By Eve Nevelos, ‘24, Editorial Staff; Isabella Hernandez, ‘24, Writing Staff

The Case for Dogs

Did you know that about 63 million homes have at least one dog living in them? According to statistics, dogs are the most widely owned type of pet in the United States, and there’s a clear reason for that. Dogs are also very lovable. They can be used for beneficial purposes like protection and they are known to help with loneliness. 

Most dogs are lovable, fun to be around, and can essentially be taught many amazing things. For example, some people who have mobility issues, diabetes, cancer, autism, epilepsy, and many other different types of disabilities, might have a service dog if they ever are having issues or are in need of serious help. These intelligent animals are taught what to do in hundreds of different scenarios and the fact that they can even comprehend when something is wrong with their owner is amazing in itself. 

Dogs are oftentimes referred to as a “man’s best friend,” and they tend to help a lot of people with loneliness. According to a study, getting one of these smart, protective, and energetic pets also comes with mental health benefits including stress and anxiety reduction, a boost of self-esteem, and improved social connection. Having a dog is like having your own personal therapist. 

Even though cats are easier to train and they tend to be less expensive than dogs, I think dogs are definitely worth the extra money and time. If you’re looking for an animal that would be loving, kind, a great listener, and beneficial to your health and safety, a dog is the pet for you. 

The Case for Cats

Cats can make great companions for all stages of life. Cats are more independent than dogs, requiring attention for maintaining regular feeding and a clean litter box. They also don’t need to be walked, putting less stress on the owner. Additionally, cats are quieter than dogs, allowing their humans to get a full night’s sleep and preventing homework distractions. National Geographic has found that cats can actually be trained, just like dogs can. The earliest example of this is when kittens learn to use the litter box from their mother, picking up the skill relatively quickly, requiring less cleanup than puppies. Cats’ low maintenance requirements are perfect for busy parents, older folks looking for easy company, and young adults who spend much of the day out of the house. 

Although cats are not as proactive as dogs are when it comes to socializing, they comfort their humans by nuzzling their noses into their owner’s chest and providing a soothing weight on their owner’s stomach and chest. There is a homeopathic belief that the purring of a cat has therapeutic healing capabilities for muscles and joints. Despite common thought, many cats are affectionate, asking for chin scratches and cuddles.

Cats are clean animals, take up minimal space in owners’ homes, comb their fur with their tongues, and catch pesky rodents roaming around – they take care of themselves. Since cats spend most of their time indoors, there’s no need for mud clean-up. 

For prospective pet owners looking for a low-maintenance, cuddly pet, a cat may be the best choice!