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Dogs vs Cats: The Debate [1]

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Debate One: Pros and Cons

There is a very common argument that many people debate about. As simple as it seems, it is very complex and controversial. This is the war of cat and dog lovers. Are dogs better than cats? Are cats better than dogs? People have a strong opinion or a neutral one. However, there is no correct answer to this popular debate. People choose a side based purely on preference and influence. Here is one of our featured debates between dog lover Alexandra and cat lover Indigo.

Question: What are the pros of owning your animal?

Alexandra: Dogs have many pros to caring and owning for them. Dogs will stick by your side and they will always be loyal toward you. If you train your dog to perform certain tasks they will do them for you. Dogs can benefit the owner by potentially providing better health. Dogs need to be walked daily and these frequent walks can lessen serious health effects. 

Aside from physical benefits, dogs are also known to lower depression, reduce stress, and keep the owner from being lonely. Dogs can help your social status too, like when you take them to the park and meet other pet owners like you. You can build relationships with other people while exercising and giving your dog the walks they need.

Indigo: There are many pros to owning a cat. First of all, for those who prefer them, cats are very lovable creatures. They can cheer you up when you get sad. Studies show that a cat purrs with a certain frequency that can benefit your health. Some examples of these advantages include reducing stress, healing bones easier, lowering blood pressure, and so much more.

Cats are also great because of their size. They are a perfect size, not too big or too small. Cats can also help you around the house. They can catch rodents living in your walls or under your floorboards. Cats use litter boxes and cover up their messes. They make good companions with little upkeep and a lot of love to give.

Question: What are the cons of owning your animal?

Alexandra: Owning and training comes with many bad qualities. This includes having dogs when they are puppies, which is where time consuming and inconvenient tasks come in. Potty training a dog is very difficult. Puppies and older dogs might have trouble with learning how to use the bathroom. When potty training, you need to show your authority. This technique might seem cruel to your dog because of its sad facial expression, but you will eventually get over it.

Another con of owning a dog is the size. Many dogs have personalities that seem to be based on their size. For example, small dogs are very loud and they bark much more than most dogs do. Many breeds of big dogs are very slobbery and aggressive which might make them dangerous around young kids. The size of a puppy could also be misleading to the owner and the dog could end up bigger or smaller than expected. Dogs are also very costly and can take thousands of dollars to care for. If a dog has an injury you will have to take them to a vet. On average, vet checkups cost about 45 to 55 dollars, but it can be way more.

Indigo: With all the good comes the bad. Unfortunately, there are some negative aspects of owning a cat. With their use of the litter box comes cleaning it. The stench makes it an awful chore. However, it is definitely worth it. Cats also love to hunt. It comes with their predatory instincts. It’s great that they can be your pest control, but sometimes they catch birds or other animals and leave them for you to deal with.

Cats can also become violent. It usually depends on their previous exposure to humans. A feral cat is much more hostile than a normal housecat who has interacted with people all their life. Their claws are sharp and hurt when they scratch. Never declaw your cat though, it is a horrible act. However, that’s usually only a mistake a dog owner would dare to make. Cats also have pointy teeth that make biting painful. Some sources say 50% of bites get infected, others say 80%. These sharp teeth poke deep into the skin and can trap bacteria inside. Always see a doctor when you get bit by a cat. Lastly, we come to the shedding issue. Let me tell you from personal experience that cat fur gets everywhere. If you want to avoid this, get a short hair or hairless cat.

 

Thank you for tuning in this week. This article focused on the pros and cons of dogs and cats. Next week’s article will feature completely different questions and more of a debate.

 

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/animal-bite-infections#overview1

https://blog.petplus.com/pet-tips/vet-visit-costs/

https://www.littlethings.com/benefits-of-cat-purrs

http://mentalfloss.com/article/51153/10-benefits-being-dog-owner

 

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