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Cats or Dogs: The Everlasting Fight

By: Candace

Many people like dogs in my class. Less than 5 people favor cats more than dogs. But are dogs all that good? The fact is that more people in the world own cats than dogs. In fact, cats are the second most popular pet under fish. About 86 million people own cats and only 78 million own dogs. That’s still a lot, but there’s that big difference!

Why do more people own cats than dogs? In my opinion, there are many reasons. One might be because average cats cost less than dogs. To tell the truth I think more older people own cats because cats are great and loving companions. They are also easier to take care of and don’t need to be taken for walks. Cats are always quieter than dogs, too. Of course, cats can help take care of rodents in the house.

Cats are cute animals in so many reasons, and there are many! Cats actually have manners. Everyone knows that most dogs run around barking and yapping when they see something new. Cats are more cautious and wait until they know it’s safe. Cats also smell better than dogs because they groom themselves most of the time. Dogs don’t care if they’re dirty or not.

Cats are much more careful with their belongings. Have you ever seen a dog’s toys? They are normally in tatters, unless they’ve been swallowed. Entertaining a cat is more easier, too. Cats are more generous than dogs. Lastly, cats can be easily read. They purr and hiss. Another way to tell how they’re feeling is their tail and their fur. An upright tail and not bristled fur means a friendly cat. A tail at rest with tip curved up means a happy cat. A curved tail with a moving tip is an annoyed cat. A tail whipping back and forth is telling you to stay away. And an upright tail with fully bristled fur is your attacking cat.

These are the many reasons why cats are way better than dogs. They’re easier to take care of and more loving and gentle. So many people own more cats than dogs, since they’re more advantaged than dogs. Much, much more!

Desired Pets

By Lori

According to a poll conducted at IBSH elementary school by the Lemur staff in the fall of 2014, students from grade 1-6 were asked what kind of pet they would want to  have and the results were that 18% of the students chose cats, 40% chose dogs, 22% chose hamsters, 6% chose fish, 4% chose birds, 6% chose rabbits, and finally, 2% chose nothing.


Peculiar Pets: Fennec Fox

By Katelyn 

In most peoples minds, foxes are sly, cunning, and usually the bad guy in cartoons. But unlike the normal foxes, fennec foxes aren’t like that!

Fennec foxes, also called fennecs, is a small nocturnal fox, found in the Sahara of North Africa. Fennec foxes most noticeable trait is its unusually large ears, used for releasing heat. They weigh 2-3.5 pounds, and have a soft, thick, short coat that is white on the belly and reddish or tawny on the back. They also have some black markings on their back and tail. Fennec foxes eats insects, small mammals, and birds. They are about the size of a cat, but their energy and playfulness is the same as a very active dog. Fennec foxes agility and the height they can jump is more like a cat.

Fennec foxes are energetic 15% of the time, snuggly 20% of the time, and rest of the time they are asleep. Fennec foxes DO NOT calm down with age! Most fennec foxes loves to be petted and cuddled, but only when they get to know you. They are generally not afraid of strangers, and is friendly to everyone. Most people say that male fennecs are easier to take care of than female fennecs.

Fennec foxes have a lifespan of 10-16 years, so will be a wonderful choice for a pet, but you will have to coordinate with its barking and never tiring energy!




Fennec foxes have large ears to release heat.
Fennec foxes have large ears to release heat.
Fennec foxes are snuggly 20% of the time.
Fennec foxes are snuggly 20% of the time.