Here is a game that is debated within families. “Let’s take a cat, it’s much cleaner than a dog! – Yes, but a dog does not do in a litter box, no need to clean his box every day! “
It could well be that we are tied in this game which divides opinion, while each has good arguments. We are going around the question to disentangle the true from the false!
Acquisition of cleanliness: draw between dogs and cats
As long as a puppy is left with its mother and a kitten with its own, the progress in terms of cleanliness is similar. Around the age of three weeks, these two pets relieve themselves outside the place where they sleep.
At first there can of course be accidents, but they are found in both species. It is by mimicry, and by dint of seeing the example of their parental model, that they acquire cleanliness.
Thus, the kitten will imitate its mother and begin to visit its litter box regularly and cover its feces. For his part, the puppy does the same and waits to be outside, provided that of course not to make him wait too long.
Note that dog breeders have a disadvantage, because the dog does not do in a litter box, but outside. However, puppies often stay in their boxes until they are two months old. So it may be that when adopting a puppy, it does not know how to wait and does some damage, but it is usually a matter of a few days or a few weeks at most.
Grooming: advantage to the cat
The cat spends a lot of time cleaning itself to rid its coat of impurities. He has a major asset, a raspy tongue perfectly suited for self-grooming. Unlike the dog, the cat does not need to take a bath and be “shampooed” by his human, except in the event of an accident.
On the contrary, the dog does not have this self-grooming behavior. But it is quite simply because his tongue is not equipped for it. In nature, he finds water points to wash himself, bathe and get rid of parasites, like his cousin the wolf.
It is therefore true that a dog must be washed regularly, using specific shampoos and lotions specially adapted for him. Whenever possible, and unless a dog is soiled during a walk, or due to digestive problems, it should not be washed more than once a month. It is also possible to bring it to the groomer, with some offering annual subscriptions.
Conclusion: if the cat is cleaner than the dog, it is above all for reasons of autonomy
In the end, it is important to understand that the dog does not particularly like to be dirty, it is clean by nature. But in our interiors, we usually say that the cat is cleaner, mainly because it is autonomous.
Indeed, you can be absent for a day, he will do in his case. However, your dog will wait until you return to defecate, if your absence is of a reasonable duration. Leave a cat alone for several days, it will be outside its litter box because it is dirty.
Finally, it is true that you will have to groom your dog, especially if you go for walks by the sea or in the forest for example, where he will have plenty of time to get dirty. But, it is not for lack of cleanliness.
If you are hesitating between adopting a dog or a cat, for example, cleanliness should not be at the heart of your decision. Rather, it is your lifestyle that is to be considered. Do you prefer to clean the Grisou litter box every day, or go for a walk on Médor every day?