Pet Wars Makes a Comeback: Cats vs. Dogs

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Iris Lee

It’s the century old question that humanity has fought over multiple times, cats or dogs?! It’s clear both have their benefits, and the fight has gotten so wide that there are even terms for it; “cat person” and “dog person”. It’s true that all pets have their differences and benefits, but for some reason, the fight between cats and dogs seems to have never ended.

There’s no question that Americans love both dogs and cats. About 48 percent of households in the U.S. own dogs and 38 percent own cats, according to the American Pet Products Association. But one thing many people can’t seem to agree on is which animal makes a better pet,” said Scholastic.

It’s true they are both popular pets, but let’s look at their benefits. Scientists say that on average, dog owners are more likely to be active than people without dogs. A 2019 study discovered that dog owners are nearly four times more likely than people without dogs to meet daily physical activity guidelines. Dog owners spend nearly 300 minutes every week walking with their dogs. That’s 200 more minutes walking than people without a pup of their own.

Dogs are also good social helpers, especially to those who need more help than others. Studies exploring the effects of dogs on seniors found positive results. One study found that pet therapy improves the cognitive function of residents with mental illness in long-term care. Another showed significant decreases in agitated behaviors in seniors with dementia and improved social interactions.

However, it seems cat’s also have benefits. Studies show that cats have therapeutic benefits; they help a lot when you are down. Having a cat can release oxytocin in your body, the hormone known for inducing feelings of love and trust. People going through difficult times of grief or mourning report that talking to their pet helps work out their feelings since it is easier to talk to an animal than another human sometimes.

Cat’s also have less carbon footprints than dogs on average, “A 2009 study found that over its lifetime, the resources needed to feed a dog make the same eco-footprint as that of a Hummer. Meanwhile, cats are more likely to eat fish than corn or beef flavored products, therefore only have the approximate carbon footprint of a Volkswagen Golf.” said Health Fitness Revolution.

No worries though, whether you have a cat, dog, or another pet, all pets have benefits.

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