A cat and a dog live in my house. I often hear people say, “I’m a dog person” or “I’m a cat person”. What does this actually mean? What does this really tell you about a person? Although I do love my kitty, my dog’s dependence and pack mentality means that she interacts with me more. I feel more bonded to my dog. Perhaps that means I am a dog person.
Experts say that cat owners tend to be a bit neurotic. Maybe it’s a good thing I also have a dog, to balance out all the craziness I could catch from my cat. My cat is definitely neurotic, chasing invisible things, running about in the dark when everyone else is trying to sleep. She comes up clearly communicating with her body language that she wants to be petted then nails you viciously with a sharp set of teeth and claws, instantly changing her mind and blaming you rather than just walking away.
My dog, on the other hand, is consistently predictable. 9am, outside to potty. 9:15am inside for breakfast. Nap. 2pm outside for a walk. 2:30pm nap. 5pm scratches, pets and attention, excitement that the dinner hour approaches. 6pm guard duty for any dropped tidbit in the kitchen while I cook. 7pm dinner. 7:30pm nap. 10pm outside to potty. 10:15 bedtime. And the same cycle continues the next day and the day after that, ad infinitum.
Maybe the experts are correct. My dog lives in a rut, my cat lives in a fantasy, bi-polar world of her own making. There’s no doubt that dogs are more social and cats tend to be anti-social. My dog loves meeting people and other dogs when out on walks. If it were my cat, it would be a thug life experience at every encounter.
Researchers have determined that these different personality traits are also reflected in pet owners. The study they conducted claims that dog owners tend to be more extroverted than cat owners and enjoy a feeling of well-being on a higher level.
Maybe that’s because a cat’s attitude can cause people to suffer hits to their self-esteem. I mean, when you live with an animal that gives you the impression that the only reason they tolerate you is so that you can do something for them, it can leave you feeling used and unloved. My cat can just give me “that look” and I know she’s thinking about what a stupid human I am and how easy it would be to kill me in my sleep. If it weren’t for the comfort of my dog, well, yes, I guess I would become neurotic in a relationship like that. [Read more…]