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Differences Between Cats and Dogs

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Differences Between Cats and Dogs

Differences Between Cats and Dogs

Cats and dogs are the most popular pets in the world. Cats are more independent and are generally cheaper and less demanding pets. Dogs are loyal and obedient but require more attention and exercise, including regular walks.

Comparison Chart

FamilyFelidaeCanidae (Canis lupus familiaris)
SpeciesF. catusCanis lupus familiaris
Hunting abilityCats still have their hunting ability.Due to their domestication, dogs have a weaker instinct to hunt. most breeds of dog’s teeth are too small to rip open a deer’s throat, indicating an adaptation to a different diet.
Life Expectancy12-25 years7-20 years
GroomingLess frequent – no bathsLess frequent if short-haired, very frequent if longer-haired to avoid matting
LonelinessCan be left alone during the dayCan be left alone during the day if necessary, but usually require attention throughout the day. Varies widely between breeds.
SpaceCan live in small apartmentsDepends on breed
AffectionVery affectionate towards owners sometimes, but are more independentAffectionate if taken care of
ProtectionDo not guard ownersSome are protective of their owner.
Annual cost$450$660 (varies depending on the breed)
Good with childrenCan be; depends on the catIf socialized. Some small dogs are OK with children but are fragile if handled roughly. Wait until children are 8 years old before getting a dog. Ironically, some small breeds are the most agressive.
Medical CostsApprox. $160 per yearApprox. $290 per year
EnergyGenerally lazy; can sleep for 16 hours a daydepends on age and breed
WalksSome cats like walksDogs need exercise; a daily walk.
House trainingEasily trained to use a litter boxOne to two weeks, if trained properly as puppies


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