The title pretty much says it all. If you had the choice of being a dog or a cat, which would you choose, and why? The conditions: You are a domesticated animal living the average life of a pet. So that means no feral colonies, no subject to scientific tests, you live with a family that loves you (or at least gives you the appropriate amount of care). I would be a cat. My reasoning: You can't deny that dogs generally seem very happy, what with running around, sniffing butts, and defending the house from squirrels and the mailman. But have you seen how a dog acts when its "parent" (the owner) isn't around? They mope until they fall asleep! Whereas when a cat is alone, it will look out the window, lay in the sun, and sleep. Which is what it does when its "servant" (the owner) is around. So while a dog has higher highs, it also has lower lows, while a cat's life is consistent. Remember: The topic isn't asking which you like more, so let's not turn it into that. It is asking about whose life you would rather live as.