Proof That Dogs are Better Than Cats?

June 27, 2008 at 4:01 am 5 comments

We always suspected that cats were evil

Back in April we posted that owning a dog can make you a healthier person.  A dog encourages you to exercise and a healthy emotional bond with your four-legged friend is good for your soul – and your body.  There is also evidence that man’s best friend is also good for his children too, for young children who live with a dog appear to get an immune-system boost against asthma and other allergies. 

What do our feline friends do for us?  Well, from an article in NHS Choices:

“Own a cat and run the risk of eczema”, warns The Daily Mail today. They say that a study looking at 800 British and Danish babies has found that “those with mutations in a certain skin protein gene were twice as likely to get eczema in their first year. If they lived with a cat they were almost certain to develop it”. The article quoted the author of the research, Dr Hans Bisgaard, as saying, “If you haven’t got the mutation, it doesn’t matter if you have a cat. But if you have the mutation, a cat has an effect.”

Science Daily reports:

Eczema runs in families and evidence suggests it is caused by genetic and environmental factors. The same researchers recently discovered that two common “loss-of-function” variants in the gene encoding filaggrin (FLG) predispose people to eczema. Filaggrin is a protective protein normally found in skin. It acts as a physical barrier to potentially harmful substances in the environment. The researchers hypothesized that inheriting one or two defective FLG genes might weaken their physical barrier, affecting their response to environmental substances.

Dr Hans Bisgaard and colleagues from the Danish Paediatric Asthma Centre, and universities in the UK carried out the research.  It’s fascinating work and the results of the study may help us further assess the connection between genes, environment and nurture in the mental and physical development of humans and animals.

And it gives us just one more reason not to have a cat.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Maddie  |  January 20, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    dogs r way better than cats and thats a fact!!!! cats r evil :-x

  • 2. catsrcool  |  June 12, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    dogs eat poo and slobber, i have seen a dog eat poo with my own eyes! my cat loves me to hell and would never comit a crime…EVER! cats are known as the animals of zen and peace! when i got a cat i slowly became healther and healther, now i’m as healthy as i ever been! every dog i met bit me, and all i did was walk past it! my cat would rescue me out of a burning bilding! drinking toilet water can’t be healthy… i just say i love cats better and hate dogs, thats just my opinon anyway.

  • 3. franchesca  |  July 21, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    dogs are awesome….. they playful n very cute,

  • 4. The Debater  |  June 10, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Both species are good, but I prefer dogs to cats. Why? That’s because:

    Cats are arguably less convenient as pets than dogs.
    Cats are commonly seen as “companion animals” and nothing more.
    Also, cats, whilst trainable, cannot be trained to the same extent as a dog.
    Dogs have also been reported to provide healing powers to those with mental impairments, such as autism. There have been numerous cases worldwide in which autistic children, who find communication difficult with other people, have sought solace in their canine friend, thus helping in dealing with their own disability.
    Dogs are very active animals. They require movement. So when you are proper pet owner you have to do some as well. Playing with dogs is more likely sport. And sport helps keeping our heart in good shape.

    Oh, and catsrcool? Most dogs DO NOT eat their own excrement unless they are desperate. At least they try to survive. “now i’m as healthy as i ever been” doesn’t that mean that you were healthy in the first place??? And how would you cat rescue you from a burning building???

  • 5. The Debater  |  June 10, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I’m just saying that I definitely like dogs a bit better.

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