Cat person, by far. I love the different personalities, even when they're not so friendly. My 17 year old is SUCH a mamma's boy, he's on my lap as soon as I sit down. I can put him off and he'll jump right back up again and again. He's usually waiting in the window when I come home from work and comes when I call him---just like a dog. Most people don't understand that cats are solitary creatures and hunters....you very seldom see them in packs. Dogs, on the other hand, will try to find their "place" in the pack, whether it's with other dogs or their adoptive family. That's why a cat doesn't get all excited when its owner comes home---and a dog does.
I do like dogs, but they can be a pain if they're not properly trained--which neither of ours ever were. Other posters have mentioned not liking the peeing everywhere when dogs are on walks---they're marking what they feel is their "turf"--it's instinctual and would probably be impossible to train them otherwise. My dog lifted his leg at least 20 times during every walk, many times at the exact same spots.
I'm more of an introvert so I guess that part fits, but I fit some of both for all the rest.
My cats are not messy either. I have four cats and at one time I had five, they only broke one thing in my house. I have a very decorative house with lots of glass, and all they ever broke was a drinking glass once. I had them for over 6 years now. They are precise on where they are jumping or going, they are fascinating how they can judge distance and widths. They catch flies by jumping 6 feet in the air and grabbing them lol. They never fail to use cat boxes either, and they do not tear my furniture because they are declawed and totally inside cats that had no problems what so ever with getting that procedure done. Better then dead pregnant cat in road. I rescued the mama and she may have been pregnant before I had her or became so soon afterward. Mama cat was inside and out. We no longer have mama cat she lives on a farm, she was never declawed. I will not argue about declawing so please don't make that an issue none of my cats suffered. Sorry but the chart is wrong on personality traits.
I have always loved both, but never owned a dog until 2001 and he was a rescue. I have had cats always before. Now that I have Lucky my miniature dachshund I can't imagine life without him. He turns 14 this year and is in good health. I have Gabbie cat who is 11 and she brings laughter is such a cuddler. I love em both. Once Lucky passes I don't think I will own another dog, but will have another cat. If I lived in a home and not an apartment I would get a lab as I have always loved them.
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I am a dog person.
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Dogs, all the way.
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Both, love all animals.
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I love a wide variety of animals, though I would have to say I'm more of a cat person. I've had at least two cats at any given moment in my life and I find I connect with them better. With dogs, it really depends on the personality of the animal as well as the size. Most breeds are large and way too hyperactive for my liking, although there are the tiny ones with the same problem. With cats, I connect more on an emotional level, plus they're soft and fluffy and easy to carry around like a child.
I will also add that I currently have a Bearded Dragon because my landlords will not allow my cat, but they approved of a lizard. Wonder what personality traits "Reptile People" have. :P
Edited by: SHPOONER at: 6/5/2013 (12:41)
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Cat person for sure
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I am definitely a dog person and always have been.....as I come from a clan of farmers, cats were always mousers aka barn cats....not cute and cuddly and did not come in the house.
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dog person all the way. I've had one cat; she was fine, but never felt that devotion and bond that I have with all of my dogs over the years.
what's the difference between a cat and a dog? when you call a dog, they come to you when you call a cat, they say "leave a message; I'll get back to you"
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I am definitely a dog person but do love all animals. I think which you like does say something about your personality because I don't like how standoffish cats are - I like how social and loving dogs are.
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We have both at our house. But I love how my little dog meets me at the top of the stairs to say hello and so excited to see me. My cat never does that. But love them both
I've had both dogs and cats. I love them both, but don't currently have dogs. Think I'll just stick with the cats from now on as I prefer cleaning a litterbox vs picking up poo from my lawn and I never really enjoyed having to go out for walks with my dogs (it was more of a chore than something I enjoyed). I used to think dogs were friendlier and cats were more aloof. Then, I realized that this is because a lot of cat owners think of their cats like they are second-class citizens and don't put much effort into their relationship with their cat. Just like with a dog, you get from the relationship what you put in. A lot of cats who bite, scratch, etc. are doing so out of fear, because they have not been socialized properly or have not been treated well by people.
My cats are affectionate, love to be petted, enjoy playing, come when called, have learned a few tricks, use their litterbox without fail, are clean, don't smell, don't shed a lot (because I keep them brushed), don't scratch my furniture, etc. Sure, some cats will bite, scratch, etc. and some are aloof. But, I've also met plenty of dogs who bite. Actually, a good proportion of dogs are biters (especially small dogs).
I've also noticed that a LOT of little dogs are not house trained properly and many of them cannot be trusted not to ruin your floors. This is a huge problem for a lot of people (very prevalent). So far as myself, the last two homes that I've bought have had floors which were completely ruined by their previous dog occupants--the smell and the back of the carpets tell the story (hundreds of urine stains, everywhere). How anyone can live in a home like that, I'll never understand.
Oh, and people, PLEASE stop thinking that you should walk your dog so it can poo on my lawn and urinate on my trees/bushes! I don't enjoy picking it up, nor do I enjoy the poo smears that are left even after you pick it up. I also don't enjoy the urine smell and the yellow spots on my lawn. Train your dogs to go potty at home! Don't walk them to my lawn or to public bushes/lawns to go to the bathroom. That's just icky. Keep your dog's poo and urine at YOUR house! A well-trained dog will NOT go to the bathroom while on a leash, unless it really has to go. The purpose of walking your dog should so that it can get exercise and spend time with you, NOT so it can go to the bathroom everywhere except where it should be going, which is in YOUR yard. LOL, yes, I've been out cleaning up my lawn this morning.
I have found that many of the people who love dogs but hate cats are not what I'd describe as the nicest of people. But, how nice can someone be when they are filled with hate or dislike an animal just because of its species?
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I have a dog and a cat. The dog is a youngster and the cat is the old lady of the house.
Have 2 dogs, 4 cats , 2 parrots...I love all animals...but I enjoy dogs the most!
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I've lived most of my life with both...or at least one or the other at a time!
I certainly don't think you could characterize someone's personality by their choice (perhaps a bit by the breed of dog they choose....).
The biggest difference to me was that I shared much more of my life with my dogs---they travel well, so I tended to take them places with me. My cats didn't particularly get the chance to go camping, hiking, traveling to my folks place.....a) they didn't like the car b) I didn't want to lose them!! My last dog was my exercise buddy--walking, hiking--ever try that with a cat?! lol patti
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I like them both. I don't have pets but my sister has 4 cats.
I have 2 dogs and 3 cats. I am an introvert. I like cats, dogs, fish and other animals.
I don't think the list of traits in the OP is true. I do think certain animals fit better with certain human personality traits and lifestyle choices but among different cats and dogs you have animals who are hyper or affectionate and some who are laid back. All cats are not alike and all dogs are not alike just like people.
Of our 3 cats- 1 aggressively wants to be loved, #2 is okay with attention sometimes but isn't pining away, #3 spends a lot of time hiding. Of our 2 dogs- #1 is very active, bouncy and wants to be wherever the action is... he wants to be petted by anyone who comes in the door... hates to be alone, #2 dog likes to be petted sometimes... she has a particular person she likes best...she doesn't warm up to people as much or care about visitors... is fine being alone for much longer than dog #1.
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I'm a dog person, but I don't buy into the personality descriptions for dog owners vs cat owners. My dog behaves like a cat at times, so apparently she doesn't fit the profile either.
I'm a cat person all the way even though the description of a dog person fits me better. I woke up at 2am this morning to realise my husband had leftr the door unlocked. My fur baby had opened the door and escaped outside.
Yes I went out in the rain and calledher till she came home.
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I'm definitely a dog person although my first pets when I got my own apartment were 2 cats, although I would have gotten a dog if my apartment allowed it. I then moved to a house and got 2 dogs and eventually gave away the cats to my handyman and a coworker (most of my family was allergic so they couldn't visit). My mom still actually has my 2 original dogs, and SO and I have a basset hound. I pretty much like all animals though. I'm hoping someday to have a pet goat :) But overall, cats are kind of jerks so I'd rather have a dog.
I fit more of the cat people descriptions though. So does my brother, but he is totally a dog person.
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I prefer dogs over cats any day. Most cats are just to bratty for me....
I am definitely a Dog lover.... A dog is like having a furry little toddler who looks up to you and depends on you for everything. A cat is like having a self entitled teenager who won't listen and has hormone issues. Rub her fur the wrong way and she will scratch you.
Me, I am more of a dog person, but I love animals all the same
Do you believe that there is truth behind your personality by leaning more towards one animal over the other? Like for example: Dog people: likely to be extroverts, more likely to call animal control over stray cats Cat people: likely to be introverts, more likely to rescue the kittens
Dog people:more likely to use a pop song as a ringtone and likely to enjoy slapstick humor and impressions
Cat people: more likely to cling to friends at a party and more likely to enjoy ironic humor and puns
Dog people: likely to consider Paul McCartney their favorite Beatle Cat people: likely to consider George Harrison their favorite Beatle
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