There is a stereotype that people are either a “dog” person or a “cat” person. While it might seem like a tongue in cheek assessment, this phenomenon has actually been scientifically studied – and there are definitely measurable differences between the two.
Even people who love both dogs and cats will naturally have a preference. For many, the depth of their feeling for the chosen species is intense – and some feel intensely against the other species. According to polls, there are far more dog lovers than cat lovers (one poll of six hundred put numbers at 60% for dogs and 11% for cats – the rest were for both or neither), and many who love one loathe the other (though we at Urban Paws – dog lovers that we are – do wonder somewhat how any animal lover could “hate” any species).
Researchers believe that human personality determines whether or not we are “dog” or “cat” people. The relationship between each of these species and humans is traditionally very different. Some of the main differences include that cats are solitary hunters and are quite nocturnal in their activities, whereas dogs are social pack animals that prefer to be active during the day. By nature, owning a dog is a socially interactive experience – being the servant of a cat is not. Dogs also require a lot more time and work than cats, however cats live longer on average than dogs do – sometimes double the length of lifetime.
As Winston Churchill said so eloquently, “Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us”. Cats are the stars of social media, yet “dog shaming” is becoming ever funnier and more popular. Cats never look guilty, no matter what they have done.
So, scientifically, what are the differences between dog people and cat people?
• Dog people tend to be more extroverted, while introverts tend more to being cat people.
• Dog people are more physically active and energetic, and more likely to follow rules. They are more agreeable and conscientious.
• Cat people are quieter, more open minded, and more sensitive. They are also more likely to be non-conformist. Like their pet of choice, they tend to be independent and cautious.
• Dog people seek companionship from their pets, while cat people seek affection.
• Cat people are scientifically found to be more intellectually curious than dog people.
• A Time survey found that conservatives were more likely dog lovers, while liberals were more often cat lovers.
• Research suggests that people prefer pets that complement their own personality type; dog people seek a pet that is submissive to them, suggesting a tendency towards dominance and a competitive nature. Cat people, like their pet of choice, they tend to be independent and cautious of others, yet curious and inquisitive.
Where do you fall? Dog lover? Cat lover? Or on the fence?? Your choice of pet may give away more of your personality secrets than you’d ever imagined!