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It's very true that humans have given animals different rights based on what we want them for. In general, farm animals are not seen as the same level as animals we tend to keep as pets because of the different uses we have for them. What about the hierarchies within those categories though?

The different rights and responsibilities for cats and dogs is evident in many places. (The following are generalizations and not true in all states or worldwide - it's based on American culture/laws in general):

-Dogs have to be licensed, cats don't.
-If you hit a dog with your car, you have to report it. You don't have to report hitting a cat with your car.
-Dogs (more purse dogs really) are allowed in certain places of business, but most places are not so lenient with cats.
-Laws are in place so that people can be charged for leaving a dog in a car unattended to the same extent they would be charged for leaving a child unattended in a car. Nobody cares if you leave a cat unattended in the car.
-Attorneys specializing in dog bites are everywhere. Nothing like this is so prevalent for cat bites/scratches.
-Many apartments that allow animals will only allow cats or only allow dogs.
-Leash laws apply to dogs, but cats can roam free.


Those are just a few examples off the top of my head. There are obvious reasons for some of these differences. How equal should our treatment of pets be though? Is it right to have certain rights for some pets but not others? What about restrictions?

This could obviously go into a discussion about animal rights in general and how culture views all animals and specific types of animals. Not to mention that there are many other legal pets that aren't given nearly as much consideration. I'm more curious about the different rights and restrictions we tend to assign to cats and dogs though.
Cats and Dogs are lame. Rhinoceros are the new black, or something.
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Laws are in place so that people can be charged for leaving a dog in a car unattended to the same extent they would be charged for leaving a child unattended in a car. Nobody cares if you leave a cat unattended in the car.

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An another note, I personally believe that people who inflict a certain extent of injury should be arrested, and not just fined. I know there are some cities, states, etc. that arrest these people, but the number of these people being arrested should be increased.
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Cats and Dogs are lame. Rhinoceros are the new black, or something.


You want a pet rhino? well good luck cleaning up the dung, your gonna need one heck of a pooperscooper to deal with that mess.
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Some of those laws are because dogs can kill a person easily. Pit bulls (not generalizing! Love pit bulls), really ANY large breeds can. That's why they need to be on a leash and cannot roam free, and that there are more people specialized in dog bites then in cat bites. There are going to be a lot more lethal dog bites then cat bites.
Also, with my apartment we can have any but the maximum is 2. The reason I would think they only allow one or two is that some dogs and cats do not get along and they do not want the apartment wrecked. Also, some dogs are instinctual that they want to chase something small- such as hound dogs who were bred to chase small game.
Others i think need to change-- I've known many cats that were the friendliest, loyal things on earth.
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Dogs have to be licensed, cats don't.
Depends on where you live. In Toronto, they require cats to be licensed. It's becoming more popular.

If you hit a dog with your car, you have to report it. You don't have to report hitting a cat with your car.
Never heard about this. May be another thing that depends on where you live. May have something to do with licensing as well, so they can tell the owners.

Dogs (more purse dogs really) are allowed in certain places of business, but most places are not so lenient with cats.
Cats can't be purse animals though. They're far more independent and are normally fond of being stuck in a carrier all day. Most places don't want animals running around, so unless you can hold it and keep it off the merchandise, they don't care. Not the case with cats and big dogs.

Laws are in place so that people can be charged for leaving a dog in a car unattended to the same extent they would be charged for leaving a child unattended in a car. Nobody cares if you leave a cat unattended in the car.
Again, depends on where you go. Some places don't even have the laws for dogs. Other places have it for a whole bunch of animals. Chances are you just haven't hear of it a lot though, since it's not particularly common for people to take their cats on a car ride, so it doesn't come up much.

Attorneys specializing in dog bites are everywhere. Nothing like this is so prevalent for cat bites/scratches.
Cat bites/scratches tend to be less severe and problematic. If severe, you can sue, but nobody will specialize since it just doesn't happen often enough. It won't benefit them to specialize; it won't get them enough money for the time, effort, or money they'd get.

Many apartments that allow animals will only allow cats or only allow dogs.
Tends to depend on what the apartments are like. Most only allow cats, because they're too small for dogs. Honestly haven't heard of one that only allows dogs, but if that's the case, it may be because cats tend to stink up the apartment (they pee inside) and scratch walls/furniture that belong to the landlords.

Leash laws apply to dogs, but cats can roam free.
Have you ever tried putting a leash on a cat? Most aren't too fond of that. Especially where cats who go outdoors like to climb, it could be a life threatening problem.
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-Dogs have to be licensed, cats don't.

Because Dogs are potentially more dangerous than cats,

-If you hit a dog with your car, you have to report it. You don't have to report hitting a cat with your car.

because a dog shouldn't be roaming around by itself

-Dogs (more purse dogs really) are allowed in certain places of business, but most places are not so lenient with cats.

well people don't use cats as guides for the disabled

-Laws are in place so that people can be charged for leaving a dog in a car unattended to the same extent they would be charged for leaving a child unattended in a car. Nobody cares if you leave a cat unattended in the car.

its more to do with the fact that cats are more independent and generally don't go in many car journeys.

-Attorneys specializing in dog bites are everywhere. Nothing like this is so prevalent for cat bites/scratches.

dogs are a lot more dangerous then cats.

-Many apartments that allow animals will only allow cats or only allow dogs.

because dogs make more noise, and cats tend to scratch up furniture more. An unfurnished place with a lot of neighbors is more likely to say no dogs. but a place with a lot of neighbors and is fully furnished is more likely to say no cats.

-Leash laws apply to dogs, but cats can roam fre

dogs are potentially more dangerous.

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