Do you love a puss or prefer a pooch?
According to statistics cats are the most popular pets in the world, but an online poll by our website wigantoday.net suggests that in Wigan, dogs are firm favourites.
In a vote posted on Twitter on which animal makes the better pet, 78 per cent of Wiganers said dogs, with cats lagging behind on 22 per cent – though on the Wigan Evening Post’s Facebook page, cats fared better.
So what is it about dogs that make them better pets; their tail-wagging, ball-chasing cheeriness? And what is it about cats that make them the perfect pet; their smooth, not-a-care-in-the-world attitude and independence?
Here’s what Wiganers had to say:
Louise Charlton said: “Dogs for me, they become a family member and are loyal.”
Karl Hampson said: “I have a dog and a cat, I have always had both. They are great company and very loyal.”
Maxine Mulrooney said: “Cats, for their unconditional love and standoffish nature.
Julie Marie Roughley said: Dogs for us – they’re our little babies and a very big part of the family.”
Barbara Noakes Lane said: “Give me a dog any time, love them.”
Andy Bond said: “Cats are easier to look after than dogs, they don’t need walking!”
Martyn Wedge is definitely a cat man. He said: “Cats are extremely loving. And caring. And loyal. And intelligent. I’ve had dogs, but cats are so much more loving. And if you train a cat properly they are a better companion.”
Joanne Smith said: “I love dogs because they can be trained so easily and provide companionship and I love my cats because they are independent yet very, very loving.”
Liz Sherriff said: “I’ve got two dogs and a cat. Love them all but you definitely get more from a dog. Cats are too fickle.”
Samantha Jayne said: “Cats for me but I don’t mind dogs, they are lovely too.”