I have had a pet of some kind all my life. Cats, dogs, rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, birds and even gold fish. When asked, I am a pet lover.
Dog or Cat or Both?
If asked if you are dog person or a cat person, what would you answer? Can the answer be, both? Is it possible to be both a dog person and a cat person at the same time?
The answer is a definitive, yes, in my opinion.
Many people I know, myself included, grew up with cats and dogs. I thought it was strange that some families only had one pet in the family. To have both was normal to me. Of course, I grew up with other pets too, we had fish, hamsters, rabbits and birds. We were just a family that loved all animals. We included these animals as part of our family and loved each and every one of them.
We would take in strays, find hurt animals and nurse them back to health. Anytime an animal was found, they ended up at our house and my Mother was more than happy to help. We were brought up to cherish all forms of life and care for those who could not take care of themselves. I carry that lesson with me to this day and try to teach others also. Life is short and we should do what we can to help every living creature.
But, I am getting sidetracked. Our topic is cats and dogs and what it means to be cat person, dog person or both?
Dog people are generally more extroverted, more agreeable and more conscientious than cat people.
Cat people are generally more neurotic and more open than dog people.
To be both a cat person and a dog person, does this mean you are a combination of the two?
To what extent are these true?
Is the cat & dog person just a pet lover in general? I feel I am. I love all pets, and sometimes wish I could have many varieties in my family, if I could afford it and had the space.
Whether a cat, dog, both or even just a pet person in general, it can be agreed that all animals brought into a family, deserve love and attention. They should be treated with respect and treated as part of the family, farm living excluded. Pets are an important part of all our lives, if you don't have any, chances are you know someone who does.
If you are against having any pets, do yourself a favor and get one.
Start off with a gold fish, it will change your entire world.
Which are you??
Dog VS. Cat:
Let's take a look at what makes the better pet, cat or dog.
As far as companionship, most people would say wholeheartedly, dog. Which I would agree. But, cats can be great great companions also. My cat, Chloe, is a great companion. She likes attention, but not overbearing. She likes to sit and watch TV with us. She likes to play games and does not meow too often.
Again, dog wins. And again, cats can be a lot of fun too. They like to chase things, and laser pointers are their arch enemy, lol. Hide and seek is a fun game to play with both cats and dogs, but cats generally are better at it. Nothing is better than playing fetch with a dog!
Well, cats tend to not go outdoors, but when they do, they will generally go off own their own. Dogs are easily trained to sit or stay and come when called for the most part. Either pet, when not properly trained is a nuisance! So, the winner is a dog.
This is a tough one. Dogs are easily trained, does that make them smarter? Cats are smart enough to get humans to do their bidding. A toss up.
Either way, no matter how you look at it, every dog or cat is different from the next. They have personalities and quirks, just like us humans. They are individuals and should be treated as such. A lot of what makes a dog or cat a good pet, depends on us as caregivers. Just like our children, if we bring them up correctly, we hope they will turn out OK. In some instances no matter what we do, we may have a bad one on our hands.
But, with all this being said, we do our best to give our pets a good loving and nurturing home to live in. We offer security and comfort, and room to grow and exercise. We provide good food, so they will have a long and fulfilling life.
This is what it means to be a pet owner, if you cannot offer these things, please get a pet rock!!
Funny cat and a bird.
Sean Atwood on March 23, 2017:
A dog my man! Ruff... ruff... Ruff, I have 3! They all do have different personalities and I am an doors person. A cat would just put a damper on my lifestyle. If I want to hit the outdoors, the dogs can just go with. I cat would just hinder my freedom.
Nan on March 23, 2017:
Love this article, being an animal lover I know where you are coming from. We underestimate animals, I really do believe quite a few animals are smarter than us. They sense our every move. I really believe dogs can read our minds.
Now cats? They know all that is going on but tend to ignore. They bring into their day what they want.
I have always in my lifetime had rescue animals.
I give them all the love and caring I would give my child. We do not know the life they had before they were rescued, they deserve happiness now. Any animal if treated properly will outlive a hundredfold.
At one time I even had a beta fish that would come and feed from my fingers and swim around my fingers to be petted.
I agree with all that you say Jim and wish more families would raise their children to have a love for animals as you do.
As you can tell I am an animal lover, love your blog.
Jim Laughlin (author) from Connecticut on July 25, 2013:
I like the gentle way you put 'slower' pet! Lol! Curious kitties can get into a lot of trouble.
Riviera Rose from South of France on July 25, 2013:
While I like dogs (all animals for that matter) I'd call myself a cat person - I've had three and am still in mourning for the last one. I love their independence and how they choose to be with you - right now my neighbour's cat has decided I'm its new best friend which is rather lovely. (I won't feed it, though.) One thing about pet intelligence, having had three sweet but somewhat dim cats I'd say intelligent pets are waay too dangerous, opening cupboards and doors and whatnot. A 'slower' pet (to put it kindly) is much easier to have around!
Jim Laughlin (author) from Connecticut on July 04, 2013:
I grew up near a farm back east. I have always been around animals and love all kinds.
Naomi Starlight from Illinois on July 04, 2013:
I think I'm both, I'm like you, I've always had lots of pets, and my grandpa is a hobby farmer, so he'd always have chickens, goats, miniature horses, pigs, ducks, etc. that I would help tend to and play with as a kid.
Jim Laughlin (author) from Connecticut on July 01, 2013:
My cat does also. She watches TV with me and likes to play hide and seek.
idigwebsites from United States on July 01, 2013:
I'm more of a cat person. Not all cats are snotty or incapable of showing affection. My own cat is sweet, he would often sit next to me while I'm lying on the sofa watching tv. :)
Jim Laughlin (author) from Connecticut on July 01, 2013:
Thank you all for your comments! As I am writing this, my cat is trying to get me to play with her!! LOL!
Maria Cecilia from Philippines on July 01, 2013:
I have fondness with animals but I am really a dog person... I don't know since I was a child I already like them a lot.... I love mongrels... they have expressive eyes...
Deborah Neyens from Iowa on July 01, 2013:
I have a dog, 3 cats, and 3 chickens. My pet chickens give me eggs, which is more than I can say for the dog and cats. Oh yeah, the cats will cough up an occasional hairball but it's just not the same. : ) I do have one cat that thinks he's a dog. When I am giving the dog a treat, the cat will come running. I'll tell him to sit, and he will sit on command to get a piece of dog biscuit. But as far as preferring dogs over cats or vice versa, I don't know that I could choose.
Sharilee Swaity from Canada on July 01, 2013:
Well, I am definitely a cat person (we have three!) but I like dogs,stoo. Like you, we grew up having cats and dogs at different times. I am sometimes surprised at how good of companions cats are to me. They mstick close to me, and are always concerned about my welfare.
Great hub comparing the two animals. It sounds like you are a true animal lover!