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New Ammo in the Dog v. Cat Fight

My sister, who lives with two cats in Southern California, regularly ends our phone calls with some version of “cats rule, dogs drool.” I actually really like cats, but this does bring out my competitive spirit. So when I saw a recent study of the biomechanics of gait revealed that dogs are more efficient than cats, I read on, hoping for some feline weakness to drop into the next conversation. I was disappointed. While it’s true the noble dog is a more efficient machine built for long-distance hunting and that cats expend lots of energy with their unnerving stalking style; it is also true that the energy-flaunting way cats slink along with each paw touching down silently is exactly what makes them such superior hunters. Read the sordid details.

Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom. lisawogan.com

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