Differences Between Cat People and Dog People

I love dogs but I own cats, I am a cat person. Learn what the kind of pet you own might say about you as a person.

Cats and dogs are popular pets. The way these pets behave and they way we care for them is very different, as such we can learn a lot about our own personality simply by the pets we chose.

About Dogs

Dog are pack animals, they really want the attention of their owner and although not always sure of what to do, a dog generally tries to seek approval of its owner. Dogs thrive on having a sense of order, they like to know where they belong in their “pack”.

People who enjoy a lot of attention, or enjoy giving a lot of attention, to a pet, will enjoy a dog.

Dog owners must often work their schedule and plans around their dog. They cannot go on a holiday without making arrangements for their dog, or taking it with them.

Dog owners cover a huge range of people, from the very self assured man who owns a tiny Chihuahua, to the person who feels they have to mention that their dog is a “pitbull” every time they mention their dog. Some dog owners carry their dog around as though it were a fashion accessory while others find activities, such as agility, to keep their dog mentally, and physically, stimulated.

Dog people are inclined to be social because their dog forces them to go for walks and into more social areas.

About Cats

Cats are more independant. Cats live with humans only because they have learned that we will feed them and give them a warm place to sleep. Cat owners tend to be the type of people who just want to come home from work and relax, they do not want their pet demanding of their attention and/or time. They want more freedom of their time, including being able to leave and be away from home for possibly more than 8 hours (without having to worry about their pet peeing on their rug, or chewing on the furniture).

This isn’t to say that cat people are not loving people, but it is just that they do not want to feel like they are burdened with a commitment that they cannot always keep.

Cat owners are often labeled as “crazy cat people” or more often “crazy cat ladies”. Perhaps these people are really highly intelligent, but are people who have been burned, or disillusioned, by society and as a result have become misanthropic, finding comfort in and abundance of cats, rather than with humans.

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Other Information

Of course for both pets, cats, and dogs, there are good owners and bad, sadly bad owners create bad, unwanted, pets.

Some people do not like either cats, or dogs; some people prefer pet birds, fish, or even lizards. 

If you are considering getting a pet, be sure to do more research on what is involved in regards to ownership.

Learn more about Owning a Dog, or Owning a Cat

Visit your local animal shelter to learn more about any kind of pet.

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User Comments
  1. Kharla Jolly

    On September 1, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I am a devoted dog owner and he’s a pretty sweet friend in return. I also like cats but most assuredly don’t understand them. We had one cat that use to run away from home, about every other month. We could never figure this out! We had her for 18yrs, so she must have received pretty good care. Nicely written article!

  2. Ruby Hawk

    On September 1, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Brenda, I had never thought about why people choose they pets they do. You have a good explanation.

  3. Rhonda Humphreys

    On September 1, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    So if I have both cats and dogs what does that mean?? Im the crazy cat lady who owns 2 dogs?? lol
    Nicely written

  4. girishpuri

    On September 1, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    very interesting share

  5. Karen Gross

    On September 2, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Are there crazy dog ladies? They don’t get as much press as crazy cat ladies. I think that dog owners are more energetic perhaps, as dogs need to be walked, while cats are content to sit on our laps for hours on end. I have both a dog and a cat, so I suppose I am a lazy person who needs a dog to get me out walking.

  6. papaleng

    On September 2, 2012 at 4:09 am

    As always Brenda, another very informative article great for cat and dog lovers alike.

  7. Emancipation

    On September 2, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Interesting post. I am a dog lover myself though my partner has two dogs and a cat.

  8. sloanie

    On September 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Our family have always had cats and dogs, the children loved them all. Nice article and much food for thought.

  9. Eiddwen

    On September 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Such a great and interesting/useful.This is one thing I love about Triond is the neverending topics that people choose . As well enjoying the read it also inspires me to branch out a little rther every day.
    Take care and enjoy your day.

  10. Eiddwen

    On September 3, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Such a great and interesting/useful.This is one thing I love about Triond is the neverending topics that people choose . As well enjoying the read it also inspires me to branch out a little rther every day.
    Take care and enjoy your day.

  11. SharifaMcFarlane

    On September 16, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I am a dog person.

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