Dogs vs. Cats


Photo taken by Sarah Teagardin ('16)

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Sarah Teagardin, Features Editor

      The fight between canines and felines has been around since the beginning of time.  Without a doubt, there are pros and cons to each.  So, which is better– dogs or cats? It’s up to you to decide.

The argument for cats:

      To begin with, cats require less effort than dogs.  You could leave a cat with a bowl of food and a litter box for the weekend and you would be set.

      Also, cats typically have longer lifespans than dogs do.  The average lifespan of a dog is 10-13 years, while cats come in at an average life of 15 years.  “Our family cat has been around for most of my life,” said Brianna Bello (‘16).  “She is 13 years old and is a big part of my family.”

      Finally, cats’ hygiene is easier to maintain.  Cats will clean themselves, while dogs need to have baths every so often.  People may never know you share a house with a feline friend because the odors won’t be that bad.

      The argument for dogs:

      In addition, dogs more loyal than cats.  Dogs will follow you around the house, always wanting to please you.  “My dog will always follow me around my house and wants my attention,” said Mackenzie Gatton (‘16).

      Next, dogs are good walking buddies.  You can’t take a cat on a walk without forcing it.  Dogs love walks and will keep you company on the way.

      Finally, dogs are friendly.  They are good with families, children, and can offer protection when necessary.  Dogs have many benefits.

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Photo taken by Nora Stilwell (’17)
In conclusion, there are many pros and cons of dogs.  Whatever you prefer, you will make a good decision.