HAPPY NATIONAL CAT DAY! This is not to be mistaken with Global Cat Day which was on October 16th. Yes, today is NATIONAL Cat Day. There is a great divide between cat people and dog people. I like to credit myself with being both.

Taking care of and owning cats and dogs vary greatly. As someone who owns both a cat and a dog, I think I can count myself as an expert on this topic. In the U.S., there are many more dog households as opposed to cat households according to AVMA.org. Just because the majority of Americans own dogs, doesn't mean they are right. Here are 5 reasons why owning a cat is better than owning a dog.

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    They require less supervision.

    There are many dog owners that have to crate train their dogs, you never hear of this when it comes to cats. Even when a dog gets older, they require more supervision than a cat does.

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    They are not attention hogs.

    While this is a case by case argument and you can say that this is not the case for your dog/cat, this is true for most cats/dogs. Dogs are always craving your attention. They want to play, they want to go outside, they want to be pet, the want to lick your face...it goes on and on.

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    Litter boxes are easier than you think.

    When you take a dog out to use the bathroom you have to pick up their poop with nothing between you and it, but a thin plastic bag. If you don't have a fenced in yard, you have to go out with the dog in the rain, sleet, snow, or hail. It's like USPS. If your dog is sick...don't even get me started... They sell self cleaning litter boxes! There's no comparison.

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    They are quiet.

    Dogs make a lot of noise. When they play they growl. When they get frightened or hear someone outside they bark. When they want your attention they whine. Cats purr, which is relatively quiet or they meow/cry, which is still quite quiet.

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    They are cleaner.

    Cats clean themselves. Even if you have an outdoor cat, they come back in much cleaner than a dog does. It's like dogs go looking for the easiest way to get dirty, while cats like to stay nice and clean.

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