I believe cats should be kept indoors, but as for causing public nuisances, nothing comes close to having a howling mutt next door. You also don't have to worry about having a cat mutilate your kid, either.
Good point, but that's simply irresponsible dog ownership.
My father bred and trained dogs when I was a child.
I have seen firsthand how a dog can be properly trained not to howl/bark at every little thing, and also to not venture out of the yard.
I'm not a fan of the aggressive breeds like pit bulls, Rottweilers, etc., either.