Cats vs. Dogs

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Ke-Erh Huang
Language Arts 7
Descriptive Essay
April 26, 2013
Cats and Dogs

“Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.” These are the words of Kinky Friedman, an American Poet; yet Rod McKuen says: “Cats have it all - admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it.” Cats and dogs are the two animals that are most commonly kept as pets around the world. Although there are plenty similarities between cats and dogs, socialization, intelligence, and personality mark some important differences. First, dogs need great care from their owner, while cats can go on their own. First of all, cats can clean themselves. If you don’t give a cat a shower for 2 months, it will still clean itself well! On the other hand, dogs need to be showered daily or they will stink. Another remarkable difference is that dogs need to be potty trained, for example, but cats don’t require any training. You also need to take your dog out for a walk regularly for him to exercise. Cats can just play in their home and not go outside, yet still get exercise. Next, dogs are generally smarter than cats. A dog will be more likely to respond to your verbal commands than cats. Unlike cats, dogs can be easily trained to do certain tricks such as shake hands, roll over, play dead, fetch, and sit. Cats need much more time and effort to train yet may not be able to learn any of these tricks. However, in another sense, cats are extremely intelligent when it comes to hunting strategies such as pouncing and when they prey on their victims. This is an interesting characteristic that is unique about cats. Furthermore, a great difference between cats and dogs is that cats are feline while dogs are canine. This means that cats hunt and make a living independently and solitarily. Cats like to make a living on their own and do things their own way. In contrast, dogs live and travel in packs. Dogs seem to rely on each other for food and shelter....
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