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10 Reasons Pets Are Better Than Men

by | Jul 22, 2015 | Cat Behavior & Care, Dog Training & Care | 9 comments

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At the risk of hissing off men, and with tongue firmly in cheek, I had a lot of fun putting this list together of 10 reasons pets are better than men. Frankly, most items could be applied to women, too–or kids. Or (fill in the bank). What do you think? Have I missed anything?

Is this a type of "remote training?"

Is this a type of “remote training?”

Pets Don’t Steal The Remote. Well, some dogs do, and chew it up (ahem). But both cats and dogs are happy to hang out and watch whatever TV show you want to watch. They don’t pick up the remote and change channels from DANCING WITH THE STARS to the latest football game without asking.

Pets have their own style...

Pets have their own style…

Pets Don’t Care How You Look. Cats and dogs love you whether you wear makeup, the latest designer gown, or frumpy dumpy jeans. They aren’t interested in making sure you can impress their family or friends—it’s enough that you impress them with your big heart.

Pets Always Look Good. Cats never have to be reminded to “spiff up” for an event. They’re grooming is impeccable, and they’re always ready for that close up. Even dogs maintain that “casual chic” and wear mud well.

YOU'RE HOME!!!

YOU’RE HOME!!!

Pets Are Easy to Please. If you’re a bit late coming home the dog is even happier to see you. For a birthday bash, Kitty is happy with an empty paper bag or crumpled up wrapping paper, and could care less what it contained. All the pet wants is your lap and your time.

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Pets Don’t Try to Change You. In fact, cats will object if you change too much. Dogs love you for yourself, they don’t ask you to slim down or change jobs or move to please them. And once Kitty has the routine down pat, you can depend on the cat to stay the course without unexpected or unwelcomed changes along the way.

Kitten laying on German ShepherdCats Don’t Snore. Well, if they do snore it’s a delicate purr-like noise. They may hog the pillow, but cats won’t pull off the covers while you’re sleeping, or mess with the thermostat when you’re freezing (or boiling)—or complain if you adjust the thermostat for your comfort.

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Pets Don’t Complain if You Leave Up the Toilet Seat. They may actually prefer that.

Pets Are Always On Time. They don’t need to call to say they’re late, or make excuses when they forget to call. And if you lose your watch and forget the time, dogs and cats remind you about the important events well in advance. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Playtime. Naptime. Cuddles. Treats. And treats. Oh, and treats and cuddles.

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Pets Listen. When you need a furry shoulder to cry on, or talk out a problem, cats won’t offer you unsolicited advice. They don’t tell you what should have been done, or why you’re wrong. Dog don’t argue—although they may offer barky commentary. But for the most part they simply listen, wag or purr, and let you get it all out.

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Pets Never Stop Loving. They show love in infinite ways. With wags and snuggles. With kitty eye-blink kisses. When they knead, cheek rub and purr, or shove a soggy tennis ball into your lap. Pet love is unconditional, and never has furry strings attached.

What are some other ways dogs and cats are better than…(YOU fill in the blank 🙂 )

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9 Comments

  1. Dakota/Caren/Cody

    Love it! Well, Cody DOES snore and it sometimes isn’t a “purring” lol. Yes, he is fine.
    You forgot a BIGGIE!!! I have to word this as MOST pets are better than MEN because they are neutered!!!!! Bwwwah! xoxo

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    • Amy Shojai

      ROTFL!!! Well that’s true.

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  2. leigharrathoon

    Muffie, my big Maine Coon, who weighs 26 pounds, sleeps on my pillow, and he snores as loud as my father. I love it because it makes me feel secure and puts me to sleep. In the morning, he puts his head under the pillow I have over my head and kisses me to wake me up. His brother Biscuit pulls the covers off (he weighs 21 pounds) when I oversleep and jumps on my stomach.

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    • Amy Shojai

      Oh me-WOW! That’s one big kitty–and a matching snore-box, it seems. LOL!

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  3. leigharrathoon

    His grandpa was 35 pounds-I think- and a show cat.But, at 30 pounds Muffie was too big, so I got him down to 25-26 pounds. He’s a sweetheart, and very pretty.

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  4. Cathy Armato

    Great list, very comprehensive! I would add that pets are better than men ’cause they don’t bitch about how much money you’ve spent on shoes! LOL!!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  5. Karyl

    “Pets Don’t Care How You Look.” Unless you put strange objects on your face to make somebody laugh. Oh man you should have seen Anubis the day James got one of those “gorillapod” mini tripods, and stuck it on his face for a laugh. Poor cat thought he was being attacked and went NUTS.

    “Cats Don’t Snore. Well, if they do snore it’s a delicate purr-like noise.” Clearly you never met my mom’s old cat, who rivaled my dad some nights. 😛

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    • Amy Shojai

      LOL! Well I suppose there are exceptions for everything. *s*

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      • Karyl

        I don’t think my family has ever has a cat who wasn’t weird in some way. LOL

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