Cats and Dogs: The Apples and Oranges of Pets
Cats and Dogs are like the north and south pole of the animal world. The basic similarity between the two animals is that they are both considered beloved pets. An anonymous small child said it best, "Kittens are fuzzy, dogs are fuzzy, I love them both. In fact, while cats and dogs have quite a few similarities, they are as different as apples and oranges.
A main difference between cats and dogs is the way in which they associate with their owners, or human companions. Cats often tend to fall under the category of being a loner. Their owner may come home after a long day of work, and yet the cat offers no welcome. While they do interact with their companions, they do not need to. They can often be alone for long periods of time without being lonely, or missing their companions. Dogs, on the other hand, are more high maintenance emotionally. No sooner does the companion walk in the door, than their K-9 friend come running, ready with many licks, barks, and other various forms of affection.
Another way in which one find the differences in these two pets is by looking at their schedules. Dogs tend to be daytime creatures, exerting most of the energy during the daylight hours. This makes it easy when it is time to go to bed, most dogs will lie down and sleep as well. However, cats seem to be of the opposite mindset, sleeping mainly during the day. Cats also have a tendency to be asleep any time their owner is in need of attention. But during the night, the cats are on the prowl. Seeming to have boundless energy they bounce off of the walls into the
early daylight hours. When the light of morning finally hits their companion's face, the cat is nowhere to be found. After much searching the cat is found, sleeping like a baby.
Another way in which these animals vary is in the ease, or lack thereof, in which we can train them. Cats, more often than not, ar