Last week I ran two columns; one on reasons why we love our cats, and the next on why we love our dogs. I especially enjoyed reading your comments on your furry friends.

I would never take sides as to which I believe is better–I love both cats and dogs (and rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and turtles too!) However, the Associated decided to take on the task to determine which pet America preferred. Their poll, conducted October 1-5, 2009, by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media interviewed nearly 2,000 adults and concluded that dogs were the favored pet.

According to the poll, 74% of the respondents reported that they “like dogs a lot” and only 41% reported that they”like cats a lot.” In addition, 15% said that they “disliked cats a lot” while only 2% said that they “disliked dogs a lot.”

Here are some of the comments pro and con. Please keep in mind that these are not MY opinions, but those gathered from the poll!

Some people like dogs because they:
have a great personality
are loyal
are interested in pleasing their owners
are good with kids

Some people dislike dogs because they:
are noisy
are disruptive
lick themselves
lick people
are unclean
need too much activity

Some people like cats because they:
are smarter than dogs
comfort people
are independent
are good companions
are very clean

Some people dislike cats because they:
don’t care about pleasing their owners
are destructive
kill birds
screech at night
are independent
just sit around

I know most of the people who read this blog probably love both cats and dogs. We don’t have to take sides! However, for the sake of a hypothetical argument, if you able to have only one pet, a cat or a dog, which would it be? Why?