The Age Old Debate...

Cat Person or Dog Person?

  • Dogs

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  • Who Cares? Pets suck...

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Dec 15, 2009
Alright, so I hopped on AOL today to check my mail and they had a feature on the home page where Wallet Pop did a comparison of the cost of ownership of Cats vs. Dogs. The cat ended up coming out on top, as the cheaper of the two options, which makes sense, really since they are generally the smaller animal of the two, and you don't tend to participate in many activities with them, so nothing is needed for any of that kind of stuff. I thought the whole thing was biased and unfair, since they were comparing a Siberian Husky to some cat, high quality dog food vs. low quality cat food, making the dog get lots of stuff that isn't necessary for ownership, and plus, the guy fondled the cat the whole time and practically ignored the dog altogether.

Anyway, the comment section, unsurprisingly, quickly devolved into a mad debate between which is better, dogs or cats. I weighed in my opinions, providing some historical references, and some personal observations, having grown up with both animals.

Since I spend the majority of my day now screwing around on this site, I figure I'd drop the question to you guys. Take the poll, then feel free to comment on why you made your choice. I have a feeling which way the poll will lean, but hey, ya never know. If you feel like throwing in your favorite dog breed (or cat breed, if you care), and/or pictures of your own pet, go for it. I encourage that completely.

Personally, I'm a dog person. I have an 11 month old Border Collie who is the single smartest animal I've ever come across. Well, actually, he's smarter than probably 80% of the people I meet.

Have it out, and keep it clean! :D

Here's a picture of my boy, and consider it my vote:


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My dog eats cats.....try to get a refund on that purchase at a pet store.


Scott (cat hater) B
Hey! Why can't one of the poll options be both?? :)

Anyhew ... I use to lean to the side of being a cat person until I read the following and it all became clear ....

Reasons Why Cats are Not Good Pets

They poop in your house, oftentimes in a box, but sometimes on your desk.
They regularly vomit.
They will dismember any living creature, and leave it for you to find in the morning.
They intertwine themselves in your legs at feeding time, then get pissed when you step on them.
They do not do tricks.
Their idea of playing is batting around a string or stringlike object (Ex. Kitesurfing SLE kite bridle).
They have claws and will dig them into your flesh at a moment's notice.
They are floppy.
They constantly bump into things like door frames and your legs.
Their breath smells terrible.
They will attempt to sit on the computer keyboard without regard for life or limb.
They do not like swimming.
They are masters of sending mixed messages, like purring while biting you.
They like to get their disgusting fur all over your black dress clothes.
They are scared of stupid things, like plastic bags.
They are covered with hair.
Their tongue is covered with small spikes, having the surface texture of 40-grit sand paper.
They go ape shit whenever they see another cat.
They do not like The Clash. (Yes, this is True. Play the last track on Sandinista and see what happens.)
They bury their claws into your skin when they are happy.
They cannot catch a frisbee in their teeth.
They believe every canned good is cat food.
They do not like fun (Ex. moshing, surfing, motorcycle wheelies).
They wash themselves with their own saliva.
They do not bounce when thrown.

My choice is DOGS as evidenced by my wonderful Belgian Shepherd .....
I've always had both. Currently a 13yo Shar-Pei/Lab, a 7yo white and grey cat we pulled out of traffic when he was little and a 9mo tortoise shell kitten. The kitten plays fetch with bottle caps.

Where's your vote Frank?!

LOL, Sandy, that post is awesome. So many good reasons, ha. Welcome to the forum, and to the Dog side! :thumbup:

There isn't an option for both because I think deep down, people who like cats and/or dogs are either naturally a cat OR a dog person. I love cats and dogs. As much as I love to joke on cats, I grew up with them, and I do like them. But If you were to ask me, at a point when I own neither, which one would I get first? Dog. No question. If you were to ask me, without compromise, if I were only able to have one for the rest of my life, which would it be? Dog. No question.

Scott, HAHAHA, I LOVE that picture! Funniest thing I've ever seen! LITERALLY a few hours ago, I was sending this to all of my family and friends. Somebody had a sick (read, AWESOME) sense of humor! :D
1. The later you are, the more excited your dogs are to see you.

2. Dogs don't notice if you call them by another dog's name.

3. Dogs like it if you leave a lot of things on the floor.

4. A dog's parents never visit.

5. Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across.

6. You never have to wait for a dog; they're ready to go 24 hours a day.

7. Dogs find you amusing when you're drunk..

8. Dogs like to go hunting and fishing.

9. A dog will not wake you up at night to ask, "If I died, would you get another dog?"

10. If a dog has babies, you can put an ad in the paper and give them away.

11. A dog will let you put a studded collar on it without calling you a pervert.

12. If a dog smells another dog on you, they don't get mad. They just think it's interesting.

13. Dogs like to ride in the back of a pickup truck.

And last, but certainly not least:

14. If a dog leaves, it won't take half of your stuff.

Ultimate True Test: Lock your wife and your dog in the trunk of your car for an hour. Then open the trunk and see who's the happiest to see you. :D
Reasons Why Cats are Not Good Pets

They poop in your house, oftentimes in a box, but sometimes on your desk.
Not if you have a cat door
They regularly vomit.
So do dogs.
They have claws and will dig them into your flesh at a moment's notice.
This helps prevent repeated owner stupidity.
Their breath smells terrible.
Then you are feeding them the wrong stuff.
They will attempt to sit on the computer keyboard without regard for life or limb.
Dogs are not computer-literate either.
They are masters of sending mixed messages, like purring while biting you.
Love bites!
They like to get their disgusting fur all over your black dress clothes.
Two words---suit bag.
They are scared of stupid things...
So are dogs.
They are covered with hair.
So are dogs.
They bury their claws into your skin when they are happy.
This falls under love bites, too.
They cannot catch a frisbee in their teeth.
They believe every canned good is cat food.
So do dogs.

Dogs barf just as much as cats do, they just don't normally do it while sitting on top of the dresser and barfing over the side like a drunken sailor. :eek:

Earlier this year, barfing became an Olympic sport around here. We had to replace some area rugs and throw out some stuff. For some reason, they will never barf on tile, where you can clean it up. :confused:
I am allergic to cats. I think they are amusing at times, but not for me.
Dog lover here. I don't hate cats though. I owned one in college since having a dog wasnt very practical.
I have been a dog lover since I was a baby and pulled on our dogs ears, an old golden retriever named Sunny. After Sunny, Rinny, Nick, Moon, Gus, and my current three stooges, Beau, Remington and Dock, I am a fervent dog lover. They are best when they are insane, that is playtime. Whether it be 3am, or when you get home from work and get knocked down in the doorway, they are so happy to see you.

Cats, eh. I've been fascinated by cats, they do some strange things, but they are not the same as dogs. I've got a million dog stories, a million cat stories. I just like dogs better.
I grew up with a cat. It died and I got another cat. And I got a dog...a few months later another dog. I love both cats and dogs.

but since there are so many "why dogs are better" posts here, I'll put up a few reasons why cats are better

-They don't take up half the bed at night, just a small corner (if they even sleep on your bed)
-They don't have to be let out every couple hours, they use a litterbox
-They are lap friendly (try fitting a German shepard on your lap)
-They won't wake you up in the middle of the night wanting to be let out to "go to the bathroom"
-They will kill mice (should some invade your home)
We have one dog and one cat. When the cat expires, there won't be another one. We'll always have a dog, though.
Cats are hypocrites (you don't own a cat, the cat OWNS you); have you ever tried to take a stroll with a cat? ever tried to teach a cat to sit, to fetch, to retrieve? The dogs stays home, the cats comes and goes at will (in my home the dogs stays in the backyard
and are NOT allowed indoors, ever, but the most important thing: Have you ever tried to give a cat a bath?
I have 5 indoor cats and wouldn't want to live without them. My youngest male is always near or on me, has taken on some of my traits, plays fetch with icecubes and catnip mice, comes when I call, and works as an alarm clock ON TIME.

Alot of people are surprise to find that I own 5 cats, and are even more suprised when they come into my house and can't smell the cat boxes, and get greated by a pride of cats. They all know their names, they all respond to their names, they all have distinctive voices so I can identify who's "talking". I've had people who said they hated cats in my house suddenly become quite amused with them and come to the realization that cats are entertaining and require alot less work.
I wouldn't give a dollar for all the cats in the world, unless I knew where I could sell them.
GREAT responses guys! Lots of laughs!

I'm lovin' that dogs are at 75% so far! KEEP THE VOTES COMIN'!!!

And where are the pictures? I know some of you guys are proud of your dogs (and I guess cats...). Let's see 'em!