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