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In the War of Dogs vs. Cats, Clear Winner: Dogs

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  1. Smashy

    Smashy

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    LOS ANGELES — Cats. Dogs. Those can be fighting words in some circles.

    Cats are "nasty, stinking creatures," says Mark David of Warrensburg, Mo. And dogs? They're noisy, disruptive and "lick you and themselves," counters Sanford Reikes of Louisville, Ky.

    Clearly, there are dog people and there are cat people. But it's not much of a contest: 74 percent of people like dogs a lot, and only 41 percent like cats a lot.

    Cats win the dislike vote handily, according to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll. Fifteen percent of the adults questioned said they disliked cats a lot while the number who said they disliked dogs a lot was just 2 percent.

    Joseph Moreus, 61, of Westminster, Calif., understands why dogs come out on top.

    "They have more personality. They are loyal," he said. "Cats are all about cats but dogs are interested in pleasing their owners. Cats don't care if they please you or not."

    And cats can be destructive, said Joy Rasch, 70, of Kennewick, Wash., who gets mad at the neighborhood cats who kill robins, quail and squirrels in her back yard. Male cats will spray their territory or get in the wood pile at 3 a.m. and "screech like bad brakes on a car," she added.

    Of course, cat lovers, if smaller in numbers, are equal in passion.

    "Cats are 1,000 times smarter than dogs," said Bonnie Hanson, 77, of Sioux Falls, S.D. She and her late husband had a black Siamese cat, Kitty, that she said "always wanted to comfort people, anybody who was ill or unhappy."

    "My husband would have chest pains and wouldn't tell me. But Kitty would come and look at me and I'd know. We called him our psychic Siamese," she said. "Every cat I ever had was a help and a comfort."

    More than two-thirds of people in the United States have a pet, said Gail Buchwald, senior vice president of the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City. About 39 percent of households have dogs and 34 percent have cats, Buchwald said, using numbers supplied by the Association of Pet Product Manufacturers.

    Those most likely to dislike cats were blacks, Hispanics and married men. Men were a bit more likely than women to say they disliked cats.

    Dog people are more adamant about their preference than cat people, the poll found. Of those who owned only a dog, 34 percent said they disliked cats; of those who owned only a cat, only 5 percent disliked dogs.

    David, 28, who runs a landscaping company in Warrensburg, dislikes cats but he says he owes his life to a dog. Two years ago, his 5-year-old black lab Zena was with him when a tractor rolled onto his leg, leaving him pinned and bleeding. Zena went to get his wife.

    "She wasn't a Lassie by any means, but she was smart enough to go for help," David said.

    Still, all this sniping doesn't mean there is no harmony in the country. Sixty percent of all adults said they liked both dogs AND cats.

    Cats are independent so give you a little more freedom but dogs are better companions, said Janet Hardy, 69, of Abingdon, Md., who grew up with both.

    David Kyser, 73, has also had both — and can tick off their relative merits.

    "Cats take care of themselves. They are very clean. Dogs are not so clean and they need some activity. They are good if you have a house full of children," said Kyser, of Austin, Texas. "Cats just kind of sit around being cats."

    And some, of course, don't want either species for a friend.

    "I have a fear of dogs and I don't like cats," said Willie Thigpen, 60, of Greenwood, S.C. He and his wife raised three children, but they never had a pet.

    "And now I don't want to take care of nothing except me," he said.

    The AP-Petside.com poll was conducted Oct. 1-5, 2009, by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. It involved telephone interviews on landline and cell phones with 1,967 adults nationwide, including 1,166 pet owners and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.2 percent for all adults. The margin of sampling error is higher and varies for results based on sub-samples.


    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,582375,00.html?test=latestnews
     
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    Glock20 10mm Use Linux!

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    I like them both, each has a purpose and function.
     

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    Yeah, cats give dogs something to chase. :supergrin:
     
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    Cats- snakes with fur. :supergrin:
     
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    Smashy... davew83... you guy's are killing me!!!! ROFLMAO!!!
     
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    Jay9928 I laugh at liberals.

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    Women love cats, men love dogs... real men love dogs that eat cats.

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    Blitzer Cool Cat

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    Cats have more than twice the verbal skills of dogs.
     
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    glock22357 Got Ammo???

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    What a dumb concern.

    My two felines are curled up next to me as I type, but I love dogs too. Cats are just faaar more easy to care for. Ya gotta watch out for people that don't like animals....they tend to be psychos.
     
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    My cat will eat your freaking dogs!

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    Blast 'nuff said

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    Can't we all just get along?

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    I'll keep my kitties. They go outside and do their business in some out of the way place and bury it. They have their own cat doors so I don't even have to let them in or out. Dogs do their business wherever they happen to be standing when the urge strikes and then just leave it there, so that even if they go outside you still have to clean it up. When the wife and I disappear to our house on the coast for the weekend, we just make sure the food and water dispensers are full and leave, the cats will be fine. Couldn't do that with a dog.
     
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    What's a "cat"??

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    I thought that stripped one in front of me was a cat -

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    Now I remember - rabbits taste better - besides, no cat was ever as cute as we were at 11 weeks and 30# -

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    Trust me !!!

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    If your main concern is the ease of care why not get a pet rock or a fuzzy caterpillar? Both are vitrtually maintainance free and you'll never have to worry about where they do their business.:tongueout:
     
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    Isn't that what you feed them? :supergrin:
     
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    Palouse The Resistance Lifetime Member

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    FTW.

    Why this topic even comes up now and again boggles me.
     
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    Those are some cute pictures.:supergrin: