People love debating on whether cats or dogs are better, but when you stick to hard financial numbers, the answer is obvious. Nationwide Home Insurance found that food, bedding, toys, equipment and insurance set dog owners back £4,791 on average, but cat owners spent half that amount, around £2,455, in the first 12 months.

So while you can never put an objective value on cats or dogs, you can put hard financial numbers on them and cats are half as expensive as dogs. Going by cost alone, cats are superior, except when you factor in the time you spend catering to your cat and obeying your cat master for the next ten years or more.

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