The cat versus dog debate remains a sensitive and heated topic over the years. Depending on which side you are or if you’re among those who want to remain neutral, there are plenty of answers to this discourse; of course, they’re all different based on one’s bias. And in this article, we’re in favor of our tiny feisty feline friends. But we don’t just claim cats are better than dogs based on our preference, we’ve got data based on numbers to prove our case.
- Cats are the most popular pet in the U.S. Statistics show that there are around 88 million pet cats versus 74 million pet dogs.
- Having a pet cat is less costly than a dog. According to ASPCA, you can save $300 to $800 yearly which is equal or even less to what will be spent for various dog care needs.
- Cats live longer than dogs. The average lifespan of felines is between 13 to 17 years compared to dogs’ life expectancy of 10 to 13 years.
- Dubbed as the “King of the Internet,” cats’ have been ruling the digital land for a long time. While dogs are already catching up, it’s easy to know that cats are still more popular; to date, search engines still recognize and associate the title “King of the Internet” with cats.
- In relation to ruling the internet, a cat named Maru has achieved a Guinness World Records title for having the Most Views for an Animal on YouTube. This Scottish Fold cat loves climbing into boxes and videos of him posted in “Mugumogu” account had been watched over 300 billion times.
- Purportedly, a cat’s brain is 90% more similar to a human’s.
- A cat’s cerebral cortex has 300 million neurons compared to a dog’s 160 million count. This means that cats have a higher cognitive information processing than dogs.
- Aside from higher cognition, cats also have longer memory span than dogs. Our feline friends can remember things at least 200 times better than dogs. It’s also been tested that short term memory for a dog lasts about 5 minutes whereas cats can remember up to 16 hours. The catch is, cats tend to be picky with memories they’d like to keep.
- Cats can make more than 100 different sounds while dogs only make round 10.
- Cats have better night vision than dogs. They need 7 times less light than dogs need to make their way around the dark.
- Cats can also hear higher frequencies than dogs. Their hearing range reaches up to 60 kilohertz while dogs can only reach up to 40 kilohertz. This is said to explain why cats find a woman’s voice more soothing.
- Cats have a unique ability to survive falls from high lengths. Cats can fall 10 stories high and survive while dogs won’t usually survive a fall from at least 4 stories. Felines know how to land safely by positioning themselves well as they fall from high places hence the phrase “cats always land on their feet.” Interestingly, cats have a higher survival rate when falling from higher lengths and gain more injuries if they fall less than seven stories.
Cats are better than Dogs
These numbers show how cats are better than dogs in many ways. Cats clearly got the popularity votes, with just one feline getting a staggering 300 billion views in only one platform. Adding other celebrity cats and thousands of cat-dedicated accounts in various sites further their fame and royal reputation. But cats don’t just have the charm but intelligence which also exceed that of dogs’. Despite cats always seeming bored or uninterested, that just seems to be the sign of the genius behind the attitude. And finally, we’ve got cats with abilities similar to fictional superheroes which people can only wish to have. All these make cats more ‘pawsome’ than dogs. So, while it’s true that there are more people openly claiming their love for dogs, cat lovers don’t need to have a lot of validation. Cat people will always have this cat-like confidence that cats are better than dogs just as these numbers show.