Pet experts weigh in on battle of the species

Posted on December 11, 2009 under Pet News (General)

Pet experts weigh in on battle of the speciesAfter a fierce battle and a close race, it looks like dogs come out on top. This week, pet industry officials claimed to settle the score between dog and cat lovers by giving their expert opinions on how the animals compare in the battle of the species.

The final decision was made after the panel of expert, chosen by New Scientist magazine, ranked cats and dogs in 11 categories including friendliness, ease of training, popularity and eco-friendliness, the Herald Sun reports.

While the discussion broached the merits of owning both types of, in the end, dogs won six categories to cat’ five.

Kerri Newman, who owns a non-profit rescue shelter called Cat Corner, cited a cat’s independence as a major selling point for the species.

She told the news source, "Dogs are very eager to please, they are food-oriented and easy to train, but they are also high maintenance; you have to walk them and pick up after them when they go to the toilet."

Nonetheless, dissenters maintained that dogs have shared a longer history with humans and are easier pets with which to bond. In short, it’s hard to top man’s best friend.

According to the U.S. Humane Society, there are approximately 88.3 million owned cats and 74.8 million owned dogs in the country.