Most of us like to have pets at home, especially kids who get excited about the idea of having a pet at home. There are some pretty common pets that are usually seen in most houses and they are dogs, cats, rabbits etc. Dogs are preferred because they guard their master, and the house, and will never tolerate anyone misbehaving with their master. But if people are interested in having companions for them, they prefer cats, as they prove to be very good companions. There are some differences in the nature and habits of dogs and cats, and so it becomes quite personal as to what you are looking for in a pet.
The first difference that is seen in the dogs and cats is that dogs are social animals and like to live in groups. They like to follow the leader of the group and are termed as the happiest among all in this kind of environment. Cats are completely different by nature and they like to roam about alone and never like to follow anyone. Dogs can stay anywhere they go and will become happy after sometime but the cats will not feel happy if they are taken out of their environment even if they have the best of companions with them.
The eating habits of dogs and cats are different and it is easy to manage with the dogs as compared to the cats in many aspects. When it comes to food, dogs will eat almost anything and can survive without meat for few days. Although dogs need a good amount of meat protein to maintain their health but at times they can manage without meat. But cats need a fixed amount of meat protein daily and are not able to maintain good health without it. Dogs can also remain without eating for few days by utilizing the fat reserves of their body but even if the cat is overweight it cannot utilize its fat reserves and needs to be fed daily. In the absence of proper feeding their health deteriorates.
Dogs are very obedient and will follow your instructions in any circumstances and when it rolls over it shows its submissive nature. But when the cat rolls over it shows the sign of trust because cats are never submissive. Dogs like to roll on dirty things like the normal nature of the dogs that are seen in the street dogs. Whereas cats have the nature of digging the earth and then bury their waste in it so that no one can trace them. Both of them have their peculiar nature just because of the cause of survival, which is the most important point for all the species in this world.
Keeping in mind all the points of differences between a cat and a dog, now it is up to you what you decide. Some like cats because of their nature and habits and some prefer dogs for their obedience and guarding nature.
But probably the thing that attracts people to dogs as pets, the most is that dogs are loyal, after all they are often referred to, - ‘as a man's best friend’. Irrespective of these things, it's basically a personal choice and both, dogs and cats both are kept as pets in homes.
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