Asked: 31.05.16 00:272016-05-31T00:27:19+03:00 2016-05-31T00:27:19+03:00 Which is more affectionate, cats or dogs? Cats (domestic) Cats Vs. Dogs Dogs (pets) Pets 29 Answers 2018-09-30T04:32:05+03:00 Added an answer on 30.09.18 04:32 Which is more affectionate, cats or dogs? Both are affectionate, each in their own way. What is more affectionate than a cat weaving around your leg, purring contentedly. Or a dog welcoming you home with a wagging tail and a kiss. Within species personalities differ, but each has its own way of showing affection to a devoted owner. 2017-12-09T13:44:22+03:00 Added an answer on 09.12.17 13:44 Both are very smart creatures and have different ways of expressing love. Here is how a cat looks at you when they love you: or this: These are very simple yet deeply affectionate gestures. The first one, where the cat is closing its eyes partially is a sign of deep trust because in the wild an apex predator such as itself must be alert at all times and closing its eyes like that in your presence is reassuring of your bond. The same goes with the second gesture. The belly exposing is showing the vulnerable side of any animal. This is how a dog shows its happiness: The belly rub is different than the cat as the dog actually wants you to rub it. They are basically the same concept. The wagging of the tail is a very negative things with cats and so it is why cats are perceived as devils because humans think they are happy by wagging their tails such as in dogs but they are actually quite annoyed. While Cats and Dogs both show affection by rubbing themselves against you (rubbing their scent on you) they both mean different things in different languages. And if a human can’t speak one or the other language then they can perceive one or the other to be less or more affectionate. 2018-09-25T04:38:56+03:00 Added an answer on 25.09.18 04:38 I find them both equally affectionate. They just demonstrate their affection in different manners. Dogs tend to be more exuberant in their demonstrations of affections but they can also be very subtle too. I have had dogs who were in your face affectionate, and others who were quiet leg leaners. Cats are more subtle in their demonstrations, but I also have a cat who races into the room up on my lap and vigorously headbutts me, in greeting. My cats do give me love looks frequently. Ginger and Jake watching me. Ruthie hoping for a tickle. I also have a Chihuahua who leaps into my lap, then stares at me. He has never licked my face like all of my other dogs have done over the years. Jake was abused in his former life, so I suppose he is still building up the confidence to do so. He has begun to lick my fingers at times. He does trust me for protection and sleeps next to me most of the time. Lois Anne Starr's answer to How can I make my cat love me like my dog does? 2017-12-09T13:38:31+03:00 Added an answer on 09.12.17 13:38 Which pets are more loving, cats or dogs? Both are, in different ways - dogs love you no matter what and cats love you when they feel like it; a bit like some married couples. 2021-02-17T09:15:24+03:00 Added an answer on 17.02.21 09:15 A dog will make you it’s entire life. It will want to be near you, with you, do what you do, go where you go, be as close to you as you will allow. Cats are much more independent and will always do their own thing. Not saying they don’t care, but they certainly don’t act like it most of the time. 2019-04-23T12:22:05+03:00 Added an answer on 23.04.19 12:22 Both of them are, just depends on their attitude, some cats are very loving and loves to have attention whereas some cats don’t like to be touched, most cats likes to do their own thing whereas dogs loves attention and they love to be played with, but obviously you also have dogs that can’t be bothered and just wants to do his/her own thing. Guess it just comes down to the relationship with your pets. I used to have a cat that was super affectionate, same with my dogs. 2017-12-09T18:15:42+03:00 Added an answer on 09.12.17 18:15 I wouldn’t choose. Both will love you. They express it differently. Some people will tell you that the difference is that the dog is a sociable animal, while the cat is naturally solitary. This isn’t quite true. The prototype dog is a pack animal, and naturally sociable, this is true. But while wild cats are solitary hunters, the domestic cat is also a sociable animal. It’s a big part of what changed when they became “domestic” cats For most people, dogs are easier to understand. Cats’ body language, and they ways they communicate, are more subtle. But once you understand what makes them tick, and are able to understand what they’re trying to tell you, cat is just as affectionate as dog. See Moe Uraijah’s answer for some more details -and she’s (?) got pictures and everything. 2019-08-20T02:03:25+03:00 Added an answer on 20.08.19 02:03 Dogs, without a doubt. They like to cuddle, snuggle, sense your feelings and act accordingly. My dogs have always been very sensitive to me, especially if I’m upset or sick. Cats can be very loving, but, are not necessarily sensitive to your feelings, and most don’t like to be held or cuddled. You May come across a lap cat, but, it’s at their convenience, not when you want them to be there. I have a cat who needs to know where I am at all times, is jealous of people/animals, I may hug etc., but still does not like to be held. 2019-04-04T05:17:57+03:00 Added an answer on 04.04.19 05:17 There is a lot of variability with cats. In the past, my cats have been very affectionate. I have a cat now that shows affection by staying in the same room as me. When you pet her, she looks at you as if you’re crazy, and she moves out of reach. (Hmm, except if she’s hungry — then she’ll tolerate petting for a while, as long as it ends up with food for her.) Nevertheless, dogs can be very affectionate. They seem to be affectionate at a more people-reasonable level. I never have to look where I step to avoid tripping over any of my dogs. Cats seem to be confused as to which leg they should rub against, while you are walking. But maybe that’s because our cats are usually smaller than our dogs (?). I have no experience with any of the large cats (e.g., bobcat, leopard, tiger). 2021-02-18T09:09:59+03:00 Added an answer on 18.02.21 09:09 Thanks for the A2A. Cats and dogs are both capable of intense love. I have two cats that deeply love me. I have also had dogs that intensively loved me. In terms of affection, cats, in many ways, are more overtly affectionate. Caramel likes to snuggle, and will lay next to me, and stroke my arm. Grace likes to head butt me. She is very expressive. 2018-09-25T04:06:28+03:00 Added an answer on 25.09.18 04:06 Depends on the cat or dog. I would say dogs tend to be more extroverted than cats, and even the ways that cats show affection can be more subtle than dogs. My cat personally though is more affectionate than my dogs. I mean I’ve had my dogs 11 years and they LOVE people, they love attention and sometimes they will cry to get it. But they can also stand to be alone. My cat though is miserable when I’m not around, she gets bored and does weird shit like get herself stuck in drawers. The second I come home she starts screeching at me to cuddle her. She’ll do it for hours non-stop if I don’t placate her. Drives me nuts to be honest, but I understand. She was a stray cat when I found her, and not a stray cat that could handle herself. Her previous owners declawed her so she was useless as far as defending herself, and she has a pretty shy personality. She was so skinny you could see her ribs poking out. So I understand why she doesn’t want to be alone. 2021-02-07T07:03:26+03:00 Added an answer on 07.02.21 07:03 I always favored dogs over cats until my wife came home with 2 dang ole kitty cats. They adopted me immediately. Now I can say love cats and dogs the same. If you treat them right giving them love , they both reward you ten fold 2019-06-03T20:12:18+03:00 Added an answer on 03.06.19 20:12 Depends on you… Not the kind of pet. Except for consideration of what kind of animals you find compelling and compatible to your level of daily activities. A pet should never cause to much responsibilities or impossible problems to deal with that are overwhelming or unplanned for. If you are a couch potato or away from the pet lo g periods daily bring home a kitten from the shelter and start to care for it well for optimum support and love. If you have weekends off a lighter schedule, are home a lot but like outdoor activities, adopt a sad pup looking for a friend and fun. Some people have snakes and love them… .. If you are work 10 hrs daily and one day off you shop, visit relatives, or you work and go to school or have hobbies that don't include pets etc. Or you can't afford a vet… . You'd better be sure it's a good idea for both long term first. Pets are at helpless and live a long time. Responsible decisions are the important thing here for both. 2017-12-09T13:29:31+03:00 Added an answer on 09.12.17 13:29 Depends on so many factors but especially the bonding between guardian and fur baby!! 2021-02-17T11:00:21+03:00 Added an answer on 17.02.21 11:00 They are both caring. They simply have different relationships to humans. Dogs have been bred for obedience for thousands of years, and they mostly believe we are the boss of them. Cats believe we are in a mutually beneficial relationship. Just like your friend cares about you, but in a different way than your kid brother does, it doesn’t make one more caring than the other. 2021-02-07T07:41:18+03:00 Added an answer on 07.02.21 07:41 When I was growing up, we always had dogs, but when I went to college, I fell in love with a black cat at a local animal shelter and I have been a cat lover ever since. My 2 favorite buddies of all time- Punky a “schnoodle” found abandoned in a park by a friend, and that black cat Atticus, both of whom enriched my life for over 10 years each. For a casual pet owner, dogs might be a bit ahead in the emotional I.Q. area, as they really tend to have their heart on their sleeve- but if you give cats a chance, they will sit by you, or purr in your lap when you really need them. 2021-02-17T14:42:49+03:00 Added an answer on 17.02.21 14:42 I have not had a dog in my life for many years. Not since my disability, I could not walk a dog now. The last dog I had was a little mixed breed fellow that I named Red. Red was a wonderful dog. He was very caring. He would curl up beside me. I loved that dog. I have always had cats. Some were very loving. And some were stand offish. They wanted nothing to do with me, other than they wanted to be fed. The cat, Marley, that I have now is very caring and loving,. He watches me all the time. He follows me everywhere. He loves to cuddle and sleeps near me. If I had to pick between cats and dogs, I think I would pick cats. I think animals are individuals. Each one has his own personality. Each one deserves love, whether they return it or not. Hug your pets. 2021-05-26T05:34:54+03:00 Added an answer on 26.05.21 05:34 Which is more caring as a pet, a dog or a cat? Definitely a dog is more caring. Cats do love their owners but may not show it like a dog does ( my personal opinion ) 2021-02-17T10:05:36+03:00 Added an answer on 17.02.21 10:05 Unlike most people I have never had a close relationship with a dog. Most dogs in our home have been family dogs and as such did not show any partiality toward any one person except for maybe the one who fed them. I have observed though in both of my siblings having very close relationships with their dogs. But I do not believe that all dogs feel the way they are perceived. On the other hand I have had a very close relationship with one of my cats. He was a male cat that I had from the time he was a kitten, and he never let me out of his sight. He wanted to be with me all the time. Even my neighbors noticed the way he would never take his eyes off of me. I have always been closer to cats than dogs so this might explain it. 2019-08-22T20:53:43+03:00 Added an answer on 22.08.19 20:53 This is a really hard question bc we have 4 fur babies, 3 kitties and a dog now out of our kitties, there is one that cant get enough attention but whenever we give attention to one tje dog gets extremely jealous so its a really hard question 2021-02-07T07:48:25+03:00 Added an answer on 07.02.21 07:48 Either one if great as well as both together in a home can be great. If your prefer dogs by all means have a comfort pet of a dog. If you prefer cat then that will be your comfort pet. It’s your choice one or the other or both! I am allergic to cats but we still have cats for the barn and around. The cats just showed up and I took them to the Vet and got the neutered. They also get their yearly shots, worming and kitty food and treats. My husband pets them but me, I break out in hives. 2018-09-25T03:51:27+03:00 Added an answer on 25.09.18 03:51 Entirely depends on the animal itself. Some dogs won’t be nearly as affectionate as some of the cats I’ve had and some cats are rude and standoffish. Mostly they’re equal. My kitten wants just as much love and attention as my dog. 2018-09-25T14:27:41+03:00 Added an answer on 25.09.18 14:27 Dogs. No question about it. I have had both and the dogs are definitely more affectionate towards humans than the cats are. Strangely though, the cats are more affectionate towards the dogs than they are to humans. 2019-04-05T03:05:23+03:00 Added an answer on 05.04.19 03:05 I don't believe cats are more affectionate than dogs or the other way around. They both love attention, pets, play and to sleep with the human they love and trust. Even when there is barely room for you. Dogs can have a more extroverted way of showing their love ie: cats don't jump up and down to greet to at the door. They will still be there, though. 2019-06-03T20:02:24+03:00 Added an answer on 03.06.19 20:02 I think probably dogs are. They are so tuned into their master or mistress. But cats are very comforting to be near when we are upset. They are such sensitive creaturns and seem to know. They pick up on things. They don't show it as well as a dog, who seems to feel so low if we are down and can cry with us. Yes dogs have to be! 2019-06-10T19:57:33+03:00 Added an answer on 10.06.19 19:57 This is a question that has many answers and it all depends on what you want/have the time for/ etc. I have severe depression and anxiety which makes me a semi loner. For me I want an animal that is constantly around me and since I am a loner, I have plenty of time to spend with the animal. So for me the German Shepherd was perfect, they are hiplocked to their person, very smart and easy to train, and just a real dog lovers dog. I know people who suffer from similar mental health issues who love cats though. In my personal opinion though, if you have the time and are willing to spend your free time socializing and training a proper dog, than a dog is the best for emotional support as they are much more friendly than cats and have been trained over thousands of years to love humans. My German Shepherd saved my life and personally I have never been happier. 2021-02-07T07:43:07+03:00 Added an answer on 07.02.21 07:43 IMO … one should not want, need, or expect emotional comfort from a pet. The cliche, “man’s best friend” strongly suggests the answer would be dogs. In my experience there are dog people who are comforted by dogs, and cat people who are comforted by cats. Short answer: Neither. 2021-02-17T23:03:53+03:00 Added an answer on 17.02.21 23:03 It isn’t an either/or thing…it depends on the individual animal and the relationship you have with it. I have had cats all my adult life and I would describe all of them as caring. Some would be more obvious or demonstrative about it but all of them seemed to know when I needed their comfort and they would be there. 2019-04-04T13:57:12+03:00 Added an answer on 04.04.19 13:57 Some cats are very affectionate. They will curl up on your lap, kiss you, follow you around. Others will have nothing to do with you unless it's feeding time. It depends on the cat. Like wise, not all dogs are super affectionate. It depends on the dog.