Cats are more useful than dogs


Sid Tandel

Junior Sid Tandel holds his cat, Squeaky. “I like Squeaky because he’s really nice sometimes but he also leaves me alone when I don’t want to deal with him. He’s also a Hemingway cat so he has cute little thumbs,” Tandel said. Tandel prefers cats since they are less messy and needy overall.

Nico Samatar, Staff Reporter

There are many reasons why cats are better than dogs, but let’s start off with the basics. They’re much calmer. There’s no barking or making a mess when your cat’s eating. Cleaning up a dog’s mess can be exhausting; cats are a lot easier to take care of. You don’t have to take them on walks, and you can leave them alone without worrying too much about them. If you keep your dog outside it can bark at people and it can make them annoyed. 

The next reason is that cats are a lot cheaper in cost. According to the Animal Humane Society, cats range from $32 to $270 and dogs cost $115 to $660 dollars. Cats also tend to live longer than dogs. They can live to 15, when dogs usually only live until they’re 11. Cats also don’t smell as bad as dogs, and you don’t have to clean them because they clean themselves. Cats are also better for the environment than dogs. Dogs have an impact on the environment equal to 2.1 times an SUV. 

Cats are also a lot cuter than dogs, especially when they’re sleeping. Some people think that cats don’t like people, but new studies show that cats prefer human interaction to food and sleep. 

I’m not the only one who thinks this though. Freshman Byron Moats appreciates the calm nature of cats, and the fact that they are less dirty than dogs. 

“Dogs are dirty, they’re dirty animals. They always smell so bad and they bark a lot. I have two cats and they’re a lot calmer,” Moats said. 

Freshman Brian Zelaya, a cat owner, agrees. 

“I have a cat and I really like it. I feed it food and it’s nice to me,” Zelaya said.

Overall, cats are better than dogs in just about every aspect. They cost less, they’re less annoying and you don’t have to take care of them that much while still getting to hangout with them whenever you want!