This is the article series where the Gencon dog head collar team put our furry friends to the test to see which pet is better.
CATS v DOGS
Which pet is better?
“The advantages are that these are very clever, fun, and cute companions and they are very affectionate. It is so nice to have a warm, cute, soft kitty sit on your lap and purr and knead — nothing says love like that!
They are also very low maintenance, particularly compared with dogs. You don’t have to walk them, or train them to do anything. You can leave them alone for 2 or 3 days at a time leaving out plenty of food and water and they will be fine. (Longer than that, though, and you should have someone come in to change the litter box and give them new food and water.)
Sleeping next to cats is nice — they are warm and reassuring with their purring and they can lay on your feet when your feet are cold. (I call them my “furry foot warmers.”) Plus their hearing and all senses are so finely honed that they actually act as a safety alarm — if you see them perking up their ears and suddenly turning their heads or standing up, you KNOW there is someone at the door or window, or otherwise trying to get in.
They don’t disturb your neighbours with loud barking and if you get them fixed, there will never be any disturbingly loud meowing, either.
Regarding vet bills, cats are also cheaper than dogs. Their food/toys, and everything else is less expensive, too.
Cats are also very clean — unlike dogs, they wash themselves! They like a clean environment.
Disadvantages are obvious if you’re allergic. Also, if they’re not happy, they can meow at you a lot.
Most of the time they will sleep through the night with you, as long as you do. However, they will sometimes jump on you when you’re sleeping, which is really annoying. They usually do this because they want you to get up to feed them.
The litter box can be smelly; you have to scoop it out at least once a day, preferably twice.” – Quora
Advantages start with are that dogs are fun, they will play with you and run with you. They are also really loyal and can never betray, they’ll follow you everywhere, protect you, and don’t ask for much in return.
Dogs also benefit you by encouraging you to have exercise at least two times a day. A dog is not only a pet, but can become a best friend, Research shows that dog owners fared better when it came to depression, loneliness, disease, self-esteem, meaningful existence, stress, and activity.
They’re great family members and have the above-mentioned positive effects on your family as well. Your dog might not be dangerous, but simple barking can keep a burglar or anyone from entering your house, even if they aren’t viscous towards them, just the noise will freak them out.
Time commitment can be one of the disadvantages; but you pretty much have to revolve your life around them. If you’re a full-time worker without a dog walker or someone to look after the dog, it’s probably not the best option for you.
Cost. You need to buy dog food, go to the vet at least once a year (provided your dog is healthy), and pay a kennel when you go on vacation. Dog kennels are not cheap.
Beware that even when you go on a short trip, for 2 or 3 days, they can’t be left alone like a cat, they’d need full care and attention the whole time, unless they can come along with you. The, if they’re coming on a long car journey, we have an article all about travelling with dogs on our website.
Training is a commitment. Some people don’t like it if dogs jump on them, especially when their paws are wet or dirty, and it is always useful when a dog is trained to sit. Dogs should get to know limits like what is their food and what is ours, which areas (like the couch or the bed) are off-limits, and most important of all, their business has to be done outside (the latter requires a lot of time and patience and needs to be taught from the very beginning to avoid raising a problem dog).
Tell us your opinion
Now, we hope that this has helped you maybe come to a decision. Remember before looking at buying a dog of a breeder, look at your local adoption centre or there could be local ads at your vets, because every dog deserves a good home.
If you’re thinking of buying a dog, why not try of Gencon All in One dog head collar and lead. The Gencon® All-in-1 and Headcollars are made from soft yet durable fabric and are specifically designed not to pull up into your dog’s eyes or uncomfortably turn their head, making them the perfect lead training accessories for grown dogs and puppy walking. The Gencon consists of two simple loops that apply gentle pressure when your dog pulls, the lead gently but effectively stops your dog pulling forwards.
Remember Gencon dog head collars come in all shapes + sizes so if you have a small Jack Russell or a rather larger lab then we have the right sized Gencon dog head collar to suit your dogs needs. Sadly our dog head collars aren’t designed for cats. Are you interested in a dog head collar?