Why Cats Are Better Than Dogs

If you have any doubt that cats are better than dogs, please take a few minutes to do the following:

1. Sit in a comfy chair in a warm room with a cup of your favorite hot beverage.

2. Read the classic Jack London short story To Build a Fire, a harrowing account of a man and a dog struggling to survive in extreme cold weather.

3. Read Darla’s (She’s a Maineiac) Tales From the Ice Storm of 1998 (part 1 and part 2), a hilarious account of a woman and a cat struggling to survive in extreme cold weather.

I rest my case.

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41 comments on “Why Cats Are Better Than Dogs
  1. blooper0223 says:

    I concur … as I brush off the layer of cat hair on my shirt. ;-)

  2. That link was hilarious. And harrowing. And I’m undecided on the cat/dog thing.

  3. I miss cats. I have to stop marrying guys who are allergic to cats. Yep. On #2…

  4. Karen says:

    Change #2 to watch Lassie, and the dog people cheer.
    Change #2 to watch Homeward Bound, and everybody wins!
    I wholeheartedly concur on #1 and #3.

    • Laura says:

      I think the cat people still win with Lassie. Darla’s much smarter than Timmy, which says something about the relative intelligence of cat people vs. dog people.

  5. Elyse says:

    Nope. Sorry. Cats don’t care if you come home. They don’t love you the way a dog does. Sorry, Laura, I am unconvinced.

    But the ice thing might be a plus for the cat. I have to admit I thought Darla would have taken Conan out of the carrier so that he could pull her up the hill like a husky. But then when I saw that Darla had to do all the work, well, I decided that I am right.

    Dogs rule.

  6. Gail says:

    My god, Laura, she’s (gasp!) as funny as you are.

    Of course, if she’d had a CAMP STOVE, she and her cat could have enjoyed coffee at home and avoided the whole harrowing ordeal…

    (And of course, dogs – MY dog, anyway – are far superior to cats.)

  7. Snoring Dog Studio says:

    Still not convinced. Darla – being the unique and marvelous person she is has an equally unique and marvelous cat.

  8. MissSteele says:

    Ha! This is a great point. I remember reading ‘To Build a Fire’ in high school and I still remember the end of the depressing story with the dog. I love both cats and dogs, though.

    • Laura says:

      When I was writing this post, I found out that there are actually two versions of this story. The one everyone knows is the second version. The earlier version was written for younger readers and has a very different ending (and no dog).

      • MissSteele says:

        What? How did I not know this? Well, that’s good to know in case I stumble into a conversation where someone talks about how sweet the ending was in ‘To Build a Fire’ and I immediately assume they are a sociopath.

  9. Dana says:

    I grew up with cats but have since been partial to dogs. (Disclaimer: I’m a sucker for external validation and obvious displays of affection. Enough with the aloofness of cats!)

  10. pegoleg says:

    What great suggestions! Except I’m not quite sure how they prove that cats are better than dogs….?

    • Laura says:

      If you read both stories and compare the outcomes, you’ll find that the person in the cat story fares somewhat better than the person in the dog story.

  11. I have to admit as much as I adore cats (and I’ve had three amazing cats in my life) I am also a big dog lover. However, I really doubt I would have been able to haul a giant dog carrier up that hill and I obviously would have died.

  12. Hahah, I love your blog already. Cats are the best! As I sit here and write this my two cuddly ones are hovering over the computer trying to catch the letters as they appear.

  13. tinkerswan says:

    Haha :) that’s so true

  14. Alex says:

    Haha I’ll have to try both these books !! I’m in negotiation with my daughter about which pet to get. She is desperate for a dog :)

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