Pro-Cat v. Pro-Dog Voters. Which are you?

Cats v. Dogs. Has partisanship gone too far?

The political divide between groups of citizens seems to be greater (meaning deeper, not better) than ever before. People are screaming at each other, hating each other, based on imagined viewpoints that may or may not hold true. Can you -- should you -- really judge a voter by the letter after their name?

For example, let's say the only thing you know about someone is the kind of pet they have. Think of the assumptions that go along with their choice of animal. Are they a "dog person" ("D") or are they a "cat person?" ("C"). What does D vs. C. tell us about their worldview? What about people who have both? Are they the equivalent of Independents?

This hub is a lighthearted look at prejudices. It's intended to stimulate thinking (perhaps debate) about how quickly we tend to rush to judgment of others based on perceived differences. In the end, can't we all just get along?

Well, I'll say it loud and proud: I'm PRO CAT!

That's right. I am pro-cat. I also vote. Does this mean I am a one-issue voter? Hardly! When was the last time you saw a referendum or proposition on the ballot related to cats?

Being pro-cat does, however, influence my viewpoint and my lifestyle. And my thinking and my life situation inform my politics. So one could say, by extension, that I carry my pro-cat views with me wherever I go, even into the polling place.

Pro-Cat and Proud! What exactly does it mean to be "pro-cat" anyway? It goes well beyond a personal preference for feline pets (four in my case -- Gremlin, Storm, Patty & Jimmy Mack). "Pro-cat" is a worldview that places the sanctity of cats above all other petforms. To be pro-cat is to eschew dogs, birds, fish, gerbils, hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs and mice. It goes without saying that we cat people disdain snakes, since serpents are the devil incarnate.

As pertains to my pro-cat political views, I do tend to vote along "petty" lines. Which means that on 9 issues out of 10, dog people and I do not see snout to snout.

Cat People are Informed Voters

Cat, working like a dog cramming for November 4th
Cat, working like a dog cramming for November 4th

Who's the Dog, Harry?

Harry Burns: You know how a year to a person is like seven years to a dog?

Sally Albright: Is one of us supposed to be a DOG in this scenario?

Harry Burns: Yes.

Sally Albright: Who is the dog?

Harry Burns: You are.

Sally Albright: I am? I am the dog? I AM THE DOG???

In this example from When Harry Met Sally we see how a seemingly innocent remark is really designed to provoke Sally.Yes, we are very sensitive creatures! To be mistaken for a "dog person" is the ultimate insult!

You may also remember the famous diner scene in which Sally speaks in tongues. A dog person would never, ever dream of doing that -- in public, no less!

Do You Really Need All Those Breeds?

Chinese Crested -- purebreeding at its best
Chinese Crested -- purebreeding at its best

Dog People

To be a cat person is to see the world in black and white tuxedo -- sometimes orange and white stiped, or tortoise shell. Some would accuse us of furry thinking, but they're just mad because they're all wet and their coats stink.

What do cat people think of our nemeses on the dog side of the great pet debate (GPD)? Well, of course we respect their right to own whatever pet they choose (even if it is a mangy mutt with fleas). It's a free country, and what they do in the confines of their own homes is their business. The problem is, they have to flaunt their preferences under other people's noses. On sidewalks, in parks and on beaches across our great nation, dog people parade their dogs like they're superior or something, meanwhile following behind them with a pooper scooper. (eeewwww). Geez, you'd think someone would figure out a way to litter box train them (the dogs, not their owners).

The other problem many of us have with people in the pro-dog movement is they are so damned diverse. The American Kennel Club recognizes more than 150 breeds of dogs. And that doesn't count mixed breeds, which brings the total to upwards of 400. Compare this to only 39 breeds recognized by the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA). And truth be told, the vast majority of cats are NOT purebreds, they are what's known as "domestic shorthairs" (or medium-hairs) .

Obviously, cats' is a much more inbred population -- which is just how we lilke it.

My Opinion of Dog People: Dog people are lazy and dependent. Why, they wouldn't even wear slippers or read the newspaper if their dogs didn't fetch them. They look at their dogs as companions, as "man's best friend." Well, I'm not a man, I'm a cat-owning woman. And my best friend is a human being (just as the good Lord intended). This closeness with pets is unnatural.

Are dog lovers bad people? Are they stupid people? Some of them are bad, some of them are stupid. I could go on a separate tirade about irresponsible pit bull owners. The main thing is, they just don't think like I think. Their entire value system is based on leashes, kibble and slobber.They demand blind loyalty from their dogs. In my house, my cats don't serve me, I serve them! A dear friend and fellow CP gave me a mug that reads: "It's my cat's world. I'm just here to open cans." Damn straight.

I don't pretend to understand dog people. I know I don't trust 'em. I just stick to my own kind, with people who agree that cats are divine creatures. As cat people go, I'm middle-of-the-road. Some CP are much more militant, as you can see below:

Dog People (as adapted for illustrative purposes from the classic Randy Newman song)

Dog People got no reason

Dog People got no reason

Dog People got no reason

To live

They got little hands

Little eyes

They walk around

Tellin' great big lies

They got little noses

And tiny little teeth

They wear platform shoes

On their nasty little feet

Well, I don't want no Dog People

Don't want no Dog People

Don't want no Dog People

`Round here

Dog People are just the same

As you and I

(A Fool Such As I)

All men are brothers

Until the day they die

(It's A Wonderful World)

Dog People got nobody

Dog People got nobody

Dog People got nobody

To love

They got little baby legs

That stand so low

You got to pick 'em up

Just to say hello

They got little cars

That go beep, beep, beep

They got little voices

Goin' peep, peep, peep

They got grubby little fingers

And dirty little minds

They're gonna get you every time

Well, I don't want no Dog People

Don't want no Dog people

Don't want no Dog People

'Round here

Will This Pet-tiness Ever End?

Being pro-cat or pro-dog is a fundamental ideology. We're either one way or the other. We may not be born that way, but we form our preferences and attachments early to align with our personality traits and our family values.

Is it possible for dog people and cat people to peacefully coexist and not fight like cats and dogs? Absolutely. Just remember which animal is the king of the beasts and act accordingly.

A Lesson from the Lion & the Lamb

Truce, but remember who's king of the jungle
Truce, but remember who's king of the jungle

Declare Your Pet Preference Now

Which type of pet person are you?

  • Cat Person
  • Dog Person
  • Other kind of pet
  • I don't have pets
  • I think people who have pets are crazy
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Comments 19 comments

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Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

Ahem. A house cat does not a lion make. Still, I offer you kudo's on a fine hub, entertaining even for me, a world-famous dog person. Congratulations!


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Mighty Mom 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

I dunno, Christoph. Sounds like your evil housecat cat is not exactly tame! See, that's what happens when dog people try to convert. As they say, a leopard doesn't change his spots. Can't thing what a canine version of that would be. But thanks for the kudos!


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Mighty Mom! I'm a dog person, catperson, bird person, lizzard person +++++everything else person. If it breaths chances are I want it for a pet (with the exception of bugs, snakes and spiders) What does that make me in your eyes? Crazy? You bet and proud of it... Now only to train those felines who think they own the home to also cough up more then just a furball at the mortgage paying time....

Loved the hub, regards Zsuzsy


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

Being owned by a cat is a pure joy. But, on the whole, I agree with Zsuzsy. All are welcome here! It WOULD be nice if they could help out with the bills, though. Great hub!


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Uninvited Writer 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

I am definitely a cat person. I do have a purebred but he was a cat who had been given up by his owner and needed a home. He's the smartest male I know at the moment :)


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

Ahem...I hope that's not entirely true, UW.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

Meow.

I like electric eels as well.


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

Foxy, Zuma, Jack, Frankie and Khan all give you a paws up on this one since they don't have opposable thumbs.


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Mighty Mom 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thanks, all. This being the HubPages, all opinions are welcomed and respected. I must disgree with anyone who wants to use their feline companions for mercenary purposes. That smacks of heresy to me. Remember, folks: cats rule, dogs drool.

Patty, I got a particular charge out of your comment!


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KT pdx 8 years ago from Vancouver, WA, USA

6 meows from here! :) from Tabby, Carbon, Rori, Miss Sara Kitty, Skylar, and Lydia, dictated through their human servant.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

Mighty Mom - So funny! :)

I wrote a Hub with Christmas carols re-written by cats for the Hub Mob request of the week. This Hub of yours fits that topic as well.


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Mighty Mom 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

I will have to check that one out, Patty. I bet it is right up there with Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Just goes to prove the point, anything we can do, our cats can do better!


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gwendymom 8 years ago from Oklahoma

Hey MM, How are you doing? I hope evrything is ok with you and that you are doing well. Hope you make it back soon, I'm sure pepe might be ready for that group shower, so we need you and that soap on a rope.


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trish1048 7 years ago

Ok, since I just stated in your other hub about your rescue cat that I feel cats are number one over dogs, I need to amend that. 

I've owned many dogs in my life, and I have to say, the only difference in my love of cats and dogs is that dogs are a lot more work than cats.  What I love about cats is that they are pretty much self-sufficient.

Thanks for sharing.


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trish1048 7 years ago

I love your avatar!! :)


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Great Hub, great humor.  I am a cat person.  I have a dog.  I don't understand dogs.  My dog is good, mostly.  But I miss my cats (which I don't have any more). 

Sorry, dog persons, but I just don't identify.  My dog is a rescue, she's a good girl (untrained in her early years and not likely to be much better trained, even though I work at it, because she's almost 10 now and her breed should only have a year or two after that).  So, she's pretty, she's goofy, she's big, but she's not a cat, a cat who would snuggle up with me at night, poo in a pan instead of having to go out on a bitter winter's night (actually, 6 times a day, this girl has to go), and eat me out of house and home.  Her grocery bill is bigger than mine.  Not to mention her medical bills.  In the almost two years I've had her, I'm out almost 6,000 USD. 

She needs me for everything--physical and emotional--whereas my cats just went and did their own things.  So long as there was food and water and clean litter, they were happy, and so was I.  Also, the dog doesn't purr.

Good job, MM. 

BTW, you have two comments capsules in this Hub...a little confusing.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

I think you captured the #1 advantage of cats in your line, "Also, the dog doesn't purr." There is NOTHING in this world like the sound of a kitty purring!

I can relate to the medical bills -- but that's about the amoun we spent on Penny, our angel kitty. Pets, whether dogs or cats, are our children!

Thanks for visting, ST. I deleted the extra comment capsule.


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

My cat is an Anarchist too, so neither one of us vote, but I'm pretty sure that dogs are the ones behind the NWO.


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druneric 7 years ago from Ohio

I switched sides several years ago when someone left my dog Bill in our yard. I was a life-long cat person until then. I still have cats and love them, but if you knew Bill, you'd understand. Maybe I'm a bi-person.

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