I personally would not be able to choose between a cat and a dog. However it seems like everyone else has an opinion about it, with his or her own reasons, examples and testimonies. It seems since the beginning of time, there have been cat people and dog people.
Here at Handicapped Pets Canada, we’re both. Heck, we’ve even made carts for rabbits! We do not discriminate. We love equally and care about you and your pet. We love big dogs, small dogs; Cats with 3 legs, indoor cats who want to be outdoor cats. Dogs who used to run and jump and play like toddlers, and dogs who only want to sleep. We’re your people when your pet has a mobility issue.
However, since everyone else has a preference, I’d thought I’d do some research to see what I could come up with. A whole workday later, I had a ton of information that was way to long for a single blog post. Lucky for you, I’m going to make it three parts! J
What makes cats better then dogs? Or dogs better then cats? Dogs have been domesticated for over 14,000 years, are descendants from wolves, and you can teach them tricks. 7,000 years ago, cats became domesticated. Before that, it’s believed that they evolved 18 million years ago. The Egyptians once worshiped cats; maybe that’s why they have such an ‘entitled’ aura to them!
We all know that dogs have an amazing sense of smell, with over 200 million odor-sensitive cells in their noses. Explosives, blood, drugs, human remains, other animals, mold, illegal fruits and veggies are some of the things ‘detection dogs’ are trained to sniff out, but did you know that dogs have an ability to detect very low concentrations of the alkanes and aromatic compounds generated by tumors! Yes, that’s right. Your dog might be able to tell if you have cancer. Now we just have to find a concrete way to have them communicate that to us!
Dogs take the cake in smelling, but cats are better listeners. Its said that a cats upper range goes from 60 to 65 kilohertz, which
enables them to hear both their kittens and the ultrasonic calls of rodents. Just cause dogs have important jobs (leading the blind, sniffing out criminal activity, watchdogs), doesn’t mean cats have been unemployed their whole existence. In the late 19th century, Belgian Society for the Elevation of the domestic cat, decided to use cats instead of pigeons for their postal deliveries. 37 cats, with the messages in waterproof bags attached to them, were sent of for this experiment. Within 5 hours, the first cat made it to his destination, with the rest returning home within 24 hours. It was quickly decided pigeons were more effective and the pigeons
probably rejoiced – nothing like possibly losing your (only) job to your archenemy.
Hmmm. Great smelling versus great hearing and both have been employed over time. Tomorrow we will explore intelligence and diet between the animals! Stay tuned!