Dogs versus cats

Dogs win the pet war — but cats get compliments

Luzedith Ornelas and Evelyn Alejos

It seems that at Morton East High School more than half of the students own a dog — fewer own cats.

In a random survey of 100 Morton East Students, 74 students reported owning a dog.  Owning a pet seems to be a serious responsibility but it’s always great having a company with you and more when it’s about a pet. Many people would rather own a dog as a pet than a cat; they believe they have human characteristics and interactions. Let’s not forget there are also those types of people who rather own a cat than a dog; they believe that cats are able to spend more time by themselves and don’t require a lot of attention. “Dogs can assist those with mental or physical disabilities.” For example, some blind people put their trust in their dog to guide them.  And, cats have good sleeping habits; “Cats conserve energy by sleeping for an average of 13 to 14 hours a day.”

“Dogs are the only things on earth that love you more than you love yourself,” Mr. Sujak, teacher at the reading lab, said.

Dogs are  always most excited to see you when you get home.  It doesn’t matter how frustrating they are, you can’t help but love them.  They will be by your side even in the hardest moments, and they would not betray you as humans do.

“Coming home from a long day, I always brighten up when I see my puppy greet me at the door. No matter how sad, annoyed, or tired I am, I will always laugh seeing my dog hop up and down trying to kiss me,” senior Sandra Nava said.

Cats, in particular, lower your stress level possibly since they don’t require as much effort as dogs and lower anxiety in your life. Petting a cat has a positive calming effect.

“As anyone who has ever been around a cat for a long time knows, cats have enormous patience with the limitations of humankind,” junior Yanixel Padilla said.

Studies have shown cats will remember the kindness shown to them and return the favor later. In fact, it turns out that cats can be just as good of companions as dogs.  Even independent outside cats return home for food and shelter.

“My lovely cat has eyes in which they have the power to speak a great language,” Mr. Elkins, a math teacher, said.

Some cats can be very affectionate, but on the whole, dogs are generally thought to be more loving and devoted to their owners.

“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust,” Ms. Cortes English teacher said.