Does being a "cat person" or a "dog person" (or neither or both) reveal your true personality? There's a body of research that says it does and suggests that we're probably giving the question short shrift when we're scouting out prospective dates or deciding whom to marry; hiring an employee or a nanny; choosing a therapist, dentist, or lawyer; or meeting someone new. It's obvious that canines and felines are different in many ways: Owning a dog is a nature and social experience thanks to the need to walk them. A cute dog, especially a puppy or one with an expressive face or impressive ears, provides the engine for all manner of social interactions with young and old potential admirers. Impromptu friendships spring up in parks, at dog runs, and in elevators, not to mention on suburban streets and country lanes.
Dogs are also a lot more work than cats, which says a lot. Does it mean that the dog person is by nature more accommodating, is willing to work harder at relationships, and lives a more complicated life than a cat person? After all, like those who bring the mail, neither rain nor sleet nor heat nor gloom of night deters the dog owner.
On the other hand, the cat person enters into a longer contract, since cats generally live longer than dogs (though not nearly as long as parrots, which is a whole other story.) Is the cat owner someone you can trust for a long-haul commitment and quiet evenings at home? It's worth saying that cat "owner" may be a misnomer, since cats tend to own their people; that, too, differentiates a cat person, who may not have the control issues a dog person might, may be more self-sufficient, and might not need the external validation a dog person gets.
Winston Churchill nailed it when he said, "Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us." Having a cat doesn't endow you with many social benefits in the real world. While a cat, unlike a dog, won't expand your social circle in the real world, cyberspace is another story.
So if you're decidedly either a cat person or a dog person, you've definitely signed up for a different experience but what does it say about you?
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