Debate 1: Cats vs Dogs

The ongoing war between two factions will finally be put to rest, and then we will know who is truly the better pet.  

Cats:

Cats are wonderful pets to own; they are quiet and easy to manage. A cat can be left home alone for days with food and water, and will not require supervision. A recent study done at Harvard University shows that smaller animals like cats have a higher intelligence level than larger animals such as dogs [1]. This proves not only that they are smarter but are much more self- sufficient.

Owning a cat is also cheaper and more budget-friendly than owning a dog. The average dog owner spends about $200-$750 per year on dog food alone, whereas it is only $100-$500 for cat food.

Another proven fact is that having a pet has been shown to lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of heart attacks. A paper written by the University of Iowa shows that owning either a cat or dog helped decrease levels for six months, however, after the six-month marker the dog owners' heart rate and blood pressure readings were back up again [2]. As opposed to the cat owners who did not start to even show signs of higher results until after ten months.

All in all, cats are not only helpful but are beneficially scientifically proven to be better companions than a dog.  

References

[1] Bronson, R. T. (2008, March 19). Brain Weight-Body Weight Scaling in Breeds of Dogs and Cats. Retrieved from https://www.karger.com/Article/PDF/121839

[2] Wilson, Cindy C. “Physiological Responses of College Students to a Pet.” The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, vol. 175, no. 10, 1987, pp. 606–612., doi:10.1097/00005053-198710000-00005. 

Written by Kelly Behselich


Dogs:

Dogs are a fantastic pet to own! They may require more work, attention, and money, but they are pack animals, making them much more sociable than cats. This makes them perfect if you are looking for someone to keep you on your toes while also being happy to snuggle with you at any given time.

Another aspect of owning Dogs is talking them out on walks. A paper from Harvard Medical school states that: “Owning a dog can prompt you to be more physically active, It can also: help you be calmer, more mindful, and more present in your life, make kids more active, secure, and responsible improve the lives of older individuals, make you more social and less isolated” [1].

Dogs are also intelligent, as you can teach them a variety of tricks from simple ones like sit, stay, and rollover, to more complicated ones such as spinning and barking on command [2]. Some dogs can even be taught to use a toilet!

Overall dogs and cats are both great pets with good points and bad points. It all depends on what you're looking for and what you decide is best for you. 

References

[1] https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/get-healthy-get-a-dog  

[2] https://topdogtips.com/hardest-tricks-to-train-dogs

Written by Mailee Vargas


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