make good ones. Once
the animals have done this the pair will work together to prepare for
offspring. On a positive note dogs will stay together for life and are
very devoted to each other. My translation to this is, when a dog has a
chosen or incidental pack member, human or canine, it will be a friend and
companion for life because of choice.

Cats are small compact creatures. A cat will take up essentially no
room. The only exception to this is the necessity of a clean kitty
restroom. The largest thing about a cat is the litter box. Dogs on the
other hand, come in a variety of sizes. There are dogs that weigh ten
pounds and there are dogs that weigh 250 pounds. One only needs to decide
on the size want.

The final difference between the two animals is, of course,
cleanliness. Cats are self-cleaning and if they can avoid dirt they will
certainly try. Dogs on the other hand need to be taught to stay clean. If
a dog is raised outdoors it is in fact a dirt magnet. Dogs that are raised
indoors on the other hand are rather clean and tend to not seek out dirt.

Needless to say I have owned an Old English Mastiff for 8 years now.

She has been a joy to own and train. She has also been one of my most
valued and trusted friends. Cats are great animals and pets, but fail in
comparison to a dog. This is one previous cat owner’s opinion.



This piece would be an article in a cat magazine such as Cat Fancy or
a pamphlet in a animal control adoption facility. It is aimed at would be
cat owners or soon to be cat owners.