Compare and Contrast Essay

1542 Words Jul 28th, 2012 7 Pages
Cats and dogs are viewed as to separate and different creatures. A popular question one might ask another is “Are you a cat or dog person?” The answer will give the asker an idea of the type of person he or she is. However, as many differences the two have, they also have a lot in common. Their physical make is obviously different, but upon taking a closer look they have certain attributes such as; whiskers and tails that help them each in the same ways. While they have well known different personalities they express themselves similarly.
There are many differences in behavior when it comes to dogs and cats. The biggest difference between the two is their social patterns and interactions with humans and others in their species.
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Dogs often hunt in groups, and although they are physically capable of catching prey, they excel in tracking them. Police officers often use dogs to sniff out illegal substances or explosives, and they can even be trained to search and rescue humans. Cats use their sense of hearing to listen to the high frequencies of a rodent to ambush their prey. Dogs on the other hand use smell to track down their prey.
When it comes to senses cats and dogs are different because they each have a special sense that sets them apart from each other. Cats have extraordinary hearing. As far as high pitched sounds go, humans can hear up to approximately 20,000 cycles per second. Dogs can hear sounds of frequencies of up to 35,000 to 45,000 cycles. Cats can hear sounds of an amazingly high pitch -- sounds up to 100,000 cycles per second. This is the same high pitched sound a rodent will make, allowing the cat to hear it and catch it. A cat can distinguish between two sounds that are only 18 inches apart at a distance of 60 feet. They can also easily tell the difference between two sounds from the same direction but at different distances. This ability is mainly contributed to a cats large movable outer ears, which not only amplify sound but can also determine the exact direction it’s coming from. Secondary to hearing, cats have great nighttime vision. In exchange for a vision lacking in rich colors and fine detail, cats can see at only one sixth the light

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