Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Picking a pet: Dog vs Cats

Maybe you found yourself needing some animal life in your apartment, something to lighten up the mood. Cats and dogs seem to be the go-to pet. But, if you’ve had neither of them, how do you choose? Well, we’ve done some research and there are some good differences to take into account:

Faster than the speed of sound!
Well, there’s a reason why people go to dog races and not to cat races. Greyhounds are known for reaching up to 40 miles per hour and don’t need to speed down when turning. A funny fact is that the animals that usually run faster are those that have small guts, heads and light limbs. It would be good to have more cats tested for speed, but they usually can’t be persuaded to run around a track, though they have been known to reach as much as 30 miles per hour.

Long live the king
Pets are very often so well maintained and pampered that they are the kings of the house.
Both species have factors that determine the average of years that they live. For dogs, it depends mostly on the size and breed. Larger sized breeds tend to live much less than smaller breeds. A mastiff is considered old by the time it’s 9 years old, while miniature poodles can live 15 years, even more if they’re mongrel.
For cats, it will depend on the environment. Some indoor cats have been known to live 18 to 20 years. Outdoor cats might average between 13 and 14 years.

Who’s the smart cookie
A dog is known to be able to learn up to 165 words, while cats go by somewhere around 35 words. Among the smartest breeds you can find: german shepherds, golden retrievers, border collies and poodles.
The fact that cats are more independent and natural loners actually makes this point valid. Creatures that have a complex social life are known to be considerably brighter.

Hunting material
This might be a shock but although the dog is the one that is famous for being a common fixture in hunting trips, cats are the ones that are better at the actual hunt. When dogs are finally met with the prey, they might not know what to do with it; but cats, however, will most definitely go for the kill. They have a larger ability to focus on the task.

Wake up and smell the coffee
Cats have up to 80 million olfactory receptors to detect smells. An average dog, however, holds up to 300 million receptors. That’s why they are used to detect illegal drugs, gas leaks, and even help in the search for missing persons.

So, it will entirely depend on what you’re looking for in a pet. Maybe before looking for one, you can try going to animal shelters, they will most of the time let you hang out with the cats and dogs so you can make a better choice. 

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