Cats or Dogs?

cats or dogs

Are you interested in cats or dogs? Do you want to adopt a furry baby, but you are not sure which is the best option for you? Objectively speaking, no animal is better than the other. They differ greatly from one another. That’s what makes them special in their own way! Pet parents generally choose the kind of furry baby they want to adopt based on their own taste.

This article can help you pick between the two species by identifying your preferences and how they comply with their needs. It is important after all, to make sure that your choice aligns with your lifestyle and the kind of commitment you are prepared for.

Pet Popularity in Europe

According to a survey, the pet population in European households is extremely high. Whether it’s cats or dogs, birds or fish, small mammals or reptiles, Europe is home to millions of pets of all kinds of species. More specifically, citizens from countries such as Germany, France, and the Netherlands show a preference for cats.

In 2020, the pet cat population in Europe reached over 110 million. Despite ranking second most popular among pets, dogs in Europe remain a constant presence for a large number of households. In 2019, it was found that in Europe, one in five households owned at least one dog.

The Netherlands

In a 2016 survey, it was found that more than half of Dutch homes raised at least one furry baby. Surprisingly, the most favorable pets in the Netherlands  are cats. There were reportedly around three million cats in households in 2019. Meanwhile, the pet dog population reached around 1.7 million. Over the last decade, the pet popularity among the two species has remained steady, with cats taking up 24% and dogs reaching 17% of households.

Note that pet popularity does not render one better than the other. It merely shows that there is a larger number of people who are drawn to one animal over the other based on their preference that is determined by their needs, their lifestyle, and their personality.

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Cat Person vs. Dog Person

You want to decide if you want to have cats or dogs. The best way to do it is by defining your needs as a person based on what each animal can offer you. For example, if you’re an independent person, you might want to look for a cat. If you are in need of a companion, then your best option is a dog.

Below you will find some of the most basic characteristics in each animal. If they match your personality and lifestyle, your decision will most likely be easy to make in the end.


  • independent
  • non-conforming
  • over-cautious
  • values affection
  • reserved


  • seeks companionship
  • obedient, cooperative
  • agreeable
  • loyal
  • sociable

Of course, this does not mean that you must limit yourself to the option that is most similar to you. For example, you might be over-cautious but you seek adventure and desire to socialise. In this case, you may want to go for the furry pal that will encourage you to get out of your comfort zone.

Cat Needs vs. Dog Needs

Another factor to choose between cats and dogs is their needs, and how they align with yours. For example, if you are not a fan of walking your dog every day, then a cat might be a better option for you. Apart from your unconditional love, see what else each animal requires from you in the basic care list below:


  • Clean litterboxes every day
  • Brushing and petting
  • Encouragement to play
  • Parasite prevention and control


  • Frequent daily walks outside
  • Brushing and petting
  • Daily exercise for at least 30 minutes
  • Parasite prevention and control

In Conclusion

There is no competition between cats and dogs. There is only preference based on the pet parents’ needs, personalities, and lifestyles. Who knows? At the end of the day, you might discover that you want to adopt both and end up asking yourself how to make them get along instead!

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