3 Things Being A Cat Person or Dog Person Reveals About You
Did you know that being either a cat or a dog person says a lot about who you really are? In fact, there’s a lot of research out there that says it does.
And what that research suggests is that all too often we don’t give that question near as much importance or thought as we should when dealing with other people.
Now as most of you know I am by all accounts a cat person, sure I love dogs too…but cats seem to just get me. Now, for the record, I am not a crazy cat lady, but I am very often suspicious of anyone who doesn’t have a pet.
If you haven’t noticed by now, dogs and cats are very different. When you own a dog, you’re pretty much forced to be social, mainly because they do need walks. A cute puppy or a friendly dog provides pretty much all you need to meet or engage with other people. The cuter your dog, the more potential admirers and fast friendships develop at the dog park, dog runs, sidewalk cafe’s and anywhere else you take your dog.
Which brings me to my next point, dogs are so much more work than cats.
So, does that mean that a dog person is more giving, is willing to work towards building a relationship or lives a more complex life than a cat person? Not, necessarily.
Cat people tend to commit longer. Why? Because cats do tend to outlive your average dog. So, does that mean you can trust cat people to be there for you in the long-term? Maybe, but let’s face it…anyone with a cat knows you don’t really own your cat. They own you. That in and of itself may also mean that cat owners don’t have the control issues some dog owners exhibit. They may be more self-sufficient and may not require the external validation a dog owner may have.
In addition, most of the time the only people who get to see your cat are people who come over to your home. And even when you do visit a cat owner’s home, you aren’t always guaranteed to meet their cat.
And while owning a cat won’t automatically make you a “social person” in the real world, the online world is a different story.
The truth is you are much more likely to see “cute cat” picks online than you are dogs. That includes all of the sites including YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. Just look at Grumpy Cat, he’s a bonafide superstar.
So, whether you’re a self-proclaimed cat or dog person…you’re in for a very different experience. And based on your choice, there are some scientific theories floating around out there about what that says about you.
Here’s what I found:
- 1. For starters, dog owners are more extroverted.
Several studies have confirmed that this appears to be the case. In one study researchers confirmed the results of several studies that had been done prior and they found that dog people are more extroverted and less neurotic than cat people. But, before you cat people start feeling self-conscious the study also showed that cat people were more open to new experiences than dog people. Plus…
- 2. Cat people have higher IQ’s
That’s what a study of 600 college students found anyway, while also re-confirming earlier findings that dog lovers are more outgoing and fun loving.
So, to me, this means, you’d prefer your real estate agent to be a dog person and maybe your accountant to be a cat person. And while they did come to the conclusion that cat owners were more introverted, it also suggested that they were more sensitive and open-minded too. Unlike prior studies, however, they did not find us cat people to be more neurotic! Thank you very much!
They also found that cat people tend to be more independent and don’t follow the status quo and we score higher on IQ tests.
Finally, this study showed that the motives behind having a pet were different for those in each camp. An average of 38% of dog owners were looking for companionship, while 46% of cat owners wanted affection.
- 3. The pet you choose may also give a glimpse into your world view.
In one survey, liberals were more apt to own cats, while conservative preferred dogs. Researchers have suggested that “people prefer pets that behave in a way that complements their own personalities,” What that means is that dog people like “having pets that are submissive to them” and that, therefore, dog owners would also score higher on personality traits that are associated with dominance. In one study, researchers tested for Social Dominance Orientation (SDO), interpersonal dominance, competitiveness, and narcissism. SDO is a belief that there is a hierarchy in the world order among different people and groups.
But even though dog owners scored higher on the SDO and in competitive traits, they found that they were neither more assertive or narcissistic when compared to cat owners. What this study does suggest is that dogs are more popular with conservatives, they even showed that 9 of the top 10 dog-owning states typically vote Republican while 9 of the 10 lowest dog-owning states voted for Obama.
So, what’s this say about you?
Well, it could say a lot or nothing at all.
I have plenty of friends that have both a cat and a dog does that mean that they are the most stable of us all?
One thing I do know for sure…
There is plenty of room for both dog and cat people in the world. Whether they should hang out together, well that remains to be seen.