If you’re looking for a workout buddy, a cat may not be your best choice. While cats are known to be agile and will occasionally spend time playing games with you, they aren’t known to be athletic, per se. Dogs, on the other hand, are usually great exercise pals. Many breeds enjoy running and hiking, and will happily trek along on any trip.
Just because cats aren’t into exercise, doesn’t mean they aren’t nimble. Cats have lean muscles and will pounce or leap when stalking prey, even if that prey happens to be a fun feather toy you’re swaying back and forth on the carpet.
Playtime with dogs and cats is also very different. While many dogs enjoy a game of fetch, cats will often watch you toss a ball, and then walk away, unwilling to join in on your game. For a cat, fun playtime may consist of pouncing on your feet when you’re lying under the covers and sleeping. Cats are nocturnal animals, says the Animal Humane Society, and enjoy playing at night, when your dog is most likely snoring gently.
Food Is Another Difference Between Dogs and Cats
Dogs and cats enjoy eating. However, cats need to ingest smaller and more frequent meals than dogs. It’s important to thoroughly understand your pet’s nutritional needs. Speak with your veterinarian to determine the perfect meal plan for your furry friend.
Dogs and Cats Use the Bathroom Differently
When there’s a rainstorm, a cat that uses the litter box may win you over quicker than a dog who needs to relieve himself outside and is very picky about the exact piece of grass on which to “go.” However, it’s possible to house train your dog. Cats learn to use a litter box quickly, often by instinct and require only a few reminders.