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Can’t cat and dog people just get along?

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To some of us it just seems silly that all pet owners cannot seem to get along; that there has to be a dispute as to whether it is more posh to be a cat person or a dog person. Why can’t we simply give people a choice and leave it at that?

Modern Cat featured an article on this very topic that appears on their website. Stanley Coren investigated why the division is so apparent. His article was based around a study conducted at Ball State University which is located in Muncie, Indiana. Generally speaking, the results of the survey utilized during the study revealed that people believe that their own personalities are similar to those of the pets that they have. The study showed that: Cat owners saw themselves as being more independent while dog owners described themselves as being friendly. So, basically, it all comes down to people protecting their own image. How silly to use an animal that administers nothing shy of unconditional love to fight your image war for you!

The relationship that people have with their felines will obviously be different than the one that dog owners share with their canines since they are a totally different species and their heritage is separate. Things that go way back like the fact that cats are solitary hunters while dogs are pack animals. People that enjoy a more solitary life may like the company of cats while social beings prefer dogs. It is rare to see someone walking a cat on a leash, but dogs and their humans are continuously out and about meeting and greeting others along the way!

Let’s take a look at what cat people are into, shall we? Cat people were revealed to be 11 percent more “open” in another study than dog people. The openness trait involves a general appreciation for art, emotion, adventure, unusual ideas, imagination, curiosity, and variety of experience. They proved that open people are more likely to hold unconventional beliefs while people with lower scores on openness (dog people) tend to have more conventional, traditional interests.

Furthermore, in a study Stanley Coren conducted, the people who grew up in a house with cats as pets were 47 percent more likely to have cats today, while only 11 percent of people whose childhood years were spent in a house with a dog have only a cat as a pet as an adult.

So, where does that leave us? Who is right and who is wrong? Each individual must decide based on their preference and personality, but it certainly would be nice if we could all just get along no matter our choice!


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