Pets are an important part of people’s lives, and research shows they can help improve physical and mental well-being.

A four-legged friend can also increase your likelihood of exercising, while teaching you about responsibility and love every day. 

Differences between dogs and cats

Pet owners (especially the elderly) are less likely to suffer from depression and loneliness compared to people without pets.

Below lists some differences between dogs and cats by highlighting the benefits/disadvantages of owning each pet.


Live 12-15+ years - some cats can live to 21.

Live 6-15 years - largely dependent on their breed.


Inactive - love to sit on your lap and sleep for 15-18 hours a day.

Very active - suit an energetic person as they love to run and play


No exercise needed.

Love to exercise - needed daily for their well-being and health.


Eat small amounts - need proteins, so a diet rich in meat

Eat a lot - Avoid providing regular snacks, especially human food. Bigger breeds need more food and eat the most, therefore are generally more expensive.


Independent/distant - Cats might leave if they've had enough attention from you.

Extremely loyal - Very committed to you and instinctively protect their owners.


Private animals - Cats are solitary animals compared to dogs.

Social beings - Dogs generally want to be with you (as their owner and pack leader). 


Cost less than dogs - No registration fees and generally most associated costs are cheaper in comparison to that of dogs.

More expensive - Extra costs to consider like dog registration fees, boarding/kennel fees and puppy training.

Other facts about dogs and cats include: 

  • a cat's memory is about 200 times better than a dog's - 16 hours for cats compared to 5 minutes for dogs.
  • dogs can be trained much quicker than cats.

Dog and cat statistics

Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world, with more households now having a cat and/or a dog than those having a child.

Pet household infographic

Pet insurance for dogs and cats

It doesn’t matter if you love dogs or cats, RACQ Pet Insurance can make your life easier when your pet gets sick or injured. Plus, you’ll enjoy all the benefits of being a member of Queensland’s largest club.  

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