Cats make great feline friends

By Ashlea Witoslawski

After reading my colleague James's column yesterday morning, I felt an enormous responsibility to defend cats everywhere.

Aloof and self-sufficient, cats are the best of both worlds.

They give you attention but also space and of course it's always on their terms, but in my opinion, they strike the perfect balance.

Classifying myself as an animal lover in general, I also think dogs are great; I just think cats are greater.

Cats are what I would call "chillers", and isn't that what we need in this crazy, busy world?

It's so nice walking into a space and simply seeing a cat relaxing in the sun or making itself at home on a comfy surface.

You walk up, give them a little pat on the noggin and you're on your way.

Sometimes you might be lucky enough to receive a head nuzzle in return.

That's always a real treat.

I will agree the excitement and vivacious nature of dogs when you enter a room can definitely melt your heart, but the intensity can be draining.

Please, just chill, dogs.

You also never know what you're going to get. Are they going to jump or bark, or run around like crazy?

There also seems to be this attitude among people that it's okay to hate cats but not dogs.

Also, what about toilet time?

Cats literally take themselves to a sandy space and know that's where they do their business.

Then they cover it.

Dogs have no idea and it's the humans that pay for their lack of sophistication.

As I said earlier, I'm not a dog hater, but I do feel bad for those who are or even those who might have a phobia or allergies.

It happens so often that you rock up to a market on the weekend only to find yourself navigating hoards of people and their four-legged friends.

It's also often difficult to avoid canine companions at cafés and even beaches.

In James's column, he raves about how smart dogs are. There is no denying their worth in many situations, but I'm confident cats have been more widely revered across history.

Cats have been featured in social and religious practices since the earliest dynasties of Ancient Egypt more than 30 centuries ago.

Representing justice, fertility and power, cats were first praised by Egyptians for killing venomous snakes and protecting the pharaohs over the years.

There was even a goddess of pleasure named Bastet, who was depicted as a woman with a cat's head.

Cats are also admired in Islam, revered by the prophet Muhammad.

Admired for their cleanliness, cats are allowed to roam freely into homes and mosques, according to Islamic tradition.

The battle between cats and dogs is comparable to the idiom about ‘apples and oranges'.

Both are animals, but they are too fundamentally different to compare.