Scientific evidence demonstrates that cats and dogs provide social and health benefits to humans. Cat owners and dog owners will defend their favorite pet saying that one is better than another. Here are some reasons why cats are better than dogs.
Cats Can Lower Heart Disease
A study from the University of Minnesota demonstrated that cat owners are 40 percent less to have a heart attack than people who never possessed a cat. Multiple studies have shown that owning a pet can lower stress and lower blood pressure which is beneficial to those suffering from hypertension. However, this study showed that cat owners demonstrated a more significant benefit.
Cat Owners Are More Intelligent Than Dog Owners
Wisconsin’s Carroll University studied the personalities of people owned dogs and those who owned cats. The study showed people who identified as a cat person scored higher than those who liked dogs. The study also showed cat people are more open-minded, more apt to be a nonconformist, and are more introverted.
Cat Owners Sleep Better
A study from the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine showed that 41 percent of those in the study reported they sleep better with their pet. This was especially true with women who said they prefer sleeping with their cat than their partner. Twenty percent in the study said their pet caused sleep disturbances.
Cats Are Less Expensive Than Dogs
The ASPCA reports that people who own a cat over a dog can save $300 to $800 yearly. On average, dogs are larger than cats and have a higher food bill. They also require more services including leashes, crates, training classes and collars. Veterinary care is higher for dogs and cats. They also require more supplies and toys. The ASPCA did not consider the expenses such as dog-walking when an owner is unable to provide those services and boarding.
Cats Slobber Less Than Dogs
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Princeton University found cats drink water more efficiently than dogs. When a dog drinks water, they smash their tongue on the surface with force eight time that of gravity which causes a splash. Cats dip delicately their tongue with force twice that of gravity. This pulls a column of water to their mouth. This causes less of a mess.
Cats Carbon Footprint Is Smaller Than Than Dogs
In the book by Brenda and Robert Vale “Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living,” common household pets carbon footprints were estimated. The authors said a medium-sized dog’s carbon footprint is twice the size of an SUV, based on the quantity of meat a dog consumes in a year. Animal protein requires a large number of resources, including energy and land.
Cats, are smaller and eat less, having a carbon footprint of a Volkswagen.
Having A Cat Will Help Children With Allergies
The National Institute of Health found children under the age of one-years-old who had contact with cats are less likely to develop allergies. Not only does this exposure help with pet allergies, but with common allergies, such as ragweed, grass, and dust mites.
Watching Cat Videos Are Beneficial
Indiana University Bloomington studies over 7,000 people. They found that people who watched cat videos boosted positive emotions and energy and decreased negativity.
The debate of which pet is better cats or dogs may never be settled. Studies show cats have health benefits, are less expensive, and are better for the environment. The war will continue to rage on until the end of time.
Opinion News Written by Barbara Sobel
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware
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