Which is Better: Cats or Dogs?

Exhibits A and B. You be the judge.


Comments

  1. #1 Stacy
    May 2, 2009

    Kittehs – No Contest! :-)

  2. #2 Anna
    May 2, 2009

    CATS! :-)

  3. #3 V-
    May 2, 2009

    Hello?! Why’d you even ask? CATS of course rule!!

  4. #4 The Science Pundit
    May 2, 2009

    DOGS!!!

  5. #5 Monica
    May 2, 2009

    Both! I vote for both!

  6. #6 Romeo Vitelli
    May 2, 2009

    Couldn’t you just stick to religion or politics? You’re really opening a can of worms with this all-important question.

  7. #7 MattK
    May 2, 2009

    Dogs!

  8. #8 Roadtripper
    May 2, 2009

    Cats don’t bark.

    Therefore, dogs lose.

    Rt

  9. #9 NewEnglandBob
    May 2, 2009

    If a cat is large enough, it would attack any kind of animal and torture it to death. A few dogs will attack humans but most will let things be as long as fed well.

    Therefore I vote for parrots.

  10. #10 peter
    May 2, 2009

    I vote for arthropods. No bark, no purring…

  11. #11 Heather
    May 2, 2009

    Gus sure does show some gratitude. Never gonna get that from a cat. Me, I’m voting for neither and sticking with peregrine falcons:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/SanJosePFA

  12. #12 juhan
    May 2, 2009

    dogs!!!11

  13. #13 Stephanie Z
    May 2, 2009

    Snakes.

  14. #14 Levi
    May 2, 2009

    Depends on perspective. Companionship or taste and affordability?

  15. #15 DuWayne
    May 2, 2009

    I don’t know Levi, the problem is the only cats or dogs that taste very good are expensive…

    I personally vote neither, but that’s just me.

  16. #16 Newfie
    May 2, 2009

    My cat plays “fetch”. I pick up the cat and throw it across the room, and it keeps coming back. Stupid cat.

  17. #17 Rr
    May 2, 2009

    Depends on needs and preferences, obviously :-p

  18. #18 BrianR
    May 2, 2009

    Don’t perpetuate the cats vs. dogs choice — it’s a false choice! It’s like saying do you like strawberry shortcake or nachos better … I love both!!

  19. #19 José
    May 2, 2009

    Nachos!!!

  20. #20 Jason Thibeault
    May 2, 2009

    My SO (pixelsnake) would agree with Stephanie. She owns a black rat snake named Stilgar.

    And when it’s big enough, I may feed our cats to it the next time they keep me up by being crazy while I’m trying to sleep after an overnight shift. Dogs all the way.

  21. #21 Phil
    May 2, 2009

    When you die, you know your cat is going to eat you.
    I still vote cats. Dogs are yes men. Cats are independent thinkers.

  22. #22 Kaessa
    May 2, 2009

    Cats, definitely. I have 4 cats and 2 dogs (border collies), and even though the dogs are SMART, the cats are far smarter.

  23. #23 John Swindle
    May 2, 2009

    kaessa – two dogs and seven cats here, and only one of that crowd is a border collie. Anybody who can handle more than one BC gets my respect.

  24. #24 Rick Quarton
    May 2, 2009

    Let’s keep this in pespective. You own a dog. A cat owns you.

  25. #25 D'oh!
    May 2, 2009

    I was going to say cats.

    But that was before my cat jumped onto my lap, walked back and forth across my lap repeatedly as I tried to read my laptop screen, planted her paws on my chest and head bumped/rubbed my face numerous times, sending cat hair up my nose, laid on the keyboard so that she was in good position to knead and drool in on my upper arm, and then as a parting gesture, got up and rubbed her gums against the edge of the laptop screen, getting cat drool all over it.

    Dogs, definitely dogs.

  26. #26 Matt
    May 2, 2009

    Doh, but what might a dog have done?

  27. #27 Newfie
    May 2, 2009

    Let’s keep this in pespective. You own a dog. A cat owns you.

    To a dog, you’re family. To a cat, you’re staff.

  28. #28 Woof
    May 2, 2009

    DOGS!

    Dogs have owners; cats have staff.

  29. #29 Anne Gilbert
    May 2, 2009

    Okay, okay. The cat one shows cats are good at rescuing their lost kittens, and dogs are good at doing silly things to please their humans. What does that mean in evolutionary terms?

  30. #30 Jerry Coyne
    May 2, 2009

    Cats–by a mile! Look at that stupid mutt splashing around mindlessly. The cat, in contrast, moves altruistically, economically, and with great purpose.

  31. #31 Kaessa
    May 2, 2009

    John @23 – They’re a bit of a handful, but our strategy actually worked. They keep each other amused when I’m too busy to work them.

  32. #32 Rick Quarton
    May 2, 2009

    Dogs poop outside. Cats leave eviscerated mice by the side of the bed for you to step on when you first get up in the morning. Meanwhile, they pretend to be sleeping on the pillow next to you, just waiting, watching… Sick bastards.

  33. #33 Logic
    May 2, 2009

    Cats are independent thinkers.

  34. #34 Eddie Janssen
    May 2, 2009
  35. #35 Azkyroth
    May 2, 2009

    On the “independent thinkers” thing…isn’t there a lot of evidence that social animals like dogs are considerably smarter than solitary predators, generally speaking?

  36. #36 Mankel
    May 2, 2009

    If you fed and shelter a dog, it will think that you are a GOD. If you do the same to a cat, it will think that HE is one.

  37. #37 Eddie Janssen
    May 2, 2009

    Generally speaking: no

  38. #38 Pete Rooke
    May 2, 2009

    This is an interesting question. There is much debate on the nature of cats and whether or not they make appropriate pets.

    http://www.dbhome.dk/carlo/cat.htm

    “There are numerous reasons why a loyal dedicated servant of God should use his Bible-trained conscience to arrive at a proper understanding of why cats are not advisable as pets or companions for Christians. Consider, then, the following facts:

    It was a common practice in ancient Egypt to worship or idolize cats as ‘gods’. Indeed, after death many cats were mummified, venerated and sacrifices were made to them. As Christians we observe not only the Mosaic Law, but also the ‘necessary things,’ identified by the Apostles at Jerusalem, to include the following edict: ‘(1) Abstain from sacrifices to idols’. We are to ‘guard ourselves from idols’ and ‘worship no other gods’. Such feline influence could lead to idolatry and thereby ‘grieve Jehovah’s Spirit’ with tragic consequences. May we never take for granted Jehovah’s wise and generous counsel brought to you by your spiritual brothers in the pages of this magazine!

    The Bible does not say that cats were not present at Herod’s birthday party when John the Baptist was beheaded. History shows that cats were most likely present at this tragic party that Jehovah did not approve of. Clearly then, as loyal Christians, why would we even want to associate with animals that are without a doubt of such bad influence, remembering how true are the Bible’s words: ‘Bad associations spoil useful habits’! -1 Cor. 15:33. Some have exposed themselves to possible spiritual contamination in this way. To invite cats in our house is to toy with disaster. Can one deny that the chance exists that the same grave consequences could visit your home that fell upon John? Clearly, God disapproved of this ‘birthday’ party. Should we not then disapprove (without showing any malicious intent, only Godly hatred) of cats the way the scriptures recommend?

    Throughout history, particularly in the middle ages and reaching its climax in the Salem Witch trials of the seventeenth century, cats were recognized by the forces of Christendom as familiars and carriers if not direct incarnates of demons. While, in common with most beliefs of the empire of false religion, no evidence has ever been found to support this, the symbolism of cats still remain within the public psyche, and involvement with them reflects poorly on God’s footstools and footstep followers. Many pagan faiths still conclude that black cats bring ill-luck and possess demonic forces, while we have shown that it is, instead, all cats that share these perceived characteristics. Since cats were associated with the devil, could we as faithful and dedicated servants of God therefore contaminate ourselves by exposure to a ‘living symbol’ of satanic incarnation? How would this reflect on God’s name and that of his visible, earthly organization? Would we want to be linked with a symbol of Satan, the ‘god of this beastly system of things’?

    The demeanor of a cat is seen by many honest-hearted observers as reflecting some supernatural, unnatural proclivity towards malice or evil. And, it is a well-known fact that cats are impossible to tame, teach or raise in the truth. The cat has a rebellious, independent spirit. While the animal itself may be unaware of this tragic condition, it serves only its true master – Satan, the Devil.”

    I am not sure what is said of dogs in the bible.

    So although the question was light-hearted it really is amazing how these conversations can serve as a touchstone for this type of biblical analysis.

  39. #39 Stephanie Z
    May 2, 2009

    Or as the slightest whisper of an excuse to indulge one’s OCD.

  40. #40 José
    May 2, 2009

    So although the question was light-hearted it really is amazing how these conversations can serve as a touchstone for this type of biblical analysis.

    I know! It was a common practice in ancient Egypt to offer food to the ‘gods’. Indeed, many Egyptians ate food in order to avoid death. History shows that food was most likely present at Herod’s birthday party where John the Baptist was beheaded. Eating food forces people to pull down their pants in a very un-Christian manner in order to expel the Satan infused feces (Jehovah infused feces smell like airplane glue and roses). Clearly then, as loyal Christians, why would we even want to be around food. To invite food in our bellies is to toy with disaster.

  41. #41 Aga Cooker Khan
    May 2, 2009

    The Prophet Mohammed (peace be with him) abhorred dogs, as they are unclean. They eat filth, and roll in it, and then try to kiss you right on the lips.

    The Blessed Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon his name) once cut the sleeve from his garment that he might not disturb a sleeping cat.

    This is why at Abu Ghraib the Accursed Ones set dogs upon the followers of Mohammed, and forced them to murder kittens; to make them unclean and cruel in the eyes of the Great Prophet (may his line be blessed).

  42. #42 Shawn
    May 2, 2009

    Dogs: loyal to a fault, casually brave in a way he puts the bravest human to shame, a genuine member of the family, and a real personality.

    Cats: Essentially carnivorous, furry houseplants emitting toxic piss and excrement that leaves any spot of soil contaminated with it a barren dead zone. Creatures that show a level of cruelty, sadism, and indifference to fellow living creatures that it would scandalize Jeffery Dahmer.

    Go Dogs!

  43. #43 eddie
    May 2, 2009

    I prefer spiders. They don’t need much feeding, or attention of any kind. But they’re a delight to play with as they scuttle across your floor, walls, ceiling, bed, hand…

    Egyptians valued their cats because they kept the rats of their grain harvest. Christians hate cats because they kept the plague rats at bay. I wonder what’s PR’s pet?

    Would you like a manticore?

  44. #44 eddie
    May 2, 2009

    Also, in the first video, the human was clearly invited to jump into the pool, three times, and still didn’t get it. Some humans don’t.

  45. #45 Stacy
    May 2, 2009

    Is this an argument for cats or dogs? :-)

  46. #46 idlemind
    May 3, 2009

    I think you’ll find your answer here.

  47. #47 catgirl
    May 4, 2009

    Well, for me it all comes down to poop. With dogs, your choices are to follow after and clean up the poop while it’s still warm, or have a yard full of old poop. With cats, they poop in a box and you clean it on your own time, after it has become slightly less disgusting.

    So, I’m voting for cats. Also, dogs don’t purr.

  48. #48 Colby
    May 7, 2009

    Gus…what a perfect name.

  49. #49 Dr Moon
    May 10, 2009

    Just look at Gus, he’s a doll. Cats suck. Dogs are the best. You’ll never hear about a cat saving its masters from a bear, a Mountain Lion or a burning house but dogs do it all the time. Dogs give unconditional love, cats hate everybody and their boring. Dogs, especially Bulldogs are the most wonderful animals in the World. Cats stink and you have to clean their boxes in the house yuck. I’ve had three Bullys and one Frenchie and I wouldn’t have taken a billion dollars for any of them.

  50. Both videos are extremelz cute!

    BTW, Dr Moon zou are wrong. There were some cases of cats rescuing people from… dogs! Cats also love people thez live in, do NOT stink (just sniff your dog after walk when it rains, and zou do NOT have to keep their boxes at home. Believe me, I have wonderful dog and brave cat at home.

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