Last Updated: 3 weeks ago

You’ve heard the saying, “Cats rule, dogs drool!” right?

We’re pretty sure it actually came from the children’s movie Cats and Dogs (FYI, one of the best family movies ever!).

The debate has been raging for as long as people have had pets! Which is better: cats or dogs?

It’s time to lay it to rest once and for all! We’re going to tell you why cats are better than dogs.

Read on, and we’ll tell you how to do your part to settle the debate!

Cats vs. Dogs: 10 Reasons Why Cats Are Better Than Dogs

10 Reasons Why Cats Are Better Than Dogs

Cats and dogs have long been at the center of the age-old debate about which is the better pet.

While the answer ultimately depends on personal preferences and lifestyle, there are compelling reasons why many people find cats to be superior companions.

Let’s explore the unique qualities that make cats stand out, highlighting their independence, lower maintenance needs, and compatibility with various living situations.

Let’s start with the actual reasons why cats are better than dogs:

1. Independent Nature

Cats are naturally independent animals, requiring less constant attention and care than dogs.

They are content with their alone time and don’t rely on constant interaction.

You can’t tell a cat what to do! They teach us to be who we are without apology and to think outside the box.

2. Low Maintenance

Cats are generally easier to care for.

They groom themselves, use a litter box, and are less demanding when it comes to outdoor activities. This makes them a more low-maintenance pet.

They rarely have patience for your antics, so when they do, it’s insanely hilarious! 

3. Space Adaptability

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Cats can thrive in smaller living spaces, making them suitable for apartments or houses without yards.

Their ability to adapt to various environments is a significant advantage.

They don’t take up much space! If they fit, they sit! Seriously, you can fit five cats in the amount of space that it takes to raise one dog.

4. Quieter Companions

Unlike dogs, cats are generally quieter. They are magnificent, graceful creatures!

They don’t bark loudly or make excessive noise, making them ideal for people who prefer a more serene living environment.

5. Odor Control

Cats are meticulous groomers and usually keep themselves clean, resulting in a less noticeable odor compared to dogs.

Their waste is also contained in a litter box, minimizing outdoor smells.

6. Lower Allergenicity

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Many people with allergies find that they are less allergic to cats than dogs.

Cats’ grooming habits and their fur type can make them a more suitable choice for allergy sufferers.

7. Natural Pest Control

They bring you gifts! It’s a sign of love! Or a sign that they feel you’re not doing a good job providing for the family.

Cats have a natural instinct for hunting and catching pests, such as mice and insects.

Having a cat can contribute to a pest-free home environment.

8. Affection on Their Terms

While cats can be affectionate, they often express it on their own terms.

This can be appealing to individuals who appreciate companionship without the constant need for attention.

They give amazing cuddles

Cats are so independent that when they snuggle up with you, they make you feel like you’re the most special person in the world. When that purr box gets going, your heart just melts!

9. Lower Environmental Impact

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Cats generally have a smaller carbon footprint compared to dogs.

Their smaller size and dietary needs contribute to a smaller overall impact on the environment.

They are incredibly observant and can alert you to any change in your environment.

10. Longevity

Cats tend to live longer on average than dogs.

For those looking for a long-term pet companion, a cat’s potentially longer lifespan can be a significant factor in their favor.


In the ongoing rivalry between cat lovers and dog enthusiasts, it’s essential to appreciate the distinctive qualities that set our feline friends apart.

From their independent nature to their lower maintenance requirements and adaptability to diverse living spaces, cats offer a unique companionship experience.

While the choice between cats and dogs is subjective, understanding the benefits of having a cat as a pet can help individuals make a decision that aligns with their lifestyle and preferences.

What do you think about why cats are better than dogs? If you agree that cats rule, leave us a comment here telling us why!

Nicole Etolen
Nicole Etolen

Nicole is one of the writers here on CatVills. She’s been a cat lover most of her life and-at one point- counted five felines as part of her family. Today, she’s proud cat mom to two indoor kitties and caregiver for a slew of ferals.