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Bunnies are the fuckin' truth.
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Because cats > dogs.
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Because cat girls, my friend. If she's a dog girl then 9 times out of she'll be a masochist.
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Cat's can go silently.
Dog's goes reckless.
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I own a cat...
...Personally I like cats better... no particular reason...

As for anime... I think because cats are generally portrayed as cute...
Dogs on the other hand are portrayed as loyal..
Therefore cat seems to fit the theme of anime more often as compared to dogs..
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because there are more cats owners are than dog owners in Japan....i think
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There's also an age old thing called CULTURE which you need to understand. Not every culture is like America.
Cats are more common to be sought in most Asian countries and in some of them, like Vietnam, dogs are food.
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Cats are a symbol of good luck in Japanese mythos

pretty sure you got something wrong here buddy.
Foxes have a great significance in this matter, they were believed to be creatures of magical powers and great intelligence.
The more tails the "kitsune" possessed, the older it would be.

Kitsune were also known to shapeshift into humans and act as lovers, friends and even guardians.
An overall positive omen if you saw a fox in your neighborhood.

In fact, in the Hiroshima prefecture, it is said that raising a cat for more than 7 years would end up KILLING its owner.
The "Bakeneko" were especially infamous for raising the dead and putting curses on people among other nasty tendencies.
And in the famous Edo period cats with especially long tails were feared for their ability to curse and possess among other malevolent and violent behaviors.

Then again, seeing that superstition like this was often exclusive to various eras and even prefectures, you might be right about some kitty being known for good luck should you see it, but evidence suggests that more often than not, cats were known to be mysterious and feared creatures.
My point being, I think it is highly unlikely that cats are popular in anime because of old mythology.

I personally suspect that the reason behind cats being so prominent in anime is simply because they are popular in pop culture and are generally considered "cute" which is why you see them everywhere, commercials, anime, TV in general among other media and as you know, Japan LOVES cute... So that is probably why.
Dogs on the other hand, are more like family pets, and are generally considered friends rather than cute companions like most kittys.

Personally, I fucking hate cats. I think they're terrible animals, you can't trust them. They'll claw a lifelong friend if they see fit, whereas a dog would never harm its owner unless it suffers from rabies or has been abused for prolonged periods of time.
I can definitely see the appeal to cats and why people consider them cute, but I personally hate them.
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because anime cats don't pee on anime rugs
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Bunnies are the fuckin' truth.


Did someone mention bunnies?



I think why we see so many cats is that a lot of anime takes place in urban settings, where its impractical or even impossible to have a large dog. Azumanga Daioh and Dog And Scissors both have dogs, but to people who are considered wealthy, with large apartments or houses. In anime set in rural areas, like Figure 17, you see more dogs.
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Because Cats were Japan`s national animal.
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dmdwriter wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

Bunnies are the fuckin' truth.


Did someone mention bunnies?



I sure did.
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Is that a trick question - YES!
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Cats are awesome, honestly i think they are under appreciated here in America, so glad to see the Japanese embrace that


even the grump known as Sasuke got into it

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