Between You, Me and the Lamp Post
Day 30: To all crazy cat ladies
A little research revealed that rather than being insulted, I should feel flattered. There are a number of famous people who loved cats, so I’m in great company.
Cats are also less trouble than dogs. Cats use a litter box, but dogs have to be taken outside. Taking pooch for a walk or to do his business might be pleasant on a warm sunny day, but it’s quite a different story when it’s raining buckets or when the temperature falls to -35 deg C (-31 deg F).
Not to mention that dogs have to be trained to do their business outside, which can take days or even weeks before the puppy gets it. With kittens you don’t have that problem. Show kitten where the litter box is and you never have to worry again. If a kitten or a cat uses anything other than the litter box, you can bet there is a health problem.
Then there’s the noise. Cats are quiet but dogs bark. We used to have a neighbor who had an Alsatian and the poor dog missed his owner so much during the day (and often night) that he barked and barked while scratching the door. I felt so sorry for the poor animal. Cats aren’t that vocal and even if they are the noise level isn’t as intrusive as a barking dog.
Then there’s the hygiene. Cats are self-cleaning, but dogs have to be washed. Giving a small dog a bath doesn’t seem all that difficult, but I imagine it’s quite a chore to get an unwilling Labrador or Golden Retriever into the bathroom.
As for food … unless you have a teeny tiny dog, feeding a dog is far more expensive than a cat. I can only imagine the amount of food a big dog goes through.
Last but not least, sleeping arrangements. I regularly have two to three cats sleeping on my bed. If this were two to three dogs … well, there wouldn’t be room for me anymore.
So yes, I prefer cats over dogs and I have four of them. If that makes me a crazy cat lady … so be it.