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30 ways cats are not that different from dogs

  • 30 ways cats are not that different from dogs

    Almost 70% of the population has a pet, which isn’t surprising considering research suggests they can actually make people happier. Slightly more households have dogs, but cats come in a close second. Most people know if they are a cat or dog person, but there are some quizzes to help those who are on the fence. The pet that people tend to choose may even reveal a little about their personality.

    While people may swear the differences in cats and dogs put either in the best pet category, there are many similarities between these animal companions. Recent studies show that dogs may be more intelligent than cats, but both animals can bond with and show affection to humans, are territorial, and could survive on their own if necessary.

    To help bridge the divide between cat and dog people, Stacker gathered data from the Humane Society, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and other websites to compile a list of 30 ways these animal companions don’t differ much from each other. Click through to see similarities between the two.

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  • They show affection

    Cats may have a reputation for being aloof, but they’re just more subtle about showing their love. They don’t cover their owner’s face in licks like dogs. Instead, they tend to show their affection to humans by sitting beside them, grooming them, and sending snuggle signals with their tails, which is what they do to each other.

  • They communicate

    Both cats and dogs communicate, they just do it in different ways. Cats talk to their humans through meows, something they don’t do with other cats. Sometimes they’re saying hello or asking for food, other times they’re signaling that something is wrong.

  • They eat meat

    Both animals are meat-eating carnivores. The difference is that cats are considered obligate carnivores, which means they need animal protein to survive, though some vegetarian pet food companies debate this fact. Dogs are scavenging carnivores, so they could be vegetarian if they had to.

  • They can bond with babies

    Though it can take some work to get cats and dogs used to tiny humans, one quick YouTube search will show plenty of examples of cats and dogs playing, grooming, and cuddling with babies. To be safe, prepare a feline for an infant’s arrival by setting up the nursery early and playing baby noises around the house during pregnancy.

  • They have similar gestation periods

    Cats and dogs are pregnant for about the same length of time. Both have gestational periods of about 63 days.

  • They need time with their mom

    Kittens and puppies receive nourishment from their mothers’ milk for about four weeks. Dogs can be weaned around seven or eight weeks after birth, while kittens may need a little more time. If not weaned properly, both animals can suffer emotionally and physically.

  • They have a strong sense of smell

    Cats and dogs both have much stronger senses of smell than their human companions. While dogs may have more sniffing receptors than cats, studies show cats may have a more discriminatory sense of smell.

  • Intestinal parasites can be harmful

    The same intestinal parasites can make both dogs and cats sick. Common ones to look out for are hookworm, tapeworm, roundworm, and whipworm. Head to the veterinarian if either type of pet displays quick and unexplained weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, or scooting behavior.

  • Heartworms are a concern

    Both pets are susceptible to heartworms, foot-long worms spread by mosquitoes that can live in the animal’s heart, lungs, and nearby blood vessels. Preventive medication is the best method for protecting both animals from the parasite and is the only method for helping cats. While the worms rarely make it to adulthood in cats, the immature worms can still cause long-term damage and cannot be treated with the same medicine as dogs.

  • Humans can get allergies from both

    Much to the chagrin of many animal lovers, both cats and dogs cause allergies in humans. People are allergic to cats at about twice the rate of dogs, and can be sensitive to the proteins in their pet’s urine, saliva, or dander (dead skin cells).

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