hen it comes to American pet owners, there seems to be a pretty clear line drawn between two camps: dog and cat. Both animals are adorable and have standout traits. Sometimes it does seem like dog owners tend to dominate — think dog parks, and that little saying that implies they're "man's best friend."
But in other parts of the world, cats may just have the edge.
As it turns out, one country that seems to admire the feline set is Turkey. A very chubby cat stole the hearts of everyone in Istanbul's Ziverbey neighborhood, and sadly, he passed away recently. But what locals did to honor their deceased friend is totally heartwarming — and hilarious.
It's hard to find a more enthusiastic crowd that pet lovers.
It’s easy to see why people get borderline-obsessed with their furry (or feathered) friends. They make excellent companions, and have the ability to make us feel like we’re the most important person in the world, even when we feel like our human friends are letting us down. They’re loyal, sweet, and downright adorable.
But that doesn't mean we don't have our favorites.
Many pet owners fall squarely into either the cat or dog category. Sure, you’ve got people who own both, but diehards seem to either live for man’s best friend or bend over backwards for their feline companions. Both groups will say their preferred pet is the indisputable best, and there’s no arguing the point.
Sometimes it seems like dogs really are man's best friend.
The world appears to be structured around keeping dogs happy. Obedience schools, dog parks, and special dog-friendly events and restaurants aren’t hard to find. If you’re a dog lover, these slobbery, always-optimistic animals are part of the family. They also help police, trot alongside firemen, and even aid in finding people buried under avalanches. What can’t they do?
The one thing a dog can't do is be a cat.
True “cat people” are a sight to behold. Mainly because it takes a deep appreciation and dedication to develop a tight relationship with an animal that tends to be … um … fickle. In some instances, that’s what cat owners admire most about their feline family members. They know that cats are not just adorable, but also that they can be super loyal, too (even if they don’t show it in the same way as dogs).
Still, cats mystify some of us.
Cats tend to get a bad rap because of their sassy nature. They’re kind of like the opposite dogs: they’re finicky, and, rather than always trying to make their humans happy first, instead build fast friendships on their own terms. They want what they want, when they want it. And they won’t hesitate to mew all night to get it. They’ll cuddle with you — usually after they’ve had a great dinner and some alone time on the window sill.