Thursday, December 8, 2011

Dog vs. cat people - the differences

Yahoo!'s 'Shine' lifestyle magazine has an article on the subject. I'm not sure where I fit in, because I like both dogs and cats; I grew up with both, I've had both as pets, and I fully expect to have both as pets again in the future sometime. To me, it's not an either/or situation at all. Still, they offer some interesting statistics collected and analyzed by, including these examples:

Dog people: 15% more likely to be extroverts
Cat people: 11% more likely to be introverts

Dog people: 67% more likely to call animal control if they happen upon stray kittens
Cat people: 21% more likely to try to rescue stray kittens

Dog people: 18% more likely to consider Paul McCartney their favorite Beatle
Cat people: 25% more likely to consider George Harrison their favorite Beatle

There's more at the link.

I'm not at all convinced. What do you think, readers? Are they right about these differences, based on your experience of 'dog' or 'cat' people? What about those who, like me, enjoy both dogs and cats?



Joe in PNG said...

As a cat person, let me look over a few things...

"consider George Harrison their favorite Beatle"...Check. This one kind of surprised me.

"enjoy ironic humor and puns"...Check.
Hmm. Interesting.

Anonymous said...

I don't know how accurate that
article is, but as someone who grew
up (and likes) both cats and dogs,
my favorite Beatle has always been
John Lennon.

WR Olsen said...

We have both dogs and cats sharing our abode. Is that why I don't know what the Beatles are?

Anonymous said...

I like both dogs and cats.But cats are my favorite

Shrimp said...

I like them both...they taste like chicken.


Sorry, I couldn't resist.

WV: thinimm -- Yup, eatin' 'em will thinimm right out. (Sorry again!)

LabRat said...

My primary experience of "dog" or "cat" people, as opposed to people who like animals and potentially some more than others, is that they are far more likely to have loaded up their pets with various projections. :P

Anonymous said...

No word on "ferret" people?


Anonymous said...

Seems about right. When we have a pet, it's a cat. I'm introverted, tend to rescue kittens, and I'm a George fan. Of course, I'm also a guitar player, and a conservative, so there's bound to be a little bias there!

Home on the Range said...

The only two guys I've known who were very much cat people were quite introverted and VERY brilliant.

I prefer dogs because I was raised with just dogs. Had we a cat around as a kid I'd probably have one now.