I have raised both dogs and cats at different stages of my life, but never really considered what psychologically makes someone a cat lover or a dog lover. Unfortunately for cat lovers, they get identified as being more ‘neurotic’ than dog lovers.
Modern Dog Magazine claims that:
“In comparison, cat people were generally about 12 percent more neurotic; however, they were also 11 percent more “open” than dog people.
While Psychology Today asks for answers:
“I wonder if more neurotic people, who are more prone to stress, see cats as having a more calming influence than dogs?”
“Or perhaps cats are seen as more emotionally sensitive, and people who are emotionally sensitive themselves feel more affinity for them?”
A WebMD survey says that:
“If you get stressed out easily, you may be a cat person. Cat people were 12% more neurotic than dog people.”
“Neurotic people are: easily stressed, anxious, worriers… While if you’re a dog person, you’re 13% more likely to be agreeable than a cat person. Agreeable people tend to be: Trusting, altruistic, kind, affectionate, sociable.”
I like the angle The Dodo gives the most:
“…dog people seek a pet who complements their personality, but that cat people like cats because they are more of a match to their personality. So next time you even think of calling your cat a “jerk,” ”lazy,” or “stubborn,” take a hard look in that mirror.”
Well, given the fact that people tend to act for their own selves at the end of the day, even if that includes taking care of a pet, I tend to agree that we will always try to choose one that we can either get along with or feel we have something in common.
And who would dare tell me he doesn’t keep a mirror in his house?