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Why Cats Are Way Better Than Dogs

Best Life Logo By Ari Notis of Best Life | Slide 1 of 18: The "cats vs. dogs" debate is as old as time, and a cursory look at the available information would seem to indicate that a clear victor exists: dogs. On all Internet platforms, for instance—from reddit to Instagram to popular GIF service Tenor.gif—canine-related content dwarfs feline-related content. In the physical world, dog parks have proliferated in seemingly every neighborhood, and even pop up in coworking spaces with startling frequency and acceptance. The scientific community has taken a stance, too: a recent study in Society & Animals indicates that human parents feel more empathy for puppies than they do for human babies. In other words, "cats vs. dogs" has long been settled.Not so fast.Cats, as anyone who has one will tell you (yours truly included), are better than dogs in every conceivable way. They're softer, sweeter, and smarter. They're quieter and cleaner. They're masters at both lazy lounging and merciless murdering (of rodents). Plus, once upon a time, we used to revere them as gods. And this all isn't just mindless pontificating—there's science to back it up. Yes, you may have thought that dog is "man's best friend." Here's proof that cat is. And for more reasons why these fine felines are so great, learn the 20 Amazing Facts You Never Knew About Your Cat.

1. We used to revere them as gods.

The "cats vs. dogs" debate is as old as time, and a cursory look at the available information would seem to indicate that a clear victor exists: dogs. On all Internet platforms, for instance—from reddit to Instagram to popular GIF service Tenor.gif—canine-related content dwarfs feline-related content. In the physical world, dog parks have proliferated in seemingly every neighborhood, and even pop up in coworking spaces with startling frequency and acceptance. The scientific community has taken a stance, too: a recent study in Society & Animals indicates that human parents feel more empathy for puppies than they do for human babies. In other words, "cats vs. dogs" has long been settled.

Not so fast.

Cats, as anyone who has one will tell you (yours truly included), are better than dogs in every conceivable way. They're softer, sweeter, and smarter. They're quieter and cleaner. They're masters at both lazy lounging and merciless murdering (of rodents). Plus, once upon a time, we used to revere them as gods. And this all isn't just mindless pontificating—there's science to back it up. Yes, you may have thought that dog is "man's best friend." Here's proof that cat is. And for more reasons why these fine felines are so great, learn the 20 Amazing Facts You Never Knew About Your Cat.

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