Are You a Doggy or Catty Type?
There are a myriad of reasons why people domesticate animals or keep them as pets. Animals like dogs are kept to act as watch guards and notifier of any strange thing they notice while cats are kept to reduce and/or eradicate the population of mice, rats and lizards in the house. These are not the only reasons they're kept. Dogs are mostly kept as pets because they offer companionship while cats are affectionate little creatures which offer affection.
However, cats and dogs aren't the only animals kept as pets. There are rabbits, lizards, snakes, rats, tortoise, hen including others of which one might not think possible, cockroaches.
Despite the fact every person has a liking for a particular animal, noting that there are people who have no liking for animals; cats and dogs form a huge percentage of animals kept a pets with fish following closely behind.
Characteristics of Dogs and Cats
Dogs and cats like any other animals including man have their own unique characteristics. The most obvious one is cats are solitary creatures while dogs love company. A dog by itself most of the time will bore itself to death.
Cats usually hunt individually preferring to live individually as is the case with wild cats while dogs hunt in a group. A person will note a group of dogs walking along the road probably in a deep conversation about yesterday's events or the new dog in the neighborhood they should bully to show it the neighborhood as its owners.
On the other hand, a person will see a cat on its own even if it's walking along the road. They don't like company and thus have been termed as self-centered and selfish. The case is also evident in humans who are reserved. Well, that's how they were created, nature designed them to be so, and we should restart thinking and see how to live best with them - cats and introverts.
As stated by Modern Dog Magazine, "...Usually, after only a few minutes, cats will abandon the game and wander away. Dogs on the other hand, will often engage in play, like fetching a thrown ball, for hours at a time, and it is usually the human that quits the game first," it's clear how these two animals differ in terms of sociability. Dogs are more sociable than cats.
Despite the fact cats can show degree of sociability, they're not that sociable than dogs. They seem to become sociable in crowded areas such as in cities and towns, not only coming together to fight and mate.
This is noted by Desmond Morris in his book, 'Catwatching and Catlore,' "... where social life is concerned, cats are opportunists. They can take it or leave it. A solitary dog is a wretched creature. A solitary cat is, if anything, relieved to be left in peace."
He further continues to say, "Some animals can live only in close-knit social groups. Others can tolerate only a completely solitary existence. The cat's flexibility means that it can accept either mode of living, and it is this that has been a key factor in its long success story since it was first domesticated thousands of years ago." While this might be the case, cats can live a solitary life and a social life, they're more inclined to live an individual life.
A Dog or a Cat Type Personality
Recent studies have revealed cat owners share personality traits with those of their pets, cats. This is also the case with dog and dog owners, both of them share if not all, some of the characteristic traits.
"In general," notes Modern Dog Magazine, ".... people believe that their own personalities are similar to those of pets they keep. Cat owners saw themselves as being more independent while dog owners described themselves as being friendly."
Therefore, a person will choose a pet (dog or cat) depending on his/her personality. For example, studies show dog lovers are lively and outgoing. As is the case with dogs, the dog owners follow rules to the letter.
Dog owners apart from being extroverts are also more agreeable, complete projects which indicate they always aim at achieving something, are self-disciplines, persistent, self-assured and confident, and assertive. They love company of other people (majority of dog lovers).
When it comes to cat lovers, they prefer their own company as is the case with cats. They are introverts who are not outgoing but prefer indoors. Most of the cat lovers are bookworms, that is, they love reading books. As indicated by Modern Dog Magazine, ".... cat owners were one third more likely to live alone than dog owners and twice as likely to live in an apartment or flat. Being married, living in a house, and having children living in the home, are all factors that are more likely for dog owners than cat owners. A single woman was the most likely individual to have a cat."
Other characteristic traits of cat lovers are they are very curious, imaginative, creative, adventurous and imaginative. They are sensitive and "are more likely to hold unconventional beliefs." (Modern Dog Magazine) Their intelligence as studies have shown is higher than those of dog owners.
Cats are not known to abide by the rules, so is the case with most of cat owners. Tell a cat not do something or behave that way and it will return to the thing you warned it to the point of shouting at it. This shows dog owners abide by the rules and follow them closely.
On the other hand, dog owners are less sensitive while cat owners have less self-control and not practical compared to dog owners.
Lastly, cat owners are straightforward, modest and obliging unlike dog owners who are not only manipulative but are more suspicious than cat owners.
In conclusion, "The argument will always go on - feline self-sufficiency and individualism versus canine comaraderie and good-fellowship. But it is important to stress that...in reality there are many people who enjoy equally the company of both feline and canine elements in our personalities. We have moods when we want to be alone and thoughtful, and other times when we wish to be in the centre of a crowded, noisy room," states Desmond Morris in his book 'Catwatching and Catlore.'