Dog people are more lovable and cat people are mostly single

Published: May 23, 2014
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It is a common supposition that the pet you keep is reflective of the personality you have.

A few days back, I met a friend to congratulate her on her engagement. Though her happiness was visible through her expressions, her demeanour indicated that something was bothering her. Upon my inquiry, she started to vent out her worries.

“My only fear is that he keeps dogs and I keep cats,” she said.

Initially, I thought she was merely jesting, to which she clarified,

“No, I really am worried about this”.

Her anxiety made me wonder if this difference of preference in pets really mattered that much. I mean, surely, if you keep a pet, it only shows your love for animals, nothing more, right? Well, after observing different instances, I had to reassess my perspective regarding the relationship owners have with their pets.

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It is a common supposition that the pet you keep is reflective of the personality you have. Cats mostly stay aloof from their owners during the day and only appear when they want to be fed. On the other hand, dogs need of love and care and will disrupt the owner’s daily routine just to get some attention.

Cats expect you to run after them while dogs run after you.

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Hence it is believed that cat owners or ‘cat people’, like their pets, are more independent, arrogant and mysterious while dog owners or ‘dog people’ are more friendly, agreeable and social.

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So is your choice of pet an indication of your personality type?

One possible explanation could be that a person will keep a pet that it can relate to more or has more in common with. For example, an owner who is independent may want a cat as a pet that takes care of itself on its own mostly and does not cause disturbance. On the other hand, a person who is more open, friendly and likes to be involved with others may want a cordial companion in the house and hence may opt for a dog.

Upon observation, a majority of ‘cat people’ are women. Also, it may be worth pointing out that men are, by nature, more agreeable than women. Hence men may have more affinity with dogs than cats. Another common trend to note is that most women who keep cats as pets like to live on their own and are mostly single.

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Whether you keep a cat or a dog can also be indicative of the sort of affection that appeals to you. Most dog lovers dislike cats simply because they think that cats are selfish and will only love you on their terms, while dogs will love you unconditionally and will be there whenever you need them.

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However, many cat lovers find the love of a dog very meaningless. They argue that when a cat shows the owner some affection, it actually means something and carries weight, contrary to the incessant buttering of a sycophant dog.

While the pets you keep may reveal your personality type, exceptions are everywhere. There are many people who do not like pets altogether. Some may keep both cats and dogs and others would be ready to live in a zoo. However, the contrast between a ‘cat person’ and a ‘dog person’ is thought-provoking.

Ammarah Aftab

Ammarah Aftab

The author has completed her bachelors from NUST and is looking to encourage respect and value for all living creatures. She tweets as @ammarah_aftab (twitter.com/ammarah_aftab)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • SamSal

    Where is the dislike button?Recommend

  • Xara

    Wow wot a genuine problem ur friend was facing. Elite Class n their problem :) its so true that we, human beings, create Problem ourselves when we don’t have.Recommend

  • Xara

    Wow wot a genuine problem ur friend was facing. Elite Class n their problem :) its so true that we, human beings, create Problem ourselves when we don’t have.Recommend

  • Sheikh

    I totally agree with AmmarahRecommend

  • Don’tGetCockyKid

    it’s so annoying to come to read a fun article that does not require constant head shaking and tutting, only to discover people complaining about “elite class problems”. your problems depend on your perspective and your environment, which means only people caught in the same circumstances as you can say that your problems are insignificant. grow up, please.Recommend

  • GM

    agree ..what was that i think she is totally free these days so its good way to pass timeRecommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    As a kid, I liked to keep dogs and cats! Now we can’t keep dogs as pets because they’re thought to be unclean by you know who. Which is why there are virtually no dogs in Saudi Arabia (except those owned by foreigners), but the whole country is teeming with cats.Recommend

  • Milind A

    @Writer – Excellent one!!! Please ignore the negative comments, the readers didn’t get it…
    To add more to your content, my observation is most pets (especially dogs) reflect their master’s personality. An uncle of mine was full of jest and humour and the dog he owned was enthusiastic & playful. A friend of mine owned a Pomerian and this pooch caught up the owner’s attitude – aggression (sadly) in this case.Recommend

  • fze

    Please don’t stereotype. An animal is an animal, to be loved and taken care of. However, a cat is such an adorable and loveable animal. No fuss, clean and tidy. I loved the first picture and thoroughly enjoyed it.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    now THAT is a real issue. I can’t believe that I am reading this right after reading about the polio issue.Recommend

  • Ahmed

    It does not hurt to love animals! Also refreshing to read a blog not on politics, India-Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ahmed

    Well done author, refreshing blog. If we are unable to love animals we are very far off from humanity and incapable of being good towards our kind.

    We as a society butcher our people. Loving animals is a fair reflection of how humane the society is. I do know people care for pets like their children in some Western countries, at least these people are champions of humanity in the truest sense of the word (not talking about their governments), we are just hypocrites.Recommend

  • Ahsan Mansoor Khan

    Well … don’t want to admit but yeah Ammarah has a point there … a very valid point !Recommend

  • Taariq

    Dogs are filthy animals and there’s a reason why they are not allowed in our house.Recommend

  • Sarah Uzair

    Wierd articleRecommend

  • Tayyab Sultan

    Well written article; however I wouldnt agree with the point relating to authors perception in regards to the personalities of dogs/cat owners. As described in the article, cats are selfish while cat owners are defined as arrogant. Pets and their owners have an undefinable/distinctive relationship and its impossible to develop such a relationship in existence of selfishness in one party while the existence of arrogance in the other party. Doesnt really create the balance required to maintain a relationship. So i would disagree with this point.
    Cat lovers are more of selfless people with low expectations, who would give out love not really concerned whether they would be loved back while dog lovers are the arrogant ones with high expectations, who want be loved on their terms with nothing to be given in return.Recommend

  • Umaima

    I have lived with cats as pets since childhood so, i know how important this article is and it carries alot of weight… Good work Ammara !Recommend

  • Syeda KAzmi

    M a cat person.. and not carrying a dog pet is for other reasons i believe.. without going in to a religious debate, i must tell you rules are rules, my way or the highway.. keeping dog as a pet is forbidden unless you are keeping for security reasons…Recommend

  • Parvez

    Excellent insight on this subject that may seem trivial to some but in fact is far from that.
    Dog or a cat matters not …….what matters more is what type of human are you if you can not at least simply appreciate both.Recommend

  • c’kandar

    Endorse!Recommend

  • Mujtaba

    Lady gets some education. Who keeps a dog their reward will decrease each day by one or two qeeraats. The impurity of dogs is the greatest of animal impurities. The impurity of a dog can only be removed by washing seven times, one of which should be with earth.Recommend

  • Agent killjoy

    Can I ask then what sort of personality a person who owns a cat that acts like a dog is?? Just curious. My cat follows me everywhere. Meows when I leave the room, wants his bell strached and is a very lovable cat. i’ve met dogs on the other hand who bark at people all the time and hate people in general so really sterotypes is all this article is.Recommend

  • yasir

    well written article ! some of the comments of pakistanis exactly show their nature and mindset.Recommend

  • SILVER

    I wasted my time reading this post.Recommend

  • Ali Waqar

    It is so frusterating to see a harmless piece being made into a religious debate. This blog was weird but a very pleasant weird. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Was different.Recommend

  • alvwes

    and man gets his information from molestors!Recommend

  • rayster

    “Whether you keep a cat or a dog can also be indicative of the sort of affection that appeals to you. Most dog lovers dislike cats simply because they think that cats are selfish and will only love you on their terms, while dogs will love you unconditionally and will be there whenever you need them.”

    I think that is true. If I date a girl the first thing to know is whether they like dogs or cats. If its cats be forewarned.
    Cats are independent, give love on their terms, don’t take suggestions, are hard to understand.
    Men are very much like dogs in behavior. A women who has a dog will understand and get along with the simple needs of a man.Recommend

  • Ateeb

    is this a news??Recommend

  • http://www.sepia-paper.deviantart.com Muhammed Waqar Younis

    we got People being killed here and all we got to talk about is Dogs and Cats and people who keep them?Recommend