Cats vs. Dogs: The Epic Battle

With everything going on in the world, I thought we should step back for a moment and focus on one of the most pervasive, divisive issues of not just our modern day, but of all human history. It is an issue that has divided families, broken up marriages, and started wars:

Cats vs. Dogs

Cats are the historical underdog in terms of media perception. They are described as aloof, hard to manage, and likely to turn on you in an instant.

On the other hand, dogs, as we are told, are "Man's Best Friend." They are described as loyal, courageous, and willing to jump into burning buildings to save their humans.

Dogs are the recipients of the most positive propaganda:

And even the littlest among them are heroes:

Whereas cats in the media are inevitably paired the supernatural or alien:

Even in the most outlandish tails of humans taking on animal characteristics, the dog is still the hero:

While the cat is the villain:

(Even bats are more noble than cats!)

Once in a while, the narrative flips and cats are on top:

While dogs are revealed as the agents of Satan:

The tide may be turning for cats...they now garner a bigger audience than most major news channels:

With dogs slowly bringing up the rear:

But are cats and dogs really at odds with one another? Does it have to be either/or? Maybe it can be both:

On a personal note: I grew up in a household with both a cat and a dog. I love cats and dogs equally, but for different reasons!

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sierra skier's picture

First on Stephanie's post

First on Stephanie's post.

I was brought up with both dogs and cats and we never had any mice (cats win on that). Whereas cats tend to be more home bodies dogs love to travel with you, especially the lab we had. Both help to fulfill a rounded household, both have their roles to play.

My wife happens to be allergic to cats so we have never had a cat but we do have seasonal mice as a result. Our Akitas would be fast enough on occasion to get the mouse but not often enough. Our black lab (fixed) which we inherited from my mom and dad would never hurt  a mouse or any other critter, let alone get into a fight with other dogs.

Both cats and dogs are wonderful and loving creatures well suited to sharing our homes.

don quixote's picture

Forget about dogs and cats

Forget about dogs and cats and get a chicken. They give you eggs, and eat your scraps, bugs, weeds. After their egg laying days are over you can give them a nice hot bath with diced onion and carrots. ;-)

Have you hugged a chicken today?

Nana's picture

We Have

A cat named Dog, long story, I will save you the diatribe, he is a rescue.....

Mr. Fix's picture


Iheart my cat.

His name is  Kirksmiley

Spock ran away.devil

JustDale's picture

Finishing 'out of the money' @ 4th?

My dog could always out-run my cat, but he could never out-quick her.  Neither of them could out-last old age.

Now I have two dogs.  I wish one of them could purr.

stackaloha's picture

cats vs. dogs?

I am more of a dog person, growing up we had both. As an adult, I prefer the "buddy" factor of a dog but I like cats that are "mousers". I must say though, that the most interesting pet I've ever had was a cat. A fairly humorous story involved so I'll share it.

In the mid 90's we had an early snow that stuck. In the early morning I was walking a few blocks to the store. I love a good walk in fresh snow. It happened to be my birthday btw, anyway, I noticed what looked like a jumping snowball at first as it was repeatedly hopping over the snow in the street towards me. So I of course was curious, It was a tiny kitten, pure white manx (stump tail) that I would never have noticed except for the movement. His fur was very long and on the manx tail it truly looked like a cotton tail from a rabbit. I scooped him up (I did cruise the neighborhood later looking for missing cat flyers) and because of his hopping and the cotton tail I named him "Cabbit" heh.

Cabbit would follow me everywhere I would walk, like a dog. He was stupidly fearless, like a dog. Sometimes I would hear a dog barking outside and I would look out to see a dog barking in Cabbit's face trying to get him to begin a chase. Cabbit would plant his ass on the sidewalk, wait for the dog to get close enough with the bully barking to where Cabbit could CLAW the dogs face lol. He would spin 360 degrees on his ass with these dogs occasionally just swatting calmly whenever the dog would truly enter his personal space. It wasn't something I encouraged or anything but it would happen fairly often and it was HILLARIOUS!

People were always asking me about this unusual cat. I developed a story (white lie) that Cabbit was a hybrid cat/rabbit that was genetically engineered at Oregon Health Sciences University. Almost everyone I told that story to believed it! Cabbit was the only cat I ever really bonded well with I guess. I do love a good mouser though.

I had a Pitbull named Athena who I called "the battering ram of love" because she liked to push kids over so she could lick their faces. That was the one habit I couldn't break her of... she would never intentionally hurt anyone (except burglars) but there was some danger in that proclivity. She did bite someone's face when they snuck into my house while I was down the street. The thief deserved it so I'm proud of her for that. and many other things. She was an absolutely incredible buddy and just loved everyone. Unless you were a stealing bastage that is...

Thanks for the chance to tell pet stories Stephanie

Nana's picture

Why Can't We Be Friends

Dyna mo hum's picture

I was just thinking about cats


AlienEyes's picture

Cats & Dogs

Cats & Dogs evolved from a common ancestor. Maybe that's why my wife and I like them both.

Men that deeply despise cats are often latent homos trying to act macho.

vonburpenstein's picture

If only...

.....The "cats" and "dogs" had the ability to take a step back and realize hey, there's plenty for you AND me, and that they don't have to chase each other and be enemies... if they could only get rid of their (our) handlers

Bugzy's picture


Dogs that is; Loyal, protective, always desperately happy to see you.

Cats on the other hand... aloof, unpredictable, sly, independent, lash out violently at any time. 

Guess that is what makes cat woman so incredibly dangerous and sexy. 

We are taking gender differences are we not Steph? Or am I reading too much into last weeks slanging match? 

Mantis's picture


Ah cats n dogs, I love both. i have two cats but no dogs though been tempted. I like the way cats are a bit more independant, not sure I could fit a dog in with my lifestyle. Cats don't deserve that evil reputation, they are friendly and loving. Maybe it depends how you approach them.

On subject of animals I love heres some others from top of my head moths, snakes, hamsters, praying mantii, hover flies, sharks (sharks remind me of dogs ), cuttlefish, tuna, puffer fish. If you play close attention to ANY animal with an open mind you might be astounded by common understanding that is possible :)

SaratogaPrepper's picture

I have no dog in this fight.

(Someone had to say it.)

My wife has two cats. Sheemia and Callie (previous owner thought she was a Calico, actually a tortoise shell).

She also helps feed about 30 feral cats, catches them in traps with the intent of having them spayed or neutered, and given a thorough check up. Some were born feral and will never make a good pet, while others have been abandoned by assholes and would love a good home. 

I had a goldfish once.

AlienEyes - Way too funny! Can't wait to throw that out there Monday morning at work.

Quisp's picture

Dogs vs. Cats

I've always said, that I get enough attitude from the people I have to deal with. Why do I want it from an animal.

Dogs rule.

Quisp's picture

Dogs Cats Living Together..... Mass Hysteria

Marchas45's picture

People Say

"That Men like Dogs and Women like Cats," not true in my family, I could never be without a cat and a dog as I love them both as does my wife.

Every cat and dog that we have had always got along well with each other and slept together and ate together and I have yet to have seen a fight between them.

Can't say that for people or my family members. Lol

transplanted baby's picture

Re Mr. Fix and that run away Spock

I hope Spock has not become Bones.

My goat is named smoke- as in smoke and mirrors.

I Run Bartertown's picture


That hadn't even occurred to me. Now you've got me thinking. My dog is kind of like a little brother, he's great but that's not really the part I'm wondering about. But cats... I only ever 'owned' one cat, and that was a pretty unpleasant experience all around. It was just like you described. But cats can be very fun to have around. I really enjoy cats that other people own and take care of.

stackaloha's picture

Action Jackson

I had a small tribe of Jackson lizards while on Maui and they are soooo cool! Besides their awesome color camouflage they also move in a very herky jerky motion so as to imitate a leaf in the wind i suppose. They are a fairly unique reptile in that they give LIVE birth and I had one who popped out 23 little ones in a day lol! cute little suckers. I wound up setting them every one of them free into the magnificent "elephant ear pod" trees we had in the yard. I could never visually spot them again.

I agree with don quixote above. Chickens are awesome (except for roosters that crow at 2 am) and I used to love seeing ours choking down poisonous centipedes along with all of the other good benefits!

On the mainland people often incorrectly call millipedes centipedes. Here is a quick centipede video:

That one is a big one but I've seen bigger surprise biggest I saw was about a foot long. I killed it myself.

Don't let them scare you away from Hawaii though, they aren't everywhere or anything. You won't find them in the resorts imo. yuch

Edit: sorry for going off topic a bit here

Whitecastle123's picture

Thanks Stephanie

Brought back a lot of memories.  I once had a male Lynx Siamese named Eddie, crazy bastard.  This guy was out there a bit with his ankle attacking fetish.   

One night I made a beautiful BLT , flopped it on a plate and when I turned I was instantly ankle attacked, BLT flying through the air to the kitchen floor.  Went to grab a broom and when I  got back he was snarfing on the tomato so I let him feed.  Then he ate the lettuce but didn't touch the bacon.  

Soon after I found out he was a green bell pepper junkie to boot, he loved the peppers.   So every few days I would chop him up a mini salad and always ate it up.  I shit you not. He was a unique cat for sure.

Now we have a pair of Jacks and a 95 lb. Am Staff terrier.  Life is chaos but good.  

Libero's picture

Ok, I'll bite

I have always loved cats.  My first cat as an official owner was Dunya, a russian blue deaf cat.  Always responded to my hand signals.

Dogs have never been my type.

BagOfGold's picture

This is a true story about a duck...

I adopted out in the Canadian wilderness...& he has become one of many favourite characters over at the A.I.M. (Art In Motion) forum...We are all different...but  we adapt & get along...That is what makes TF Metals  such a great place to be!...Grow & nuture...instead of divide & conquer...That's what sets us apart from any other website!...Thank You everyone...for making this all possible!!!...

The story of Duckie...

The closer I got to nature...the more I became an integral part of it...& took notice that not only plants...but also animals respond to stimulus in their environment!...I "found myself" in the Canadian a classical guitarist & composer...One early morning concert a new friend came to join the was a male mallard duck...He heard the music...smelled the baked bread I had just taken off the coals from the fire to rest & cool...waddling over but keeping a distance of 5 feet...he sat there & listened to me play...& the more I played...the closer he came...& it was then that I had noticed one his legs was broken...He was quite thin from hunger...& voraciously ate the broken up bread crusts I held in my hand!...A bond developed rather quickly with this wounded duck...& he allowed me to mend his leg with sticks & leather tightly bound around the broken leg!...I named him Duckie...he liked that name...&  he would follow me around the lake when I checked my fish traps & foraged for edible plants...Actually...he followed me everywhere...In the mornings I would call his name & he would fly from the lake to meet for our daily walks...& then he would eat the seeds I gathered & sit to listen to the morning guitar concerts...while other birds would join in & sing harmony!...Soon his leg healed...& I was able to take the splints off his leg...The morning ritual continued until the fall...but many days had passed & Duckie did not come when I called his name...& gave up calling him as I assumed he was dead!...The days had passed...& it was over 2 weeks...without calling Duckie...he finally showed up!...He came close to me...& when I moved close to him...he would back away...then move towards the lake...this went on for a few hours...until I finally "got it"...he was leading me to the show me something!...He came to say goodbye to me...& swam out to meet his mate!...I said "goodbye Duckie"...& he flew away with the other go south for the winter!...I never saw Duckie again...but I could feel him in the audience...every morning at the guitar concerts...& the trees would bend their boughs & I could hear them sing...a sweet refrain...far removed from the cacaphony of motor vehicles & sirens!...

Bag Of Gold

flyinkel's picture

Whether you have cats, dogs, or both

You love them. DeaconBenjamin, I found your post interesting, certainly no harm no foul committed.

Edit: yes, posts were deleted.  While this is not the exact article, it is close.   A ruble note has a picture of Apollo that some find offensive.

Pretty soon you won't be allowed to take children to famous museums either...

I Run Bartertown's picture

I'm confused

Did some posts disappear? Or should I be drinking water instead of my nectar

AgAuthaChristie's picture

I have had dogs and cats and

I have had dogs and cats and enjoy them both, but if I were to suddenly shrink to the size of your standard GI Joe, and I had a cat in the house, I would run to the safety of my dog.

The dog may be a bit confused but would be as pleased as ever to see me.  The cat would likely kill me after growing tired of  batting me around and tormenting me like I was a mouse.

Karankawa's picture

I have a dog and no cats.

My dog is a natural killer of anything wild including feral cats found around commercial dumpsters on walks.  I don't really like it, but it's in her blood.

She's getting better.  I brought home 5 week old rabbits this Spring.  They were all in the came cage sitting on 16" blocks.  All she could do was stare at them and drool, and occasionally give me a questioning look.

Three months later after seeing me tend them daily and take them out of their cage every day or so, she now sees them as part of her family and comes over to sniff and lick each one for a minute are two as I check them over, trim nails, treat one with ear mites, and just pet them so they are used to being handled.

When I put one down on the ground, she knows she could take it and at first it was a struggle for her (I didn't do this for quite a while), but now she would protect them from anything.

Makes life interesting.  The process has made her much more valuable to me as well.  I moved some 10 day old quail to their outside cage one night.  The doors to the cage were hinged at the top and I didn't put a clip on one of them.  The next morning 5 had stumbled out and were gone.  She helped me find three of them the next morning.

It's likely a DAMN FERRAL cat (or perhaps a SWEET KITTY one of my neighbors let out) had them for dinner.  These two options are the most likely.

Am I pissed.  YES, but not the cats for doing what they are designed to do.  I'm the one that forget to secure their cage.

AlienEyes's picture

Gone with the wind....

I remember a post with a pix of a Russian 100 ruble note that was a bit off topic, which now seems to be “gone and broke wind”. Much like flatulence in a whirlwind.

Marcus's picture

Cat owners must thrive on

Cat owners must thrive on rejection. I'll take a dog any day.

If you really want to start a battle, Stephanie, get people's opinion on which way the toilet paper roll should be positioned: over or under. That should get the fur flying.

treefrog's picture

dogs have owners,

cats have staff.

a weekend music vid for pipefitters.

Magpie's picture

Two dogs, three cats,

all recycled.  I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't have pets...and I can't imagine life without them.

Cats are sorta like having a fairly decent college roomie.  Dogs are more like having a two year old kid.

I had a cat named Hoover...he came by his name honestly, but the only foods he'd ever pester us for we're avocados and cantalopes.  Go figure.

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